- Business and Employment
What are Wal-Mart's Priorities?
There Is Always Target
In the early 1990’s, some people I know took their nephew in to live with them since he really had no where else to go. He had just been released from a short stint in a county jail in California for possession of drugs and car theft. Our friends had always had a good relationship with Scott, and we all thought that living in a small town in the Midwest would do him some good.
It didn’t take Scott long to find the drug connections in this town and within two weeks, he was out all night partying. More than just a couple of times, my friend's wife caught him stealing money from her purse in the middle of the night just so he could buy more drugs. It also wasn’t long before he figured out how to get into their bank account and draw out all of their money as if it was his own.
These good people had checks bouncing from St. Louis to Kansas City. They were in a lot of trouble financially and legally, and had no idea why. Scott wasn’t about to confess. We all suddenly realized that it was their bank cards that were in his wallet. By then it was too late, and they couldn’t make good on the checks in time to keep from being prosecuted. Our friends were charged with passing bad checks, even though the prosecutor knew the circumstances. He had an agenda of his own with Scott, and was busy prosecuting him on burglary charges. So these good people received a light probation and made restitution, and moved on with their lives. That was nearly 18 years ago. They learned a tough lesson and moved forward, and they have never been in trouble since then. Scott on the other hand did another short prison term, got out and was killed while robbing a truck driver.
So here we are in 2010. Our friends were doing fine until she decided to change gears and take a job at a new Wal-Mart that was opening up here in Lulawissie. She applied, was hired and then suddenly without notice, was turned away because of an old court record claiming that she had been convicted for having written bad checks. While conversing with the other applicants during the hiring process, my friend's wife learned that many of the newly hired people at this new Wal-Mart are convicted drug users, dealers and have various other felony convictions in their past. But as it was explained to her, she could not be trusted to work around money because her past "problems" involved money.
Now work with me here. It seems to me that any drug user, current or past, will more likely be tempted to steal to feed their habit than a person that wrote bad checks under mitigating circumstances. Scott was a drug user, dealer and a robber. He stole from his Uncle and Aunt to feed his habit which caused their checks to bounce. Drug use made him a thief.
Wal-Mart is hiring recently convicted criminals that committed financially based crimes because of illegal drug use, but will not hire someone with an otherwise clean record because of an isolated incident that resulted in criminal charges 18 years ago. If Wal-Mart suddenly misses money or merchandise because they hired thieves and drug addicts, then they have no one to blame but themselves. We have no more use for Wal-Mart. There are other stores. There is Target.
Being the world’s number one retailer takes some intelligence and smart decision making. Where is Wal-Mart’s smart decision making in this situation?
The entire contents of this writing, and all writings previous to this one, including the name “Lulawissie”, are the original work of Delbert Banks and are protected by the copyright laws of the United States of America. © 2010 By Delbert Banks.