Posted 7 years ago on March 22, 2013, 12:27 p.m. EST by zacherystaylor
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Barbara Ehrenreich once wrote about corporate plans for how to respond when activists strike in one of her books; however even though she mentioned they had these plans she didn't go into details about what they might be. She also wrote about how Wal-Mart pays their employees to attend some kind of orientation where they're told not to join unions and given pep talks. This is kind of odd since they're so tight with their hourly wages and many other expenses but they pay for time that doesn't involve work. Part of this is supposed to encourage what some have called the "cult of Sam," where they encourage sort of a worship of their company or something like that. She didn't provide many more details about that either; if anyone knows about this what is this about?
I found the following story from a year and a half ago which describes what they did during one protest. It seems to imply that they may have had some repose planned and I suspect that the commercial media might hesitate to report anything that might make Wal-Mart look to bad without strong evidence and major outrage but I suspect that they might use more tactics to suppress complaints.
Wal-Mart has clearly been getting an enormous amount of complaints from their customers because they have so many problems with the quality of their merchandise. When you hear about how many corners they cut in the manufacturing factories this should be expected. They also have a large number of police complaints at their stores according to Stacy Mitchell "Big Box Rip-Off" and many of the stories about Black Friday riots. This costs tax payers an enormous amount of money but Wal-Mart often still gets tax subsidies instead of paying for their part in this.
I have heard some stories about this in the past and may have had my own experience with something like this. With all the scandals they've been involved in I suspect they're quite concerned about people using speech in their stores to inform the other customers about how many problems they have and keep them from exposing them at least in the stores. It is incredibly easy to find out about many of these scams if people look for them from reliable sources but the commercial media only reports them briefly if they report them at all.
I strongly suspect they have an enormous internet presence that includes many people creating phony reviews and defending Wal-Mart in other ways. A lot of this is incredibly easy to recognize and it is hard to imagine what else would lead to some of the positive reviews and even some with disclaimers that they might have conflicts of interests but they also claim to be independent at the same time.
I am quite certain that if the majority of Wal-Mart customers knew more about this they would lose many of them. I'll be writing more about this next week and won't be checking back until them so that if there are any other stories about it. they will be independent. For what it is worth what I suspect would almost certainly not be considered illegal; but it would be bad for their reputation and many people would be outraged by it.
Update: May 2
I was distracted from writing the story and went on longer than I expected but have finished it. I have reason to suspect that they might have consultants walking the aisles that might be watching out for activities that might be related to the protest movements. One of these consultants might be the one that was yelling at the customers during the Occupy protests in San Diego; however that is just speculation. But I have found articles from Bloomberg news indicating that they do have these consultants in the aisles for other purposes, checking to see how well stocked the aisles are, which don't seem to make sense and I may have encountered someone who's behavior doesn't make sense, unless she is one of these consultants or something like that, but once again that is speculation.
I also have some reason that at least a few police officers might be sympathetic to the Wal-Mart workers and they might not like the fact that Wal-Mart is using their services while avoiding accountability for other activities that aren't in their jurisdiction and sticking other tax payers with the tab while they often get tax breaks from politicians that take their donations.
The full somewhat rambling story is at the following Blog:
Update May 12
I followed up on this with another somewhat rambling post but it has what I consider a good possible suggestion about how organized people can convince small grocery stores or other types of store to buy local and take advantage of the growing movement to boycott Wal-Mart which is clearly escalating partially because of Wal-Mart's growing incompetence. It involves having a group of people give written requests that the local stores buy local and minimize or boycott Koch and Monsanto's. If they continue giving Koch products prominent spaces at the end of the aisle the group can do their shopping avoiding the Koch products then ask to see the manager and request as a group that they stop giving the Koch brothers prime shelf space and inquire about anti competitive slotting fees, which they won't want to discuss. Hopefully if this is done often enough with enough supporters it could lead to some Koch free towns while Wal-Mart also shuts down their stores replacing them with smaller local stores not additional big box stores.