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  •  Maybe we should all go to Walmart in the middle of (5+ / 0-)
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    the night and "strike up a convo" with other shoppers in the checkout lines.
    I haven't been to one in ages but might try it. If I do say so myself,  I have an innate ability to chit-chat with almost anyone and not get threatened (well, maybe a couple of times).
    In a long check-out line you've got your captive audience of huddled masses yearning to hear the truth.

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      Me thinks you've got some of that Rebel Girl IWW spirit inside of you.

      Just the sort of tactic that a Wobbly would dream up.

      Brilliant! and sign me up.

      And we should each buy something that cost only 25 cents.


      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 01:39:51 PM PDT

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    •  Now that's an *Occupy* kind of project (2+ / 0-)
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      Non Wal-Mart employees "invading" WalMarts all over the country on the same day; standing in check out lines and chatting with their fellow customers about WalMart personnel practices and the virtues of unions. And on the night shift there aren't going to be a bunch of management types hanging around to break it up, either.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 02:09:25 PM PDT

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      •  You're reading my mind. (1+ / 0-)
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        I think this would be perfect for Occupy.

      •  I was involved with Occupy vs. Wells Fargo events. (2+ / 0-)
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        They had a really darling street theater event where a 'bride' and 'groom' divested their bank accounts from WF...with a great minister, to boot.  
        Props were right on target and simple: a bridal veil for the for the bride and a top hat for the groom.
        Good, short, to-the-point script.

        When a private guard attempted to kick us out of one of the banks (inside a Randall's grocery store) one of the customers said, 'let them finish. It's free speech.'
        I wanted to kiss him.
        I was honored to be the self-appointed matron-of-honor for the bride.

        (The Houston police let us in... not without some discussion and tweeking of signs and masks, but the private guard was antsy.
        In his defense these banks inside groceries here are robbed on a fairly regular basis.)

    •  I'm not a huddled mass. When the community (1+ / 0-)
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      resource person arranges a bus trip to Walmart, I go. With my unit pricing and coupon envelope for food and household needs. There are always 5 or 6 things that are equivalent and cheaper than the stores I can get to. A very large percentage of the people at Walmart cannot get transportation to go anywhere else.

      B1G1 coupons. Free coupons that I write away for. Writing gets you more coupons. A note from your PCP stating the product is good for you gets a blizzard of coupons.
      A large part of the population buying clothes there cannot afford to save the money to buy better quality clothes or shoes that will last longer. Please read that again.

      My father started a union, I got a regular bed, with a box spring, not an army cot. Private dentist and opthalmologist, not the school ones. Health insurance.

      Two of my brothers, and my mother started a union at a seven person company. Send a lawyer, sign here. NO?
      We'll be back when you sign. Did the owner change his attitude? Heh.

      Only the two daughters were not members of a union. I did almost get my ass fired when corporate came to fight unionization of two sets of "front line" workers. Gathered us managers/supervisors into a room. We were inherently prettier, handsomer, smarter than the line workers. Dumb*holes did not bother to find out that about half of the people were married to or related to the floor workers, or promoted from the production lines.

      My boss sat in back of me, begging me to keep quiet. Corporate from Deerfield IL talking to Cambridge, MA.

      Don't be alone with your workers. Don't be friendly with your workers. Don't blah, blah, blah. Geebus. I told my group vote however you want, you might be fired, then all of us will go to another company.

      I had already been sent to a "training course" at corporate, with the executive dining room, a speech by the bigwig personel guy, 'I found a petition about salaries and other things. I put it away, it is private, so nobody will be in trouble." Half the "trainees" turned green. I didn't. Bribe be with a plane trip and lunch in the executive dining room?

      If you start a conversation with me, be prepared to take me to the stores where I want to shop.


      by CuriousBoston on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:15:15 PM PDT

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      •  I didn't intend to deride all Walmart shoppers (2+ / 0-)
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        ...with my poetic license.
        I was referring to any captive audience that needs to shop late at night at a 24/7 store.
        Trust me; I know what Walmart shoppers are going through with limited choice of stores that fit their needs.
        You have a rich history and I appreciate it.

        •  OK. I admit, you hit a sensitive spot. I tend to (1+ / 0-)
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          be a tad aggressive. Ah, maybe more than a tad. Friends.


          by CuriousBoston on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:48:01 PM PDT

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            That's why I'd be better in the line, conversing with the other shoppers. lol.
            I've been in the  Walmart checkout line at midnight myself....not in the recent past since I'm boycotting them...
            But, I've got no young children, right now, that NEED OTC meds in the middle of the night ...and no other stores are open.
            That's where I was coming from with my comment.
            You should write up a diary on your union history.
            I will rec it,
            Your friend,

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