WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, directed by Robert Gree

WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, directed by Robert Gree

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WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price
directed and produced by Robert Greenwald
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"DOES FOR THE GARGANTUAN AMERICAN RETAIL OUTLET WHAT SUPERSIZE ME DID FOR THE BIG MAC"

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Re: WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, directed by Robert

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Part 1 of 11

[Announcer] Please give a warm welcome to Lee Scott, our President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Stores, Incorporated.

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[Lee Scott] Whoa! Thank you. Thank you. Alright, alright. Every year ... okay, okay ...

It would be a pleasure for anybody to be the CEO of this company because you know it doesn't matter if you're Sam Walton or you're David Glass or you're Lee Scott, when you come to this meeting, year after year, you get to say, "We had record sales, we had record earnings, we had record reinvestment back into our company." ...

But you know I say all that, but let me tell you my friends you better be ready to be better because today, for whatever reason, whether it's our success or our size, Walmart Stores, Incorporated has generated fear if not envy in some circles. And that makes it more important than ever that we focus on doing the right thing, in doing things right every time. ...

There's two things that we should do: No. 1 is tell the Walmart story, get the message out there....

And the second thing is stay the course. Walmart is too important to individual families who are stretching a budget, we're too important to the suppliers who employ millions of people, we're too important to our associates for whom we have so much love and value so much. And your company will continue to demonstrate our citizenship as a good employer and a member of the communities we serve so well around this world. Ladies and gentlemen, I promise you this: we're going to stay the course, and this company is going to continue to grow.

Middlefield, Ohio.

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[Don Hunter] Actually, H & H started in 1962, it started on Main Street in Middlefield, a little country store that at that time we were starting a family and it was pretty difficult to know, it was a big decision, and my brother-in-law and I decided we were going to take that step, and we went into business.

UNITED STATES POST OFFICE, MIDDLEFIELD, OHIO.

[Don Hunter] We started in a little one-room building that had a full basement, but we did all of our plumbing in the basement, but the upstairs retail area was very small. And we were there for a year and a half to two years, and then we moved on to a larger store in a shopping center and spent several years there, and proceeded in 1992 to build this facility here.

Turnkey Grand Openings.

[Don Hunter] This gentleman here happens to be my son. He's been my right-hand man for many many years. It was much easier to retire in '96 when he was here to take over.

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[Jon Hunter] One of the biggest parts of our store, being out in a rural area, is what we call the hardware section, the nuts and the bolts and the nails and all types of fasteners. That's always been good because a lot of the farmers are always mending machinery and things around the farm. And the kids that were in here when I was growing up in here, now they've got families and they come in here for the fix-it-up things.

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[Jeremy Hunter, son of Jon Hunter] Ever since I was eight I'd come down on Friday nights and after school, and work till nine.

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[Matt Hunter, Son of Jon Hunter] I've worked here since I was six. I swept or helped customers when I was young too. At the end of the day, grandpa would give us pocket change. I spent a lot of late nights in here, too. Especially when we were building it.

I HUNT BLUETICKS. I'M A COON HUNTER.

FREEDOM WILL BE DEFENDED.

SPORTSMEN FOR BUSH 2004.


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[Johnny Faenza] I generally arrive here about 7:15 in the morning, and I unlock the door. I come in and turn the lights on and I get the day money for each drawer in the registers, and I open up the registers. And usually at that time, Tom is here, and Tom goes ahead and kind of tidies up the front of the store and sets out the American flag and the benches for our customers to sit on. And a lot of times the Amish fellows on their way to work will stop here for things that they need, for their day's projects so they'll come in and get plumbing or electrical supplies or a lot of times sporting goods. We have a busy sporting goods division.

WAL-MART DESCENDS ON MIDDLEFIELD!

[Don Hunter] Jon has been preparing for trying to change stock and inventory, keeping in mind basically to stay with surplus. If you can't compete in one area, we're going to stick with something that is not offered ...

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[Johnny Faenza] The mass merchandisers to a great extent do not provide excellence in service. I'll use Walmart as an example, and you're really lucky if they have anyone in the plumbing section who knows anything about plumbing.

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[Dr. John Bruening] We were trying to get ready for them for the last probably ten years.

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[Frank Mormino] We had a meeting with all the guys and explained the purpose of our job, make sure we do everything right and thorough. We explained what Walmart did and what we do that's different.

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[Jon Hunter] This book was brought to us by an Amish customer. He's so much against the Walmart movement after reading this book, that he wanted to get some in and start passing them out or sell them to friends for whatever it cost him. So that's basically, I got a few extra ones, he's taken several and has gotten rid of them, and I'm doing the same.

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[Don Hunter] Well, I have never been in a Walmart store; I never intend to go in a Walmart store. I've never had the need, and I've never liked their principles. That's not nice to say at all, probably, but I've seen a lot of small communities crucified and forced out, ma and pa operations that have been in business for years that are out on the street. They just had to close their doors, just because of one entity.

And it appears that that is their intent. To come into a community and force everybody out.

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[Jeremy Hunter] They did nothing but lay down the frickin' red carpet for them. I know how hard it was for my dad, my grandfather, to build this building on this lot. They went through everything to try and get the commissioners and stuff to allow them to build here. I mean, we got sign issues, they got to be a certain size, we had to make sure we had enough green around the area ...

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[Jon Hunter] I'm all for free enterprise, but when you look at the big picture, the people who own the company are the richest people in the world. So in reality, I think they could spread that out. I'm curious to see how much they'll actually give back to the community.

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[Dr. John Bruening, Owner, Geauga Vision] To even use American with Walmart in the same sentence, I don't agree with at all. It's like a Chinese company to me, only with American board members.

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[Tom Glassburner, H & H Hardware Employee] It's not a mystery, they come right out on record and say they don't buy American.

[Dr. John Bruening, Owner, Geauga Vision] And all they've done is give China a better distribution center where before, they would have had to find contacts, who to sell to and develop their own markets. Now they got a pipeline in everybody's living room by going through Walmart.

[Tom Glassburner, H & H Hardware Employee] I think the government should have more control. You talk about monopolies, if Walmart's not a monopoly, I don't know what is.

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[Johnny Faenza, H & H Hardware Employee] I'm not at all in favor of any kind of communism or socialism. I believe that America should always and forever remain free. However, I think there need to be regulations established wherein ... you know, they busted up Standard Oil, and they busted up Ma Bell, but Walmart seems to be going on a rampage through the American economy, and nobody's even paying attention. The logic of it escapes me. And I spend a lot of time thinking about it.

[Dr. John Bruening, Owner, Geauga Vision] Well, I'm a Republican. I'm a conservative. But I'm following very closely what's happening with the unions. It used to be that a union wage was something that everybody would look up at and say, "Wow, he's a union worker, he's making $18 or $20 an hour." I realize that what we're paying our people. We're not union. I'm all for the unions doing whatever they can do, and whether it be Walmart or K-Mart, or any store that's not going to pay a fair wage.

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[Johnny Faenza] I'm a staunch American. I love America. It's the finest, freest country in the world. I'd still, at my age, fight and die for this country. But it seems there are things going on within this country, particularly from a business and economic standpoint, that aren't for the good of the people. I mean the people in mass. You know, a small segment of the population is doing well by what's happening, but the greater majority of the people are being made subservient.

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[Dr. John Bruening, Owner, Geauga Vision] I mean, Sam Walton, I don't think would be comfortable with the way things are going right now. I don't think this is why he started the store. It wasn't to crush other competition.

[Johnny Faenza] We have people in this town, families who can't feed their children. And families who have the entirety of their belongings in a car and in a trailer, and are spending most of their life in their car or at the mall because they have been evicted from their homes because they can't find work.

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[Jon Hunter] I think there are a lot of people who don't realize there are those people in town, too. I mean, you say that's in Middlefield and people say, "Oh, no."

[Johnny Faenza] Exactly. I was dreaming all of a sudden that the people in this town caught on to a great extent, and we were all out in the street protesting. But I think the likelihood of that happening, we'll probably see pigs fly before then.

[Jon Hunter] I put this business plan together with the help of hardware organizations and people, and I went to several different banks to check on some funding. And when I got an appraisal on the business and the buildings, the appraiser actually came in and devalued the building. And here I figured it'd be appreciating after like ten years and he came in with a lower value. And I questioned him, "How can this be?" He said it was inflation. And I said the economy's not great, but it should still be at least holding its value. And he said, "No. any time a Walmart's coming into town, they knock the values down because sooner or later there's going to be a bunch of empty buildings, and none of them are going to be able to sell.

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[Don Hunter] Any community on a grand opening is going to see a change, a drop in sales. It happens regardless of whether it's Walmart or someone else. You'll have a drop in sales. So there'll be a dramatic change of some type. How long it will last, it can't last forever because you just can't stand the overhead if you don't have the business. So something has to happen. And let's hope it doesn't come to that point. But you never know.

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INVENTORY CLOSEOUT SALE. AFTER 43 YEARS H & H HARDWARE IS CLOSING.

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[Jon Hunter] Well, right now, after we liquidate product, I'm in the process of trying to sell the ... we own the building so I'm trying to sell the building, as well as get somebody in here that will be able to lease, too. I've got a couple of people on the line right now that want to talk with me within the next couple of days. And hopefully, we'll work something out and sell the property, and I'll be able to pay all my bills and walk away without any debt. That's if it all works out all right. I pray that it will.

