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A lot of people know the history of Walmart, but if you did not know then let me fill you in a bit on some Walmart history.

Sam Walton was a farmer's son who survived "The Great Depression" and a world war. After his service he purchased a variety store after shortly working in the retail business. His first business was going great until the property owner wouldn't renew his lease. On May 9, 1950 Sam opened a store in Bentonville, Arkansas. His standard for achieving success relied on him making sale prices lower than his competitors and reducing the store's profit margin. In the mid 60's Walton's assistant Bob Boggle had tagged the 5 & 10 store as Walmart permanently. Sam imported goods from China to undersell his competitors. By 1980 Walmart was a billion dollar company with stores operating across 28 states. Currently as of Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - there are 11,443 Walmart stores worldwide. Texas leads with most Walmart stores (602) followed by Florida at (385) and in third is California at (320) stores.

Today Wal-Mart is a big part of corporate America and rapidly everywhere else. The reason for this article is to discuss and inform people of how much of Sam Walton's standards went out the door when he passed away in 1992. Of course there's good as well as bad things you can say of Walmart and they do their best at times to better situate their company socially in regards to responsibility but there is a lot of bad things to say of them as well due to their actions when it comes to resolving peculiar issues.

First of we'll look at some Pros and Cons of Walmart in your neighborhood.

The Cons

Walmart's health insurance approach:

Walmart has one of the worst policies for health insurance in corporate America. Their pay is low and demand is high. They encourage employees to get on public assistance, Medicaid and public housing to compensate for their paying of low wages. In fact in 2022, Senator Bernie Sanders, in a nonpartisan effort, commissioned a study done by the Government Accountability Office which found that Walmart like Mc Donald's was the top employers of beneficiaries of federal aid programs like Medicaid and food stamp. They are not shy about this and the average employee struggles to live a prosperous life working at Walmart. Most employees spend their checks minutes after cashing it right at their job. Employees have noticed a significant change in Walmart's policies since Sam Walton's death. Walmart offers health insurance but at a high price of about $75 out of each check but pay an average of $9.96 an hour. It is not the Walmart that Sam built. Here are some statistics that might shed light on what I'm getting at.

In Arizona: 2,813 workers are on Medicaid

In Arkansas: 4220 workers are on public assistance

In Connecticut: 965 workers have children on state health care plan

In Florida: 12,456 workers and their dependents are on Medicaid

In Georgia: 10,287 are enrolled in Peachcare for kids.

In Massachusetts: 4,199 workers and families depend on state health care

In Tennessee: 9,676 workers depend on state health care

In Texas: 4,389 children of Walmart employees are on state health care

In Wisconsin: 1,276 employees and dependents on Badgercare

In actuality that means that the taxpayer pays for what Walmart does not want to pay for. How much does that cost us? 1,558,000,000 is the price tax payers pay to support Walmart employees, a multi-billion dollar company. In 2014 taxpayers paid out 18 million dollars to Walmart employees and dependents in Boston.

Most people who work at Walmart are not happy. I know people who have worked there for years and only got a $1 raised. Walmart is the most anti-union company in America. Most workers are snooped on and work areas are heavily video tape to persuade employees to not to fight for any rights. here are some startling facts about how they use their power to manipulate. Walmart spends a lot of money making sure their workers never gain any rights.

Walmart spends:

$7000 for Anti-union camera packages per store

$30,000 for an undercover spy van per store

$100,000 to run a 24 hour Anti-Union hot line

$7,000,000 on a rapid response team with a corporate jet (for anti union work)

Lee Scott is the CEO of Walmart is full of BS. Walmart has paid out millions in law suits. Most settlements are based on employees getting ripped off on hours they worked. Walmart managers are responsible for reducing expenses every month and the only way they know how to do that is with the employees hours and pay. Aside of their health care issues and poor pay Walmart is known to discriminate against woman in the workplace. Currently Walmart faces one of the biggest suits in America. The company was using illegal immigrants for years to clean their stores for a special low price.

Walmart gets funding to enter cities and set up shop. It use to be a community acceptance issue but now it seems like they are everywhere and in some cases are unwanted. Every time they set up shop in a new city, town or providence they threatened the prosperity of family businesses.

Subsidies given to Walmart by cities is in the excess of hundreds of millions. The city of Missouri received over 31 millions dollars in subsidies, a city who is short on police, schools and many other resources. In Illinois they received 100 million in subsidies and the money was needed for their school system. School programs have been cut nation wide to bring Walmart to a town near you. Currently there is nearly 27 million square feet of empty Walmart's in America, that's enough to build about 30,000 much needed classrooms.

