Every so often a post named BABBLE ON comes around. Sometimes I have a rant or an observation to speak on my soapbox about. Today I have a guest commentary from ROBERT BROWN. He has a band called ABNEY PARK, a Steampunk band extraordinaire. I subscribe to his FB page and continually check in on the AABNEY PARK FB page as well. You should give a listen to some of his music as it is absolutely wonderful. He also is a good thinker. It is very rare event today when you find someone on FaceBook who consistently puts out thoughtful posts, receives great responses and actually replies to many of those commenting.

Please sit back and have an intelligent read about Walmart. You may agree or disagree with him, but it is a thoughtful insight. Commentary that requires the reader to think is always a good thing in my opinion. There are links to his two FB pages after the post. Enjoy.



But why?

We’ve all heard the stories, but why would Walmart WANT to be evil? I mean, most businesses want is too make money, and I’m sure Walmart is no different, so why the evil bit? Why does Costco spend all this extra money and effort to be really cool to their employees and customers, but Walmart doesn’t?

I figured it out.

It’s because Walmart customers are just as greedy as Walmart, maybe more so. Hear me out. Walmart’s single purpose is to have the cheapest cost on stuff, because their customers are the type that will get angry if they see they spent ten cents more then they could have elsewhere. They are the type that will drive across town for a $1 savings. They are the type that will fight each other right in the store to get the sale price. They are not the type that would stop shopping at a place with sick crabby employees. Walmar’st customers don’t care about Walmart’s employees.

I read an article that said Walmart’s average sale would only go up by 66 cents if they gave all their employees health care, but with Walmart’s customers, that might be too much. Those people might just shop somewhere else.

Here is an example:

There is a grocery store in my town that I love. Their prices are higher, but it’s a really classy place, with polite, friendly employees. I will walk in, and somebody stacking oranges Will say, “hi Capt., how’s the new album coming along?” These employees are friendly because their manager treats them well, and the manager can do that because the owner pays for it.

Other grocery stores in our town are employed with angry and mean people . They have much better prices, but I avoid those other places. I am happy to pay extra for a friendly environment. This is part of my life, and I want a good life, and I’ll pay an extra buck for mayonnaise to know everybody involved is treated fairly.

The problem is, Walmart customers don’t care about that. They just want the lowest prices. Because of that, Walmart has to cut every corner they can to save that $.10 on toilet paper. My not shopping at Walmart won’t help. You’re not shopping at Walmart won’t help. There will always be a mass of people who only care about themselves, and they will always shop for the lowest prices, and so there will always be a “Walmart”.

Like so many things in society, the “evil” is the result of a reflection of society, not some guy in charge of a corporation.


Please take a few minutes to check out Robert Brown and Abney Park. You’ll be glad that you did.

FaceBook: Robert Brown – Click the pic

FaceBook: Abney Park   Just great music – Click the pic

For Abney Park’s webpage and some of their videos, click the pic below:

Abney Park Storm Poster - Autographed and Numbered

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  1. Rex Renard July 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I refuse to use facebook, any links to some of their music? He dead on with his observation.

  2. LongyAUS July 21, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    Didn’t even notice their tour locations. 2 capital letters after a city name just means somewhere in the USA to me, lol.
    They sure are covering some distance in a month.

  3. Joleen Greenwood July 30, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    I find it ODD that my post rebutting this ill-informed poster’s diatribe never made it on here. Hmmm. Moderator didn’t approve of a differing opinion?

    • oddman July 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      I have sent you an e-mail with my response.

      I allow opinions that disagree with guest commentators or my opinions as long as they are done in a respectful manner. Swearing and name calling are not allowed as I have many trolls who try to do just that. Disagreement is great and appreciated.I’m all for open discourse and welcome it.

  4. Harv September 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    It ought to be: “Your not shopping at Walmart…”

    I know, I know, it looks weird, but trust me, it’s a gerund and it’s supposed to be like that.
    You don’t say “I’m not shopping…”, you say, “My not shopping there…”, which is correct. Likewise for “Your…”.

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