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  •  is it possible to boycott... (4+ / 0-)
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    rowanleigh, rocksout, tcdup, nellgwen

    ...a store you never have – and never would – set foot in?

    United we bargain. Divided we beg.

    by mellowjohn on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 09:44:01 AM PST

    •  well, here's another action I would organize (8+ / 0-)

      Wal-mart will allow people to sell things in front of their stores for charity. boy scouts, girl scout cookies, fund-raisers for football teams, etc.

      you have to go fill out a brief form, tell them your charity, and the service desk writes it in on the calendar.  It's a process that isn't overseen much by anyone.  I can think of only one organization that has been banned from our store.

      So, let me tell you my needs at my store:
      1. A guy in hardware needs new shoes. His only pair has holes in it. I was going to slip him 20 bucks on a gift card, but I can't afford it this pay period. I have to pay the gas bill and put food on the table.  I am knitting some ruffle scarfs I may sell on etsy as a fundraiser for him but that takes time and I am not sure if my work is of good enough quality to sell, I have to think about it.  

      2. We have a supervisor who can't afford her medication or her very sick husband's medication. We got a little fundraiser going on the front end but she needs help.

      3. My friend Charley needs food for the holiday season. I am going to again, make a basket of food for him next pay period. I was going to buy some needed clothes for me, (socks and underwear, but I can make do for now and he needs food)

      And the need goes on. So, if I were an organizer, I would go into the store and ask them if we could do a fundraiser bake sale outside the store, The customer desk people will ask who is it for, and you can make up some name, that won't raise red flags, but they can't accuse you of lying either. Then, I would  do a bake sale, and put a sign out saying "fundraiser for walmart workers" Trust me, it will last about 10 minutes but the media would be all over it, the workers might surprise you and it would raise awareness. I think that most of our customers just don't think what they are supporting.

      anyway, bake sales on Wal-mart for fundraising for their workers basic needs. talk about PR nightmare.

      •  Man, that would be a wonderful act! (3+ / 0-)
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        nellgwen, rowanleigh, laurnj

        And after Walmart kicks the people off their property, they could move to another pre-arranged spot. Either just beyond their property line, or perhaps in front of a competing retailer? (I doubt, say, Target or Best Buy will react as exactly as Walmart has.)

        But friendly press coverage is essential.

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