Walmart's approach to the environment:

Walmart has a lot of commercials about how they help the environment but here are some contrary facts;

1999: All new Walmart construction had been halted in the state of Pennsylvania due to state and federal environmental violations

2001: The EPA orders Walmart to pay out a $1 million dollar fine for clean water violations in 3 states: Texas, Oklahoma and Massachusetts

2004: Fined 3.1 million by EPA for clean water act violations in 9 states which was the highest fine for a retailer ever.


2005: Connecticut EPA ordered Walmart to pay 1.15 million for clean water act violations in 22 stores statewide.

2021: Since 2014 Walmart is alleged to have violated California's environmental laws & regulations by disposing hazardous waste products at local landfills that are not equipped or authorized to receive this type of waste and as a result as being sued by the state of California. For more info check out this link below.

Attorney general Bonta announces statewide lawsuit.

Notice how some things are cheap at Walmart and some are just about the same or more? Wal-Mart uses a price grid that makes some things cheaper but other things more expensive to try to even out the losses. Sam Walton created this store with the buy more, pay less quote. Most employees will tell you that it's more like work more and get paid less. Sure it's good to have a store that haves everything you need all in one place. Sure it's great to have a K-mart and Supermarket type store in one. I bet some of you love the fact that you can get groceries at Walmart. Keep supporting their grocery isles and your supermarkets will soon start disappearing too. Keep supporting young kids and under paid Asians across seas working for Walmart living like dogs. Walmart pays $3 a day for workers at their Chinese warehouses. Do you know why you can buy cheap clothes and toys from Walmart? Well, ask the underpaid Chinese employees across seas.

Walmart imported $18 billion worth of goods in 2004 from China. Their outsourcing has effected the American dream drastically. In Bangladesh, India nearly 200,000 woman sew clothes for Walmart. They work 14 hour shifts, 7 days a week and most of them live in poverty and can't even afford a toothbrush. At one location in Bangladesh woman are known to sleep by the factory because they only have a couple of hours and then have to get back to work or they cant afford to take a bus home everyday. These woman have no rights and are beaten when they work under expected performance. There are so many products from China in Walmart that Americans make right here in America but they want quantity and not quality in their stores. Of course, you don't see much name brand things or quality items because they are mainly made on slave wages with cheap materials.

Now we all have seen these Walmart commercials where they say they give back to the community right? Well in 2020 Walmart employees gave over $5 million dollars for the CRITICAL NEED FUND to help fellow workers in times of need, house fires, hospital bills etc.. The Walton family gave $6000 to that same fund. Compare that to the 3.2 million dollars they gave to political parties in 2004, it's no wonder why they get those subsidies. In that same year the Walton family got a federal tax cut of $91,500.00 per hour. The Walton's live a lustrous lifestyle and it has been the taxpayers and under paid workers that have gotten them to that point. Their expensive jets and numerous houses is the reason why you'll never get a raised. Besides the health care issues, under paid outsourcing, anti-union practices and poor work places conditions there's the problem with Walmart security systems. Walmart focuses on protecting their properties rather their consumers. Walmart parking lot violence is a major issue in America. In the US alone within the last 10 years 200 people have died in the parking lots or have been victims in the parking lot and then taking elsewhere. Woman have been raped, people have been robbed and assaulted and Walmart with it's 100's of cameras and security guards are more focused on spying on employees than protecting their consumers.

The Pros

Well how can Walmart be beneficial? That depends, are you one of the CEOs? That seems like the only way there is a good thing about Walmart. Sure it's cool to buy everything you need at one place but what is the price aside of the price that you pay? Stop Wal-Mart picketing is on the rise across the world. If you shop at Walmart and really don't care about the politics then at least show support for the humanities those picketers are fighting for. Walmart is a monopoly business. They corporate ways effect us all. Write to your congressman, join these picketers and their cause. Cities across the US are banning Walmarts from their land, join their fight and vote no on a Walmart near you. Support that and you'll support those local mom & pop shops and local businesses.

SHAME ON YOU WALMART! Here's headliners on Walmart.

Attorney General sues for inflating prices with sugar tax on Coca-Cola Packs. Story by Forbes

Wal-Mart still hasn't paid on Black Friday DEATH! Story by Huffington Post

Lastly I mention that there are many organizations that have stood up to Walmart. There are many people who are aware of the impact that a super center can mean in their neighborhood.


