The Beauty in Wal-Mart, by Angella Sanderson

I worked at Wal-mart for four years and even though one Store Manager made my life miserable and harassed me to a point of feeling the "need" to fire me, I would go back in a heartbeat.

I had several lawyers approach me on trying to sue Wal-Mart for discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination, but I did not want to help one of those people to try to make an easy buck against a major conglomerate like Wal-Mart.

Reason it out: if Wal-Mart was a private corporation with 500 or less employees they could afford to pay higher rates of pay, they could afford to pay more for the insurances that are needed by their employees. Consider the health coverage costs of the American people and then consider how many associates are employed by Wal-Mart, are there health insurance rates REALLY unreasonable? I don’t think so.

What other company can offer such a diverse range of positions? There is never a standstill in the Wal-Mart corporate ladder except by the individual. You can move up, down, sideways or out; it all depends on you. Think about it, what company doesn't have its problems? Is the company you work for perfect? Think about it, hasn't Wal-Mart done their best to correct any and all problems brought to light? I know I just received a check as well as my husband for past due bonuses, wages and the like. I haven't worked at Wal-Mart in over 3 years, isn't that still taking care of an employee even after termination?

What does Wal-Mart do for us everyday? Where else can you go and find any item under the sun for FEWER THAN 20 BUCKS? Now Wal-Mart is trying to improve their appearances and clothing lines to make a more appealing, up-beat clothing line and they are getting crap for it. Why? Are other companies feeling threatened? Why does Wal-Mart have such a bad name? Is it because they have adapted to this disposable society? Think about it, isn’t that what the world has become, DISPOSABLE? Disposable cameras, disposable diapers, disposable mop heads?

Who shops at Wal-Mart? The elderly. Why? Because with health care costs, cut pension plans, cut social security, they can afford Wal-Mart. Go to your local drugstore and price a bottle of children’s aspirin, a growing number of older Americans take this, now go to Wal-Mart and price that same brand, what did you find? 2, 3 maybe even 4 dollars cheaper? Wouldn’t you buy the same brand for 2 dollars cheaper if you could knowing that 2 dollars could go to your heating bill this winter? You may be saying what is 2 dollars, do this weekly times 52 you have 104 dollars, do this item by item that you buy weekly and you are looking at 500-1000 dollars by years end. Who can’t use 500-1000 dollars? How much do you want to bet that Donald Trump shops at Wal-Mart? Why? Because it makes economical sense in this time of rising gas prices, car payments, mortgage payments.

College students. Do you have them? Where are you going to go to buy your college student a new bed set, pots, pans, toilet bowl cleaners, etc., that you know is going to be abused by the end of the semester? I know I sure as heck am not going to the expensive boutiques to buy the high quality items that are probably going to be lost, torn, burnt, destroyed, used as candle holders, have burnt popcorn or whatever else only you who have had college dorm-livers know what I am talking about happen to them.

This by far is NOT saying that Wal-Mart carries crap, if you are willing to spend a little more Wal-Mart can accommodate you on this as well. They have high end items as well as low end. They have price ranges for all.

Wal-Mart will also, and I am speaking from personal experience, do what they can to try to make sure you leave happy if you for any reason are unhappy with an item purchased. They will do their best to either give you a gift card, exchange for the same or better, or find you something comparable in a near store.

Wal-Mart has a bad rap. Wal-Mart has also created many, many, many jobs for the disabled and given much to the community. We all seem to be so busy finding fault with the multi-billion dollar corporation that we OVERlook the good they are doing. Earth day, Children’s’ Miracle Network, Associates in Need, United Way, to name a few.

Look at it this way and look around where you work, EVERY company, in EVERY state, in EVERY town, in EVERY country has someone who is an unhappy, looking to make a buck, ungrateful, inconsiderate, uncaring, self-centered, gossipy, always bad mouthing someone or something person who can speak LONG AND LOUD enough to make any company look bad. We live in an imperfect society and no matter how perfect you may think you are, the sad sad reality is YOU AREN'T, I'm not, and neither is Wal-mart.

Wal-Mart does what it can to correct the situations created by disgruntled, unhappy, looking to make a buck people, AND does its best to make sure it doesn't happen again. This is not to say that the person who slipped and fell on ice and broke a hip doesn't have a right to be angry or upset or get compensation for their injuries, but I am sure if you went in and asked the Store Manager to pay your bills because you slipped in fell on ice not salted at HIS/HER store he/she would do their best to make sure you left happy.

Wal-Mart requires all associates take OWNERSHIP for their areas and managers take OWNERSHIP of their stores. The Wal-Mart that I worked in and the ones that I visited while an associate definitely took ownership of their stores and worked QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY to make any all problems right.

Wal-Mart is going to be around forever no matter what bad is going to be said. We should all learn to live with Wal-Mart and come to see it as a place that hold many opportunities for the retail world, job world and charity world. If you can't seem to put your arms around Wal-Mart then there are competitors for you, but you are missing out on a company that every time it speaks with its vendors is looking to get the best deal possible for its customers.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Wal=Mart management in disguise!!!

Anonymous said...

Surely this is satire.

Ryan James said...

Sure, no one is perfect. No company is perfect. We all understand what reality is, especially those that Wal-Mart has affected in a direct way. I think that a lot of negative opinions of the company arise out of its overwhelmingly ominous nature. Yes, it offers low, low, low priced products to feed our consumerism and it also gets high, high, high profits. I think some of us just see beyond the yellow smiley face, beyond a false consciousness.

By the way, the fact that it took three years for Wal-Mart to pay you monies owed and the fact that you somehow understand that as loyalty to the employee (I guess your reasoning is that they could have stiffed you) just shows what "low" expectations you have concerning your own labor. As American citizens, we must demand accountability and respect from corporate giants and all our social institutions. We must demand far more than the bare minimum in a nation that swears by its citizens' successes and their abilities to live an "American Dream" instead of a perpetual nightmare with access to low-priced bulk-sized pickles.