Wal-Mart steps up to the plate

Wal-Mart steps up to the plate

There are 37 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jul 18, 2008, titled Wal-Mart steps up to the plate. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Pittsfield Girls Softball has received a $52,500 community grant from Wal-Mart Stores to help complete the fundraising for the Babe Ruth 16-and-under softball World Series.

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Al Norman

Granby, MA

#1 Jul 18, 2008
Now Wal-Mart should step up to the plate and start paying its workers a decent wage, with a health care plan that is more than just deductibles. Wal-Mart is what my mother used to call a "loud giver." Their donations to local groups are designed to promote more shopping at their stores. This money came from the pockets of Wal-Mart shoppers---not really from the corporation. But the dollars that Wal-Mart shoppers give the retailers are dollars that local merchants will never see. In the end, these donations amount to trinkets spread by the national retailer to keep the locals happy, while the big money comes from the profits they send back to Arkansas, which ends up in the pocket of the Walton family. Solution? Shop locally, and donate locally. You don't really need Wal-Mart to make girls softball successful. Its time for county residents to step up to the plate, and stop shopping at a company that steals time for its own workers by not paying them what they are really worth.
Eric

AOL

#2 Jul 18, 2008
Al Norman wrote:
Now Wal-Mart should step up to the plate and start paying its workers a decent wage, with a health care plan that is more than just deductibles. Wal-Mart is what my mother used to call a "loud giver." Their donations to local groups are designed to promote more shopping at their stores. This money came from the pockets of Wal-Mart shoppers---not really from the corporation. But the dollars that Wal-Mart shoppers give the retailers are dollars that local merchants will never see. In the end, these donations amount to trinkets spread by the national retailer to keep the locals happy, while the big money comes from the profits they send back to Arkansas, which ends up in the pocket of the Walton family. Solution? Shop locally, and donate locally. You don't really need Wal-Mart to make girls softball successful. Its time for county residents to step up to the plate, and stop shopping at a company that steals time for its own workers by not paying them what they are really worth.
I agree with the fact that these gifts are the result of higher prices. I'd rather the prices come down and this feel good crap dispensed with. On the other hand, I have no interest in the money going to pay employees more than their skills merit, and I certainly have no interest in the higher prices merchants who can't compete with Wal-Mart demand. Have you seen the people who work at Wal-Mart? What makes you think their skills demand premium wages?
amandavives

Glens Falls, NY

#3 Jul 18, 2008
People working at Wal-Mart are very nice, why the rub Eric? If anything, why does the girls softball get so much attention, its ridiculous,the parks department albeit, Sheila Polastri (a softball coach) and( Cliff Nilan), who had a daughter play for Taconic, are on the board.
dascamio

Glens Falls, NY

#4 Jul 18, 2008
amandavives wrote:
People working at Wal-Mart are very nice, why the rub Eric? If anything, why does the girls softball get so much attention, its ridiculous,the parks department albeit, Sheila Polastri (a softball coach) and( Cliff Nilan), who had a daughter play for Taconic, are on the board.
I agree, send the freaking money to a soup kitchen or something, not to a dumb girls softball league!
Eric

AOL

#5 Jul 18, 2008
amandavives wrote:
People working at Wal-Mart are very nice, why the rub Eric? If anything, why does the girls softball get so much attention, its ridiculous,the parks department albeit, Sheila Polastri (a softball coach) and( Cliff Nilan), who had a daughter play for Taconic, are on the board.
No rub, just a simple observation. The people that work at Wal-Mart, like McDonalds and Chemlawn are not rocket scientists and don't command premium wages in the marketplace, that's all. No rub. No insult. No put down. Just a statement of facts.
amandavives

Glens Falls, NY

#6 Jul 18, 2008
Eric wrote:
<quoted text>No rub, just a simple observation. The people that work at Wal-Mart, like McDonalds and Chemlawn are not rocket scientists and don't command premium wages in the marketplace, that's all. No rub. No insult. No put down. Just a statement of facts.
So your saying, if you were at a McDonalds, you would never, ever, screw up my order. Your that advanced?
tiny