If Walmart had a union then they wouldn't have these problems and there is hope in that part thanks to sites, organizations and communities like Making Change At Walmart

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As mentioned before Walmart spends more money pertaining to security of their own employees rather the security of their consumers. So all those special cameras you see in Walmart are there to keep an eye on there employees. So much is spent on spying on there own that they never focused on the parking lot outside where consumers are being robbed, rape and murdered. In 2005 alone check out all these crimes that happened in a Walmart parking lot in 1 year.

Original Source:


On November 11, 2011 Alice Walton opened the doors to a museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. it cost 1.2 billion dollars. Also 100,000's of employees got there health care benefits taken from them.


devon on June 16, 2014:

Guys if you can't properly spell, please don't post comments...makes you look rather stupid. Thanks.

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on December 09, 2013:

With the high profits Walmart makes you would think they could afford to pay a decent wage and provide adequate health insurance. The story was published recently that they accept food donations for their employees and they have been doing this for years.

Oakin on December 03, 2013:

Geez guys, Wal-Mart is not as bad as you think. The environmental fines? Many stores are charged with those. Heck, Honda had to pay 262 million dollars for their fines! And Target was charged 22.5 million for the violations they committed! Also, it doesn't destroy small businesses. Consumers choose to shop at Wal-Mart and not the smaller places, so it's not Wal-Mart's fault. And for heaven's sake, they're working at an oversized convenience store! The pay is plenty enough.

jkoe on September 03, 2013:

wal mart is dumb

Chuck-A-Luck on June 17, 2013:

It's the same in every small town,Walmart has taken over.

martellawintek on December 05, 2012:

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LikaMarie on August 24, 2012:

I read this with interest. Where I live in S.E. Wisconsin, the unemployment is over 13%, and when you count the underemployment, it's more like 20+%.

what is sad, is that more people are getting kicked OFF of their public assistance, while the numbers of low income families are rising. So, in an era of affordable vs. ethical, what are some of us to do? On one hand, we could go elsewhere to spend more money, but, we would have to make more cuts into our budget, and may not be able to buy enough diapers.

I refuse to buy meats and what ever there, even their milk... It's not quality products. I suppose I should try to go else where.

Unfortunately, Walmart has purchased a different location to build a grocer & pharma only, on a busy corner, aside from the full one they already have, less than a few miles away. Thing is, less than a mile from their site they're going to build, there is a vacant place where they could take, w/o having to chop down more trees. Yet there they go. Or up on the north side, where there are neighborhoods there that are in desperate need of something, where even a piss poor job would be better than none.

I will make sure I refuse to shop there.

grinder602 on August 23, 2012:

Walmart needs to stopped !US Government has got to act soon as now Walmrt is taking on the Big Three Grocery chains and Walmart has the power to do so. Walmart is getting to Big ! Maybe the only way to stop Walmart is Cities and Towns should have a public vote if they want a Walmart.

billhub5 on July 22, 2012:

If someone working at Walmart does not like the wage they are being paid, why don't they go find another job?

Bob on July 01, 2012:

You also are fairly accurate. Walmart does not care about their employees. In the current economy they expect to hire adults (perhaps even with degrees) and pay minimum wage. An employee is just an expendable asset at Walmart.

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on June 17, 2012:

Walmart was planning to build a new supercenter in a small quaint town near where I live and they got booted out by the residents -- they let their voices be known that they didn't want Walmart in their backyard and so the County Commissioners denied Walmart their permit and left town. So it can be done. I do not shop at Walmart anymore. I stock up on paper products and cleaning supplies at the local BJs. I never bought produce or meat at Walmart because the meat says it is manufactured in China, and who knows where the vegetables come from.

UNION JOE on June 17, 2012:


kjforce from Florida on May 24, 2012:

Enjoyed your article..well written..but it's like anything else..Sam Walton had a dream as did Walt Disney..once they were out of the picture..someone else took the reins..WHERE and HOW can we make more PROFIT ???

This has happened more than once in the history of the US..but..did it ever happened the other way around? NO..and WHY response necessary...just my thoughts..

