Lee Almond wrote:My uncle worked for Sam Walton. Let's just say Sam drived the nail into many businesses that did not deserve his ego. Murry Lawnmower Company is a prime example of WalMarts wrath. I spend my money elsewhere. End of main street killing rant. Peace all.
Murray-Ohio was a whore manufacturer that early on leaped into bed with discount stores in the 60's with lolling tongues.
They blew their existing service dealer base and wound up with heavily discounted, razor thin gross margins that reduced their power equipment to junk and finally ended up on financial life support because their decision to become industrial giants by doing business with Walton who didn't give a damn if a major supplier went down the tube as there were many other power equipment manufacturing whores who were standing in line, salivating like Pavlov's dog, to get a bite of Walton's profitless dollars.
At the end Murray Ohio was selling to Walton for a wholesale price that failed to cover hard costs and shipping. Sam Walton's wrath didn't kill them, they died of long term stupidity.
If Upton Sinclair and Frank Norris were alive today they would have made a collaborative effort to write a sequel to The Jungle
and The Octopus, A California Story
based on Walton and his operation.
The Walton organization from top to bottom is a cancerous carbuncle on the arse of free enterprise and the founder is likely roasting in hell enveloped by diabolic boa constrictors and leeches that tighten their hold on him a very small amount at a time while the leeches eternally work to bleed him white.
All the while being screamed at by the harpies of tens of thousands of small retailers that he put out of business and the millions of employees and undocumented flunkies that he and his corporate posterity have inflicted the death of a thousand cuts upon with their low paying but slave driving personnel management "model."
For every old lady in Arkansas that banked a million on Walmart stock there are millions of people who were driven to despair by their predatory competition practices and peon wages.
May the great God be merciful to that ever increasing flood of poor individuals that are told that their career lies as a greeter in one of their stores.
If facing that same prospect I would immediately hang myself with barbed wire and laugh while I kicked over the chair.
Please, no offers to pull out the chair yourself. :)
"America, America, God shed his grace on thee"...we got Walmart and others of its ilk instead.
The American dream systematically deconstructed in order to provide cheap Sri Lanka flip-flops and Korean color television sets to the mob.
The horror, the horror
Happy New Year America.
The above is a personal opinion, to which I am entitled.[/font]