Black Friday, Corporate Responsibility and Walmart

A lot of my posts here pertain to corporate responsibility-- most specifically and most often, with the halting attempts of America's largest retailer to fully grasp and embrace the meaning of that term, especially as it pertains to its employees, here in North Carolina and around the country.

This is because of my association with Wake-Up Wal-Mart and my dedication to the group's agenda.

Generally in this pursuit, I oscillate between a tone of detached snark and one of outraged derision toward the company, so I've been fairly described as having "an axe to grind."

But I've been speechless since Black Friday. No snark, and it's hard to even muster outrage. There was a great thread on Daily Kos on the events of that day, and since that point we've learned that the name of the brave deceased worker is Jdimytai Damour.

It's been a week, and I still don't know what to say, but Meghan Scott of Wake-Up Wal-Mart has issued the following statement:

"While this is not the time for pointing fingers, it is critical that we examine what caused this tragedy, and how we prevent more families from suffering such a loss. It appears that Mr. Damour's senseless death resulted from Wal-Mart's negligence and need for huge sales on Black Friday.

"The retail giant had a responsibility to ensure its workers were safe, but instead, Wal-Mart once again placed profit ahead of people. This is an incredibly sad and extreme example of Wal-Mart's ongoing mistreatment of the people who work in the stores. From poverty-level wages to healthcare that is priced out of reach, to 1.6 million women forced to sue for equal pay, America's largest private employer continues to fail its workers at the holidays and throughout the year. Wal-Mart's low prices should not come at such a high cost to the people who work in the stores. Last Friday, Mr. Damour paid the ultimate price."

What's going on in America?

Please share your thoughts in the comment thread.

(Cross-posted on Daily Kos and MyDD)

Comments

I'm amazed at who should be held accountable

I know that when an extremely large company is involved in an accident that affects the life or lives of others, it is an "automatic" thing that the extremely large company is at fault..and should take responsibility for paying whoever was injured.....regardless of actual fault. I mean, hey, a company like WalMart can afford to pay out...so, it should. that's the mentality.

To me? The ONLY time any company should pay out money for an "accident" in their store is if they actually CAUSED the accident. It shouldn't be because someone was idiotic or was complicit in their own injury. What we have in America is a "litigation society" where regardless who is at fault....if someone is injured, the side with the best ability to pay should be required to pay.

I know this sounds ridiculous...but, I truly believe this mentality has developed because of the liberalization of America. I'll explain it if asked.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

Please do explain

I know this sounds ridiculous...but, I truly believe this mentality has developed because of the liberalization of America. I'll explain it if asked.

Progressives are the true conservatives.

I'll explain, as asked, and know there won't be understanding.

Look, most folks know that a person who is liberal politically believes a number of things, one of which is that wealthy people/companies/corporations are rich and should "share" their wealth, for the most part. No, I don't have a site to "prove" that. I've only got life's experience to know it's true.

When a person gets injured in a store, the liberal mentality is that even if that injury was not caused by the store, they pay insurance premiums for this and since that would be less than what the injured party would have to pay for medical care himself/herself, the store/insurance company should be made to pay. Now, I know there will be people on this blog that will deny that's how the vast majority of our lib folks would believe....but they/we know the truth.

Argue it if you want...but I'm thinking you already know it will fall on deaf ears.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

Smitty...you are full of shitty

Sorry...that one was too cute to pass up.

You are so terribly wrong. The most litigious people I know are all Republicans. The most racist people I know are all Republicans. Your life experience versus mine. Here are a few sweeping generalizations based on my life experience:

Republicans are selfish greedy bastards who don't care if the elderly go hungry, poor children go cold, people die from disease and illness and think that it is OK to line the pockets of the already wealthy corporate CEOs even when they run their companies into the ground but will send this country spiraling into a depression simply because they don't like labor unions.

Wow...that was a mouthful. I'm out of breath just saying it in my head.



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