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When Sam Walton created Walton’s Five & Dime, he took pride in his company - it had his name on the door - and he treated his employees and customers well. Even after ‘Walton’s’ became Walmart, Sam continued working out of a small office in Bentonville, Arkansas as he shepherded the huge stores into existence - he believed in America and its people - he offered benefits to his employees however as a benevolent dictator. Sam didn’t like unions and didn’t believe in them - he was known to say if any of his stores went union - he’d tear them down brick-by-brick - that was not an idle threat! A few stores in Canada did go union and shortly afterwards he closed those stores. Sam meant well, but he never considered what would happen to the company after his death.
His body was barely cold in the crypt when his children instituted ’hired guns’ to run the company - that is others do the actual work - the Walton kids are on a permanent vacation never having to work another day in their life thanks to the old man. Benefits have greatly weakened to the point they are simply ’paper tigers’ - not worth even the paper they are printed on. Walmart under Sam offered fulltime employment for most of his employees - his children moved away from that - either through attrition or giving the employees a choice - they could accept the concept they were being reduced to part time or they could well walk out the door - they were now considered a dime a dozen. Only managers and assistant managers are considered full time employees - the rest are part time and the average intellect of WalMart employees has been reduced to that as a cantaloupe! Obvious some stores are better than others.
With ’Walmart’ and ’Sam’s Club’ size, they ride herd on their vendors - they either come in at WalMart’s price point or Walmart reduces or eliminates their line of merchandise altogether! Even Vlasic (remember them) learned that the hard way. The ’Great Value’ brand is Walmart’s big stick. And yes, to answer a question, Walmart’s Dead Peasant’ is still in effect, even after an employee retires (rare), is fired or leaves of their own decision - that means Walmart collects on dead bodies - no matter how long it takes. Being part-time at Walmart means you will never earn a retirement even if you are the rare bird who is mental enough to try (who’d really to do that?) to make Walmart a career - they’ll fire you a few years before you make retirement. On ’benefits’ they will give you those nice 10% employee cards with a 20% bump at Christmas - but that’s usually for ’non-sale’ merchandise - limitations apply.
Walmart has a way of getting rid of people they no longer want - one of the tricks is getting a customer service manager (CSM) who is a manager handmaiden to do their (in some cases even holding their ‘dick’ while they take a tinkle) to do their dirty work! The CSM would approach the rank ‘n file’ employee in a nasty voice and demand the individual to sign a blank 8”x11” piece of paper which is then filed away in the employee’s file - they make copies as needed. Reason store managers and assistant managers don’t do the ‘dirty deed’ is because if it results in legal action, the CSM takes the blame and is disposable!
If you are an employee, DON’T purchase their chosen insurance vendor for either health or life insurance - the company gets a huge ’kick-back’ and if you try to collect on it, they cancel (all but the dead peasant insurance where they make big bucks when the employee dies - they are the ONLY benefactors) the policy without informing the employee. When they get the huge medical bill, they quickly find out their insurance policy is non-existent. Lots of horror stories on the internet about this. They count on welfare to cover the bills after the employee loses their home and belongings to bankruptcy.
People go to work for WalMart when they are desperate and the company knows this! Or if they are lucky, they are college students working their way through school, knowing the raping is only temporary Those who have no real career skills are simply pieces of ’shit’ to the company to kick around. Doubtful even the concept of sharing in the profits at the end of the year is left to the manager’s discretion as to how much is distributed if at all! Some are so greedy they pocket it all for themselves!
A lot of people of WalMart if given a drug test would fail - that explains why some act as if they are ’high’ really are HIGH!-) Employees are treated like shit and that is why they treat the customers like SHIT! No mystery there. If you ever see those job kiosks in lay-a-way - its because they can’t keep employees long enough - those who are fortunate to find a better job get the hell out of Walmart as fast as their legs can carry them. In stores like the ’Steelyard’ location, they sweep the bottom of the barrel - dropouts and thugs who have no life beyond living in their parent’s basements or attics until the parents evict them - there usually is no real love, ergo why they seem hard and inattentive to consumers - they are clerks and nothing more.
