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There is growing public interest in how food is produced and consumers have questions about whether current practices match their values and expectations about the well-being of farm animals. A front end manager told me I was to be corrected on my behavior because I left the gated area of the cash register that sold cigarettes in order to tidy the check out lanes that no one else bothers to tidy. On top of that there are 6 or more that died at home from stress related causes. This time they had paperwork for me to fill out. He refused his futon. Terrie Ellerbee, associate editor of grocery publication The Shelby Report , traced the problem to when Walmart reduced the number of different merchandise items carried in an attempt to make stores less cluttered.

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However, even with these problems, Walmart was performing better than Target in the measure of retail turnover, turning over its entire inventory 8 times a year as compared to 6. The article's author writes that no amount of "computer wizardry" will eliminate the need for human beings to also move merchandise onto shelves. The author further writes that Walmart's whole business model is based on reducing the carrying costs of unsold merchandise, and any speed bump along the line adds back costs.

Front-end managers are supposed to open another register any time there are more than three customers in line, but these employees have to come from some other part of the store, and the night crew may or may not be able to catch up. In September , Bloomberg Businessweek reported that Walmart will be offering 35, part-time employees full-time jobs and will be offering another 35, temporary employees permanent part-time positions.

Walmart will also be looking to hire 55, seasonal employees for the upcoming holiday season. This compares to , jobs Walmart has cut over the last five years. For Thanksgiving specials, Walmart included twenty-one items which included a one-hour guarantee, where customers would pay at that time and then go online to arrange delivery to a store of their choice by Christmas.

In February , a local NBC affiliate in Troy, Alabama, United States, showed photographs of empty shelves and aired customer complaints, with one customer stating, "And merchandise? When you don't have any salt on the shelf, no matter what brand, that's pretty bad.

They have things that are broken in there and instead of fixing the problem, they have a trash bag taped over it, and it smells horrible. As a large customer to most of its vendors, Walmart openly uses its bargaining power to bring lower prices to attract its customers.

The company negotiates lower prices from vendors. For certain basic products, Walmart "has a clear policy" that prices go down from year to year. While Sam Walton was alive, Walmart had a "Buy American" campaign, but it was exposed shortly after he died that signs saying "Buy American" were on bins of Asian made products.

Walmart has been criticized for not providing adequate supervision of its foreign suppliers. It has also been criticized for using sweatshops and prison labor. Walmart said it did not use prison labor.

The documentary film Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price shows images of Walmart goods-producing factories in poor condition, and factory workers subject to abuse and conditions that the documentary producers considered inhumane. Walmart currently uses monitoring which critics say is inadequate and "leaves outsiders unable to verify" conditions.

Since Walmart will not release its audits or factory names, outside organizations are expected to simply accept Walmart's claims as fact. In , Walmart began working with Business for Social Responsibility, a San Francisco, California-based nonprofit organization, to reach out to groups active in monitoring overseas plants. On November 24, a fire in a Bangladesh clothing factory resulted in the death of workers.

Survivors said that fire extinguishers did not work, an exit door was locked, and that when the fire alarm went off, bosses told workers to return to their sewing machines. Victims were trapped or jumped to their deaths from the eight-story building, which had no fire escapes or exits. Initially Walmart said it could not confirm that it had ever sourced apparel from the factory. However photos taken by Bangladeshi labor activists showed Walmart-branded clothing present in the factory after the fire.

Walmart later said that a supplier had subcontracted work to the factory "in direct violation of our policies. It was also disclosed in a November 24 article in The New York Times that officials who had attended a Bangladesh meeting to discuss factory safety in the garment industry said that the Walmart official there had played the lead role in blocking an effort to have global retailers pay more for apparel to help Bangladesh factories improve their electrical and fire safety.

In , The New York Times reported that Walmart had been made aware eight years earlier that executives of Walmart México , its subsidiary in that country, had paid millions of dollars in bribes to local officials to expedite permits for construction and operation of its many stores in that country. The company had opened many stores in Mexico in the late s and early s, attempting to widely establish itself before competitors could.

Sergio Cicero, a lawyer who had been responsible for obtaining those permits and was bitter about being passed over for the position of general counsel with Walmart México provided the company's corporate general counsel's office with evidence showing that the company had made large payments to gestores , workers who deal with bureaucracies on behalf of citizens and businesses, with coded indications that the money was being passed on to officials to expedite permits.

