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Wal-Mart Cuts Some Workers’ Hours After Pay Raise Boosts Costs

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Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in the midst of spending $1 billion to raise employees’ wages and give them extra training, has been cutting the number of hours some of them work in a bid to keep costs in check.

Regional executives told store managers at the retailer’s annual holiday planning meeting this month to rein in expenses by cutting worker hours they’ve added beyond those allocated to them based on sales projections.

The request has resulted in some stores trimming hours from their schedules, asking employees to leave shifts early or telling them to take longer lunches, according to more than three dozen employees from around the U.S. The reductions started in the past several weeks, even as many stores enter the busy back-to-school shopping period.

Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon is trying to balance a desire to improve service — partly through increased spending on his workforce — against investors’ pressure to keep profit growing. Labor costs, which rose after Wal-Mart increased its minimum wage to $9 an hour in April, have weighed on earnings, which missed analysts’ expectations last quarter. At the same time, Wal-Mart is trying to maintain low prices to fend off rivals.

The reduction in hours is taking place only in locations where managers have overscheduled workers, staffing the store for more time than they’ve been alloted, said Kory Lundberg, a spokesman for Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart. The reductions won’t affect efforts to better staff stores, shorten checkout lines, and improve cleanliness and stocking, he said.

Dual Goals

Greg Foran, the head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. operations, has said the retailer has dual goals of containing expenses and spending more to improve its stores. “Amid the investment, we’re focused on growing sales and controlling costs, as you would expect from Wal-Mart,” Foran said earlier this month after the company announced disappointing earnings. “We are staying true to our roots. However, we are committed to improving the customer experience and we will protect the investments necessary to achieve this goal.”

Striking that right balance is proving challenging for the world’s biggest retailer, according to accounts from some employees.

A Wal-Mart employee at a location near Houston, who asked not to be identified because she didn’t have permission to talk to the media, said her store had to cut more than 200 hours a week. To make the adjustment, the employee’s store manager started asking people to go home early two weeks ago, she said. On Aug. 19, at least eight people had been sent home by late afternoon, including sales-floor associates and department managers.

Long Waits

The employee said she’s covering an area once staffed by multiple people at one of the busiest times of the year — the back-to-school season. On a recent weekday, she had a customer who had to wait 30 minutes for an employee to unlock a product the shopper wanted to purchase, she said. In e-mails, interviews and social-media posts, employees in a range of positions across the country shared similar stories of hours being cut.

The staff at a location in Fort Worth, Texas, were told that the store needed to cut 1,500 hours, according to a worker who asked not to be named for fear of being reprimanded. After being asked to stay late to help with extra work earlier in the week, some were told to take two-hour lunch breaks to make up for the additional hours they’d clocked, the employee said.

Senior Workers

McMillon’s move to raise Wal-Mart’s minimum wage to $9 an hour in April has stirred other frustrations. Some of the chain’s more senior employees have criticized the increase, saying it mostly benefited newer workers and that more experienced staff shouldn’t be making at or near what new hires are paid.

Wal-Mart has said it anticipated some employees being disappointed about not getting raises and is trying to create more opportunities for workers to advance within the company. It also has a new scheduling system.

By cutting hours, Wal-Mart now risks losing some of its best employees to competitors that can provide more stable schedules, said Burt Flickinger, managing director at Strategic Resource Group LLC. The company also may alienate customers if the staffing levels result in poorer customer service and products not getting on store shelves, he said.

Wal-Mart has made strides during the past year in addressing customers’ complaints of barren shelves, dirty stores and long check-out lines, Flickinger said. But some locations still aren’t staffed well enough during peak times, he said.

“Wal-Mart risks a talent drain at a time when McMillon has made meaningful improvements in the company,” Flickinger said. “All these competitors will take Wal-Mart workers to make themselves strong and help make a major competitor weaker.”

math is hard


Zimmerman verdict “protest” in L.A. becomes violent riot

Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington (1856–1915), born into slavery, was an educator, author, orator, and adviser to U.S. presidents.

I came across this piece of disturbing news while trawling the net this morning. Sorry it’s a month late. But it’s important, because it’s more evidence that the whole Trayvon-Zimmerman incident is being used by black racists for their own agenda. This is just one of many such Zimmerman-riot incidents.

And why haven’t we seen this on the alphabet TV network news? Oh, I forgot. They’re the State Controlled Media.

Photos below are all from the Los Angeles Times.


1479179_me_trayvon_mrcTrayvon protesters in L.A.’s Leimert Park

InvestorPlace, and Los Angeles Times report that on the night of Monday, July 16, 2013, a “protest” over the preceding Friday’s “not guilty” verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman (for second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin) turned violent in Los Angeles, leaving a Walmart store damaged.

