I've kept quiet through this whole thread, just reading what everyone's wrote, taking it all in. Now I think I'll say it:I SHOP AT WAL-MART
They pay our bills. Without them, we would have NO food on our table, no $$ for our bills, NADA!!!
DH is the dept mgr of our local WM's photo lab and is currently interviewing to move up to an Asst Mgr position. It's the ONLY place that would give him a job. And yes, I do mean the ONLY place. He's applied in ALL SORTS of fields. In-state, out-of-state, in his field, outside his field. Do you know that the local Target wouldn't hire him b/c he was "overqualified" for all their jobs yet he can't get a job in his field?? Before WM, he was working for a privately owned store and the owner was a total UA violation who took advantage of DH in every way he possibly could.
So, I'm thankful for WM. They made every attempt to start DH at the highest wage they could b/c he had a family to support. They've made all attempts at giving him whatever he's needed thus far. True, we can't afford the healthcare right now, but it was worse when he worked at the mom & pop store. And FTR, I would like to point out that MANY of the M&P places around here won't pay close to what our local WM does. Not b/c they can't afford it (b/c believe me, they're doing quite well despite the WM being here) but b/c they DON'T WANT TO TAKE FROM THEIR BOTTOM LINE!!! That's actually what DH's old boss told him when he cut DH's pay b/c he couldn't afford to have DH at the wage he was making (which was right above the poverty level) AND have a 40% profit margin.
And y'know what, I would say that a good majority of the employees who work at DH's WM ENJOY IT!!!! <GASP> Many have said that WM is the best employer they've worked for <GASP> There's no rule about not getting a 2nd job, as a matter of fact, they're pretty flexible w/ their hours. Did DH have to tell anyone about his religion or values?? No, I don't know where that statement came from
: He had to take a brief quiz about what he would do in certain stealing instances, but that was it.
Do I buy everything at WM? No. We don't NEED everything that WM carries. BUT, I buy what little I do need from there, and leave the rest.