What Fresh Hell Is This?

November 18, 2005

See this film: 'Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price'

This documentary has been playing across the country all week. Click here to find a free screening near you (there are more this weekend).

I got to see it last night at the Zenith Vegetarian Cafe & Antique Gallery and it's well worth your time.

Any non-trolls reading this blog can probably tick off half a dozen reasons why Wal-Mart is bad for America. The documentary interviews scores of former employees, as well as the residents of towns that Wal-Mart has decimated, to make its points.

I thought that I knew pretty much all of Wal-Marts sins, but even I was shocked to discover the amount of crime (abductions, rapes, muggings, car-jackings, murders) that occur in their parking lots. (Cause you know it would cost some actual $$$ to actually have someone sitting and watching the monitors on their security cameras in the lots -- that is when they even bother to have any.)

Also quite devastating were the scenes inside the Wal-Mart employee "dorms" in China. Workers must pay dorm rent in these crowded, nasty slums even if they choose to live "off campus."

When you take it all in -- the China dorm scenes; the India sweatshop footage of workers falling asleep at their sewing machines from exhaustion; the scenes of American workers whose decades-old family businesses have been shut down by Wal-Mart (and we're talking real disillusioned Bush-loving Red Staters here) -- you get an excellent picture of just how much misery Wal-Mart has been able to sell to the world.

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