The “protest” began peacefully in the city’s Leimert Park, but soon degenerated into violence. According to an account in the Los Angeles Times, “hundreds of protesters” splintered off from the peaceful demonstration and began stomping on vehicles and breaking windows in the area.

Protest over Zimmerman verdict: Getting loudProtest over Zimmerman verdict: High emotionsProtesters at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave.

The group roamed Crenshaw Boulevard and neighboring streets breaking windows, setting fires and attacking several people. Among those attacked were television reporter Dave Bryan and his cameraman, both of whom work for KCBS Channel 2 and KCAL Channel 9. According to police Lt. Andy Neiman, one of them was taken to a hospital with a possible concussion.

About 350 LAPD officers were dispatched to the Crenshaw area.

Protest over Zimmerman verdict: Stand-off“Protesters” also stormed a Wal-Mart store at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, pushing their way through as guards scrambled to close security gates. Shoppers said the “protesters” threw merchandise on the floor, screaming. Some tried to break open the jewelry glass displays.

A short while later, LAPD officers in riot gear swarmed the store as others marched through the parking lot. Fourteen people were arrested.

Protest over Zimmerman verdict: ArrestProtest over Zimmerman verdict: Documenting

At a late-night news conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti blamed the violence on a “a small group” that “has taken advantage of this situation” — as if that makes it okay.

1479196_ME_protest_RCGThe old white guy is Jim Lafferty of the Los Angeles Lawyers Guild. He’s admonishing an LAPD officer for “antagonizing protesters.”

Meanwhile, on the same night in Oakland, CA, about 370 miles north of L.A., hundreds of protesters stormed Interstate 880 near downtown, blocking traffic in the southbound and northbound lanes. The protesters were cleared from the freeway and made their way downtown. By late Monday night, multiple arrests had been made in the downtown area as officers from neighboring jurisdictions responded to the chaos, the Oakland Police Department said.

Now you know why nobody — not Congress, not the Supreme Court, neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party, not the media (not even Fox News) — will do anything about the POS’s many scandals, even less do anything about his fraudulent birth certificate and his other fraudulent IDs (such as his Connecticut-issued Social Security number).

That’s because Pres. Lucifer holds the trump card of all trump cards:

Black Race Riots

H/t my bud Mark S. McGrew and Sam Sewell for the Booker T. Washington pic.


People of Walmart: The Clown Edition

It’s Wednesday, hump day! Time for another “People of Walmart”! :D

Another sign of the devolution of America: Mature adults voluntarily dress themselves in clownish outfits.


User-submitted photos of Walmart shoppers from across the US. Courtesy peopleofwalmart.com.

For previous FOTM editions of “People of Walmart”:


No recovery: U.S. personal income fell 3.5%

Obama media

Early this morning, I heard/saw it again — some chattering reporter on an alphabet TV network saying the words “the improved economy.”

For crying out loud.

Stop lying!

The economy is NOT improving!

FOTM has posted about America’s retail apocalypse — of major national retailers like J.C. Penney, Sears, and Best Buy cutting staff and closing stores, and Wal-Mart having the worst February sales in 7 years. Even Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley is cutting 1,600 employees, as revenue from trading and deal-making remains in the doldrums.

Now comes more dismal economic news from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. In January 2013:

  • U.S. personal income decreased 3.5% ($505.5 billion), the biggest drop in personal income in 20 years.
  • That, in turn, led to a 4% decrease ($491.4 billion) in disposable personal income.
  • The decline in disposable personal income meant Americans had less money to buy goods, which accounts for why consumption increased by only 0.2% from December 2012.
  • The decline in disposable personal income also led to a decrease of personal saving rate to 2.4% — the lowest since November 2007.

personal savings rate feb_0Click image to enlarge

In the words of Bloomberg economist Rich Yamarone: “Consumers can’t spend what they don’t have, and they don’t have much.”

Nor is America’s anemic economic performance confined to just the month of January 2013.

As measured by personal income, 2012 was worse than 2011. Whereas personal income increased 5.1% in 2011, personal income increased only 3.5% in 2012. The year 2013 promises to be even worse, with personal income decreasing by 3.5% in the first month of the year.

H/t ZeroHedge


Wal-Mart vs. The Morons

Wal-Mart vs. The Morons

1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at WalMart Every
hour of every day.

2. This works out to $20,928 profit every

3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St.Patrick’s Day
(March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home
Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart
employs 1.6 million people, is the world’s largest private employer, and most
speak English.

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the

7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in
mind they did this in only fifteen years.

8. During this same period, 31
big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

9. Wal-Mart now sells more food
than any other store in the world.

10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores
in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five
years ago.

