Originally Posted by girlndocs
One other thing: It's true that the general run of big-box businesses (Target, Fred Meyer, etc) is not exactly saintly. The point here is that WalMart is *far beyond* the general run. To say, "Well, none of them are perfect, so it doesn't make a difference" is like saying "Well, it's hot outside today, so I might as well switch my oven on to Broil and climb in."
Amen, GirlinDocs! I grew up in Minneapolis, which is the home of Dayton-Hudson Corporation, the owners of Target, Mervyns and whatever they're calling the store that used to be Dayton's these days. I've worked for them as a teenager working customer service at Target, and made $2.50/hr over the minimum wage to start with health benefits after 60 days. They treat employees fairly, have good labour practices, promote women, offer maternity leave, and don't lock their maintenence people in overnight. I cannot find any evidence of anything even close to resembling the HUGE class action suits that have been filed against wal-mart (and, mind you, which wal-mart has consistently settled or lost) about Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination, Employee Maltreatment, or exploiting undocumented aliens. I'm less than happy about Dayton-Hudson's use of sweat shop labor, but all in all, I sleep better giving them my money than I do giving it to Sam Walton!
(That said, why in the world is it that the good sugar-free candies that calm my morning sickness are made only by Wal-Mart? It's like torture, I swear!)