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Top Secret Wal-Mart Memo Exposes Blantant Greed and Corruption

As far as I know, the plans are moving ahead for a Wal-Mart store on the border of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in Pajaro. Do we really want THIS in our communities? Keep Wal-Mart out!

This morning, the New York Times revealed a top secret Wal-Mart memo exposing Wal-Mart at its absolute worst. In addition, the memo proves what a farce Wal-Mart's past two days of "vision speeches" have been. Wal-Mart's CEO had the gall to come out this week and try to paint Wal-Mart as a company making big changes. But today's memo proves Wal-Mart's announcements are nothing more than a publicity stunt by exposing the truth behind Wal-Mart's culture of greed and moral corruption.

The memo, written by Susan Chambers, Executive Vice President for Benefits, robs Wal-Mart workers of their human dignity and instead treats them like the products in their stores. It is simply appalling that Wal-Mart's senior management would actually write a memo suggesting not to hire certain workers because they may be unhealthy or obese.

You can read the entire New York Times article and the actual Wal-Mart memo here:

New York Times article
Wal-Mart Memo

Most startlingly, the memo admits, for the first time, that there is a Wal-Mart health care crisis in America. The memo specifically states: "...our critics are correct in some of their observations. Specifically, our coverage is expensive for low-income families, and Wal-Mart has a significant percentage of associates and their children on public assistance."

In fact, Wal-Mart revealed 46% of the children of Wal-Mart employees are either uninsured or on taxpayer funded public health care programs. No wonder Wal-Mart so vehemently opposes legislators’ efforts to expose the truth about the true cost of the Wal-Mart economy. It is inexcusable and unconscionable for a company, with $10 billion in profits, to know 1 out of every 2 of their employees’ children has no health care or is forced to rely on our public safety net and do nothing about it.

The key question becomes: What else does Wal-Mart know and when will they reveal it? Wal-Mart’s great American deception of the past two days will not stand and Lee Scott ought to be ashamed of himself for perpetuating such a fraudulent image to the American people.

Thank you for all you continue to do to change Wal-Mart,

Paul Blank

P.S. The moral corruption does not stop and start with this memo. Wal-Mart also gave Rep. Tom DeLay $5,000 two days after he was indicted for his part in a money laundering scandal. If you haven't signed our petition yet or forwarded it to a friend, please do so now:


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