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H & H HARDWARE.

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[Weldon Nicholson, Walmart Store Manager Trainer - 17 years) I remember that like it was yesterday. To hell with it, Walmart will buy the damn town. We'll shut them down. And we used to drive through town and was going "Six months, three months, six months" was when we'd be closing them.

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We drive up all the way to New York City on Route 80 and you can pull off at Clarion or any of those towns up there, and you'll see a Walmart up on the hill, you'll see a Perkins, maybe a Burger King, and then you'll drive further into the town and you'll see an empty town. It looks like a neutron bomb hit it.

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[Al Norman, Founder, Sprawl-Busters] They don't get it. When we start talking about quality of life, they start talking about cheap underwear. I keep saying, "You can't buy small-town quality of life at a Walmart. They don't sell it. But once they steal it from you, you can't get it back at any price."

MAIN.

BLUES ALLEY. DELTA AVE.

HEARNE, TEXAS.


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[Grace Thibodeaux, Hearne, Texas Resident] We thought that it was the most fantastic thing in the world that Walmart was coming to Texas. I mean, it was like they had bestowed some great honor on the community. And we welcomed them, literally, with open arms. We could not say enough good about them, could not do enough for them, could not help them come ... when Walmart first made the decision to come here, you could come to town on a Saturday evening and not find a parking place anywhere. I came to downtown Hearne on Saturday before Christmas and there was 12 cars in downtown Hearne. I counted 12 cars in downtown Hearne. That is pathetic.

HOYT'S.

BIG PILLOW MOTEL.

SCOTTSBORO GUN & PAWN.


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WAL-MART DRIVES DOWN RETAIL WAGES $3 BILLION EVERY YEAR

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Walmart] I think Sam Walton would tell us, just as he did before he passed away, that the number one thing in this company are our associates, and we've got stores that aren't treating associates as well as they should be treated

Port Charlotte, Florida.

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[Diane DeVoy, Walmart Employee - 6 years] And you know, it's a community college. I didn't have much for anything else. And I was doing really well. I had a 4.0 average. But life happens. My dad got sick, my mom got sick, and things happen. And it just didn't work out the way I thought it was going to. When I started working there, I had so much pride in my job. I did. I didn't mind being there when they needed me. I knew that we were short-staffed. At that time I didn't know it was a purposeful thing, that that's their intention.

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[Cathy Nemchik, Walmart Employee - 4 years] They had stacks like this of applications in the back. They just didn't hire them. And then we're told, "We don't know what to do. We don't have the people. We don't have this, we don't have that." And I really did, at first, I felt bad for them. It was like, "Okay, I'll give you an extra hour here, I'll come in early tomorrow, okay I won't take my day off."

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[Diane DeVoy, Walmart Employee - 6 years] Always having to stay late. If you're supposed to work till 11:00, you're there till 12:00, 12:30.

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[Stan Fortune, Walmart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] Keep the number of associates from being full time, as many as you can. Keep them part-time as much as you can. And just keep reducing that expense.

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[Jon Lehman, Walmart Store Manager - 19 years] The Company doesn't allow the stores enough payroll dollars on their budget to get this job done, and this job is enormous. This Company is rolling in, is raking in the dough in sales. I mean, my store alone did over $100 million in sales the year that I left.

[Diane DeVoy, Walmart Employee - 6 years] Having to get up with the kids. Just getting them out to school after four hours of sleep.

[Stan Fortune, Walmart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] They don't care about what you sacrifice. It doesn't matter how many people lose their families. It doesn't matter if the associates have good health care. It doesn't matter -- anything other than what the bottom line profit is for that store that month.

[Jon Lehman, Walmart Store Manager - 19 years] It just makes it really difficult to have a good family life at Walmart.

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[Weldon Nicholson, Walmart Store Manager Trainer - 17 years] You know, if you can squeeze every dime out of them, you go for it. And it doesn't matter what happens to their families, if they fall apart, if they get sick. You know, to hell with them.

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Walmart] We're troubled by the fact that there are people who work full-time who in fact cannot provide enough for their families to live decently.

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[Diane DeVoy, Walmart Employee - 6 years] It was just impossible for me to pay my bills, pay for daycare, and work. The money that I did get went right back into Walmart. I get my check, have it deposited, go shopping. When I first started at Walmart, I had my kids on the Walmart insurance. It got to the point where it was just too much for me to handle, I just couldn't afford it. I'd have to pay my premiums at work, and then when I took them to the doctors, I still had to pay. I always had to pay a chunk of money.
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Re: WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, directed by Robert

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Part 2 of 11

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Walmart] I'm proud of the fact that we have the benefits that we have, and that we have the wages that we have.

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[Phenix Montgomery, Walmart Employee] People that's making $7 an hour that has to go to the doctor, they're not going to be able to meet that deductible.

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[Anonymous Walmart Worker #1] And I have an 18-month old baby, and he didn't have any kind of insurance. When he was sick, I would have to try and fix him myself, get medication myself. If he had to go to the doctor, I would have to take him and pay it as I could.

[Lee Scott, CEO, Walmart] Sam Walton believed that it was inappropriate for an associate with illness in the family to have to worry about how they were going to survive the financial impact.

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[Josh Noble, Walmart Employee] I was under my mom's insurance plan with a local grocery store that she worked for and any prescription, it didn't matter what it was for, was $5. And now at Walmart, for that one bottle of pills, I'm paying $70.

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[Donna Payton, Walmart Employee] But I can't afford to put my children on the Walmart insurance because it's too expensive.

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[Alicia Sylvia, Walmart Employee] There's no way I can afford to have $75 taken out of each check just for medical. That's why, because I'm such low income, I'm able to get the Medicaid for the kids through Colorado State.

[Donna Payton, Walmart Employee] But they're a billion dollar corporation, so I do not see why they cannot offer a better medical package for their associates so that we can afford to get our families on insurance.

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[Edith Arana, Walmart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] You start weighing, okay, he's sick, we eat. Which one do we do? Well, let's give him an aspirin.

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[Weldon Nicholson, Walmart Store Manager Trainer - 17 years] No matter what anybody says, it's poverty level. I watched so many people go without lunch in the lounges, that I stopped eating in the lounges because I just had my managers eating there because I just couldn't stand it. They just wouldn't eat. And we weren't allowed to offer them any money. And there were people I see that didn't eat nothing. They'd take an hour lunch and just sit there.

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[Edith Arana, Walmart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] We have full-time employees that worked at Walmart and they had medical, but the medical was so high, so they had to go out and get Medi-Cal, some type of government medical.

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[Diane DeVoy, Walmart Employee - 6 years] When I was working at Walmart I was on WIC. That's an excellent program. It saved my life, really, because you got all the formula and cereal and stuff you needed for the baby. And I also went to the Medicaid office. It can be a real hassle having to deal with the offices, but you know, at least they're there. I'm thankful for the programs that are available. It's not a fun situation. It's demeaning. I always heard people say, "Oh, they're so many people who just use the system." I can't imagine that because there is no way I would want to spend any length of time doing what you have to do to get assistance.

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[Cathy Nemchik, Walmart Employee - 4 years] You talk about using the system, look at the way Walmart is using the system. They're promoting people to go to Healthy Kids, and to get food stamps, and Section 8 housing. They're the ones that are using the system.

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[Diane DeVoy, Walmart Employee - 6 years] Yeah, it's pretty bad when you need to tell your employees that all these programs are available for you because we're not paying you enough money.

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[KOVR 13] Retail giant Walmart is encouraging its workers to go on Welfare.

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[News Announcer] Instead of paying for its employees to have health benefits, she says Walmart is making the government take care of it.

WAL*MART TO WELFARE?

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In Florida, Walmart has more employees and family members eligible for Medicaid than any other company. Critics accuse the retail giant of using Medicaid and state programs for the poor, as its healthcare plan.

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WAL-MART Public Costs: $85 MILLION a year to California Taxpayers; Up to $25 MILLION more to county taxpayers; Health Care, Income Tax Credits, Housing Subsidies, Food Stamps

This report from UC Berkeley researchers concludes Walmart costs state taxpayers $86 million a year, and county taxpayers as much as another $25 million to pick up the tab for public health care and income tax credits, housing subsidies, and food stamps.

Evelyn Dees used to work full-time for Walmart, but didn't have company healthcare benefits. She literally couldn't afford to pay for it, so she turned to government assistance.

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What the public doesn't understand is that those everyday low prices are based on taxpayer subsidies. Walmart is getting away with it because they can.

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[Stan Fortune, Walmart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] I talked to the regional personnel manager about who is going to take care of Walmart associates and their healthcare needs. He said, "Let the state do it."

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[Phenix Montgomery, Walmart Employee] The personnel manager told me personally that there's assistance out there for people, they should be able to go use it. Use your taxpayer dollars.

[Stan Fortune, Walmart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] I had a list of all the government agencies, all the different places that people could go if they needed money for their utility bills, if they needed to apply for food stamps, or if they needed to apply for WIC or for Medicaid.

[Phenix Montgomery, Walmart Employee] So your dignity is not there. Your pride is not there. You go to work knowing that you're not making enough money to really make ends meet, yet you gotta go with a smile on your face and fake it. Yeah, that's pretty bad.

[Edith Arana, Walmart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] They should come up with some type of healthcare that a full-time person can afford and don't have to put on the scale healthcare or feed my family.

