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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    I mostly drink Coke Zero, which we usually buy at WalMart. Unfortunately, we buy so much Coke products from WalMart as it is that it's really not practical for us to respond to this idiocy by buying even more than we already do.
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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Porchev View Post
    Democratic officials Wednesday launched a two-pronged attack on states with new laws requiring identification before voting, the highlight being a call to boycott Coke, Walmart and others that back a leading organization pushing for voter ID laws.
    Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws | Washington Examiner

    Voter ID laws seem common sense to me. It creates more confidence in the election results and reduces fraudulent voting.

    This push to boycott Walmart just makes me want to go there right now and buy several things. To start I could use some more ammo…9mm, 7.62 x 39mm, .308, and some shotgun shells.
    So you use this boycott rant to state that you want to up your arms. Interesting what a seemingly irrelevant tie in you chose to use.
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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    Boycotting Walmart is never a waste of time.
    Muciti, I always agree with you! But not here. And here's my subjective reason:

    I have family in coal country Kentucky...real boonies. I used to visit them every year. The nearest chain store was about 50 miles away. Manchester, KY to London, KY, before the Daniel Boone Parkway cut that in half. It was close to an hour-and-a-half drive. That's how far they had to drive to get competitive prices on anything. The local store owners, like a dimestore, drug store, grocery store, were, well, like having to shop in a gas station's grocery mart. The prices was sky high. People were eking out livings working for these little stores...minimum wage...no benefits. Those -- and the underground coal mines. Not even vacations.

    Then came WalMart. Suddenly, people could buy things at much more competitive prices. Suddenly, there were 75 or so (not sure on this) much better jobs. An opportunity for advancement. An opportunity to earn more than minimum wage. Hospitalization. Vacations. When WalMart came to town? The town began to flourish.

    That's my subjective view. Then, there's this:

    Charitable giving at a glance for fiscal year 2011:
    • $732 million in cash and in-kind gifts in the U.S., up from $467 million in fiscal year 2010
    • $66.8 million in cash and in-kind gifts in international markets, up from $45 million in fiscal year 2010
    • $114 million from Walmart’s customers and associates through in-store giving programs that benefit local charities
    • $913 million in charitable contributions from Walmart, the Foundation, our customers and our associates around the globe
    • The Chronicle of Philanthropy has named Walmart the biggest cash contributor to nonprofit and community organizations in the United States.
    • Our Volunteerism Always Pays Program awards nonprofit organizations with financial contributions when Walmart associates volunteer. In fiscal year 2011, associates volunteered 1.3 million hours.
    • On behalf of Sam’s Club, the Walmart Foundation gave more than $89 million in cash and in-kind gifts to support local U.S. organizations focusing on education, health and children’s programs in fiscal year 2011.


    Walmart’s Commitment to Hunger
    • In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a historic $2 billion commitment to help end hunger in America. The Fighting Hunger Together initiative will provide 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart facilities and $250 million to hunger relief organizations through 2015.
    • In fiscal year 2011, our food donation program provided more than 256 million pounds of food to local food banks, the equivalent to 197 million meals. These in-kind contributions value more than $407 million. The Walmart Foundation also provided $62 million in grant funding to U.S. hunger relief organizations.


    Some examples of how our charitable giving helps communities:
    • Providing funds to train 2,000 young people in green building skills while constructing 170 sustainable housing units through a $2.6 million grant to YouthBuild USA
    • Helping 11,000 families learn to cook healthy meals on a budget through a $1.5 million grant to Share Our Strength
    • Purchasing 4 million healthy meals and snacks for U.S. children through summer feeding programs last year
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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    meh... I worked for Walmart (Sam's Club) for six years and they did everything they claimed they never did. Worked me off the clock with threats and the night shift NEVER had a manager on the clock except when the District Officer was on their way for a visit then they'd jump on night-shift the night before to help pretty it up. So night-shift, without a manager, was locked in the building with the exceptions of the fire escape doors which were alarmed not to mention the loading dock was motion trigger alarmed.

    I didn't mind that we were locked in so much but I've read where they denied all that stuff which is a bald-faced lie. I've not set foot in a walmart for about 15 years or so.
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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    meh... I worked for Walmart (Sam's Club) for six years and they did everything they claimed they never did. Worked me off the clock with threats and the night shift NEVER had a manager on the clock except when the District Officer was on their way for a visit then they'd jump on night-shift the night before to help pretty it up. So night-shift, without a manager, was locked in the building with the exceptions of the fire escape doors which were alarmed no to mention the loading dock was motion trigger alarmed.

    I didn't mind that we were locked in so much but I've read where they denied all that stuff which is a bald-faced lie. I've not set foot in a walmart for about 15 years or so.
    I wish more people would not step into walmart for 15 years. Nothing would make me happier than to see Walmart leave so we can get back to American manufacturing and businesses start opening back up.
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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    They do it by selling the lowest quality of products imaginable.
    Let's be honest about this for a moment. Consider the prices they charge for the products that are of "low quality." Consider the prices of products that are of higher quality. Much of the time, you will have to spend more money to get the higher quality. Walmart aims at the customer base that tries to avoid that sort of a purchase on a regular basis. I generally see no shame involved. Frequently, further, on many products the quality aspect is not there. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It is just overplayed. Much of the time what happens is you save several pennies here or there on the exact same product, or you get their in-house brand product which does a decent job for a significantly lower price (same with Target).

    Walmart's goods quality is a problem to more premium shoppers, not its consumer base. That's why you won't see me shopping there for a certain number of products, but you will see me avidly buying portions of their grocery section and other goods that are relatively the same for cheaper.

    Frequently what I do not like about Walmart is its store upkeep, but not generally its products.
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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    I wish more people would not step into walmart for 15 years. Nothing would make me happier than to see Walmart leave so we can get back to American manufacturing and businesses start opening back up.
    Ain't gonna happen just 'cause Wal-mart leaves. Almost every industry that relies on manufacturing relies on cheap overseas labor. It's absolutely idiotic to think that Wal-Mart leaving would reintroduce manufacturing jobs. At best, we might see a few more mom and pop's, but the most likely result is massive unemployment in the short term and probably a significant increase in pricing as well, further perpetuating the massive hit the economy.
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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Let's be honest about this for a moment. Consider the prices they charge for the products that are of "low quality." Consider the prices of products that are of higher quality. Much of the time, you will have to spend more money to get the higher quality. Walmart aims at the customer base that tries to avoid that sort of a purchase on a regular basis. I generally see no shame involved.

    Walmart's goods quality is a problem to more premium shoppers, not its consumer base. That's why you won't see me shopping there for a certain number of products, but you will see me avidly buying portions of their grocery section and other goods that are relatively the same for cheaper.

    Frequently what I do not like about Walmart is its store upkeep, but not generally its products.
    They do it by exploiting ****ty working conditions overseas, importing crap, treating employees like crap and cutting benefits.
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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Ain't gonna happen just 'cause Wal-mart leaves. Almost every industry that relies on manufacturing relies on cheap overseas labor. It's absolutely idiotic to think that Wal-Mart leaving would reintroduce manufacturing jobs. At best, we might see a few more mom and pop's, but the most likely result is massive unemployment in the short term and probably a significant increase in pricing as well, further perpetuating the massive hit the economy.
    If walmart left and thus stopped importing the chinese crap that they do, it is very reasonable to believe that american made product sales would increase.
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    Re: Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    If walmart left and thus stopped importing the chinese crap that they do, it is very reasonable to believe that american made product sales would increase.
    What American made products?
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