Schenectady, NY

#7 Jul 18, 2008
I cannot believe Amanda and Dascamio. Some stupid league?? You really need to grow up. So what that WalMart gave them some money...that league has never received that kind of money before. So what??!! That league gives those girls an outlet to try and stay fit and be part of a team. For once girls sports is front page news and they get flack for it. I suppose you two would rather they sit home, watch TV, get fat or maybe even pregnant. It's a wonderful league, full of beautiful girls and dedicated coaches/volunteers. And Polastri and Nilan...big deal....they're doing something about our youth, you're just complaining about it.
Paul

Kailua, HI

#8 Jul 18, 2008
Welcome to WALMART!
Eric

AOL

#9 Jul 18, 2008
amandavives wrote:
<quoted text>So your saying, if you were at a McDonalds, you would never, ever, screw up my order. Your that advanced?
I actually worked at McDonalds forty years ago. Made minimum wage and screwed up many an order. And I still contribute to Ronald McDonald House. What's your point? That high paid people can't screw up?

Since: May 08

United States

#10 Jul 18, 2008
Eric wrote:
<quoted text>I agree with the fact that these gifts are the result of higher prices. I'd rather the prices come down and this feel good crap dispensed with. On the other hand, I have no interest in the money going to pay employees more than their skills merit, and I certainly have no interest in the higher prices merchants who can't compete with Wal-Mart demand. Have you seen the people who work at Wal-Mart? What makes you think their skills demand premium wages?
Here you go again,belittling people based on their looks!
Living wages are not PREMIUM!

Since: Apr 08

Easthampton, MA

#11 Jul 18, 2008
They're not dumb. These PR stunts are a lot cheaper than employee health insurance.
SMARTERTHANERIC

Shutesbury, MA

#12 Jul 18, 2008
Eric wrote:
<quoted text>No rub, just a simple observation. The people that work at Wal-Mart, like McDonalds and Chemlawn are not rocket scientists and don't command premium wages in the marketplace, that's all. No rub. No insult. No put down. Just a statement of facts.
And from the looks of your comments, neither are you a Rocket Scientist....Your "Superior Ignorance" is showing...People who have any intelligence at all don't denigrate people for the jobs they do!!

Since: May 08

Holyoke, MA

#13 Jul 19, 2008
SMARTERTHANERIC wrote:
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And from the looks of your comments, neither are you a Rocket Scientist....Your "Superior Ignorance" is showing...People who have any intelligence at all don't denigrate people for the jobs they do!!
ERIC is a legend in his own mind!
Just ask him!
Eric

AOL

#14 Jul 19, 2008
ramdan wrote:
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Here you go again,belittling people based on their looks!
Living wages are not PREMIUM!
They must be making a living wage, otherwise they'd be dead.
Eric

AOL

#15 Jul 19, 2008
SMARTERTHANERIC wrote:
<quoted text>
And from the looks of your comments, neither are you a Rocket Scientist....Your "Superior Ignorance" is showing...People who have any intelligence at all don't denigrate people for the jobs they do!!
I denigrate no one. I simply do not ignor the economic fact that some people's skills do not command high wages, nothing more, nothing less.

Since: May 08

Christiansburg, VA

#16 Jul 19, 2008
Eric wrote:
<quoted text>They must be making a living wage, otherwise they'd be dead.
I guess you have never heard of working multiple jobs just to survive!
You of Superior Self aggrandizement and adulation!
You do denigrate many people,your bigotted,racist postings are everywhere!
PAULMART

Shutesbury, MA

#17 Jul 19, 2008
Paul wrote:
Welcome to WALMART!
Hi, I'm Paul and I want to welcome you to Walmart where I greet all the old people I took care of!!

Since: May 08

South Hadley, MA

#18 Jul 20, 2008
WalMart at least gave!
How many of us can say the same?
I cannot!
Eric

AOL

#19 Jul 20, 2008
ramdan wrote:
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I guess you have never heard of working multiple jobs just to survive!
You of Superior Self aggrandizement and adulation!
You do denigrate many people,your bigotted,racist postings are everywhere!
Just a bigot and racist who favors compassion for immigrants...that's me.
Eric

AOL

#20 Jul 20, 2008
ramdan wrote:
WalMart at least gave!
How many of us can say the same?
I cannot!
Gee, so smart and you can't make enough to give to charity. Amazing. For the record, the Misses and I itemized $6,530.47 in contributions last year on our taxes.

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