Walmart has been a plague on this country for decades.
They muscled their way into towns that didn’t want them. Hell, we tried everything to avoid the one we’re stuck with. Passed new regulations which they got overturned. Created zoning ordinances that they avoided by stepping just outside town limits into a township that was too stupid and greedy to not understand what was in the apple the serpent was offering. In desperation a few brave but nameless souls tried seeding the property they’d bought with an endangered species of newt… That promptly ran off into the woods.
The Walmart ogre stomped into our town heedless of our efforts to stop it. All the while using a fake porcelain smile to assure us, “you can’t have a better neighbor.”
Actually we did have better neighbors. Neighbors that Walmart put of business and drove off. The small town retailers that had been in here for a hundred years and were genuinely invested in the community, were gone in a puff of cheap low quality plastic shit from China.
There are plenty of other examples. Dairy farmers are being put out of business by Walmart milk. The company runs mega-herds of Holsteins and sells their milk at a loss to get your dumb hick-ass in the back of the store where they keep it. Knowing full well you’ll pick up a couple of other things on your way out that will more than make up for the loss.
I used to be anti-union. I still have anti-union reflexes but I’m evolving on the issue of men that want to negotiate an honest wage for their labor. It’s the dishonest wages that still bug me but that sure as hell doesn’t apply to the peons that are driven under Walmart’s lash.
“Walmart keeps employees hours low enough, it can avoid paying them benefits. Meanwhile, the federal government —you, taxpayers — will subsidize their low wages with welfare benefits. In other words, ‘You are working, so the Walton family won’t have to pay their employees enough to live,’” -Tucker Carlson.
We all knew but we didn’t let ourselves gripe about it because we thought of Walmart as the Red State store. But now things have changed. The Red People Store has started lecturing it’s hick-ass customers about the need for Gun Control and will kick anybody out who open carries. This despite the fact that Walmart was actually kept safe from a mass shooting by armed customers. Not guards, Customers.
But not anymore. I will never put another penny in the Walton Family’s pockets again.