'I'm not proud of what I did for Wal-Mart'
Robert Greenwald's new film, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, is coming out in a couple of weeks, and he's already giving us extended scenes for our viewing pleasure. The information this man presents probably isn't new to most at this point, but to hear and read him tell his story was both heartbreaking and infuriating. Some excerpts:
I had people there on welfare working, husbands totally disabled. We're paying them $6.75, $7.75 an hour. And on any given day, if for some reason you just happen to tick off one of the managers, if you're full time, you can just work 28 hours a week. And if you tick one of them off bad enough, no matter even if you are just a sub par performer, just at a blink of an eye they can get rid of you. They'll find a reason. I found a lot of reasons and set people in a lot of positions where they would fail just so I would look good for my boss.
We used to drive downtown and just say, well "This will be a ghost town soon." kinda proud of the fact that we worked for big Wal-Mart, we're coming into a small town, we are somebody, almost like we're taking over.
"To hell with it," Wal-Mart will buy the damn town. We'll shut them down. We used to drive through towns going "six months, three months, six months," of when we'd be closing them.
It just makes me very uncomfortable because I think of all the things i've done wrong, it makes me mad at myself. Because nobody told me to do it, but you know if you didn't do it you'd be in trouble. And other people hear this and might not know what i'm talking about -- how can you make someone do something if you don't tell them?
It's the reaction of your district manager that puts you in a position to where you have no alternative but to do what they want you to do. So you get the choice of feeling guilty about doing something wrong or being afraid that you are not satisfying your supervisor, and that's a trap that people get put into. That's the unwritten rules right there.
Have you pre-ordered your DVD yet? You can also RSVP to attend a screening during the week of November 16th.