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[Diane DeVoy, Walmart Employee - 6 years] Why is it that a corporation that in 2003 had an outstanding $240 billion in sales will not provide a liveable wage and affordable healthcare for their employees.

[Stan Fortune, Walmart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] There's nowhere around that there's a company that makes this much money and still turns around and makes their associates go to the state for aid.

[Actual WalMart Commercial] And I think my company takes family very seriously. And they'll help you achieve anything you want. The possibilities are absolutely endless at Walmart.

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WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: ALABAMA: 3,864 Children of Wal-Mart Employees are Enrolled in Medicaid.

WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: ARIZONA: 2,700 Wal-Mart Workers on Medicaid.

WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: ARKANSAS: 3,971 Wal-Mart Workers on Public Assistance.

WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: CONNECTICUT: 824 Wal-Mart Workers Have Children in a State Health Care Program.

WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: FLORIDA: 12,300 Wal-Mart Workers and their Dependents on Medicaid.

WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: GEORGIA: 10,261 Children of Wal-Mart Employees are Enrolled in PeachCare for Kids.

WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: MASSACHUSETTS: 4,172 Wal-Mart Workers and Dependents on State Health Care.

WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: TENNESSEE: 9,617 Wal-Mart Workers on TennCare.

WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: TEXAS: 4,363 Children of Wal-Mart Employees on CHIP.

WAL-MART WORKERS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: WISCONSIN: 1,252 Wal-Mart Employees and Dependents on BadgerCare.


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Wal-Mart Costs Taxpayers $1,557,000,000.00 to Support its Employees.

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Wal-Mart] Think of the careers that get started in this company and the difference it makes in people's lives. But most importantly to me, jobs that come with opportunity for personal development.
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Re: WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, directed by Robert

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Part 3 of 11

Loveland, Colorado.

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[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] When I first started working at Wal-Mart, I was still in high school. I didn't have any plans to go to college later on. And the people I was working with were just so nice, and I thought that was just awesome. My job function is entirely express technician. It is performing oil service to tire changes, battery service, I stock the inside shelves, writing up reports which is greeting the customer, running the cash register, ring people out, you know, from just groceries that they bought throughout the store. And they all want it done at the same time. All I'm worried about is the one 4% raise per year that you get from Wal-Mart. Now I've worked there three years, and I've got, I believe, $1.07 raise. I don't have good healthcare benefits, and I can't afford to live on my own anymore. Most of it is the poor treatment from management at Wal-Mart.

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WAL*MART. Low Wages. Low Morals Always.

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[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] I don't know, it's just weird. I've always been quiet and shy, and now I kind of need to stand up for myself and my community.

So I just searched the Internet for a while, and whatever I typed in, it brought up the same thing. You know, I'd type in "employee rights," and it would bring up the union. Or "fair labor practice" would bring up the union.

These corporate people in the Wal-Mart corporation, they don't really even like to say the word "union." To them, it's like a curse word. They just say "third party representation." That's the way they put it.

Get a Union.

Speak Out. Let us know. Are you satisfied with your current wages and benefits?


[Jon Lehman, Wal-Mart Store Manager - 19 years] Wal-Mart is very opposed to unions. It's one of the most anti-, if not THE most aggressively anti-union company in the history of the United States. They are just relentless in their search for union activity, and they try to squelch it, kill it.

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] Ed DuPontis, he gave you a call, right?

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[Norberto Ricardo, UFCW Union Rep] He gave me a call and he said he wants nothing to do with the union. He said no, no, no.

[Jon Lehman, Wal-Mart Store Manager - 19 years] I had a worker that came to me with a piece of paper that someone had typed up on a computer. In big bold black letters it said "WE NEED A UNION." No signature, that's all it said. That in itself is enough to require me as a store manager to go and make a phone call. And the phone call comes to Bentonville. And that afternoon, I had to personally drive to the airport and pick up three guys that flew in in a corporate jet, and pick them up, and bring them back to my store.

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[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] Josh Calls Alicia: We have to do this for the reasons we started it.

[Stan Fortune, Wal-Mart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] What they basically do is they walk in and tell the store manager "You're no longer in charge of the store, every decision goes through us."

[Weldon Nicholson, Wal-Mart Store Manager Trainer - 17 years] They taught me how to profile people. Of course, I didn't know that was the term then. And it was identifying people that were the strongest representers of the petition to organize, or at least get a vote.

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] Anita we need to contact still. There's a possibility there.

[Weldon Nicholson, Wal-Mart Store Manager Trainer - 17 years] You walk up to a couple of associates and they're both talking, and they walk away from each other -- they gotta go. They're conspiring to do something.

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ROLL THE UNION ON! WORKERS RIGHTS! HUMAN RIGHTS!

[Protestor] Be noisy, be happy, be boisterous, we're here to support folks who are trying desperately to fight against the world's largest, richest, and probably meanest corporation.

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[Stan Fortune, Wal-Mart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] The associates in the automotive department were flooded with brainwashing material against the union.

UNION YES.

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] I can't get into the store. It's 50 feet before somebody approaches me, or there's somebody following me around the store.

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[Anonymous Wal-Mart Worker #2] I was never alone. I was followed wherever I went. Truly, the managers would follow me.

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[Jon Lehman, Wal-Mart Store Manager - 19 years] During the process of intimidating them, they just make their lives miserable. They do illegal surveillance, they put cameras up in work stations, work areas, break rooms.

[Phenix Montgomery, Wal-Mart Employee] You got a target on your back. And now everybody else know, "I have to stay away from this person here because I can get fired for talking to this person."

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[Alicia Sylvia, Wal-Mart Employee] They are targeting a lot of it at Josh. Because they were talking about Josh being held up on their shoulders, and parading around, they're like "Yeah, he's just using it for a way to get attention."

[Stan Fortune, Wal-Mart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] One of their favorite tactics is to come out and say, "We have to freeze all the raises in the store, because we can't appear to be bribing anybody."

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[Anthony J. Kuc Jr., Wal-Mart Assistant Manager - 3-1/2 years] It was a great political ploy by Wal-Mart in my mind to say that's why they weren't getting raises, cause some of those employees started putting pressure on the TLE people, tire lube and express people because, "Hey, we can't get raises because of you."

[Alicia Sylvia, Wal-Mart Employee] I was like so scared to go to the break room because they made us all go to break together because it was really dead after that. So we start walking through, and customers and other associates were like giving us weird looks, I was like "I'm not going in that break room. They'll jump me or something."

[Norberto Ricardo, UFCW Union Rep] Alicia's good.

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] Alicia's way good. I talked with her quite a bit. And Cody, we know Cody's good.

[Stan Fortune, Wal-Mart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] What struck the managers to start hiring associates in the store, and what they do for us is try to dissolve the percentages of the people in the store that are for the union.

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] C. James.

[Norberto Ricardo, UFCW Union Rep] James is another new hire.

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] I'm not even sure who that is.

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[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee]Josh Calls Alicia: Yeah, but you know, this is our store. This isn't their store. We're making them money. We're the little worker ants, you know.

[Man] So what's your prediction?

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] Uh, right now it's at 50-50. I mean, the few people in the middle are just going to make it or break it right now.

[Man] I think you lost Alicia.

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] No. I've talked with her quite a bit. She's just kind of a hard-to-read type of person. I hang out with her and stuff on the weekends, but she's definitely into it. She's real strong.

[Alicia Sylvia, Wal-Mart Employee] Um, I just believe it's really going to go like, "done," because, you know, Cody's not voting, Ryan's not voting yes, and I'm still kind of, I kind of really don't want to vote, but then you kind of have to.

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] Josh Calls Alicia: You're getting all freaked out because of what they're saying. They're not going to know how you voted. They're not going to know. All it's going to be is a bunch of numbers right now.

[Josh Noble, Wal-Mart Employee] So we've got 6 for no, another 6 yes. So we've got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 on the fence.

[Jon Lehman, Wal-Mart Store Manager - 19 years] The company does everything it can, and that means anything. And they will kill it. They'll kill the campaign.

[Weldon Nicholson, Wal-Mart Store Manager Trainer - 17 years] It's not a fair battle. It's not according to the National Labor Relation's Act. But when they find out there's a campaign going on, everything that can be done, fair, unfair, legal, ey, maybe not so legal, is done to keep the union out.

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$7,000 ANTI-UNION CAMERA PACKAGE per store.
$30,000 UNDERCOVER SPY VAN per store.
$100,000 24 hour ANTI-UNION HOTLINE
$7,000,000 Rapid response team with CORPORATE JET.

Germany.


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[Ulrich Dalibor, Organizer for - ver.di] Wal-Mart was very lucky to acquire two really good companies. But of course they were already unionized. Wal-Mart had no choice.

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[Elke Richards, Wal-Mart Employee] Because of the union, we get 36 days of vacation a year. Usually people take three weeks in the Summer, three weeks in the Spring. It depends. You can split your vacations into two or three times per year. Or even more often if you prefer.

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[Zlata Djuric, Wal-Mart Employee] My job is very important. And if I have to fear for my job, it's a bad thing. A very bad thing. If Wal-Mart says, "We're all a big family, and we have nothing to hide, everything's great," I don't understand why the colleagues in America can't have a Worker's Council, can't establish a union. I can't understand that.

[Actual Wal-Mart Commercial] Wal-Mart is a career. It's not just a job. Good quality of life, good educational opportunities for my children.

