Wal-Mart makes my life easier because I spend less on items I previously paid more for prior to the opening of their Cedar City outlet. Their stores are well lit and have helpful cheerful employees. I enjoy saying hello to the store greeter and will occasionally partake of a double-cheeseburger and coffee at the in-store McDonalds while leisurely reading the paper. Does this sound like the spawn of Satan?
Wal-Mart would go out of business tomorrow if their customers stopped coming in the door to buy things. Their success is only as current as their ability to satisfy the next customer. I don't buy everything at Wal-Mart but I do purchase a lot of the things that I need to sustain my everyday existence. I like the selection, prices and location and will remain a loyal customer as long as they provide the same level of excellence that I have known for the past 18 years of personal acquaintance with this corporation.
I shop at my 24-hour Wal-Mart Supercenter all the time and buy everything you could possibly imagine from celery and space heaters to shoes, mouthwash and birthday cards. Not to mention lighter fluid, potting soil, garden plants, my summer kiddy pool and prescription reading glasses from the optometry center. I also love shopping at Wal-Mart when I travel around the country because they are all laid out the same way and generally have the lowest prices on the stuff I need to get----all in one location.
I welcome the usual shibboleths that are hurled at this company, like the decline and death of poor old Main Street (I say good riddance to the smelly old hardware store and the dingy outdated pharmacy), the low wages paid to its employees and the exploitation of foreign workers in the so called Third World. Why is Wal-Mart so easily portrayed as evil and exploitive when it clearly derives its wealth from people who voluntarily purchase products at its outlets and from others who willingly sell goods to them at an agreed upon price? How is any of this bad? Is there a flaw in my logic? What am I not getting that is evil about this arrangement?
On the other hand I am often deemed extreme by others for calling the U.S. government evil because they confiscate their wealth illegally and un-Constitutionally and then proceed to use this stolen booty to kill and maim thousands of innocent people around the world. Is there a better use for the word evil than the current edition of the U.S. federal government? Nothing quite so abhorrent or aggressive since Nazi Germany has appeared on the world stage, and yet Wal-Mart is a devil in disguise for satisfying their customers. Huh?
How is that nobody screams about K-Mart, Target or Costco? It seems to me that the intellectual elite have a much easier time putting down a place where the under-class shops. How come these same crusaders aren't screaming about those evil giants Toyota, Fed Ex or Starbucks? What gives? Ain't our store good 'nuff for ya'll? Why it's just us niggers, spics & white trash saving some money on chitlins, Pringles and Wonder Bread.
Shucks ain't nuthin' wrong wiff dat!
"Attention Wal-Mart Associates: keep up the good work!",
From a satisfied customer.