Friday, January 29, 2016
The Problem With Walmart
Slightly lower prices lure shoppers, local farms suffer
Myrtle Macdonald, MA, Chilliwack
t is hard to know what to say and do about this rather odd assessment of Walmart below. I am not one to ignore injustices. You and I are responsible to help find ways to improve wrong situations, so here are my tentative responses:
There is much that is morally wrong about this type of retail business.
The lower prices they charge are only slightly lower.
By charging less they cause local retail stores to go bankrupt.
By charging less they cause local family farmers to find a second job to make a living. Farm youth even if they like farming, give up and go into another career.
The profits they make should be heavily taxed by government, because I think the owners and share holders get richer and richer. Are there annual reports with full data about all these concerns?
The workers are underpaid I have heard. I would like to know how much. What benefits do they get, if any (dental, overtime, sick leave, holiday income, etc)?
The employees are are not allowed to have a union. Do they have any freedom to protest or to whistle blow about unsafe products or working conditions? Are their reports ever investigated honorably and scientifically?
Most of their food produce is not locally grown. Is any at all?
There was a finding of Listeria bacteria in their burger meat last week. Are goods imported from other countries produced in safe and fair conditions for their employees, and for us?
Regarding meat loaf at Safeway I
protested about the sweet tomato sauce on it. To my surprise within
three weeks they stopped putting that sauce on their meat loaf and
put it in a small plastic package beside the loaf. And they have
continued to do so for several months.
Help find out where to send our protests. I rarely buy at Walmart, so I have no particular purchase to phone their Customer Service about. All of the above are the reasons I do not go to Walmart.
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