[Lee Scott, CEO, Wal-Mart] It is right for the 1.2 million Wal-Mart associates including more minorities, and more seniors than work in any other company in America. Wal-Mart offers the right job at the right time in their lives, and it gives them a step up the economic ladder.

Pasadena, California.

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[Edith Arana, Wal-Mart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] My name is Edith Arana. I live here in Southern California. I have two girls. I go to school to be a preschool teacher. I worked for Wal-Mart for six years. They explained to me the different things they offered, and the type of company Wal-Mart was. I said, "That's a company I want to work for." I always found it rewarding to me to help the customer find what they were looking for. I could work wonders.

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[Weldon Nicholson, Wal-Mart Store Manager Trainer - 17 years] Do more with less. I know the true meaning of do more with less. They want the associates to do more, and they're going to pay them less.

[Edith Arana, Wal-Mart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] They would come in the office, or on the floor, it didn't matter, where you were working, they would say, "Well, you know, we have no overtime, there is to be no overtime whatsoever, you may have five baskets of clothes that need to be, merchandise that needs to be put back, you may have 30 minutes left on your 8-hour shift but we need those baskets put away. And they usually do it with a smile. You would go along with it because you needed that job. And there were no ifs, ands or buts about it. They would let you know one way or the other, if you can't do it, I'll just get somebody else to do it. You are not a person that cannot be replaced. And you know, we're hiring all the time. And in your mind you go, "Look, I got these kids at home. I just have to make that sacrifice." And you will.

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[Shane Youtz, Attorney] They are asked to work off the clock with the implication that if they don't work off the clock, that is what is expected at this particular store, they are going to lose their job. And they do it as a matter of survival.

[Man] And it comes from the top.

[News Announcer] Wal-Mart is fighting legal battles with scores of former employees in 31 states. Hourly workers who say the company has cheated them out of hundreds of millions of dollars in overtime pay.

[News Announcer] The Wal-Mart Corporation paid approximately $50 million to settle an off the clock class action suit in Colorado. In Texas, it is estimated that they cheated workers up to $150 million in unpaid wages.

$150 MILLION TEXAS.

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Wal-Mart] Our policy is that we pay everyone for every hour worked.

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[Jon Stewart] He's the CEO of Wal-Mart, that's the best he can do, "If you work here, we'll pay you." That's it? "Work at Wal-Mart, it's better than getting kicked in the nuts."

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[John Lehman, Wal-Mart Store Manager - 19 years] Our district manager actually explained to us how to cheat workers out of overtime. He said, this is how you can come in on your payroll budget for this week. He said if you have say 3 workers who have overtime, maybe an hour, or even 20 minutes over 40 hours, he explained to us how to go into the system under a false user I.D. to get into the computer and move that time to the next week.

[Weldon Nicholson, Wal-Mart Store Manager Trainer - 17 years] I've seen managers go in when someone worked 41, 42 hours, and change it to 40 hours. The people that are struggling to just live on the basics everyday, or do without, need that extra minute or two on their paycheck. And those that are victimized the most. I'm not the only one who did it. I've seen every manager except for one general manager do it.

[Man] Wal-Mart refuses to follow the very American ethic that has served the country well for many years. People should be paid for the work they do.

[Man] Wal-Mart currently faces lawsuits in 31 different states for wage and hour abuses potentially involving hundreds of thousands of workers.
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Part 4 of 11

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[Stan Fortune, Wal-Mart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] As a store manager, you're responsible for reducing your expenses every single month. And the only way to do that is to keep the associates' numbers down.

[Anonymous Wal-Mart Worker #1] I was just getting about 19 hours per week, and you can't pay bills with that. I mean, it's just not right at all.

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[Edith Arana, Wal-Mart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] If you're not getting those full-time hours for that week, that's devastating. It may help them on their bottom line, but it doesn't help you at home.

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[Lee Scott, CEO Wal-Mart] When it comes to jobs, we have good jobs. 74% of our people are full-time. Most people in America don't know that.

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[Jon Stewart] Although most people in America also don't know Wal-Mart considers full-time employment 28 hours per week which, at their starting wage, works out to under $12,000 per year.

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Federal Poverty Level, Family of Four: $17,650; Average Wal-Mart Hourly Sales Employee Wages: $13,861.

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[News Announcer] Bentonville, Arkansas. INS agents arrested 250 undocumented workers in 61 Wal-Marts around America.

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[Undocumented Worker] We was working from 9 pm to 7:30 am. We was locked in stores. We couldn't leave until store manager come morning.

[News Announcer] Wal-Mart is paying $11 million to settle federal allegations it used illegal immigrants to clean its stores.

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[Lady] I'm stunned that they would employ illegal immigrants. Very stunned.

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[Jon Stewart] You're stunned they hire illegal immigrants for nearly no pay? Lady, you just bought a sweatshirt there for 29 cents.

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[News Announcer] Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, could be facing the largest lawsuit ever brought against a private employer. Lawyers suing Wal-Mart will file their motion today, and if a judge agrees, the company could be facing a class-action lawsuit for discrimination against 1.6 million current and former female employees.

[Edith Arana, Wal-Mart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] I had no idea about the lawsuit. And there were people in my store who had no idea about it also.

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[Jon Lehman, Wal-Mart Store Manager - 19 years] Members of management that are in the upper echelons of Wal-Mart management talk about how women at Wal-Mart are useless.

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[Vivian Calimee, Wal-Mart Regional Marketing Director - 15 years] I have been receiving manager, I was operation manager, I was merchandise manager. So it's kind of like I did it all.

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[Sue Midolo, Wal-Mart Training Coordinator - 5 years] I cleaned the bathroom every single day. Ken would come to me and he'd say to me, "Oh, it's your turn again." And I'd look at him and say, "It was my turn yesterday." And he'd laugh, and we'd joke about it, and we'd go back and forth, and I'd say, "I know, I'm the only female that's working out here, so hence I have to clean the bathroom."

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[Vivian Calimee, Wal-Mart Regional Marketing Director - 15 years] Nobody said, well why a woman been in this ___, all of these years, you look at the evaluation, every general manager stated, "She should be a GM within a year, within six months." Every evaluation. What's wrong with this picture?

[Jon Lehman, Wal-Mart Store Manager - 19 years] The company hides the fact that these practices are very systemic. They are systemic meaning they come out of the home office.

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[Brigitte Bramley, Wal-Mart Support Manager - 6 years] Bottom line, if you were a female you just weren't worth it. You weren't worth the time, you weren't worth the money, you weren't worth the effort, nothing.

[Vivian Calimee, Wal-Mart Regional Marketing Director - 15 years] A blind man, my grandmother was blind, she could see better than what you guys are seeing because you put the blinders on. You didn't want to see.

[Edith Arana, Wal-Mart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] When I called, I called to file a petition, or to file a claim against them just to say that they discriminated against me because I was a woman.

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[Betty Johnson, Wal-Mart Employee] I'm Betty. I'm a Wal-Mart associate, and I LOVE working at Wal-Mart. I love it they pay me less than men because that means I can't afford to eat as much and I get to keep my figure....

Jim got promoted to management over me, but that's okay because he's a cutie! ...

You go get 'em, honey.

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[Donna Payton, Wal-Mart Employee] When I applied for the assistant manager training program, I didn't get any response back at all.

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[Edith Arana, Wal-Mart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] I went through everything I had done for my store manager, and I did it like you would do a checklist. I said, "You told me to do this, I did it. You told me to do this, I did it." He agreed with a nod. And I said, "So now I want what you promised me." And he just bluntly told me, "There's no place for people like you in management." And I said, "Well, what do you mean, 'people like me'?" And I said to him, "That I'm a woman or that I'm black?" He said, "Well, two out of two ain't bad."

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[Phenix Montgomery, Wal-Mart Employee] I was called "milkboy," "nigger," you know, at this particular store. There was an incident where this one guy's bicycle, they hung it up on the ceiling and put a rope around it, you know, literally put this lynch disguised bicycle. This is what they said. But I complained because to me it was offensive. And it was unacceptable. What happened after that? Nothing.

[Edith Arana, Wal-Mart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] I don't know if I was more devastated than humiliated. But in my mind, the way I love people, I just couldn't see another person, maybe their not as strong as I am, to be able to do that.

[Phenix Montgomery, Wal-Mart Employee] This woman walked through the hallway and said, "Eenie, meenie, minee, mo, catch a nigger by the toe," I reported this incident. Nothing happened. If you complain about discrimination, they'll just let out more people on you to see if they can really work you out of there, or whatever. And that's basically what happened to me. I just got tired.

[Edith Arana, Wal-Mart Inventory Specialist - 6 years] I started going backwards in my mind of all the different stuff. And it started clicking and clicking. And the more I thought, the worse I felt, because I felt to myself "You're an idiot. How could you have not known?" I was devastated. The time that I spent on those roads, I could have been home with my husband. But I wasn't, because I was doing my end of what Wal-Mart promised me. "If you do this, we will do this." And it was not worth my husband's life.

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[Weldon Nicholson, Wal-Mart Store Manager Trainer - 17 years] And the worst part about it is nobody will ever know how big this is, what happens to people. There's got to be more people like me out there. But they're too afraid to say anything.

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[Walmart Commercial] I LOVE my job. It's challenging but it's really satisfying.

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We truly are living the American dream. It's out there, and it's at Wal-Mart.

