Could the Sudden Closing of Wal-Mart Stores be a Clue to Something Else?
Consider the possibilities that the world’s number one retail store would suddenly have to close stores and those who can see nothing more than a conspiracy saying it is because of the livable wage debate currently raging all over the place? Could they be right? According to an article titled “Wal-Mart suddenly closed 5 stores and laid off thousands of workers and no one knows why” written for Reuters by Hayley Peterson that may be the ultimate question.
The article states that “Wal-Mart suddenly closed five stores in four states on Monday for alleged plumbing problems. The closures could last up to six months and affect roughly 2,200 workers in Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida, CNN Money reports. Wal-Mart employees say they were completely blindsided by the news, having been notified only a couple hours before the stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday. All workers will receive paid leave for two months. After that, full-time workers could become eligible for severance, according to CNN Money. But part-time workers will be on their own. Local officials and employees have questioned Wal-Mart's reasoning for the closures. According to ABC News, "no plumbing permits have been pulled in any of the five cities where the stores were suddenly closed for at least six months." The cities where locations were closed include: Brandon, Florida; Pico Rivera, California; Livingston, Texas; Midland, Texas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.”
Now here it is, cities all over offer Wal-Mart such a break on paying local taxes and government gives them tax credits for hiring particular people which adds big dollars to their bottom lines and make those fortunate enough to hold shares plenty of extra cash to stash. Executives and those in leadership positions love these concessions because it pads their personal bank accounts while those whose backs they are parading around on can’t afford to keep their cabinets full. Now we hear that some are even ignoring plumbing problems yet wishes all of America to see it as the number one retail store that honestly cares about those from whom they are allowed to legally rob?
I fault not Wal-Mart nor do I fault those who shop there, I do fault those elected to prevent the fleecing of America because ultimate they are supposed to be our soldiers in this war of blatant inequality, but then I suppose if you contribute millions of dollars to campaigns, you really do not ever have to worry about these things.