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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Is shopping at Wal-Mart immoral?

Hey, we discuss this topic at work all the time. I shop at Wal-Mart. I buy a lot of my groceries there. Personal economics constrain me. It's much cheaper than the other big super stores around here. I also shop at a local organic store for some things, which is quite expensive.

Some of the things commonly discussed around our coffee room are:
1- Wal-Mart stores keep moving and leaving empty parking lots behind. Well, Kroger has been doing the same thing, and this is actually a county problem, because they control this, not Wal-Mart. It's hard not to see their side too, because Wal-Mart provides a lot of jobs locally and the county is supposed to be looking out for the community.

2- They are an eyesore. Well, yeah. Again, it is within the power of our local political groups to at least stipulate environmental/social concessions. I've seen it in e communities, where they have to keep a certain percentage of green space, or plant trees, etc.

3- A lot of poor people shop at Wal-Mart here. Some of them even take the bus in, which stops in front of the store. Couldn't they provide a bench for these elderly people and children? That pisses me off. It's hot (this is the South) and the store does everything it can (moves around the newspaper stands, moves equipment etc. around)to ck people from waiting for the bus inside the store. I guess it's bad for their 'image' to have customers waiting by the store.

No, it's not immoral to shop at Wal Mart. I don't like Wal Mart. I hate shopping there, but I still do. For groceries, I much prefer Kroger even though it is more expensive.


I shop at 3 different stores, Most paper goods and juice concentrate are cheaper at walmart though. And like you, JLP, I don't like to shop at wally's- it just wears me out psycologically.
Oh, and I found out Frontline did a big show on Wal-Mart for PBS, you can find it here.
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