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Wal-Mart] Great citizenship also means that we are going to support the communities that we are in through our charities, and the organizations that exist there.
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Re: WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, directed by Robert

Postby admin » Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:31 am

Part 5 of 11

Hamilton, Missouri.

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[Red Esry, Owner, Esry's IGA] You know, by the time I was born, counting Hoover, I have lived under about 36% of the presidents of the United States. You think about that. Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Senior Bush, and Junior Bush.

American Legion Post 285.

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[Red Esry, Owner, Esry's IGA] So there's 13 presidents out of 43 that I've lived under.

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[Red Esry, Owner, Esry's IGA] We came here in 1959 and started a IGA store, which is Independent Grocers. We had approximately 150 employees, and of these 150 employees, the full-time employees had -- and that was a great number of them -- had full coverage on health insurance. We also had a 401K Pension plan that they really appreciated.

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[Scott Esry, Red Esry's Son] In small, family-owned businesses, you do become attached to your employees, and they are very important to you.

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[Dee Esry] We always tried to have a Christmas party or a Christmas dinner, where all of the employees came. And we'd close the stores.

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[Jordan Esry, Red Esry's Granddaughter] And everyday after school, I'd get off the bus and run up to the store, because we lived a couple of blocks from it.

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[Red Esry, Owner, Esry's IGA] The baler that we use here is a baler that was left over from when we closed down the stores in the late '90s.

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SUBSIDY GRANTED!

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City of Cameron gives Wal-Mart $2.1 Million to set up shop.

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WAL-MART GIVEN SUBSIDY AGAIN!

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City of Brookfield gives Wal-Mart $300,000.00 to open doors.

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FAMILY BUSINESS THREATENED!

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[Scott Esry, Red Esry's Son] I don't believe it's fair the way Wal-Mart can come in, the funding that they get for their sewers, infrastructure, road, parking signals, ingress, egress, etcetera in compared to what the independent retailer gets. No, I don't believe it's fair.

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[Dee Esry] Well certainly it's not fair, and I think he, at one time, did go talk to them in Cameron and say, "If we're going to run a business here, can you help us?" Well, no, they couldn't do that.

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[Red Esry, Owner, Esry's IGA] I don't think it's fair to help them to build roads for their business, and at the same time the store opens, it puts others out of business. The competition that we're up against really hasn't caused the problem as much as the competition being helped by our government from one level to the other. They get all the breaks.

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BROOKFIELD, CITY HALL.

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[Dee Esry] "Wal-Mart's coming in and running us out. We know you helped them, or gave them tax abatements, will you give us a tax abatement?" And no, they couldn't do that. So the county nor the city would do that. And of course, everybody knew it was unfair, but what can you do about it? Maybe there's nothing you can do about it.

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[Ernest Esry] On sewer, water, any of that stuff, as far as I know we never received one dime from the city, county, or any place like that.

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[Richard Techau, Mayor of Brookfield, MO] If you tell them that you don't want them in your city limits, there would be nothing to stop them from buying five acres out here outside the city limits, plopping their building down, hooking up to rural water, and having all of the negative effects on the city and none of the positive effects.

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[Red Esry] They have a supercenter in Cameron, and it took about 40% of our business in Cameron. And about 1/3 of our business here in Hamilton. In Brookfield, it took over 50% of our business, just overnight.

[Dee Esry] It's really hard to make those payments with the wholesalers having problems themselves. So everything just kind of culminated in everybody having problems. To pay the employees, we used cash from the inventory, and then you didn't have any inventory.

[Ernest Esry] In the process of all this, I had to borrow money to put in the stores with the farm as collateral.

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[Red Esry] It went down from there. So we had no recourse but to just close 'em up. And it was 40 years of hard work that seemed to disappear all at once. It wasn't a very easy thing to adjust to.

[Dee Esry] And now, you can see Irvin's still saddened a lot. It certainly wasn't what he planned. But we had a lot of good times. So, you know, he did a lot of things. He knows lots of people, and they respect him, and so I don't know what else you're going to get out of life.

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[Scott Esry, Red Esry's Son] I closed that store, and it was a Sunday morning, and I went down to open ...

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[Jordan Esry, Red Esry's Granddaughter] Yeah, I remember coming downstairs. I sat down on the couch and mom told me, and I started crying. It was like a family member. We were there every day, and it was a big part of our life. It was probably my favorite place. I liked being there.

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[Scott Esry] They wanted it for me and I love them to death for it, but they wanted it for me and my family.

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[Red Esry] And if Wal-Mart still gains ground and has a monopoly, where will our families, and where will our children be? And what will they have to do to work and to be competitive? In ten years, the way the spiral's going, it will be very very serious for the nation. It might happen that way now. I hope it don't for our children's sake. It could be real serious. Be a revolution. I won't say it will be a civil war, but it will be a revolution. And I don't think anybody wants that.

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WAL-MART SUBSIDY IN BROOKFIELD: $300,000.00.

WAL-MART SUBSIDY IN CAMERON: $2.1 MILLION.

WAL-MART SUBSIDY NATIONWIDE: $1.008 BILLION.


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ESRY'S FAMILY SUBSIDY: $ 0.
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Re: WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, directed by Robert

Postby admin » Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:32 am

Part 6 of 11

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[Teacher] I'm a fourth and fifth grade bilingual teacher in Denver, Colorado in the Denver Public Schools at Newland Elementary School. And Wal-Mart received subsidies of about $1.7 million dollars. And with that $1.7 million dollars, in our Denver metropolitan area, that could have kept the three schools that we just closed down this Spring open.

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[Monica Jefferson, Speech Language Pathologist, St. Louis County] I'm Monica Jefferson. I'm a speech language pathologist. And I work for Special School District of St. Louis County. Wal-Mart receives over $31 million in subsidy from the Missouri government.

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[Greg Pettis, Mayor Pro Tem, Cathedral City, CA] Cathedral City made a $1.8 million dollar investment, but because of Wal-Mart's lies, and not stepping up to the plate with their commitments, we're short on policemen, we're short on firemen, we've eliminated the recreation division in this city. We're not able to provide the services to our residents that they need and deserve. And we're going to have lives hanging in the balance because we're not going to be able to provide these services.

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[Charles Hawsey, 4th grade teacher, Washington State] My name is Charles Hawsey. I've been a 4th grade teacher in Washington State for many years. And when I think of the $1 million that Wal-Mart received for its distribution center, and what we could have done there for students, it's outrageous.

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[Steve Sowles, Fire Chief, Cathedral City, CA] We're taking revenue away from our community that will have a direct impact on our ability to continue to provide some level of service.

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[Teacher] In Illinois, Wal-Mart has received $100 million in subsidies, and that has affected our school systems. That money could go into our school systems to rehire all those support teachers we need back, the support personnel. We could have our school psychologists back, the social workers back, our counselors back. And these programs are being cut because Wal-Mart has received subsidies.

[Steve Sowles, Fire Chief, Cathedral City, CA] Now what we're facing currently is that Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, which are the same people for all intents and purposes, have in fact, for business purposes, decided that they are going to leave our community ...

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ELEVEN WESTERN BUILDERS, INC. PROJECT NAME: Wal-Mart Super Center. WAL-MART STORE: #1832. ADDRESS: 5601 E. Ramon Rd. BLDG. SUPERINTENDENT: Mike Morrow 97600 497-6529. SITE SUPERINTENDENT: BOB LINDAHL (760) 445-2974. PROJECT MANAGER: Garrett Smith (760) 796-6346. WDID NO.: 7-33C329509. PROJECT ACREAGE: 35.

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[Greg Pettis, Mayor Pro Tem, Cathedral City, CA] And they're not moving 20 miles away, they are moving two miles away.

[Steve Sowles, Fire Chief, Cathedral City, CA] Not very far away. In fact, one is being built right on the property line of our city, which we will still not receive any benefit from.

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[Greg Pettis, Mayor Pro Tem, Cathedral City, CA] Just outside the city limits. So just as we were about to receive 100% of sales tax revenue from that deal, we found out that we'd been the chump.

[Man] To end up with a vacant building of the size that most businesses can't fill, so you have a huge building that sits vacant for months and years ...

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Currently in the U.S. there are 26,699,678 square feet of empty Wal-Marts
Enough Room to Build 29,666 Classrooms ...
... and Educate 593,326 Kids


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[Actual Wal-Mart Commercial] That's why at Wal-Mart we give back $5 every second to the communities we serve throughout the holidays, and all year long to make the season and every day a little bit brighter.

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[Lee Scott, CEO-Wal-mart] But you know, responsible citizenship also means looking out for the environment. We can make a difference in this area of sustainability.
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Part 7 of 11

Belmont, North Carolina.

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[Donna Lisenby, Catawba Riverkeeper] One of the most exciting things about a Riverkeeper organization is working with the public, and we have a lot of volunteers that volunteer to keep their part of the Catawba River. Because the Catawba River is dammed 11 times, and has 11 lakes on it, we have lakes with codes, and so we call our volunteers "codekeepers." And these codekeepers work to safeguard and protect Catawba River.

Catawba RIVERKEEPER. PROTECTING YOUR WATER WITHOUT COMPROMISE.

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[Donna Lisenby, Catawba Riverkeeper] Essentially we did an investigation, and we visited about seven Wal-Marts in the Catawba River Valley to see what their environmental practices were, and judge whether their current environmental practices would have an impact on the drinking water of the town of Belmont. And what we found in every single case is that Wal-Mart had a practice of storing herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers in the parking lots.

