So, I used to be one of those "Wal Mart is evil" liberals.
It didn't work out for me.
Oh, it isn't because of Wally World's low prices or convenience, I still don't shop at Wal Mart. I think I may have been there perhaps 3 or 4 times in the last seven years - including the Sam's Club visit last time I was in Athens to procure gasoline. I don't generally like the way they treat their workers, I don't like the crappy service I used to recieve, and I can generally get every thing I need somewhere else.
But I don't make documentaries (or watch them) or display bumper stickers about the place. I know why I don't like the place, and I vote with both my feet and my wallet by not shopping there or at any location nearby. It ain't a religious thing (the Athens visit was in September), and it really helps to not have a routine that takes me near Wally World during the usual course of my week.
It also has something to do with the SouthPark like reaction I used to get from folks about my habits. In a surreal turnaround from pro-business narrative about shrill protesters and their documentaries, I used to get the third degree because I didn't shop at Wally World.
"How can you live without Wal Mart!?" Exclaimed one former roommate. "I don't believe you don't shop there every week," from a young lady at the bar. "So you're just one of those crazy liberals who wants to pay more for everything," from a family member.
Surreal. I told you.
Now, like I said, I don't like many of Wally World's business practices. But I'm not going to protest shrill-ly. If the liberals of this country get it together so that every one of us chips in a few bucks a week to help support a national walkout, I'm there. But barring that, it ain't something I think about day to day.
But, right now, I'm thinking about it, because against the grain of Wal Mart's corporate history, one store in Hialeah, Florida staged a morning shift walkout, organized by department managers! I say more power to them.
The most effective way to change business practices is 1) for the consumer to vote with their wallet and 2) the worker to organize. Hells yeah.