Confession: I used to shop at Wal-Mart.
When I was a teenager I actually liked it. Last year in the worst of my struggle with depression, I had lots of shopping-related lows, and Wal-Mart seemed worst of all to me… a forced immersion into pop values, consumerism, and futility.
Of course I had heard rumblings of a group of people who hate Wal-Mart. I thought they must be a strange breed. What’s not to like about low prices and a store that sells everything under one roof?
About a month ago I started doing some research on criticism of Wal-Mart, starting with Wikipedia, where I found a link to a documentary: Wal-Mart: the high cost of low price.
I watched it.
I took it with all the grains of salt I had on hand. I won’t tell you at which point I started to cry, or what I felt by the end, only that I haven’t been back inside the store since.
I am not of the opinion that the whole world needs to make the same choices I do. I do not have a campaign. I will not ask you if you still shop there, or scorn the Great Value foods you serve me. But may I very kindly say that if you regularly shop at Wal-Mart you ought to do some research? It’s not hard. The movie I’m recommending is available on Netflix, if you have a membership, or for free here.
Ryan says you vote with your money. Here’s a girl who’s voting for something other than living by oppression of the poor.
How? More in my next post…