No matter how big a motherf***er you are, sometimes you’ll have to pay for what you’ve done to all those mothers. Even Walmart’s CEO has to account for his abuse of that company’s “associates”. Mr. Duke was forced out after the National Labor Relations Board announced its intention to prosecute the company for crapping on its workers.

Walmart, you see, really hates the idea of unions. Or anything that might increase labor costs, like, you know, paying a living wage, providing benefits, and so on. And anytime an “associate” (which sounds a lot like “oh s***”. Coincidence? Not in this case.) objects to being treated like a toad in front of bulldozer, Walmart retaliates. Even the NLRB can’t believe the crap that Wal-Mart is pulling, so they are going after the company.

Walmart can charge such low prices because they shift the costs to the American taxpayer: they pay such crap wages, a large percentage of their workers are on food stamps, HEAP, ADC, CHIP, and other expensive government acronyms. They also get tax breaks on the corporate level, in the form of abatements, TIFs, and other corporate welfare. So you pay at least twice for every purchase at Walmart: once at the register, and then with your payroll taxes, and in many cases again with your property taxes. (That’s three times, in case you’re keeping score.)

Mr. Duke is walking away with millions of dollars after making his company an even more hostile and abusive workplace than it was before. The “associates” are even worse off than they were before. And any NLRB action won’t really hurt such a colossus, because Congress has made it difficult to hold companies to account in any meaningful way. So it’s up to us to send a message to the Waltons and their latter-day sweatshops:
Don’t f***ing shop there today.

The only injury any business fears is the loss of profit. If we all say “f*** you” to Walmart and shop elsewhere, we can get their attention. And if we keep doing so, we can force change upon those greedy motherf***ing bastards that run the place.

There are lots of other places that offer great prices on Black Friday. This writer suggests you shop at small, independent local businesses whenever possible. More on that tomorrow. But even if you can’t keep it local (sometimes that is so), you can pick companies that offer a fair deal to you and their workers. Here are some links to such enterprises: http://www.businessinsider.com/most-ethical-retailers-in-the-world-2012-3?op=1
http://retailindustry.about.com/od/retailbestpractices/a/Worlds-Most-Ethical-Retail-Companies-2013-2007-Starbucks-Target-Gap-Ethisphere.htm

Mr. Blunt and Cranky