Company officials hired a veteran FBI agent to conduct a preliminary inquiry, instead of hiring an outside law firm as it usually did for major inquiries, such as a similar one in which found that Walmart México had been helping high-volume customers evade that country's sales taxes. Executives at Walmart México chafed at the investigation, reportedly complaining that that was how business was done in the country.

They told their counterparts at corporate headquarters that the investigators were being too aggressive, and some of the company's top executives apparently agreed. Feeling Walmart had had enough bad publicity in recent years, they allowed the investigation to be concluded by a short report from José Luis Rodríguezmacedo, the head of Walmart México, who had himself been suspected of involvement.

It largely blamed Cicero, claiming he had fabricated the allegations to conceal his own embezzlement from the company with the help of the gestores , one of whom was his wife's law partner. Some Walmart executives found the report incomplete and contradictory, but the investigation was closed.

None of the Mexican executives investigated were ever disciplined, and some were even promoted afterwards. In December , several months before the story broke, Walmart announced it had begun an internal review of its FCPA compliance procedures. It was unclear how the Justice Department might respond.

While the FCPA's five-year statute of limitations appeared to bar prosecution under that statute, falsified financial statements in the years since could be seen as obstruction of justice under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act , and acts taken to conceal the bribery investigation subsequent to could constitute conspiracy.

Walmart's product selection has been criticized by some groups in the past, primarily as viewed as a promotion of a particular ideology or as a response to its original rural, religious and conservative target market.

In , Walmart removed certain men's magazines from its shelves, such as Maxim , FHM , and Stuff , citing customer complaints regarding their sexual content. It has also refused to sell the December issue of WWE Magazine due to its controversial cover depicting The Rock doused with fire. Since , Walmart has not carried music albums marked with the Recording Industry Association of America 's RIAA's Parental Advisory Label although it allows R-rated movies and video games rated "Mature" , although it carries edited versions of such albums, with obscenities removed or overdubbed with less offensive lyrics.

To satisfy Walmart, the record label, Lost Highway Records , issued the album with an alternative cover, without recalling the original cover. Walmart has never carried Marilyn Manson albums, solely because of the controversy surrounding Manson's music, but recently began selling Nine Inch Nails albums after rejecting them for years. However albums carrying the label can be found in Canadian Walmart stores, for example.

In , Walmart announced that it would not stock emergency contraception pills in its pharmacies, not citing any particular reasons except for a "business decision" that was made earlier. Walmart has also been criticized for selling some controversial products. For example, in Walmart carried the anti-Semitic hoax [] The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in its online catalogue. The Jewish civil rights organization Anti-Defamation League wrote to the President of Walmart on September noting the text, "has been the major weapon in the arsenals of anti-Semites around the world," and called on Walmart to, "unequivocally state the nature of the book and to disassociate itself from any endorsement of it.

The company said that the copies were shipped to it by mistake and a Walmart spokeswoman said she did not "believe this particular product would appeal" to its customer base. In January , Walmart was criticized for the recommendation system on its website which suggested that some black-related DVDs, such as Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and documentaries on Baptist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. It quickly corrected the page, saying that it was a software glitch, but ultimately blamed the matter on human error.

A December report published by the Environmental Investigation Agency , a non-governmental agency, revealed that some furniture sold at Walmart was made from wood which had been illegally logged in protected Russian habitats for Siberian tigers and other wildlife. In Walmart was sued for selling fake craft beer.

The beer is labeled and marketed as being produced by the non-existent "Trouble Brewery" but is actually made by WX Brands, a large corporate brewery that also makes Genesee beer. At the end of , Walmart removed t-shirts which implied a promotion of violence, with the words 'Rope. Until the mids, Walmart took out corporate-owned life insurance policies on its employees including "low-level" employees such as janitors, cashiers, and stockers.

This type of insurance is usually purchased to cover a company against financial loss when a high-ranking employee i. The practice was stopped in the mids when the federal government closed the tax deduction and began to pursue Walmart for back taxes. These issues involve low wages , poor working conditions , inadequate health care , as well as issues involving the company's strong anti-union policies.

This was found in a study by Oklahoma State University which states, "Walmart is found to have substantially lowered the relative unemployment rates of blacks in those counties where it is present, but to have had only a limited impact on relative incomes after the influences of other socio-economic variables were taken into account.

