Tag Archive: Wal-Mart

Child Finds Porn on New Wal-Mart PSP!!!

My Fox Boston reports that a 6 year old in Florida turned on his brand new PSP from Wal-Mart only to find a picture of a naked woman.  When his mother called the Wal-Mart to tell them about the device and the hundreds of pornographic pics on it they kindly offered to give her a new game for it!  

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More Walmart Loss Prevention Violence

Down in Texas, Walmart has been sued for, allegedly, illegally detaining a customer and causing him physical injury. Michael Anthony Harris was thrown to the ground and handcuffed by a Walmart employee after they accused him of shoplifting. They refused to let him leave, even after he gave them his bag, but instead insisted he stay until the police came. When the police did arrive, Harris’ injuries were so bad that they took him directly to a hospital.

Cross posted at the Wake-Up Wal-Mart Blog.

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Wal-Mart Tops List of Least Socially Responsible Companies

According to the recent BBMG Conscious Consumer Report: Redefining Value in a New Economy that asked which companies come to mind as the least socially or environmentally responsible companies, Wal-Mart topped the list as the worst:

“Wal-Mart also topped the list of the least responsible companies (9%), along with Exxon Mobile (9%), GM (3%) and Ford (3%), Shell (2%) and McDonald’s (2%). Interestingly, 41% of Americans could not name a single company that they consider the most socially and environmentally responsible.”

Wal-Mart: The Real Story

Wake Up Walmart has released its first video of 2008.  Walmart is a key issue for progressives to focus on- because of their awful health care benefits, New Jersey citizens are estimated to be paying $18,351,276 a year in taxes to cover poor Walmart employees and their families with health care- while Walmart is making huge profits.

Please check out this video, and let your friends know why we need to “Wake Up Walmart”.

News Round-up for Wednesday, March 15

  • The ethics inquiry at the State Department of the Treasury now includes Revenue Director Jack Tully. The expedited inquiry has expanded to include 29 state workers. Tully has been reasigned with no confirmed replacement while Gov. Corzine is in the last days of working on the budget. This is going to get ugly. Well, uglier.
  • Gov. Corzine is calling for a complete overhaul of the state corrections system in a speech to the state PBA at their convention in Atlantic City. Considered improvements include increasing identification of gang members and restoring mandantory annual training for officers. The governor also stated that he opposes priviatization of the prison system.
  • Assemblyman Peter Biondi’s bill A-1327, requiring Internet forum users to register their names and addresses with the forum operators and making the operators liable for defamation damages if they do not enforce the policy; and Assemblymen Wilfredo Caraballo and Upendra Chivukula’s bill A-2623, which would require forum operators to immediately remove any material deemed defamatory and to release the name of the poster to the person claiming the defamation, came under well-deserved fire from a coalition led by the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, who state that the bills “run afoul of the First Amendment” and the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. Make your thoughts known about these two bills- write your Assemblyfolk today.
  • The NJ Supreme Court yesterday voted that it takes only a “preponderence of evidence” to prove fraud under the Insurance Fraud Prevention Act, not a tougher standard of “clear and convincing evidence” in civil cases. Insurance thieves, beware!
  • A study released by the AFL-CIO reveals that Wall-Mart, the eighth-largest private employer in NJ,  has more has more workers and dependents using state-funded health coverage than any other employer in the state. “This abuse of poverty health care programs means Wal-Mart is directly contributing to the nation’s Medicaid crisis,” the AFL-CIO said. State Sen. Joseph Coniglio is quoted: “Here’s an example where someone has the ability to pay for health care, and they are pushing it off on the states.”
  • Ain’t it great to live in New Jersey? Our economy is gaining strength, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Pensylvania. Although not quite ready to declare it a boom, the bank predicts growth in excess of 3% through this fall. It’s certainly not all wine and roses, however; increasing sales taxes, coupled with huge spending cuts, are predicted to be in the budget package proposed next week.
  • Some drivers in Our Fair State will be randomly chosen to recieve six-year driver’s licences instead of four years, in a program to even out the renewal process for DMV. (Great, now I could be stuck with that unflattering picture for two more years.)

NJ Sen. wants to track which retailers are dumping workers’ healthcare bills on us

Like the prices at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Pathmark and Target?  We’re subsidizing them.

“N.J. Senate urges look at retail giants’ effect on insurance”

The state Senate yesterday approved without opposition a bill that would track the employers of residents receiving state FamilyCare health-insurance benefits. Lawmakers said they had introduced the legislation after becoming frustrated that the program – designed for families just above the poverty line – was becoming crowded with employees of Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers.

In an unofficial study of FamilyCare recipients in the fall, New Jersey Policy Perspective, a liberal think tank, found that Wal-Mart employees and their children led the rolls. After Wal-Mart’s 589 in FamilyCare, Home Depot had 335, Pathmark 329, and Target 302.

The legislation, which heads to the Assembly, would require the Department of Human Services to submit a report to the Legislature each February listing businesses with 50 or more employees in FamilyCare.

In June, Gov. Corzine introduced U.S. Senate legislation designed to track comparable Medicaid data.

Wal-Mart And New Jersey: Not Perfect Together

With Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott gaining media traction from his speech before the National Governor’s Association, it’s worth reminding the public that taxpayers continue to foot Wal-Mart’s healthcare in New Jersey. The Philadelphia Inquirer has the story:

State Sen. Joe Vitale fought for years to expand FamilyCare, New Jersey’s health-insurance program for families just above the poverty line.

“FamilyCare was never meant to be a dumping ground for the country’s most successful businesses,” said Vitale, the Senate Health Committee chairman. “Taxpayers shouldn’t be picking up their bills.”

The bill, sponsored by Vitale and Senate Labor Committee Chairman Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), requires businesses with more than 1,000 employees to provide benefits worth $4.17 an hour – or pay that amount, per worker, into a state fund that will reimburse the nearly $400 million that the state spends on FamilyCare and other health-insurance programs each year.

New Jersey Policy Perspective, a liberal think tank, conducted an unofficial study of FamilyCare recipients last fall, finding that Wal-Mart employees and their children led the state’s insurance rolls. After Wal-Mart’s 589 in FamilyCare, Home Depot had 335, Pathmark grocery stores had 329, and Target had 302. ShopRite, Macy’s, Kmart, McDonald’s and CVS weren’t far behind.

Learn more about the Wal-Mart Tax:

http://walmartwatch.com/home/pages/healthcare

Brian Kline

http://walmartwatch.com/