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Walmart Pays $400K in Black Friday Case

I've blogged before about how Wal-Mart was responsible for the trampling of a worker on Black Friday last year. They didn't provide ample security and they stoked a frenzy with their "doorbuster deals." It was crass capitalism at its worst, something that has become Wal-Mart's M.O.

Well, now we hear news that Wal-Mart has trying to make the story go away by paying $400K to a victim's fund. Perhaps they saw the writing on the wall. But what's troubling about this case is that they refused to apologize. It's a classic case of throw money on the problem and hope it goes away. It's a rich guy dropping a "Benjamin" on the bloodied body he just pummeled with his Rolls.

Who Killed the Little Man?

I was just listening to Alan Jackson's song, "Little Man" about how corporate behemoths like Wal-Mart have drown out small town America, and thought I'd share some lyrics with all of you. It really hit home for me. My home town has had a ton of big chain stores take over and drown out our downtown in the last couple of decades and it's sad to see the decline. It's prompted me to start doing some work with Wake Up Wal-Mart to try to restore the balance of workers' rights.

Check out these lyrics; let me know if it resonates with you as well:

I go back now and the stores are empty
Except an old Coke sign dated 1950
Boarded up like they never existed
Or renovated and called historic districts
There goes the little man
There goes the little man

Now the stores are lined up in a concrete strip
You can buy the whole world with just one trip
Ya save a penny 'cause it's jumbo size

How Walmart Contributes to the Recession

The Wal-Mart apologists like to point to the retailer's prices as an example of saving Americans money, but in reality, Wal-Mart is an emblem of the debt economy in the early 2000's. The company bought cheap Chinese crap and sold it to Americans on credit. It's a disgusting and unfortunate evolution of the American economy.

To make matters worse, Wal-Mart is now laying off 1,000's of employees, most recently in Columbus. Now I know that no retailer is immune from the recession, but the way in which Wal-Mart treats American workers is particularly disturbing. They streamroll local economies, force mom-and-pop out of business, bust unions and then fire workers at their whim.

Small Business Owner? Here are 3 Tips on How to Handle Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is a scourge on small towns and small business across America. If you haven't seen this frightening map yet, Wal-Mart has been invading communities nationwide for decades like a virus. But a new study out of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business has some advice about how small businesses can cope.

Wall-E vs. Wal-Mart

I watched the great movie Wall-E last night. If you haven't seen it yet, fire up your Netflix or jot down a note to hit Blockbuster after work.

If you have seen it, you probably recognized the corporate behemoth of Buy-N-Large. We have a similar, sinister company down here on Earth called Wal-Mart.

In the movie, Buy-N-Large has gotten so gargantuan and out-of-control that it has taken on every aspect of society: It peddles every possible product at its Supercenters, it sells gas, it controls the banks -- and it has even taken on the role of a quasi-government.

Another Unfortunate Death at Walmart

Walmart's practice of apprehending shoppers at the door and demanding receipts has grown violent recently. In my first ever foray into a Wally World about a month ago, I was accosted by an old lady at the door who clasped my wrist as if I was stealing her life savings.

Now it appears as if things have gotten worse. Wake Up Walmart, with whom I'm working, is linking to this Al Norman post today:

A 38 year old caucasian man, identified as Russell S. Palmer, died Monday night, February 2nd while struggling with two Wal-Mart security guards as the result of an alleged shoplifting incident.

Is North Carolina beating Wal-Mart?

As some of you may know, Wal-Mart is trying to sneak its way out of paying $30 million in North Carolina taxes. Well, taxpayers won a small (but important) victory yesterday when a Wake County judge ruled that Wal-Mart had to make public thousands of pages of documents. That means internal memos and strategy papers will come out of the shadows. (More after the jump)

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