In , a gender discrimination lawsuit, Dukes v. A class action suit was sought, which would have been the nation's largest in history, covering 1. In January , Wal-Mart announced that "diversity efforts include new groups of minority, female and gay employees that meet at Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville to advise the company on marketing and internal promotion.

There are seven Business Resource Groups: Walmart's cage-free eggs will not come from free range producers, but rather industrial-scale farms where the birds will be allotted between 1 and 1. Walmart has not committed to phasing out battery cages in Latin America like it has committed to do so in the United States, [] the United Kingdom, [] and Canada.

The proposal never met local regulations because Walmart never owned all of the land upon which it planned to build, yet they fought a five year fight to build on land they didn't own and the City strangely violated all of its laws to help make that happen. Walmart's Midtown plan was rejected the first time in February , [] but was redesigned by Gensler [] and approved by Miami Planning and Zoning Director Francisco Garcia in August , then upheld on appeal by the City Commission in November If built, it would be the first traditional Walmart location within the actual City of Miami limits, although there are numerous locations just outside city limits in Doral , Hialeah , Gladeview , North Miami Beach , and Westchester , as well as a " Neighborhood Market " in the western fringes of the city.

After more than two years of litigation, Walmart won their very first court battle in August The Midtown development already contains a Target and a Ross which makes another big box retailer like Walmart redundant for the site. The Walmart broke ground with an illegal permit from the City of Miami in January , [] after a panel of state judges in the 3rd District Court of Appeals blocked a petition challenging the development.

In , Stern won a judgment against the City of Miami in a public records lawsuit related to Walmart's plan to build in Midtown Miami. That case proved Stern's claims that Walmart did not hold good title to all the land upon which they obtained a permit to build from the City.

As a result, the City of Miami froze their permit and eventually, construction of the Walmart was involuntarily halted when the City revoked their foundation permit on June 21, and construction ceased at the site within the week, which is how Walmart's vacant Midtown site remains.

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Corporations have become effective at compartmentalizing every aspect of their organization and processes in an effort to stop internal collusion and corruption. The downside fall out of this is the total lack of accountability of organizations to make the necessary course corrections to process that are either inadequate, ineffectual or just plain out of date.

To be able to correct these issues a group of individuals needs to be tasked with looking at processes from cradle to grave to better understand its strengths, weaknesses and dynamic interactions. Thursday, June 20, Walmart Degrades Customer. The store I work for is literally killing us. The entire store is expected to do the work of several people. With economy like it is they get away with it,so I would like to remain anonomus.

Our stress levels are so high,we are dropping dead in the aisles. On top of that there are 6 or more that died at home from stress related causes. Nothing is due to accidents;the store is not responsible,other than operating on a skeleton crew and standing over us. These people passed away on different occassions;while they lay dead we were not allowed to morn the loss of our friends: Nor were we allowed to show our grief in front of the customers.

Family oriented is their slogans. The only family they have is the dollar. Each store is required to raise a certain amount for childrens miracle network,but we were not alowed to have a plate lunch in order to help all these familys out. Each time you hear hell-mart has donated money remember that it came from associates and customers pockets. Their just taking the credit. The families of the deceased needed help;they should help their immediate "family" first; after all they give their all trying to please them.

I worked at Walmart as a Customer Service Manager. I was giving an associate at the service desk her lunch break. So I asked another CSM that previously worked full time at the service desk why it was telling me that. She said if she broke it down into separate transactions then she would be able to send the full amount. So she decided to send 3 different amounts.

I asked who she was sending the money to and she said she was sending it to her family. When the associate I was giving lunch break to, came back, I asked if there was anything else I needed to fill out, and she said no, I did everything the way I should have. This associate was a full time associate that has worked at the service desk for years.

Two weeks later I was called to our Asset Protection Office. I was asked if I remembered about the transactions that I had sent two weeks earlier. I told them that I had sent a few different ones that day. So I was shown the ones for this specific customer and I told them yes,I remember.

He asked if I filled out and faxed a specific form, which I had never seen before,and I told them that Iwas unaware of any forms other than filling out both sides of the money gram as I had been trained. I was then informed that the customer had been under investigation for money laundering and they had no choice but to let me go,and informed me that they weren't going to charge me, for a felony offense.

In my opinion filling out a money gram for a customer is a simple service that Walmart offers and we do every day, and there is nothing felony about taking care of a customer as we were trained. Walmart should have banned the lady from sending money and not put me in the middle of it.

By not informing us of the investigation, it seems to me that Walmart is a part of the problem and not the solution, Walmart and this lady are laundering money, and I am terminated in the process.

