Walmart destroying small communities

In 1988 Sam Walton founder of the greatest discount store of all time was awarded a title. Walton’s name was found in Times Magazine as most influential person to have lived in the 20th century. The founder of Walmart’s goal was to achieve having a store that provided“ a one stop shopping center, with an unlimited supply of product at unbeatable prices”. What Walton failed to foresee, was the destruction and, negative effects that his business would bring all over the globe. Is it possible that the biggest company in the world could bring harm to there own employees? The answer is yes; they would and continue to do so.

They come into cities affecting a large amount of members in the communities; right after settling in they do a great deal of damage. Walmart is a supermarket that changed the industry of retail, though it ended up ruining the lives of thousands of hard working citizens. These people are Americans who want to keep a job but have to endure inexcusable treatment from Walmart. Employees have been treated so poorly that lawsuits and protestors around the world have come to stand outside of the nearest Walmart in town to protest. The negative affect of these huge supermarkets led to the spiral of many great pharmacy’s, clothing, hardware stores etc.

These types of stores went down the drain as soon as “Big Walmart” came into town. Since the existence of Walmart it has challenged communities big or small to stay open and keep there employee’s wages down and there cost of merchandise down, leaving the other store owners with no profit forcing them to close down. This is the only way Walmart has operated and that’s lowering cost and making sure all other surrounding competitors shut down. Some do not speak up because as a consumer, they do not see a reason to why they should complain if what they are buying is a complete bargain.

That way of thinking keeps many unemployed and many Walmart workers receiving the same kind of sad job. Most people don’t realize the terrible side of this multi billion dollar company, they perhaps forgot to mention to consumers how Walmart’s workers are over worked, and forced to meet unrealistic demands, as well as working long hours with a low pay and I choose to research the small town of Nowata, Oklahoma where Walmart left it’s marks and left destruction.

"Wal-Mart has proven this: They're big and greedy," he said. "They have no compassion for the community or the individual." The mayor Mr. Richardson of Nowata, Oklahoma stated this about Walmart and how they left such a mess behind in the small town of Nowata, Oklahoma holding a population of four thousand people. In the city of Nowata the number two employers was Walmart. In 1982 Walmart first opened a new location in Nowata, Oklahoma, a small town whose business thrived in the downtown area. Little did the mean and women of Nowata know how Walmart was sure to leave some destruction in a small town with nearly four thousand.

Due to Walmart staying around for a twelve years, it forced more than half o f the business’s in downtown Nowata to close down, leaving business owners and employee’s out of jobs. For some people, after losing almost everything they had to go find a job at Walmart being that handled “70% of payroll” in that city.

Then all of a sudden in 1994 Walmart finally closed down its supermarket and reopened thirty miles away in another city called Bartlesville. When Walmart was in Nowata, it forced men and women with families to stay living a life of poverty accepting low wages and working without receiving benefits for their families. The physical demands expected of the workers of Wlamart was not normal and caused many people to protest and sue the company for unethical conduct towards their employees.

These physical demands pushed the boundaries for what an average employee should be doing at work. Many have protested against these physical demands over the years after seeing workers suffer as a result form working at the company that cares more about opening new stores and putting small business out of business. Walmart prides themselves on having the best prices for their costumers but they don’t brag about how wonderful they treat there employee’s and how much they value them as an asset to there business. They always deny the unethical charges and protesters outside of the store. That used to be me, ignoring those people outside the stores of Walmart but never again will I go without listening to what they have to say.

What can be worse than working for a company and meeting all these extra demands that are unethical having to deal with working long hours with no benefits. The long hours that Walmart makes there workers meet are unfair they have to put in so much over time without being paid the full amount. These long hours and low wages keeps employee’s at a low income which is Walmart intends so that those low income worker and low income consumers keeping shopping everything at a low cost and everyone stays in the same old slump. These long hours pose a terrible job environment for any employee that works at Walmart.

On the contrast of my argument many say that Walmart is one of the greatest supermarkets to have ever opened in our communities. Some say this perhaps because everything is at a low price, the prices are unbelievable and thus they are saving money each time they visit Walmart for their weekly groceries. Some like Walmart because not only do they have unbeatable prices but they have everything at Walmart it’s a one stop kind of place so it make it convenient for busy families. They have everything from groceries to there own hardware, electronics, pharmacy etc.

Overall the success of Walmart does not agree with what I think a good business should be about, I believe it is better to loose some money but to treat the people right. This includes giving employee’s the rights to receive benefits from there employers, as an employer you want your employee’s to stick around and be able to grow in the company and stick around as an employee, why not do that to keep the employee’s happy.

One of the big deal breakers for me is how they underpay there workers for the long extra hours that they put in, they know that there putting other people out of business and so they use that to pay workers less knowing that everyone is desperate to find a job which just sounds very opportunistic.

Maybe Sam Walton did not have these immediate intentions to make his company when he envisioned Walmart rising up and spread world wide, never the less it did. It has ruined many American families who want to work hard and receive the money they deserve not being put out of business because the comparison of prices for all other nearby business are higher and when they do market there’s as cheap as Walmart, the supermarket wins every time leaving some cities looking like ghost town. There are many sides to view this Walmart scandal but to me it seems like it hurts the people of today rather then benefiting.

This leaves me to conclude that Walmart should fix these downfalls by, making sure they have a better competitive price, and able to pay out employee’s better for there long hours and physical demands that they perform while on the job. For being the biggest business you should still be required to be ethical and perform good business conduct when being number one it is essential for the company to set a good example for the rest of the world of business. Lastly in Liz Feathersone’s article “Down and Out in Discount America she stated that in order “to effectively battle corporate criminals like Walmart the public must be engaged citizens, not merely as shoppers.”

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