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[Donna Lisenby, Catawba Riverkeeper] What concerned us most about this particular case was the proximity of this Wal-Mart and the creek running right by the Wal-Mart site. And that creek empties right here at the intake site. For me, when I'm out on patrol and on the river, and there's a drinking water intake right there, what I know is that there's a mom somewhere who's at a kitchen sink, and she's putting water in a bottle to make formula for her baby. And that baby is drinking ...

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[Donna Lisenby, Catawba Riverkeeper] The labels on some of the herbicides and pesticides said this product is known to cause reproductive harm by the state of California, and birth defects.

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[Donna Lisenby, Catawba Riverkeeper] These pallets with bags and bags of this material, many of them broken, busted and spilling on the pavement, every time it rained, all of this material was washing right into the storm water, and eventually making its way here to the Catawba River, the source of drinking water for almost 2 million people in the region.

City of Belmont, North Carolina.

[Donna Lisenby, Catawba Riverkeeper] So we began calling Wal-Mart to express our concern about these chemicals making their way into the public drinking water. And they gave me a name and a phone number of somebody in Arkansas at headquarters to call.

And that person, when I talked to him wasn't the right person, and they said they didn't think they had an environmental person that was in charge of handling environmental affairs, but they would try and find out. They never called again. I called back, and this time I called their attorneys, I called the person, the contact name they gave me, I called their attorneys and said, "Look, I'm not getting any answer from anyone at corporate Wal-Mart and because I haven't, I'm going to start a weblog, and every contact I have with you I'm going to put on my website, and report what your response is. And if there's no response, that's what's going to be on our website."

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http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org

[Donna Lisenby, Catawba Riverkeeper] And so that's what I did. Two or three days later they still didn't call back. We then sent them the law, I elevated the rhetoric, and said "It appears to us as if you are violating the store's law. We are getting ready to contact our attorneys." And still no one called. Finally, the attorneys for Wal-Mart who had testified at a hearing gave me the name of a person that they thought was their contact, and I finally reached that person at Wal-Mart headquarters in Arkansas, and he said he had just started the job, he had been in training for the last two weeks, and he didn't know what to tell me.

So at this time, I started calling the news media and asking them to do a story. We got a great local news station here in Charlotte, North Carolina, that responded on camera, showing these pallets and pallets and pallets of chemicals, herbicides, and fertilizers stored in the parking lots, right beside the storm water drain.

It ran in the morning, the noontime, the 6:00, and the evening news on that day. It just so happens that the Wal-Mart manager from the local store where most of the video was shot, that had 81 pallets of this material out in the parking lot, saw the story, called his regional manager first thing the next day, and said, "You won't believe what I saw on the news last night." And for all his stores in the region, he had them pull those chemicals from the parking lots, and put them under cover.

As I read the case history and all the environmental finds, and particularly the consent decrees from the Attorney General's office, ordering Wal-Mart to establish better environmental protection, what flabbergasted me most about the lack of corporate response is their apparent disregard for these consent decrees, and that they hadn't taken them very seriously. It's only the local guys. I can say in my history as Riverkeeper, I don't think I've ever encountered a corporation, be it a power company, or oil company, as unresponsive as Wal-Mart.

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[John Berry, Executive Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation -- Actual Wal-Mart Commercial] Wildlife conservation is very important to me. But it's really exciting when a company like Wal-Mart makes it a priority too.

Actual Wal-Mart Commercial.

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1999: All new WAL-MART construction halted in state of PENNSYLVANIA due to Environmental Violations.

2001: EPA orders WAL-MART to pay $1.0 MILLION fine for Clean Water Violations in: TEXAS, OKLAHOMA AND MASSACHUSETTS.

2004: WAL-MART fined $3.1 MILLION by EPA, the largest ever for a retailer, for Clean Water Act violations in TEXAS, COLORADO, CALIFORNIA, DELAWARE, MICHIGAN, SOUTH DAKOTA, NEW JERSEY, TENNESSEE and UTAH.

2005: CONNECTICUT EPA orders WAL-MART to pay $1.15 MILLION for Clean Water Act violations in 22 stores.


[Lee Scott, CEO, Wal-Mart] We have a great relationship with the Chinese government. They have treated us very fairly in what they have done. They actually, much like in the U.S., they hold us to a higher standard. A higher standard of sanitation, a higher standard of employment.
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Re: WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, directed by Robert

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Part 8 of 11

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China.

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["Princess," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] My name is Wang De Kuy (phonetic]. I am 21 years old. I am from the Shangzai province. My family plants corn, patties, and potato. I wanted to earn some money so that their life could be easier. At least, I didn't want their life to be too hard. They would work from dawn till night. They would begin to work on the farm at daybreak, and wouldn't get back until night. I thought about working in the factory when I was in middle school. At the time, I thought it would be interesting and exciting to work in the factory. I left my home town on April 29th this year, and then began to look for a job in Shengzen. At that time, I had a friend working in that factory who also came from my home town. So I went to see my friend each day at the factory gate, which is just in front of Wen Yi's room.

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["Little Bear," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] My name is Wen Yi and I come from Hunan province.

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["Princess," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] He heard my dialect when I was talking to my friend. Then he spoke with me using the same dialect. He asked me where I was from. I didn't tell him the truth. I said I was from Shonking area. He served for the army in Shonking for a couple of years, so he can speak the Shonking dialect. That's the way we got to know each other.

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["Little Bear," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] My girlfriend and I work in the same Wal-Mart factory. She works in the old workshop, and I work in the new one. I'm on the nightshift and finish work at 7:00 in the morning. She begins work at 7:30 each morning, and works overtime until 10:00 p.m.

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We don't have much time to spend together, but whenever there is an opportunity, I'll cook some delicious food for her.

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["Princess," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] We like singing karaoke, shopping around, and buying some little things. In that way, we feel more relaxed. Most of the time we go to karaoke, sing songs and listen to music, and we get in a good mood.

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["Princess," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] We intend to rent a room outside and cook by ourselves because the meals offered by the factory are really disgusting. However, the dilemma is whether you lived in the dorm that the factory allocated or not, they always deduct the rent from our wages. You have no choice but to live inside. If you're going to move out of the dorm, the factory will tell you, "You can move out and we will not charge you electricity or water, but rent will still be charged." You see, if we live inside the dorm, we pay not only the rent, but also the utilities which is charged by how much you use.

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["Princess," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] There are very few fans installed in my current workshop, and it's extremely hot inside. If they plan to install a new fan, then the others will tell us that we can only have one fan, or the fans that are there. In my working position, there is no wind at all. Can you imagine? I'm sitting there dripping with sweat all day long. My body never gets dry.

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["Little Bear," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] Wal-Mart informed the factory that it was going to send people here for the inspection, and they will tell us how to lie for the inspectors.

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For example, the workers must respond as though they work six days, when asked how many days they work, even though they actually worked for seven days.

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["Princess," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] Then we workers don't dare say anything wrong, because we're really afraid of being punished by managers. Wal-Mart informs us in advance, and has a meeting to teach us how to lie. If you lie well, you will be rewarded. If not, you'll be punished, or fired. The workers give them a fake payslip, and they never let you have the chance to speak out the truth, but threaten you to deliver false information.

We really work day and night in order to get the wage of less than $3 a day. My mom wants me back home because she feels it's too toilsome. But I don't think so. Everybody else here has the same situation as me. If they can do this, I can do it also.

I always think about my mom when I am very tired, that it would be wonderful if she could be here with me. She takes care of me very well when I'm sick. She'll let me have a good rest, and cooks anything that I'd like to eat. She's really very nice to me.

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[Wal-Mart Factory Worker #1, China] I would respectfully like to ask the boss of Wal-Mart to give the Chinese workers some consideration, and a chance for a little time off.

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[Wal-Mart Factory Worker #2, China] Customers of Wal-Mart, when you wear expensive clothes, when your children play with high quality toys, think about China and the Far East.

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[Wal-Mart Factory Worker #3, China] Those profits you made, and the wonderful life you have, are the sweat and tears and overtime working of the Chinese people.

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["Princess," Wal-Mart Factory Worker] If one day I encounter a lady who just bought a toy from Wal-Mart, I'll say, "Respectable customer, respectable Wal-Mart customer, do you know why you can buy such cheap toy from Wal-Mart? That's because we workers work all day every day and night."

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Cost for WAL-MART Factory Worker to Assemble: $0.18. Retail cost at Wal-Mart: $14.96.

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WAL-MART Imported $18 BILLION from CHINA in 2004.

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Wal-Mart] We added 125,000 new jobs around this world this past year. Good jobs. Jobs with benefits, jobs that will get profit-sharing, retirement savings accounts for our associates. But most importantly to me, jobs that come with opportunity for personal development.

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BANGLADESH

[Man] There are 189,000 young women in Bangladesh who are sewing garments for Wal-Mart.

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These workers are getting up at 5:30 in the morning, they brush their teeth with their finger using ashes from the fire because they can't afford the toothbrush.

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Forced to work from 8:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night, 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, on these wages of $0.13 to $0.17 an hour.

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These are women who are hit by their supervisors, trapped in utter misery. As the largest company in the world, Wal-Mart sets the standards that other companies are going to follow. So Wal-Mart right now is sucking down standards all across the world.