I was startled when being informed by my employers that Walmart knew this lady was laundering money to terrorists activities and allowed her to do it. Not only that, they are compromising their employees. I have been informed that this lady is still actively sending money to Canada in large amounts. I have worked at walmart for nine years now.

For the last seven years I have worked the same shift which was 5am to 2 pm. A few weeks ago a manager went around and told everyone that worked that particular shift that starting the next day it no longer existed and we were all to come in at seven and if our availability didn't accommodate the new hours then too bad we would just lose the hours and there was nothing we could do about it.

The funny thing is that I put in for a change of availability a few weeks before that my dept lead asked me to put in to accommodate for my military and school schedules. When I asked for this change I was treated like a complete idiot for asking and told I was being unfair to walmart.

That's funny since apparently it's fair for them to change everyone's schedule with no notice and tell them too bad I guess you're losing hours but it's unfair for a veteran to ask for them to accomodate his military life to make his life a little easier.

Oh by the way none of my problems with walmart started until after i joined the national guard 3 years ago I worked at store in LaGrange KY. They left my W2 form out on a table unsupervised for anyone to take.

The following day I was harassed by other cashiers, so I quit. Who needs to trouble for minimum wage. I bought a fake 10k gold 22" chain from walmart. Stupid thing is they sold me a waranty also. I went back to return it and they said I would have to send it to the warnty company. For what its not broken?

The chain is stamed 10k and I was told by the sales clerck that it was a solid 10K Italy Gold chain. Even stamped 10k Italy on the clasp. But it sticks to a magnet. They ripped me of just like a con on the streets. Oh by the way, I'm disabled. Think I'll start going back to Sears never been treated wrong there.

I used to work at walmart as automotive tech. And walmart usually issues uniforms to there techs. So walmart issues me my uniform that doesent fit me only the shirt fits but the pants were a size down.

So i was told by my manager to bring my own pants which i did, then on this specific day my pants gave in after a month and a half of wearing them, walmart still did not send my right uniform pants.

So the pants ripped in my private part form too much bending down to check tire pressure, that same day i jumped in a vehicle to park it and as i jumped entered the car the pants ripped all the way down like a chain reaction to my knee showing my underwear and right side of my leg. As i went to the counter there was a line of customer getting cashed out and as i walked torwards the counter most of the customers looked at me like if why are you working like that.

This shows walmart does not care for there employees and this is an act of discrimination! I am currently looking for a lawyer to help me with my case my email is joseph. Today I went into the walmart down the street from my house for something I kept turning around catching them looking at me threw the shelves then they started laughting and humping and spanking the air I then asked to speak to a higher up manager and demanded to fill out a formal complaint agianst the two employees I felt degraded and mortified by those two boys.

I feel that walmart does not even care about their employees actions. I need help demanding they do something to fix this.

I feel that walmart should be responsible for fixing this embarassing event. I go shopping at walmart and asset protection are staring down at me for no reason. The asset protection use plain clothes security to follow you and stand next to you to see if your stealing based on your race.

I just wanted you to know that Walmart in North Las Vegas sells fake gold jewelry - of course they deny it and claim that the necklace is not from their store. In a nutshell - here is my complaint: Today July 1, we took the same necklace to two different jewelry stores and were informed that the necklace is FAKE! The only real gold in the necklace is the 10K stamped clasp!

The rest of the necklace can be picked up by a magnet. I am in total shock! This necklace has been on his neck since the day I gave it to him - has never been taken to any jewelry store or repair shop - and it is totally impossible that it has been switched by someone else we live alone and do not have guests - but the fact remains the same - he has NEVER taken it off since the day I gave it to him.

Went to sams yesterday and asked the butcher, have they stopped using pink slime in there meat? I think the public should understand how customer service works on a phone call. One store manager, 2 co-managers, 7-assistant managers, 6 zone managers, and 7 to 8 department managers, 6 or 7 customer service managers. All of the managers, manage the rest of the employees, we will call them all part-time,lol. The only other full-time people are the unloaders we will refer to them as slaves.

When a customer calls in, everyone with a walkie-talkie is asked to pick up line 2 or whatever! Everyone will expect the other to pick it up, so no one picks it up. Customers will call back multiple times trying to get someone of authority to answer the phone. The move shocked industry analysts who had heard nothing of the takeover until it was announced by Target CEO, Gregg W. Steinhafel, at a news conference this morning. Steinhafel said the move consolidates two of America's largest corporations which will now work together to proudly represent U.

