When I was growing up, one of the ‘dream jobs’ of the local military kids was to bag groceries and take them to people’s cars. With officers and their wives and everyone shopping at the base commisary, these kids knew they would get good tips if they worked even moderately hard. I never got a chance to do it, and I’m glad I never applied to be a bagger at any of the local non-military grocery stores. From what I was told, the kids got a very small amount of pay because it was expected they’d have really good tips.
Wal-Mart, however, they’re happy to let poor Mexican kids work for NO pay to bag and cart groceries for people who make about four bucks a DAY. FOUR dollars a DAY. That’s two British pounds a day for folks in the UK, about three euro fifty. That’s ridiculous. Apparently it’s legal because the kids are ‘volunteering’ but they’re basically just taking advantage of poor people to provide free services at their stores.
Folks, don’t shop at Wal-Mart. I love cheap prices and ridiculous deals as much as the next person, but they’re basically a Chinese company with American front-office staff. They treat their employees like shit, close small family-owned businesses in the areas they open up, don’t really care about organic certification, allow their workers in China to work in conditions no American would put up with, hire illegal immigrants and do loads of other not very nice things. All for the sake of higher and higher profits for their stockholders, not to save you anything.
Check out this video, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices for some revealing info.