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These are workers who have no rights.

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[Lee Scott, CEO-, Wal-Mart] The outlook for this company today is very positive. Every country that we operate in, the Wal-Mart model works. Because once your associates know that you will stand up for what is right, then when they see a wrong occur, they are more likely to contact you. And we have a very aggressive program under way to make sure, and have had now for the last couple of years.

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Honduras.

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[Jim Bill Lynn, Wal-Mart Global Services Operations, Manager - 9 years] I was the global services manager for Mexico, Central and South America. My job function entailed three things: oversight of all factory certifications, which means you go in there and you make sure that there are humane working conditions.

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The big deal with the factory certifications is to make sure that the workers are in a clean, safe, humane environment.

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When I was in the factory, you know, you talked to the people, and the people were so nice, and they were so good, and they were just working for so little money, and without any condition of fairness whatsoever with their compensation and the working conditions.

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I went back to my hotel room and just wept the first time. And, you know, after dinner, I had picked up the phone and I was calling my wife, and just telling her what I'd seen, and I just started crying about that, telling her. And she was like, "It's going to be alright, you know, we're doing the right thing." I just couldn't imagine it was this way.

I thought that a company like Wal-Mart once we started reporting the truth of what was happening in the factory, would take quick action to try and make the working conditions better. I believed in the mission, and the culture which I THOUGHT existed at Wal-Mart. I lent more Wal-Mart cheers than just about anybody that I know, didn't even mind being the squiggly. I mean, if you cut me, I would have bled Wal-Mart blood.

I didn't know that we weren't going to make it the goal to correct the violation, and I didn't think that any retaliation would be brought against me for doing my job. I now realize I was pretty naive, but it just didn't occur to me that Wal-Mart would do anything except for the right thing once they were faced with the truth. I kept going into other factories and seeing the same things over and over again. And it became apparent to me that this was not an isolated issue. All you got to do is follow the money, and the ones who are in power right now have tremendous pressure on them to perform like never before. The system was designed to keep the goods flowing to the United States.

When push came to shove, they did not stand up and do the right thing. What really happened was they were getting fired for telling the truth about the factory certifications. And that was shocking. It was embarrassing. It ripped my heart out. To have all of that ripped from you, and then to get sold out and lied to, Wal-Mart let me down, and when I needed somebody to look out for me, even though I was trying to look out for Wal-Mart for years.

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[Mona Williams, Wal-Mart VP of Corporate Communications] We want to make sure that our suppliers comply with local country codes, with human rights standards, that people are not under age, that they are paid well.

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[Actual Wal-Mart Commercial] Go with time to show our pride to let America shine. Made in the U.S.A. It means something. Made in the U.S.A. means a job for somebody. But we've made it our policy to find more U.S. suppliers that can compete. Because American goods and American jobs, at Wal-Mart we pledge to support American sources whenever we can, so you can too. Bring it Home to the U.S.A.

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Wal-Mart] If we keep our prices low, and raise our average wage substantially, we would in fact decrease our profitability disproportionately, and we would sacrifice a healthy chunk of what it is that our shareholders expect from us.
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Re: WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, directed by Robert

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Part 9 of 11

Bentonville, Arkansas.

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[Rev. James Lawson, Pastor Emeritus, Holman United Methodist Church] It is written in the new testament, the love of money is the root of all evil. This does not say that money itself is evil.

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Wal-Mart] The fact that I shared a room last night with Tom Schoewe, our CFO, while we were in New York, saved $200. The fact that my dinner was $10 last night saved money.

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Lee Scott earnings for 2005: $27,207,799. Average WAL-MART Hourly Sales Employee Earnings: $13,861.

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[Rabbi Steven Jacobs, Temple Kol Tikvah] You shall not steal. Doesn't this teach us that keeping everything for ourselves is a form of stealing? Or are we commanded to help those less fortunate to find enough to eat?

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Estate of Lee Scott

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[Rev. James Lawson, Pastor Emeritus, Holman United Methodist Church] Today I want you to know, however, that five members of that family, together, are worth $102 billion. The widow and four children have in the last 20 years emerged on the list of the top 10 wealthiest people in the United States. They could easily take $10 billion of that and see to it that every employee of Wal-Mart in the United States has healthcare, an adequate pension, and adequate wages.

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Helen Walton, $18.0 BILLION.

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Alice Walton: $18.0 BILLION.

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John Walton, $18.2 BILLION.

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Rob Walton, $18.3 BILLION.

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Jim Walton, $18.3 BILLION.

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FORTUNE: THE WAL-MART FORTUNE. AMERICA'S RICHEST FAMILY

Estate of Alice Walton.


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Estate of Ann Walton Kroenke.

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Cost of WAL-MART Jet Fleet: $125,350,000.

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[Jon Lehman, Wal-Mart Store Manager - 19 years] Wal-Mart, after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, they apparently decided that they needed to have a bunker. There's a facility for the Walton family in case of an apocalyptic attack, a residence that they can live in and reside in in case they had to do that. There's a helipad behind the facility back there where they can come in by helicopter, and there are satellite uplink dishes back there behind the facility. And most of it is underground, as you can see. You can't really see much from the gate, which is all fortified.

[Rev. James Lawson, Pastor Emeritus, Holman United Methodist Church] Faith means nothing at all if it does not involve us in loving one another as neighbors, in compassion for the poor ...

[Actual Wal-Mart Commercial] When you hear these bells at Wal-Mart, do you remember the people they are ringing for?

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The WALTON FAMILY Has Given LESS THAN 1% of Their Wealth To Charity.

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Bill Gates has given 58%.

[Actual Wal-Mart Commercial] They remind us of our friends and neighbors who could use a little help.

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The WALTON FAMILY Made $3.2 MILLION in Political Contributions in 2004.

[Actual Wal-Mart Commercial] That's why at Wal-Mart we give back ...

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A WAL-MART Worker may donate money from their paycheck to the CRITICAL NEED FUND, a program to aid other employees in times of crisis, like a fire or tornado.

In 2004, WAL-MART Employees gave OVER $5 MILLION to help fellow workers. The Walton Family gave $6,000.


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[Actual Wal-Mart Commercial] ... throughout the holidays and all year long.

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The WALTON FAMILY received a federal tax cut of: $91,500.00 per HOUR in the 2004 tax year.

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[Lee Scott, CEO-Wal-Mart] Of course, the most important beneficiary of this store is our customer. It's a customer who lives in that neighborhood.

Oxnard, California.

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[Laura L. Tanaka, Wal-Mart Shopper] Well, I was actually selling cars for about six months, but prior to that I actually had my own business. I was doing wood refinishing on boats. And I actually did quite well at that. But I'm getting a little too old for that.

And if I was going to go through all that I went through, I wanted for something to come out of it. You know, something good. There was a truck to one side that had a camper shell, and a van to the other side, I thought, "You don't want to be in a spot where no one can see you." And I thought, four car spaces from the front door. And I thought they had security outside. Okay, well I should be fine. And when I got out, there was two of them. Unfortunately, he caught me. I got outside but he caught me. And that's when I realized he had a gun, because he had a gun in that arm he was holding me. And that's when he told me, "Get back in the car or I'm going to blow your head off." The year before, when I worked at the phone company, we had a safety meeting. And it was around Christmas time, and they had the Sheriff's Department out there. And they were talking about, if you're ever in a parking lot and this happens, what to do. Don't go with them. If you go with them, you're likely not going to live because I guess statistically, that's what happens. They'll kill you. That's what first went through my mind is that "I'm not going to survive this." Sorry ...

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So that's why the decision to jump out, because I thought, "Either chance, or I want to choose." Because I thought they were going to rape me too. And he said he didn't want the car. I thought they were going to rape me. So they got me back into the car, and after looking at the gun I just kind of resigned to, like there was nothing I could do. And you just go kind of cold inside.

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[Jami Floyd, News Person] This is the parking lot where Laura Tanaka faced her attackers. Inside the store, Wal-Mart had more than 200 security cameras, and four security guards on patrol. Outside, there was nothing.

[Laura L. Tanaka, Wal-Mart Shopper] The police did recommend on-site security. And that there was none. They had assured the people of the neighborhood that they would provide security, and insure it was safe for the neighborhood. That wasn't done.

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[Gary Dordick, Attorney] It was evident that Wal-Mart knew they had substantial problems in their parking lot. Wal-Mart was aware that the majority of the crime throughout the state occurred in their parking lots. Despite the fact that 80% of the crime occurred in their parking lots, they had done almost nothing to protect the customers in the lots.

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[News Announcer] Rape, murder, kidnapping, all of these shocking allegations, and they come from Wal-Mart shoppers.

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[News Announcer, 5] CRIME ALERT, McKinney, TEXAS. Report of a Wal-Mart parking lot attack. Tonight, North Texas police are on the hunt for a would-be kidnapper

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[News Announcer] New From Overnight, Orlando Florida. A violent attack in the parking lot of an Orange County, Wal-Mart. At least one man tried to car-jack, rob and shoot a woman.

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[News Announcer, Fox 26, HOUSTON, TEXAS] ... who shot and killed 33-year old Mark Korenek in the store's parking lot.

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[KXLV, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON] FATAL SHOOTING. A bold and deadly shooting. It happened this morning at the Wal-Mart.

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[News Announcer, News Channel 7] TAYLOR, SOUTH CAROLINA. Taylor's woman is recovering tonight after fighting a thief at a Wal-Mart parking lot.