It was the second-largest discount retailer in the United States. The purchase of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Walmart wont pay a thing not even my doctors bills I need help!!

My left knee cap is nothing but a scar from this and that I will have to live with the rest of my life. The clerk handed my prescriptions to the pharmacist in the consultation area, where the pharmacist proceeded to discuss each of my medication with me. I told him to stop. I told him that other people were standing behind me and my rights to privacy were being violated.

I demanded that he stop and said that I did not want this, and he only continued. He the pharmacist then said that this was the Wal-Mart policy and that he was following his instructions and that he was being videotaped to insure that he complied. I then ask to speak to the manager, her name was Carla, and again explained the utter embarrassment that I had just been put through. So now Wal-Mart disrespects the dignity of a person. At this point I am looking into contacting my insurance company and HIPPA to determine what can be done to stop Wal-Mart from any further publicly disclosing my medical and prescription information.

I've been working with Walmart for around three years in asset protection. In that time; I've had some great success in the execution of any duties requested, I've received a number of awards in recognition thereof, and fostered a good relationship with the staff of my district.

So to say my degree of professional anguish is founded is like saying Santa Claus has a pointy red hat This tale of woe begins approximately one year ago, I executed an arrest on a subject that became violent, so I opted to place the accused into hand restraints. Long story short the accused bled all over me. The RCMP advised me that I should go to the hospital for a blood-borne-pathogen test, Canadian health care as it is had me wait for an additional 3 hours for treatment.

After my blood was sent to the lab I was released. I then returned to my store and "swiped" out. The following morning I was greeted by one of the districts "People's" managers, HR Gestapo she advised me that she thought it theft to pay me for waiting in a hospital room for injury treatment sustained on the job.

I advises her she would pay. Immediately proceeding this incident, I discovered an associate stealing and conducted a lengthy investigation. This investigations format made it impossible to take a lunch breaks during my observation period, only conclusion was to work through my lunch break, and not work the hours when the subject wasn't working. On payday I was greatly disappointed to discover that the HR Gestapo automatically deducted an hour each day for lunch breaks, forcing me to loose two days pay per week After another war, the HR advised me that they would stop the hourly deductions however failed to back pay the hours deducted.

All was quiet on the Walmart front until 4 months ago when I discovered that they were not paying me for "time adjustment cards" Manuel method for payment when at a different store. Wage War Two started. At the conclusion I was paid in full what was "misplaced". However I must follow up constantly to insure payment for a days work. Fast forward to today. I returned from vacation to discover one time adjustment card for 5 hours was not entered, and that I am short two days pay for my vacation.

I am now planing on leaving the company, post haste, as I grow weary of these pay games. If I ever meet the CEO, I will ask "how do you expect to run a corporation when your staff is burning productive time insuring they get paid". I worked as a cashier for Wal-mart for just under 3 months when I was called into the back office. A front end manager told me I was to be corrected on my behavior because I left the gated area of the cash register that sold cigarettes in order to tidy the check out lanes that no one else bothers to tidy.

It was a few minutes before closing and there were no customers in the store. The manager began screaming at me with the same harsh tone a mother would use with a child who had severely misbehaved. I attempted to speak up but I could not. Every time I opened my mouth to speak, she would raise her voice and cut me off.

I had sat there for about 10 minutes being screamed at and had not been allowed to speak once. The office was the size of a medium sized bathroom and there were 2 other managers in there with us overseeing. I began to get extremely frustrated and upset and began to cry a bit.

I immediately went into a panic attack. After a couple minutes of hyperventilating I began to black out and fell to the floor. The managers stood over top of me discussing what I was doing, whether I was acting or faking it and if any of them was aware that I had a condition. Twice they asked if I wanted an ambulance, both times I said yes, and then a third time I asked for an ambulance myself. Finally after a few more minutes About 10 minutes total since the panic attack started they opened the door and I made a hazy dash for it.

I ran out of the store and down the sidewalk, dizzy, lightheaded and blinded since I had lost my glasses in the commotion.

I ran for my life. The store manager chased me down the street for over a mile. I was begging and pleading with her to leave me be, telling her she could clock me out, I was over 18 years old, and past my time to leave at the end of shift. I had to run through a swamp which she refused to cross in order to escape and I called my friend and spent the night with him.

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