Wal-Mart Walk Out

by Steve MacDonald

PeopleofWalmart_logoI know where I am going to shop on Black Friday.  Wal-Mart.

Why?

Because pro-union groups are agitating Wal-Mart employees across the nation to walk-out on Black Friday.  Unions have been trying to ruin Wal-Mart’s price advantage for years, particularity since they got into the grocery business; grocers unions were pissed and still are.

Overall the complaints are the same.  They claim the employer is unfair.  Maybe they are.  But I’ve been an employer.  I’ve run business.  I know what goes down during the application , interview and hiring process.   In past jobs I’ve hired thousands and fired more than a few.  And this relationship can be summed up with this pull quote from this Fox news article.

“If you come into a workplace knowing that’s an agreement you might have to make, then that’s your choice to have that job,” shopper Rae Luce told the station.

Bulls-Eye.

If you apply at Wal-Mart you know that many of these stores are open 24/7 – 365, and they are all open on Holidays.  Even if they don’t tell you that in writing (or you just miss it or ignore it) as a customer, you know the deal.   You know who Wal-Mart is.  You’ve probably even shopped there on those days.  You were told about pay, and benefits, hours, requesting time off, all of it.

No one made you apply. No one made you go to the interview.  No one made you sign the Application, W2, I-9, uniform policy, or any other document related to accepting employment.  And you can quit any damn time you please.

But if you think this will work, in this economy, and Wal-Mart won’t just replace your cry-baby ass as fast as it can, let me tell you –I have fired people smarter than you myself.  And rule number one is no matter how good they are the minute an employee thinks, acts, or starts to behave like you as an employer cannot live without them, you show them that you can, and if they don’t get the message, you show them the door.

Wal-Mart has a business to run.  They ran it before you.  They will run it when you are gone.  And you can take that to the bank, because with an attitude like this, a regular paycheck is not something you should get used to.

 

 

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  • IWKAGGP

    I’m definitely NOT shopping at Wal-Mart on Black Friday. And my decision has nothing to do with unions. Who in their right mind would want to go to a place that promises to be packed to the gills with rude, pushy, frantic shoppers all vying for a limited supply of cheap crap. I boycott ALL shopping on Black Friday – and have for years – as a way of showing that I understand that there are lots of things that are more important than material wealth and possessions. Things like, family, friends, faith, love, good health, knowledge, etc, etc, etc. There’s lots more like me out there. And no, I don’t think that I’m better than anyone – it’s because it’s a free country and t’s my prerogative. You wanna shop on Black Friday – have at it! More power to you! Have fun.

    I can always do my holiday(and I use that term not to be politically correct but because I have friends and family who celebrate other holidays like Hanukkah, Ramadan and Diwali, as well as those who celebrate Christmas.) shopping online or any day before or after Black Friday!

    Plus unless I tag out before then, I plan on being 20 feet up a tree at a half-hour before legal shooting light on Black Friday.

    • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

      I don’t do sale days of any color for similar reasons.
      If there’s a limited supply of something cheap, then I don’t fancy my chances of being in the first few in line for that item.
      I hate crude crowds, and prefer to shop when numbers are fewer, maybe not 3am, but not during peaks.

  • mer

    Mmm. WalMart. I try to shop there as often as possible. One reason is that it annoys the crap out of unionistas, 2: it’s wicked awesome to be able to buy a new Mr Coffee at 3am for $14 when the old one dies 3, .45, 9, 308….

    As for the whole “Friday of Color” shopping thing: my wife has worked retail in the mall for a while, so we will actually go, have coffee, watch people being morons, and go home without buying anything.

    • Rick_GraniteGrok

      “Have coffee, watch people being Morons, and go home” Yeah, I can relate…I spend more time at the mall than I care to, due to the fact that I have a teenage daughter. I find the Mall to be a “Moron magnet.” Nothing against Walmart philosophically, but I’ve never liked the store much…they never quite seem to have what I need…occasionally, they do. Visiting the website, “People of Walmart” tells you all you need to know….enter the toad people.

  • Tim from Nashua

    Not to mention the ObamaEconomy has reduced the standard of living of Americans so much that Walmart is only place people on a tight budget (Are you listening, DemocRats?)
    can afford to shop.

  • KenEyring

    Thanks for posting Steve! Walmart has a good thing going for the consumer and provides a LOT of jobs. Hostess did too, but can not longer afford to stay in business.

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