There are better places to shop like Target, you may pay a little more, but the experience is much better and you are less likely to get mugged or held up in the parking lot! Or better yet, the smart consumer does their research of the products online and reads the product reviews at Amazon and shops there - lower cost, less likely being sold faulty merchandise that is sold as new and is shipped to the door - as long as one makes $35 in purchases per order! Oh, on that note, if an employee finds out the merchandise is faulty and tries to return it for an exchange or refund - that’s generally a no-go! Then you are dependent on the manufacturer directly to make good on the merchandise! I would never buy an expensive piece of merchandise there like electronics - first its been bumped a lot and if a customer is lucky enough to even get an exchange or refund - the employees who are in charge don’t have the skill sets on what should be restocked or put in defective bins for return! Sometimes the stuff resold ‘as new’ may be missing parts. Go to YouTube sometime and type in Walmart - great entertainment and the realization why one only should shop at WalMart if they are truly desperate - and why would ANYONE be THAT desperate. Walmart is a great place to work as a high school student - you then fully appreciate the importance of a good advanced education!-)
Oh last piece of advice, DON’T EAT THERE! What they generally serve is junk that can ruin your health, especially when a ‘twisted’ teen-age grill cook decides to make a ‘deluxe’ version for you like quietly adding snot to the inside of the bun, drops the meat or bun on the floor and scoops it up with whatever junk is one there and hands it to you with a smile on his or her face with the crew snickering as you bite into your hamburger - great entertainment - I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens a lot at WalMart’s ‘Steelyard’ location!
Oh well, that’s Walmart ’Always!-)’
…note to the reader if someone extols the virtues of ’MallMart’ (sarcasm), they are usually professional WalMart ’hack’s - if they say if you don’t like Walmart and encourage you as the consumer to shop somewhere else - do it - it’s the most honest advice they’ll ever give you!-)
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Fire the trooper - criminal and civil charges should be filed against him and the Ohio State Patrol who hired him! This guy obviously was not in control of his patrol car, was not paying attention to what was in front of him and at first kept on going rather than slowing down right away. When he finally backs up at a good clip, he's not very careful - and then once he's back at the scene of the accident, asks the couple if they are okay? Come on get real - this trooper was more concerned about his job than the couple he ran down!
Three Day A Week Newspapers are going to die a quick death. Here in Greater Cleveland which was once a three daily newspaper town is now down to one - The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and like the Times-Picayune is in the process of going to a three-day-a-week publication. The Cleveland Daily News was the first paper that folded into the six-day-a-week Cleveland Press. Then when Scripps-Howard decided to sell the paper to a key maker its fate was sealed. The paper tried to go to a seven-day-a-week paper, but that proved unprofitable when going up against the Sunday edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. As the financial strain became apparent, the Cleveland Press became thinner - however the afternoon Cleveland Press was not the only paper in distress, afternoon dailies were dying all over the country. The key maker eventually ceased publication and went into the publishing of advertising circulars - but not before the keymaker publisher pulled a fast one on Cleveland and its public - by announcing its plans of building a skyscraper over the existing Cleveland Press Building. At the time I was working in radio news at WERE NewsRadio 1300. The Cleveland Press sent us a public relations packet saying they were going to alter the valuable Cleveland Press site at East 9th and Lakeside showing an artist rendition of what was going to be built. However there was one little problem with the photo, it showed no ground floor access to the skyscraper on stilts - we all sat there in the newsroom knowing full well, the current Cleveland Press Building was due for demolition and the paper was dead! Now it’s the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s turn. I’ve watched the paper get thinner over the last few years - and this past year, the newspaper is very thin and there are only a handful of reporters still on staff - from what I understand a lot of the reporters are abandoning ship - either because of pink slips, layoffs or savvy reporters who’ve seen the writing on the wall and are leaving for greener pastures elsewhere - even the pressmen have been walking out the door after finding work elsewhere. The big question is whether the Plain Dealer can survive as a three day a week newspaper? In my opinion the answer is no! Fewer reporters will be covering the stories and the quality of journalists writing for the tattered PD will take a dip - chances are the PD will be hiring less-experienced reporters at a much reduced salary. Clevelanders are going to turn off of a three-day-a-week newspaper. However, there is sort of a silver lining for Clevelanders - papers like the Akron Beacon Journal and The News Herald in Lake County, Ohio as well the Morning Journal out of Lorain will most likely add Cleveland editions of their publications as the Plain Dealer continues to evaporate. Once the PD drops its seven-day-a-week coverage - out of town papers will more than likely take up the slack!
