It's smarter to spend the day (and the night before) shopping for bargains online and save the sales tax.
They wont. They will be fired and replaced in seconds.
I was unhappy with my situation in life so I attended night school, graduated with a BS in accounting and now employed in a career I enjoy and pays quite well. I shall soon be a CPA.
There are options.
Sadly, I fear R2 is correct. There are lots of Wal-Marts in towns where they're the biggest employer.
And R4, I also changed careers in midlife, to great personal advantage. But I didn't have kids to feed, I wasn't a couple of pachecks away from homelessness, I didn't live in an area where Wal-Mart is the only major employer, and I didn't do it in the middle of a major recession. The same cannot be said for most Wal-Mart employees, so stop being so smug.
Not being smug. Just offering an alternative.
I chose not to have children unless I could afford them. I didn't want to be a burden on anyone for my choices. Now we have 3 young ones I can comfortably support.
It's called personal responsibility.
Well, smell you, r4!
And half the people you know hate you, so quit bragging.
So a 17 year old, fresh out of high school should be guaranteed $25,000 a year? Good luck with that.
It was only twenty or so years ago that people who worked retail had a house,a car,kids and even sent them to college.
They had paid vacations although modest compared to other nations and could count on their employer to provide health insurance.
They bought stuff from the rest of us just like we bought from them.
Now retail workers are serfs,chained to their jobs at the mercy of their supervisors and they sell crap made in China or wherever, stuff we used to make right here.
If things keep going the way they are - you're next R6 because I guarantee you I could find somebody to do your job in about 6 hours - no matter what it is - for less $ than you make right now and probably better as well.
Unless perhaps,you might want to work for less than your replacement?
You see R6 as a business person I have a "personal responsibility" to use alternatives to keep controllable costs low in order to keep my bonuses as well as my own job.
And controllable costs means YOU!
That's exactly what happened a couple of decades ago in the retail trade.
R9, I was 18 yo in 1988, just out of high school and started a job at $26k a year, with medical, dental and vison coverage.
Walmart makes more than enough to provide a decent wage to it's employees, and it should.
I work high end retail. I am so glad we are unionized. These places would work you like a slave if they could. I see what they do to management, and it's not pretty.
FYI, you can make a pretty penny in luxury retail. Most everyone in my dept clears at least 50K a year with the top earners making about 150K.
The top Chanel salesperson at Bergdorf Goodman has four assistants and makes about $350K a year. So retail as an option to support a family is nothing to sneeze at.
Of course at that level you're not selling $150 32" tvs for $10 an hour.
The advantage to using people who desperately need the minimum wage job, is you have power over them. Union busting is harder because the people still have money in their pockets. These people don't.
So.... are you willing to walk out risking losing your home because you live paycheck to paycheck? Minimum wage is a powerful tool of oppression.
When I was in college eons ago some of my dorm mates worked for Macy's and they couldn't wait for holidays because they made triple time. What does WalMart pay?
[quote]Not being smug. Just offering an alternative. I chose not to have children unless I could afford them. I didn't want to be a burden on anyone for my choices. Now we have 3 young ones I can comfortably support.
It's called personal responsibility.
I am genuinely happy for you and your family and all of your accomplishments. I also sincerely wish that you are never laid off from your accounting job or that you or your wife/husband and children do not become ill to the point that you must stop working to take care of your health or that of your spouse or children.
There's an empty, foreclosed house on the street that used to belong to a family of four. I have no idea what the parents did for a living since we just had a hello and waving relationship, but I assume they were middle class like me since we live on the same street. In this case, it was mom who apparently lost her job first (I'm hearing this from my next door neighbor). Followed just six months later with dad's leukemia diagnosis. Do I have to tell you the rest of the story?
I am currently comfortably middle class, but I am taking care of a parent with Alzheimers (she's the '47%er here). Since I have to be self-employed to work from home to take care of her (she's not ill enough to warrant nursing home care and she's been an exceptionally difficult person her whole life and failed one placement already for assaulting another resident), I do not have insurance. Why, you ask? A pre-existing condition would leave me with premiums at ~ $600/mo.
And I know what little I have could all be gone in a flash. Of course, you're being super-smug.
There but for the grace of God...
[quote]Of course at that level you're not selling $150 32" tvs for $10 an hour.
WalMart employees WISH they made $10 an hour. But how could every member of the Walton family make millions of dollars a DAY if they were forced to pay their workers a living wage?
Wally world does without employees before hiring recklessly. It is not that easy to get a job there, they drug test for one and when the new super Wallyworld opened they had trouble getting enough drug free ones.
It is not that they hire stupid people they make sure they are hiring sheep.
Wally has announced in recent days they pay extra during these hours and working them was voluntary. They had more volunteers than they needed
THERE has been stories about the warehouse workers going on strike that day because of working conditions.
This same fake story goes around every year at the holidays and nothing ever happens. YAWN.
[quote]It is not that easy to get a job there, they drug test for one and when the new super Wallyworld opened they had trouble getting enough drug free ones.
They also make you take a "personality assessment test" where you basically have to display total blind deference to authority and a complete lack of individual will.