Wal-Mart Locks Up Employees, Reports Fast Company Magazine
The UnHappy Face of the
‘Dark Side of
“everyday low prices”‘
The November issue of Fast Company tells us that Wal-Mart incarcerates the night shift in some of its stores — byline Charles Fishman:
We’ve read that in 10% of its stores, Wal-Mart locks its employees inside overnight, making it difficult even for people who are sick or injured to get out.
We’ve read? Mr. Fishman, read? You, ace journalist from Fast Company must use a secondary source? You can’t pick up the phone, make a long distance call to Bentonville, Arkansas and ask for a comment, a reaction?
Even a supermarket tabloid would call Wal-Mart.
Or a blogger.
So I called Marty Heires, a company spokesman. He picked up the phone — that’s his job, answering calls from
journalists bloggers — and explained the lockdown:
For stores that are not open 24 hours, it is a normal thing to lock entrances for the protection of the associates. We don’t want people to walk in [attracted by unattended] by the cash registers. The stores are locked from the inside and the managers have the keys.
Safety? Every Wal-Mart building is subject to, and in compliance with local fire regulations. Employees can get out; rescue can get in.
Please pardon the exasperation of Your Business Blogger. I am disappointed that Fast Company has now become, and is now behaving, like main stream media. Note the childlike scare quotes of “everyday low prices” that would not even be seen in a low-volume blog.
The Fast Company hit piece continued, insulting the Wal-Mart patron:
Shoppers, whether enthusiastic…or just uninformed, continue to buy what Wal-Mart is selling.
And just who would be the “uninformed” [stupid] shopper?
That would be me, Your Business Blogger. Kids, conservative, SUV and a belief in the right-to-work and wealth-creation capitalism.
Not Fast Company. The recent issue of Fast Company looks back to a decade-old cover about a Wal-Mart rant, “The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know.” The lefty-edgey mag cares little for the big retailer.
In an earlier post, “Why Elites Hate WalMart,” I detailed 5 reasons for the discontent, but I left out technology elites in the Fast Company masthead and market segment in New York City.
Fast Company seems to be disappointed that Wal-Mart profits are up. Way up — 30% in the past two years. Sales increased by a jaw-dropping $56 billion.
I asked Marty, the Wal-Mart spokesman, “Do people buy what Wal-Mart is selling?”
“They certainly do.”
Selling at “everyday low prices” — so low they are scary.
Thank you (foot)notes:
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