Comment 74848

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted February 29, 2012 at 09:12:51

Despite the Downtown's attempt to equate Walmart with its competitors (Walmart "looking after" employees isn't unheard of, but about as rare as a February 29th), all box store chains are not the same, but unfortunately the race to the bottom is reducing these subtle differences.

One thing that a brand like Fortinos or Longos has going for it, at least, are local roots and a sense of shame. Walmart, on the other hand, is accountable to no one in Hamilton, so they don't rightly care if their appearance closes down half a block of small retail, or if their low-wage/no-union policies further impoverishes its community by lowering the bar.

No, all they are expected to do is sell a lot of cheap, Chinese-made crap, and funnel the money back to Arkansas.

Downtown in Hamilton noted, "Their practices are unscrupulous and ethics questionable," but as he also ably demonstrates, despite these flaws, many consumers (like him) are still willing to bend over and take the lower living standards and working conditions with a smile.

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