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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

More Shopping News

It's just a retail-themed evening! After I waxed on rhapsodically about Macy's, I visited MediaBistro and scrolled through some of the current events posts. There is this woman who posts on there from time to time, and apparently, she has a real axe to grind with Wal-Mart. She is not a very good writer, but she has posted some very interesting links about Wal-Mart's practices, so I thought I would post her blog link and let you all know that I think Wal-Mart is a retailer to be avoided at all costs. Granted, not everyone can afford to shop at my beloved Macy's, but Wal-Mart is good for no one.

Here's her blog. Ignore her sometimes-incomprehensible ramblings and instead click on some of the news links she's provided:


This article from Fast Company is also worth reading:

And here's a link about Wal-Mart's policy of locking in its workers overnight. (It's just an abstract...if you want the whole thing, you'll have to buy it from the New York Times archives.)

Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America also has a good chapter about the author's experience working at Wal-Mart. Check it out at www.nickelanddimed.net.

Anyway, I'm sure some of you are thinking that there's nothing wrong with Wal-Mart. After all, it has good prices. And hey, I love a good deal as much as the next person. But I have problems shopping at a store that discriminates against women, offers appallingly low wages and nearly non-existent benefits (full-time workers are eligible after six months, part-timers after two years, but employees are expected to shoulder so much of the burden that it is still unaffordable for most), exploits Third-World laborers, ships jobs overseas and is generally a blight in the community. That's just me, though. I'd rather pay more for my cleaning supplies and household goods than support such a ruthless entity. And although at times I regret choosing to live in a county where the median home price is $900,000 (home ownership is an elusive dream), at least I know there will never be a Wal-Mart here.

So there you go. That's my political activism for the day. Don't shop at Wal-Mart. Because as much as Wal-Mart tries to wrap itself up in a pretty patriotic flag, it's really bad for America and our economy. And if you do shop at Wal-Mart, I don't want to hear about it. Try shopping at Target instead.


  • At 1:27 PM, Blogger shane54charlotte said…

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  • At 7:08 PM, Blogger ChristineVB said…

    Astera - I too have joined the 'thinking person's crusade against Wal-Mart. I actually worked for Wal-Mart in their IT department many moons ago, and, although not exactly comfortable with the philosophy of world oppression & dominance in the company at that time, it WAS my job. However, since leaving the company & keeping up with WM in the news, I am bewildered & outraged every time I hear a new story about how the company abuses not only it's workers in the US, but in particular, the abuses that are tolerated &/or ignored in their vendors abroad.
    I firmly believe that Wal-Mart is ultimately one of the worst companies ever to call the United States home.....


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