11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences
will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth’s population is approximately 6.5

12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a

You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the
ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart
to fix the economy.

This should be read and understood by all Americans
Democrats, Republicans, EVERYONE!!

To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature
It is
now official that the majority of you are corrupt morons:

a.. The U.S.
Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right
and it is broke.

b.. Social Security was established in 1935. You have
had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

c.. Fannie Mae was
established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is

d.. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get
it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to
“the poor” and they only want more.

e.. Medicare and Medicaid were
established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are

f.. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to
get it right and it is broke.

g.. The Department of Energy was created in
1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to
employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil
than everbefore. You had 32 years to get it right
and it is an abysmal

You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved
down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.

I know what’s wrong. We have lost our minds to “Political Correctness” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Someone please tell me what’swrong with all the people that run this country!!!!!! We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,??????? In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , and Turkey …And now Pakistan ……..previous home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS to say nothing about the handouts to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!!
Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income receive no aid nor do they get any breaks
AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without ‘needed’ meds, and mentally ill without treatment -etc,etc.
Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries. Sad isn’t it?
What happened to the old rule, “Charity begins at home”? Another value we have discarded thanks to our elected officials… both parties!

99% of people won’t have the guts to forward this.
I’m one of the 1% — I Just Did

“United Saves America”
H/T  Igor



Stores friendly or hostile to Christmas

The first day of the Christmas shopping season, the day after Thanksgiving, is called Black Friday for a good reason. It’s the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black“. Many retailers depend on Christmas sales for as much as one quarter of their annual revenue.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent $563 billion in Christmas shopping in 2011. For 2012, that figure is expected to increase 4.1% to $586.1 billion.

Despite the importance of Christmas shopping to their profit margin and, in many cases, their very survival, increasing numbers of retail stores in America now refuse to say “Merry Christmas” or even recognize Christmas, out of “political correctness,” which is really just cowardice or worse.

At the same time, while dissing Christmas, these stores still want our hard-earned money! What hypocrisy.

It makes no sense for us to do our Christmas shopping in anti-Christmas stores because in so doing, we are simply aiding and abetting those who don’t even have that elemental ounce of courage to stand up for the truth.

For the simple truth is that every year, Americans go into a buying frenzy NOT because of the Jewish Hanukkah, NOT because of the entirely made-up black holiday called Kwanzaa, and NOT because of the wiccans’ Winter Solstice.

The simple truth is that every year, Americans go into a buying frenzy, buying hundreds of billions of dollars of stuff, because of CHRISTMAS.

The American Family Association has compiled a list of top retailers in accordance with whether and how they recognize Christmas. Use the list as your guide for your Christmas shopping!

Just remember: Shop in Blue and Green stores. Shun the Red stores!

Color Code:

BLUE: An AFA “5-Star” rated company that promotes and celebrates Christmas on an exceptional basis.
GREEN: Company uses the term “Christmas” on a regular basis, we consider that company Christmas-friendly.
YELLOW: Company refers to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others.
RED: Company may use “Christmas” sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it.


Companies that are pro-Christmas

AFA Online Store
ACE Hardware
Bass Pro Shops
Bed Bath & Beyond
Best Buy
Big Lots
Collective Brands
CVS Pharmacy
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dollar General
Dollar Tree
H.E.B. Stores
Hancock Fabrics
Harris Teeter Stores
Hobby Lobby
Home Shopping Network
JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts Stores
Michael’s Stores
Neiman Marcus
Office Max
Pier One Imports
Rite Aid
Scheels Sporting Goods
Super D Drug
TJ Maxx
Toys R Us

Companies marginal on “Christmas”

  • 1-800-Flowers.com
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Cooking.com
  • Hy-Vee Stores
  • L.L. Bean
  • Safeway
  • Sam’s Club
  • Starbucks
  • True Value
  • UncommonGoods.com
  • Walgreens
  • Whole Foods

Companies AGAINST “Christmas”

  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Family Dollar
  • Foot Locker
  • Gap Stores BOYCOTT!
  • Limited Brands
  • Maurice’s
  • Office Depot
  • Old Navy BOYCOTT!
  • Radio Shack
  • Staples
  • Supervalu
  • Victoria’s Secret

Here’s a handy pocket-sized list of all three groups of stores, which you can print and take with you on your shopping trips:

Christmas shopping

Want to report on a company? Send your detailed report to christmas@afa.net.

H/t Patriot Action Network


Wal-Mart Airlines…

Oh no, they are now flying……scary stuff!!

Death takes a holiday.  Wonder how long his flight was delayed?

Did you say free refills?

Somehow I always manage to sit next to this person


“These are paid for and I want to be sure everybody gets to appreciate them” 

Brought his own flotation device…

h/t Kelly