Lynn Yaeger Gives Wal-Mart Its Lumps (of Coal)
Is it the Grinch? Is it Scrooge? No, it's Wal-Mart! Once again, that venal venue is in the news, this time for showing good citizen Barry Goldberg the door when he attempted to distribute $1300 worth of $10 Wal-Mart gift cards in a Santa-like gesture at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Connecticut last weekend.
Here's the store's rationale for tossing Goldberg: "While we appreciate the customer's patronage, we understand that he was interrupting the flow of foot traffic in the store's vestibule."
Excuse me? NOW you're worried about your vestibule, after a guy was trampled to death in the vestibule of your Valley Stream store on Black Friday?
In other Wal-Mart news, the company has agreed to pay an amount reported to be between $352 million and $640 million to " target="_blank">settle 63 lawsuits claiming that Wal-Mart denied employees rest breaks and meal breaks and forced workers to put in unpaid hours. Is this settlement an attempt, perhaps, to show the more labor-friendly incoming Obama administration just what a progressive dump Wal-Mart really is?
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On the other hand, the National Labor Relations Board has instructed the behemoth Starbucks to rehire and pay back pay to three workers hired for engaging in union activity.
So offer a word of solidarity to your barista when you quaff that Christmas caramel latte! Happy holidays!
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