What killed the old Cleveland Magazine was the same censorship issues to avoid litigation - and not to offend advertisers - what was once a good mainstream publication with its hard hitting stories eventually went soft - I stopped reading once the investigative reporting on Northeast Ohio was stopped and the publication lost its edge and went with soft news and features instead. I’ve noticed the Monday thru Saturday Plain Dealer shrink over the years - especially in the current year. Sad if it becomes another Sun News lookalike. The Sun is a good paper and I read mainly the police blotters and some of the feature articles - but I go to the PD for in-depth news both locally, nationally and internationally. Cutting the paper down to three days a week would eventually sound the PD's death knell - leaving Cleveland without a daily. My guess are ad sales are off and there are not as many reporter/writers on staff as there once was! Lets hope it does not go the way of the Cleveland Press.
What killed the old Cleveland Magazine was the same censorship issues to avoid litigation - and not to offend advertisers - what was once a good mainstream publication was its hard hitting stories - I stopped reading once the investigative reporting on Northeast Ohio was stopped and the publication lost its edge and opted for soft news and features instead. I’ve noticed the Monday thru Saturday Plain Dealer shrink over the years - especially in the current year. Sad if it becomes another Sun News lookalike. The sun is a good paper and I read mainly the police blotters and some of the feature articles - but I go to the PD for in-depth news both locally and nationally. Cutting the paper down to three days a week would eventually sound its death knell - leaving Cleveland without a daily. My guess are ad sales are off and there are not as many reporter/writers on staff as there once was! Lets hope it does not go the way of the Cleveland Press.
Scott Smith obviously has some unresolved psychological issues and Mrs. Smith has to be thinking what she got into marrying and having a child with him! If Scott was so afraid of a crazed gunman coming to the theater he should have gone to a daytime matinee showing of the film or waited for the DVD to be released around Christmas. Then again, its apparent with a room in his home devoted the guns, this guy had issues a long time ago! My older brother was a gun nut…with the emphasis on NUT! He was a bully from the get-go and overly self-absorbed with himself. He wanted to be a policeman so he could carry guns and kill people who disagreed with him - I was one of his targets! Dan was a coward of sorts who was lost in a fantasy world that he could be a ’he-man’ alpha male by carrying around weapons and threatening people. In his own mind he was invincible and the world had better revolve around him. He got into it all - stupid meaningless tattoos, pushing people around - his tactics started at one year-old going forward! Dan drove beat-up vans, lived in an old dilapidated office building where he had to go down a hall past other offices to go to the bathroom - how he would bathe in a place like that is anyone’s guess? He was a chain smoker and heavy drinker. I guess he thought he was cool - to a lot of other people, he was stupid! He was controlling and therefore didn’t have many friends - he was a ’lone’ wolf! For 4’7”, he could throw a lot of weight around, literally! One couldn’t really talk with Dan, he’d blow your head off if you set him off - trouble was he had a lot of set off points! I was a year younger and had to put up with this bully - getting pushed down stairs, having my ears boxed-in, doors slammed on my fingers among other tricks in his bag. Thankfully this cretin never reproduced and passed away in his forties! Dan had an arsenal as well and tried to be a gun dealer as well! If I were Mrs. Smith I’d think really hard about wanting to remain with this guy…sounds like she really has her hands full! Funny thing, seeing a photo of Scott, he has the same physical characteristics of my deceased brother - now that’s a scary thought!
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