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Wal-Mart: The D.C. Council has forced our hand
Washington Post ^ | By Alex Barron, Tuesday, July 9, 3:13 PM

Posted on 07/09/2013 1:33:08 PM PDT by Perdogg

Alex Barron is a regional general manager for Wal-Mart U.S. responsible for about 90 stores and 30,000 associates in the region, including all planned stores for Washington, D.C.

For almost three years, Wal-Mart has worked on a plan to bring new stores to Washington, D.C., and we are now close to opening our first location here. Unfortunately, the city may soon adopt legislation that discriminates against business and threatens to undo all that we have accomplished together.

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1 posted on 07/09/2013 1:33:08 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

The liberal way: Find golden goose. Kill golden goose.


2 posted on 07/09/2013 1:37:25 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: Perdogg

LRAA reads like something that came out of Atlas Shrugged. Basically says large companies can pay more, so they have to, regardless of the already law minimum wage.


3 posted on 07/09/2013 1:42:15 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Perdogg

What’s the requirement to be on the DC Council — an IQ of about 75 is about all I can believe based on their actions in response to the way WMT has worked with the community. WMT went way out of the way at every turn to accommodate the desires from the surveys and the DC Council wants to pull the rug from under them. They’ll end up with nothing and blaming WMT — watch and see I’m right on this.


4 posted on 07/09/2013 1:42:55 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: SubMareener

The liberal way: Find golden goose. Kill golden goose. Eat Golden Goose. Wake up the next morning and complain there are no eggs to eat.....

Fixed it for ya!


5 posted on 07/09/2013 1:43:16 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Perdogg
Until Paula Deen, I was sympathetic towards Wal-Mart, but now, they can implode.

I cancelled my membership in Sam's Club and will not purchase anything from Wal-Mart.

6 posted on 07/09/2013 1:44:11 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: SubMareener

Some of the replies on the paper’s comments columns were real gems...and demonstrate why liberals really should be under constant adult supervision.

And also why few, if any of them - have ever actually established a successful business.


7 posted on 07/09/2013 1:44:44 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Redleg Duke
And as far as DC, those leeches on society elected that city council...they can live with the decisions that they make!

Screw 'em!

8 posted on 07/09/2013 1:45:23 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Redleg Duke

I haven’t in at least 3 years.


9 posted on 07/09/2013 1:45:35 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SubMareener

“The liberal way: Find golden goose. Kill golden goose”

Find golden goose, steal its eggs, work it to death, eat it.”


10 posted on 07/09/2013 1:45:43 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Domandred

LRAA reads like something that came out of Atlas Shrugged. Basically says large companies can pay more, so they have to, regardless of the already law minimum wage.
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You beat me to it. Exactly like Atlas Shrugged.


11 posted on 07/09/2013 1:47:23 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: Perdogg

The WaPo comments section on this article is about to go into meltdown mode - the rate of comment coming in is faster than I can click down and read. Even more interesting is the fact the WaPo editorial page called out the Council for their anti-business actions.


12 posted on 07/09/2013 1:47:28 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Perdogg

Guessin’ some Council members feel they didn’t get enough grease from Wally World.


13 posted on 07/09/2013 1:48:28 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Perdogg
Why would Wal-Mart want to open stores in that hell-hole?

Do they enjoy being the victims of armed robbery and/or the trashing of their property?

I think they should just walk away and let “the District” continue to do without stores that carry affordable merchandise.

14 posted on 07/09/2013 1:48:35 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: Perdogg

Where are you going to find that many people in DC to actually work in the stores? The vast majority of people in DC are either working for the government or on the government dole.


15 posted on 07/09/2013 1:50:08 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Perdogg
Minimum wage - $7.25 + LRAA's $5.00 additional mandatory wage rate = 12.25 / Hr.

Wal-Mart should STOP construction until they know the outcome of the vote in the city council.

And put up a sign explaining why it stopped.

16 posted on 07/09/2013 1:51:45 PM PDT by red-dawg
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To: Redleg Duke

Because they asked the community what it wanted, worked with the powers that be, didn’t accept government incentives, and then refused to hike wages to $5 above minimum wage?

I don’t see this as a reason why I need to pay higher prices to support a bunch of DC denizens that want pay higher than normal. I don’t see any of this that will keep me from buying at Walmart, either.


17 posted on 07/09/2013 1:56:01 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Perdogg

The thugs that run Wash DC had better be careful. WMT has threatened to cancel construction of three planned stores.

I recall an article about Wal*Mart closing a successful store in Canada solely because the town government got too uppity.


18 posted on 07/09/2013 1:57:16 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: upchuck

I don’t blame them. Government has screwed over enough people. If they want to direct what Walmart does, what it pays, where it builds, then Government should buy the damned company.


19 posted on 07/09/2013 1:58:27 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Blood of Tyrants

well, theoretically, numerous unemployed black youth in the District will be applying for these jobs.


20 posted on 07/09/2013 1:59:10 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: T-Bird45

In addition to the IQ standard, it’s also required that you have no morals or ethics so that you can take payola or rob from DC funds set aside for children’s programs.


21 posted on 07/09/2013 1:59:59 PM PDT by USNA74
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To: Roccus
Guessin’ some Council members feel they didn’t get enough grease from Wally World.