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[News Announcer, 12] CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND. A man is arrested after a tire-iron attack. It happened in a parking lot of this Wal-Mart.

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[ABC 15] GLENDALE, ARIZONA. Two teenage workers shot while gathering carts in the parking lot yesterday at this Glendale Wal-Mart.

ABC 15, GLENDALE, ARIZONA

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[News Announcer] RIVERDALE, GEORGIA. It happened at 1:48 this morning in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Riverdale.

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[Policeman] She turned to run from the subject, and was shot in the back.

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[ABC News Announcer] Wal-Mart has conducted research on crime in its parking lot, and critics accuse the company of a nationwide pattern of covering up that research, of failing to turn it over in lawsuits.

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Here's what Wal-Mart did not want to show. As early as 1994, as you can see in this internal document, a Wal-Mart study showed that 80% of crime at Wal-Mart locations occurred in the parking lot. And when the company added roving patrols at several sites, the crime rate dropped to as low as zero.

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[Local 6 News Brief, News Announcer] A district judge in Beaumont tonight is fining Wal-Mart stores $18 million. Wal-Mart Sanctioned.

James Judge Mehaffy is sanctioning Wal-Mart for what the Court believes was a pattern of deception that involves the case of a southeast Texas woman who was sexually assaulted and raped in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. The Court found that Wal-Mart did not disclose that it had conducted a safety study, a study that found if Wal-Mart would put employees in golf carts patroling its parking lots, crime there would drop to zero.

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[News Announcer] Judge Sharolyn Wood heard a case against Wal-Mart in Houston, Texas, in 1999, involving an assault in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

She says that in 17 years on the bench, and over 25,000 cases, she's rarely seen such flagrant abuse of the system.

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[Judge Sharolyn Wood] It was very disturbing to see such an intentional course of conduct. It was corrupt.

[News Announcer] She is charging Wal-Mart with cheating in court, and she's not the only one.

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This is one judge: "Is there something in the drinking water in Arkansas that says perjury is alright?" Another judge: "Rarely has this court seen such a pattern of deliberate obfuscation, delay, misrepresentation, and downright lying."

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[Judge Sharolyn Wood] True.

[Stan Fortune, Wal-Mart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] Unfortunately for the customer, they really don't care what goes on after you spend your money in there and come out in the parking lot to go home.

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[News Announcer] Police found Holden shot to death along the side of a road in Stanton, Texas, 400 miles from where she was abducted.

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[Salenea Turner, Megan Holden's best friend] Megan was very special. We grew up together. We lived together. She's really, really going to be missed a whole lot because she has a whole lot of people who love her.

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[Leslie Gray Thomas, Megan Holden's Former Employer] She was just a very sweet person, and she never wanted a whole lot out of life. But she just wanted to live and, you know, be happy. That's all she wanted.

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[Crisa Kirkpatrick, Megan Holden's Sister] Just recently, before she died, we were in her room listening to a CD, and we were singing together, and we could just be open with each other. We didn't care.

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[News Announcer] Police say Megan Holden was chosen at random on the way to her pickup truck in the Wal-Mart parking lot just before midnight. After that crime was caught on surveillance video, police say Williams, a Marine veteran, with a history of drug offenses, sped off in Holden's truck, heading west where he apparently murdered the 19-year old junior college student and dumped her body near some railroad tracks in the West Texas town of Stanton.

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[Leslie Gray Thomas, Megan Holden's Former Employer] I just think that there's a lot of things Wal-Mart could have done.

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[Jeremy Kirkpatrick, Megan Holden's Brother-In-Law] There should be someone watching the cameras.

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[Salenea Turner, Megan Holden's best friend] Somebody should have been watching the cameras.

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[Leslie Gray Thomas, Megan Holden's Former Employer] Wal-Mart has those cameras out there in their parking lot, and I thought that they were watching.

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[Man] A security camera without someone watching it is of no use at all.

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[Stan Fortune, Wal-Mart District Loss Prevention Manager - 17 years] The abduction and murder that happened in Texas happened at a store where the loss prevention team was sent in to set up a security system outside that would track the union activity in that store. The only reason that they had the pictures that they did was because they had the union package on the outside of the store.

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[Man] Wal-Mart focuses on protecting their property and not their patrons.

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[Jeremy Kirkpatrick, Megan Holden's Brother-In-Law] When a multi-million dollar company couldn't even pay someone $12 an hour to watch a camera ...

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[Gary Dordick, Attorney] If people are putting profits before safety, they are putting profit before human life, I don't think there's anything you can say to them.

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[News Announcer] WAL-MART LAWSUIT. A man is suing a Wal-Mart in Newcastle saying his mother died after a botched robbery attempt in a store's parking lot.

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[News Announcer] The random shooting happened here. That three people are dead, and three others injured ...

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[News Announcer] The shooting happened right in the middle of a busy shopping day.

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[News Announcer] At least one man tried to car-jack, rob and shoot a woman.

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[News Announcer] In the Wal-Mart parking lot, just before midnight ...

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[News Announcer] Tonight, North Texas police are on the hunt for a would-be kidnapper.

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[News Announcer] ... bold and deadly shooting ...

[News Announcer] ... random shooting ...

[News Announcer] ... kidnapping and ...

DUNN, NC – MURDER
TYLER, TX – ABDUCTION
ALLENTOWN, PA – RAPE
BOCA RATON, FL -- ROBBERY
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK – SHOOTING
UPLAND, CA – ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON
MERIDIAN, MS – ABDUCTION
MOBILE, AL – ABANDONMENT AFTER RAPE
WICHITA, KS – ROBBERY
OKALOOSA, FL – PURSE SNATCHING
GLENSFERRY, ID – KIDNAPPING AND RAPE
HUNTSVILLE, TX – ARMED ROBBERY
WOONSOCKET, RI – KNIFEPOINT ROBBERY
HOUGHTON, MI – ASSAULT WITH KNIFE
WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR – PURSE SNATCHING
ERWIN, NY – ASSAULT
GRANDVIEW, MO – ARMED ROBBERY
BROWNWOOD, TX – MUGGING
MINNEHAHA COUNTY, SD – ASSAULT
PASCAGOULA, MS – THEFT
SPOKANE, WA – SHOOTING
PHOENIX, AZ – MOLESTATION
PUEBLO, CO – MUGGING
ROGERS, AR – ASSAULT
TALLAHASSEE, FL – ROBBERY & KIDNAPPING
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – ATTEMPTED CARJACKING
SUGARLAND, TX – PURSE SNATCHING
BALTIMORE, MD – ARMED ROBBERY
D’IBERVILLE, MS – DRIVE BY SHOOTING
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – STABBING
MURFREESBORO, TN – ATTACKED IN CAR
CLACKAMAS, OR – STABBING
KATY, TX – MURDER
RUSSELVILLE, AR – RAPE
HAINES CITY, FL – ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
YUMA, AZ – CARJACKING
WARNER ROBINS, GA – ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
HARRIS COUNTY, TX – ARMED ROBBERY & SHOOTING
BENTON, ARK – ASSAULT
JACKSONVILLE, FL – PURSE SNATCHING
HAZARD CITY, KY – ROBBERY
WILMINGTON, NC – CARJACKING
CINCINNATI, OH – PURSE SNATCHING
MONTGOMERY, AL – ROBBERY
DEKALB, IL – PURSE SNATCHING
BULLHEAD CITY, NV – ASSAULT
SHREVEPORT, LA – PURSE SNATCHING
EDMOND, OK – ATTEMPTED ROBBERY & CARJACKING
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – GROPING
ROGERS, AR – ASSAULT
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – SEXUAL ASSAULT
KINGSPORT, TN – PURSE SNATCHING
ORLANDO, FL – CARJACKING
SILOAM SPRINGS, AR – SHOOTING
FAIRFIELD, CA – ARMED ROBBERY
WILKES BARRE TOWNSHIP, PA – ROBBERY
ORLANDO, FL – CARJACKING
SILOAM SPRINGS, AR – SHOOTING
FAIRFIELD, CA – ARMED ROBBERY
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, PA – ROBBERY
ATLANTA, TX – KIDNAPPING
PLEASANTON, CA – PURSE SNATCHING
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – MULTIPLE PURSE SNATCHINGS
DEKALB, IL – INDECENT EXPOSURE
PEARLAND, TX – ROBBERIES & KIDNAPPINGS
SPRINGFIELD, MO – PURSE SNATCHING
SIOUX FALLS, SD – ATTEMPTED MURDER
STOW, OH – AGGRAVATED ROBBERY
ELIZABETHTON, TN – MUGGING
BONSACK, VA – THREATENED WITH GUN
GRANDVIEW, MO – ARMED ROBBERY
SHREVEPORT, LA – PURSE SNATCHING
TAYLOR, MI – ARMED ROBBERY
WEST ASHLEY, SC – ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
EAST GREENBUSH, NY – PURSE SNATCHING
HAMPTON, VA – BODY DUMPED
WOODBRIDGE, VA - SHOOTING


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THESE CRIMES OCCURRED IN THE FIRST 7 MONTHS OF 2005

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[Lee Scott, CEO, Wal-Mart] The Wal-Mart stores has the responsibility to society to make sure that what we do fits in and represents what it is society expects from a big company. We need to figure out, how do we in fact work together to cause them to want to have a Wal-Mart.
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