The Voice of Reason on April 30, 2012:

Here is a fact: jobs like 'associates' at Walmart, or Kmart, or Target, or Lowes, or McDonalds, or convenience stores, or the Dairy Queen... are not intended as living wage jobs. They are bottom of the rung, entry level jobs in the workforce. And anyone who thinks they should be able to live off an entry level job like these have been seriously misled. These jobs are for second household incomes, high school & college kids, retirees looking for something to do or to supplement their retirement. That's it. These jobs do not require skills that would justify a higher wage. Period. If you don't like working at Walmart, get a better job. Get some technical training, go to a trade school, anything. If you are at or below the poverty line the government is begging people to take money for education and trade programs. I know. I hire them.

joe on April 18, 2012:

Wont surprise me they'll be the antichrist and mark the 666 in order to get groceries. I mean may be could sound stupid but what can we hope from antiunion party, may sound out of sense. but in reality it make it same as. politics they don't recognize this is the land of imigrants and want them out of america and deny oportunities for them even government sit their asses eting from them aaah how's that... wake up people to see reality how every one plays a roll in . same as walmart workers..

Me on March 27, 2012:

"$30,000 for an undercover spy van per store"

What's the source for this one?

Eric on March 23, 2012:

I have worked at wal-mart for two years now. i started as a cart pusher making minumum wage 7.25. Three months later promoted to sporting goods sales associate so i went up to 7.85. Hit my one year mark made 8.25. so after a year i got one dollar raise. Yes i was part time and i lived at home with my parents becuse 8.25 @ 32hrs a week is not very much. So i thought my self up a solution. Now i work at wal-mart distrobution started off making 15.85. After three months i now make 16.75 becuse they give you a raise evry three months and a cost of living raise every january.( So i doubles my pay in just 2 years at wal-mart). I am currently going to school for a degree in buisness, so hopefully in another 2 years i will be management. But if not in 2 years ill be making $20 any way. They cap you out at around 20 bucks their. i work from 30-40 hrs a week now full time status. so yes if you work at the store you wont make shit... but at the distrobution you have a chance. On top of that i only work 3 days a week 11-14 hrs a day. Yes it is manual labor but worth my $1000+ pay check every week. Just becuse i work at wal-mart dose not mean i only shop their though. I try to buy made in America when i can. Wal-marts just my pay check. ohh yea and their are several millionaires just off walmart stolk alone so i got into that also. never realy see the stock rate go up by much tho ;/. any ways that my veiw.

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on February 27, 2012:

I really don't. I solution is due but it's on the government to do something about it, all we do is vote. We can't do nothing when it comes to corporate America but sue them and hope to win. Maybe the independents need to find better resource other than government. They need to come up with something as they are rapidly growing. There's no need for a Walmart in the middle of the city in Chicago where local businesses thrive. I can see if it were on the outskirts of a major city but now it's ridiculous. SO what your saying is since Walmart can afford it they should be able to do whatever. Of course mom and pop shops can't compete against corporate America but they can unite and stand up to them without needing them in the same equation twice.

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on February 27, 2012:

It's more than just health care. Please read the whole article.

Jacob on February 26, 2012:

im confused on this commenting system so here i go again...

if you are suggesting we should stop shopping at walmart because walmart doesn't provide healthcare to workers then wouldn't taking out walmart make those people loose their jobs... therefore they wouldn't have an income or health care.

are you expecting a mom and pop store to provide just as equal amounts of jobs as walmart?

do you expect mom and pop stores to provide healthcare? stores that cant even compete with walmart expected to provide something so costly?

Jacob on February 26, 2012:

do you expect mom and pop stores to provide health care? stores that cant even compete with walmart expected to provide something so costly?

Jacob on February 26, 2012:

ok. so they don't pay health care to people who work in their stores. but if we stop shopping at their stores then what happens to their jobs. so if we don't shop there they A don't have a source of income and B don't have health care. Can the mom and pop stores provide that many jobs?

JL on February 22, 2012:


Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on February 09, 2012:


Mtron on February 09, 2012:

When did u write this?

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on February 07, 2012:

A big part of it.

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on February 07, 2012:

TY Donovan for reading my Hub.

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on February 07, 2012:

Sorry to hear of that experience.

