Tuesday, July 31, 2007
My parents owned a small town drug store when I was growing up, so I'll admit I have a bit of a bias against the big box stores. And, I'll further admit that I am not an expert on economic matters -- I realize the global economy is complex. However, having made those admissions... I'll still express my opinion that WalMart's practice of having thousands of teens work as unpaid baggers in their Mexican stores is stinky! (I just read that story today here.)
Newsweek reports that "19,000 youngsters between the ages of 14 and 16" work at WalMart stores in Mexico after school for tips only, and it's legal because the kids are said to be "volunteering" their services to WalMart. However, "some officials south of the U.S. border nonetheless view the practice as regrettable, if not downright exploitative." Amen to that. Geez, couldn't WalMart take a higher road?!
While I'm on my WalMart tirade, check out this cool and funny Harry Potter spoof on WalMart:
(Found it at Jane Ellen's blog.)