Yep. The term for this is "shakedown".

22 posted on 07/09/2013 2:06:54 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Perdogg

My advice to Walmart is to close down the building of the stores they are working on and get out.

I remember Hechingers. The theft there by employees was so great you could buy tools and other things on the street with the Hechinger price still on it. That didn’t count what the customers were stealing.

Sears left DC except for West of the park. Up near Chevy Chase. When you hire in DC remember, what you see is what you get.


23 posted on 07/09/2013 2:12:40 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Dilbert San Diego
well, theoretically, numerous unemployed black youth in the District will be applying for these jobs.

The self-esteem they've been indoctrinated with won't allow them to accept anything less than a $200K executive position. To offer them anything lower would be disrespectful.

24 posted on 07/09/2013 2:13:31 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: GraceG
Find golden goose. Kill golden goose. Eat Golden Goose. Wake up the next morning and complain there are no eggs to eat.....

Almost.

Steal golden goose. Kill golden goose. Eat Golden Goose.
Wake up the next AFTERNOON, and complain that there are no eggs to eat, and no more Golden Geese to steal.

25 posted on 07/09/2013 2:15:11 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
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To: WayneS
Why would Wal-Mart want to open stores in that hell-hole?

Went to D.C. in March for the first time in twenty years. Not the same hellhole I remembered. Money is literally bubbling up through cracks in the sidewalks in that town. It is gentrifying at a fantastic rate (causing Black Democrat pols to whine about losing their "chocolate city"). The underclass is being driven out to the inner-ring Maryland suburbs.


26 posted on 07/09/2013 2:17:59 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Perdogg

I hope Wal-Mart pulls out of DC and fast......


27 posted on 07/09/2013 2:36:39 PM PDT by stockpirate (If conservatives in America were committed to liberty they would Cairo DC!)
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To: Perdogg

28 posted on 07/09/2013 2:47:00 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: All

The DC gubmint did something along these lines with Jack Kent Cook and the Redskins. They wanted to build a new stadium in DC and they just wanted to get all the BS out of the way but the council kept coming back with more and more “sudden zoning” issues and conditions like planning not to “obstruct a view”.. He just told them to go pound sand and built in MD. Now Snyder is practically printing his own money just across the border and the DC people are suddenly opposed to the name of the Redskins.

Now, after Walmart has already broken ground, they change the rules. I’d stop, take the loss and leave a big sign stating why they won’t build there and walk away.


29 posted on 07/09/2013 2:47:21 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Perdogg

The obvious reply is to stop ALL work, immediately, on the stores under construction, and put all activity on hold.

If the vote passes, end all contracts, pull all items of any value out of the sites. . .

And then release a rumor that George Zimmerman has a hideout in one of the buildings.

The DC “yutes” will take it from there, Wal-Mart gets an insurance payout. . . .and DC gets three empty lots full of wreckage. . .


30 posted on 07/09/2013 2:52:43 PM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: Perdogg

regardless of wages, such a store would be theived out of business in a couple months.


31 posted on 07/09/2013 3:02:44 PM PDT by Einherjar
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To: T-Bird45

“What’s the requirement to be on the DC Council “

I believe it’s helpful to have been convicted and served time for crack cocaine several times, and maybe an embezzlement charge or two. You know. For street cred. Oh, and you also have to be black. And a commie. Oops, I mean Democrat. OK, either a commie OR Democrat. Or both.


32 posted on 07/09/2013 3:47:12 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Gaffer
I don’t see any of this that will keep me from buying at Walmart, either.

here is a sad story... just outside of Hbg PA there was a Catholic Church and school. The parish had a nice sized parcel of property and WM offered to buy it (above market value for the time) and help the parish move the church and school.
Then the local government and a bunch of citizens coalitions stepped in and fought it. WM finally gave up and never built in that local TWP/municipal environs ever.
Mostly I think the twp and "interested" citizens screwed it up to tank the sale cause it was a Catholic school. Good parish, decent school (my daughter attended there, went to PITT and eventually ended up in the NROTC and is still currently serving!)
Local municipalities really for the most part suck in central PA. It is like a bunch of fiefdoms only out for themselves to try to keep things "as they always were".
So they lost all the tax revenue and jobs to keep things the exact ways they remember from 50 years ago. Real Stupid.
33 posted on 07/09/2013 4:08:56 PM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS... We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: Perdogg

They should cut their losses and leave. There are a bunch of Walmarts within striking distance of DC in Virginia and Maryland. If people want to shop there, they can drive a few minutes out of the city and find one. If they don’t want to shop there, they can stick with places such as the Soviet Safeway on Capital Hill and the Social Safeway over in Georgetown. Or they can drive to the Pentagon, keep going South for a mile or so and hit Shoppers Food Warehouse and Target. All the otherwise unemployable people who thought they might get a job at the new Walmarts can just pound sand, I guess.


34 posted on 07/09/2013 4:30:05 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: T-Bird45
What’s the requirement to be on the DC Council — an IQ of about 75 is about all I can believe

You're being generous.

35 posted on 07/09/2013 4:45:31 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The imposition of a duty on the importation of a commodity burdens the consumers. --Ludwig Von Mises)
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