Donovan on February 07, 2012:

I love this blog, its true about what He is saying. When you go into Walmart you don't see any happy people working there. If you do its a fake smile that they brainwash you with before you get hired. They a scam. I work there right now and I don't like they company policies, Im not shopping there anymore for nothing. Think abput all the sweatshops overseas and how they are treated,its not cool. How can you be the largest corporation in the world but your employees get paid minimum wage? Am I crazy or what? If I am please help me understand! No more walmart cheer for me. The dollar bill say in God We Trust, its funny cause money is the god that America trust. More money less moral, I would rather die broke and pure in heart than rich and greedy! Jesus bless everybody who reads this!!

anonymous on November 29, 2011:

My first job was at walmart. I was part time and only worked 32-20 hours a week. But then they started having me work 40 hours. I was glad for the extra cash but I was working full time for little over a month even though I was part time. Walmart is supposed to change you from part time to a full time employee if you work full time hours for 3 or 4 weeks. I asked to be a full time employee, they said no. The reason for that is because they are getting rid of full time positions so they wont have to pay benefits. So I was a part time associate that worked 40 hours, didn't get any benefits, no vacation days. I hate walmart, they don't care about the workers. If you work at walmart and say you get sick and you work with food. From what I've experienced they probaly wont send you home. And if you do go home you will get introuble for it. My friend had the stomach flu and they made him stay and work in the deli. One of the other associates I worked with had pink eye and they wouldn't send him home. Oh and youyou are not allowed to take off work on the holiday season, basically oct-jan. But if your a manager you can take off when ever you want. Not to mention I had to beg them for one day off so I could go say goodbye to my grandmother who was going to be taken off life support. And with this particular walmart there was no space for working. We had the smallest store in the state but sold more product than any of the others. We asked for a bigger work area but they said no it would cost to much money. I had to climb over pallets of freight because I couldn't get out of the dairy cooler. If walmart cared about their workers or any one else but themselves this wouldn't happen. And walmart only lowers the price to kill competition, not for the consumer. Once the competition is gone they rise it back up. My time at walmart was the worst job experience of my life.

bobby on November 03, 2011:

you guys are crazy walmart is the worst store known to man

ammagh on October 30, 2011:

My point is how they threat their workers in third world countries are poor....after watching the WalMart movie I said to myself "no more shopping at WalMart"

I'll personally recommended some of u to watch-WalMart:The high cost of low prices.

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on October 14, 2011:

Anything relating to this article can be easily proven. what I do is report not brainwash.

Anonymous on October 11, 2011:

After reading through the comments I have noticed a common trend. Many people posting are basing their judgment off of an opinionated blog in which there is a heavy bias. As a student, I have not had the luxury of finding a high paying job in a rural state. I have worked in poor conditions, and have talked to many people on working conditions and benefits. I have seen, and identified with many Walmart employees that these are reasonable working conditions(it does vary sometimes depending on location). I congratulate those above who have given example after example of the benefits Walmart has supplied to them personally, and to their community. I have also seen that the "author" of this blog, and I do use the term loosely, has only responded to these testimonies with negative comments that hold no fact or weight in a logical argument. I would say that the bantering provided speaks for itself in a logical argument that the "author" does not seem to back up their argument with hard evidence, other than pulling out the "brainwash theory". In short speak on what you know, and can provide fact. When those who have personal experience, and factual knowledge point out flaws in your argument acknowledge your statement as wrong, our give hard fact to back up your claims. Have a wonderful evening. I bid you a good night and I think I will return to my studies in Greek.

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on August 14, 2011:

Partially responsible. When so much money is involved, so is the influence. The have just as many political strong holds as they do corporate.

vishal on August 14, 2011:

is wal mart the reason that america is becoming a third world country?

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on August 09, 2011:

Sucks to hear that. They have destroyed many mom and pop shops. Many cities and towns have blocked them from coming in, none to kick out,

ellie I on August 07, 2011:

Walmart took over all the small business in Farmington,Mo and when they had all the customers they phased out the goods. Art supplies, sewing needs, petneeds,anchovey paste, everything and anything wally could get its grubby, money grabbing fists on. Walmart you desroyed SE Mo. economey. Go to bankrupsy Hell with 100000000000blessings!!!

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on May 08, 2011:

Ty so much for responding. It's great to have an actual employee speak out. I didn't know about that and I will be investigating the matter to see if I can add on to my Hun.

dwain on May 07, 2011:

I work at Wal Mart and have for a long time. I feel uneasy with the fact that most of the long term employees have very little money in there retirement or 401K plan. They have a new 6% they add up to what you put in for the 401K. Which isn't bad, but most workers can't afford it. I mean if there able to put in 2% of there paycheck Wal Mart puts in 2%. Over a 20 year span, that's not gonna ad up to much. I think they could do better. It's a little to little at a little to late opportunity.

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on April 02, 2011:

David your ignorant and negative for no reason. You must have that Walmart broom far up your you know what. And as far as shutting up, it won't happen because I'm an American and have the right to talk and write freely and that's what I do. If you don't like that then stay on your page.

lindatymensky on February 21, 2011:

This is great work! I never cease to be amazed at the greed of people. I mean Wal-Mart corporate gets all these poorly paid schleps to rip off even lower paid schleps. This article is enough for me to never shop there.

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on February 18, 2011:

They treat the woman more worse civil wise too swedal, in America and other countries as well.

swedal from Colorado on February 18, 2011:

Well I have never really liked wal mart and shop there infrequently. Don't really like the way the merchandise or treat their workers.

DavidLivingston on December 07, 2010:

Thanks for this hub. Keep posting.

Cynthia on November 28, 2010:

Unfortunately Natalie you are right. Yes Wal-Mart is a monopoly but the cold hard facts are that some people HAVE to shop there. That's just the darn truth. I can pay $4 for my Cereal at Food Lion or get the same box for $3.50 at Wal-mart. In this economy every penny I can save is food in my childrens months. Oh and I make $21 an hour. That doesn't change the fact that I save money at Wal-Mart.

anonymous on November 12, 2010:

I never realized how bad Walmart really was. "DRG" was right, I was brainwashed. I've never really liked Walmart to begin with, but now i'm positive that I don't. This is just horrible

mallery! on November 02, 2010:

walmart sucks!

will on October 29, 2010:

Hey guys instead of attacking Natalie, you should look in the mirror, what are YOU doing to help. Are you handing out food or jackets to the poor, are you helping serve food at a local shelter or soup kitchen, are you donating your hard earned money. If you are not working to help resolve these painful issues, you are most likely part of the cause. Walmart is not a saint, but at least it is not like most companies who take you and everyone else on a ride... remember that Walmart's low prices help all those customers who make it the billion dollar monster it is.

matt on October 14, 2010:

Our manufacturing economy is out. We are a consumer economy. How can you have an effective consumer economy without competition? Walmart has eliminated almost all competition in small towns. As much as you may complain Natalie, you should think about the big picture.

Ish on September 07, 2010:

Natalie, maybe you should stop spending so much time complaining and posting on the internet and try to find a better job.

Champ on September 04, 2010:

Natalie, small town Walmarts actually have higher prices than metro stores. Walmart starts with very low prices in small towns, then after the competition has been wiped out they start raising prices because you don't have anywhere else to shop except for going out of town.

Natalie on July 27, 2010:

Bottom line is; I live in a small town with a Walmart, I can not afford inflated gas prices and drive to a bigger city to pay extra bucks for groceries, tools, clothing or writing paper etc. more so when I can drive 5 minutes to Walmart, get what I need at a lesser price. Sorry, charity begins at home when you live on 8 bucks an hour myself. It's not just Walmart people, look around, how many farmers, lumberjacks, carpenters, waitress, bar bouncers, bartenders, laid off steel workers are making ends meet with their peanut paying jobs or unemployment benefits running out? If Walmart did not move in my area, I would have to drive 35 miles to get groceries or pay the inflated costs at a momma-poppa store that has only your basics. I bought a Tee-Shirt for $2.00 with the American flag from Walmart to wear around the house, compared to $15 or $18 dollars somewhere else. Explain to me why I would be willing to pay 13 to 16 dollars more for the same shirt? Explain to me why I should pay 10 or more for gas to go out of town for groceries that will cost me an extra 40 or 50 bucks on top of that? If I cash my little paychecks and shop at Walmart, I at least can pay my other bills, if I don't, I could wake up to turned off electric, turned off heating and eat dog food. Sorry to the Walmart employees who drive Toyota's. Nobody cared when my steel worker job closed and relocated near the Mexican border in the 80's, nobody cared when my spouses job closed and relocated near the Canadian border and a sub-company opened up in Canada. At least Walmart creates jobs, keeps costs down here in America, how they do it is no concern of mine, only the fact Walmart saves me alot of money and other stores do not give a shit how I make ends meet! More so when an actor President got elected and went on a mission to bust the blue collar unions. Odd nobody ever touches the teacher unions, jobs that keep taking from my paycheck with inflated school tax, library tax and real estate tax. If we did like the Amish and focused on reading, writing and arithmatic and get your children grown and working. Education is an over-rated tax scam, when most of it could be self-taught and most professors make their classes a self-taught class. One self-taught class at 3 credits can cost you $800.00 for a 9 week course? America is unbalanced, more so when a pro-football player can make 8 million on a 6 year contract? Entertainers millions to make a movie? Banking, wallstreet and corporate CEO's millions of dollar kick backs? We have become corporate slaves, admit it we are slaves, mere pheasants, the lower end of the stick and bitch about Walmart who at leasts cuts consumers a break in prices? Without a Walmart store in my area I could not make ends meet, sorry to those who cry about Walmart, sorry that Walmart gets sued, but LQQK closer people, to the unbalances in America, where our jobs went and try to get a English speaking person on the line to complain about it. Thank Ronald Wilson Reagan for that, odd how there are 6 letters to Ronald, 6 letters to Wilson, six letters to Reagan = 666 warning! What about the year 2012? Why is many people with extra cash stock piling food and water? Why is America arming itself with guns and ammo? Why are some of us not because we cannot afford the extra's at this time? What is brewing? What will burst next? At least Walmart keeps me going day to day!

Rismayanti from Tropical Island on April 24, 2010:

give a perspective.. good job

idkkk on March 31, 2010:

Ohk so...I like Wal-mart and all but, its not right how they treat their factory workers. Like i watched a video about this factory employee and she only made 15 dollars a week...THATS SOOOO SAD! Like really?!

DaYaz on March 22, 2010:

Well, I think another big pro missing, (although I may not be a Walmart fan) is that it helps the average American more than it hurts them. If people could choose, they should choose not to shop at Walmart. However, as Tucker Carlson said, "opposing Wal-Mart is an unaffordable luxury" for the average person.

As bleeding heart liberal that I am, I can't ignore that aspect of Wal-Mart.

Nanie on January 11, 2010:

walmart is stupid. people work to hard and go threw trouble and get paid little money. and poor Chinees workers.

Ladybird33 from Fabulous USA on November 17, 2009:

Walmart has awful customer service as well. however, loved that you brought this up! Very good hub

Felix J Hernandez (author) from All over the USA on October 28, 2009:

Very true, Obama does not control the banks but whoever does controls corporate America and most countries ass well/

Tucci78 from New Jersey on October 27, 2009:

Wal-Mart reminds me of Kmart in the '80s, when the stock was still on the rise and theirs were the "category killer" stores sited to take maximum advantage of automobile-driving American shoppers looking for one-stop venues in which they could make a variety of purchase types.

In my area, other chains of similar character were run over by Kmart in precisely the same way that Kmart has been very effectively blotted out by Wal-Mart and Target and the "big box" stores.

Having lived long enough to see the ascendancy of both Kmart and Wal-Mart, I'm not inclined to believe that the development (and the consequences) of bad management in Bentonville will go unpunished in the long haul.

For example, if it is true that "there is nearly 27 million square feet of empty Wal-marts in America," then the company is already suffering from severe capital malinvestment which indicates that its substance is being wasted to an intolerable, unsustainable degree.

Wal-Mart will most certainly go down eventually, and possibly it'll go under.

Unless, of course, Wal-Mart becomes regarded in Mordor-on-the-Potomac as "too big to fail."

MikeNV from Henderson, NV on October 27, 2009:

I think I missed the pros? Walmart got caught paying a company to sew in "made in usa" labels on clothing. Walmart has 3x the turnover of Costco. Walmart pays it's CEO 5.5 million Costco 350K. Costo employees in excess of 80% have health insurance. Costco employees produce more revenue per employee than Walmart... I believe it was about $1,500 per employee more. Walmart pays below $10 an hour on average. Costco about $16 an hour. So there is proof that you can pay and treat employees better, offer insurance, and make more money.

Walmart is almost always the beneficiary of tax deferments or complete forgiveness on property taxes. Competitors in the local business don't get that advantage.

Walmart prices are not that great. I bought anti-freeze and a better brand and quality at the local autoparts store for cheaper than walmart.

When you let walmart take over your community you drive away options.

Walmart is all about bleeding the poor to feed their corporate executives. It's a cult and a very scary place.

Walmart is 2 faced... nothing more than a big evil corporation.

Thomas Mitchell from Bangor, Maine on August 14, 2009:

Good work. Together we can stop the outsourcing of jobs and decline of communities. I have also written a similar hub at including some other facts about why WalMart is a bad corporation and at the bottom is a link on how you can help stop them.

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