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The Wal-Mart Posse
WSJ ^ | October 18, 2006 | WSJ

Posted on 10/18/2006 5:18:01 AM PDT by Brilliant

Wal-Mart may be expanding in the People's Republic of China, but here in capitalist America the low-price retailer has become the Democratic Party's favorite pinata. The media like to portray this as a populist uprising... But what they don't ...disclose is that this entire get-Wal-Mart campaign is a political operation led and funded by organized labor.

We've done a little digging into the two most prominent anti-Wal-Mart groups, and they might as well operate out of AFL-CIO headquarters. An outfit called Wal-Mart Watch was created by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), probably the most powerful union in America after the National Education Association. Wal-Mart Watch is backed by Five Stones, a 501(c)3 organization that received $2,775,000 in 2005 from the SEIU, or 56% of its $5 million budget. According to financial records, SEIU also gave Five Stones $1 million in 2004 to launch the anti-Wal-Mart group...

A second group, Wake Up Wal-Mart, is more or less a subsidiary of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). Wake Up Wal-Mart refuses to divulge its funding sources, but here is what we do know: The group was founded by the UFCW, is housed at UFCW headquarters, and its campaign director's $135,000 salary is paid by the UFCW.

Wake Up Wal-Mart also has close ties to the Democratic Party. Its union-funded campaign director is Paul Blank, who was political director of Howard Dean's failed Presidential campaign. The group sponsored a 19 state, 35-day bus tour across the U.S. earlier this year, staging anti-Wal-Mart rallies. Nearly every major Democratic Presidential hopeful has joined in the Wal-Mart-bashing, including Senators Joe Biden and Evan Bayh, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and trial lawyer-turned-man-of the-people John Edwards. They all seem to believe they have to take this line to pass union muster for 2008...

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; hezbocrats; unions; walmart
No surprise here. The Dems are linked at the hip to Big Labor.
1 posted on 10/18/2006 5:18:02 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
" DEMOCRATS 06 - SOFT ON TERROR, HARD ON WALMART!"
2 posted on 10/18/2006 5:24:57 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Brilliant; All
I have to ask a question of my fellow FReepers...when you go to Wal Mart, does the 'Greeter' (aka Wal Mart Nazi) stop you demanding to see your receipt for the goods you purchased? I used to live in La., and it's common practice there, so much so that my wife wouldn't let me go with her to the store anymore, because I always refused...vocally.

I now live in Fl., and so far this has not happened.

3 posted on 10/18/2006 5:32:18 AM PDT by CrawDaddyCA (Tancredo/Paul 2008)
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To: CrawDaddyCA

Sams Club stores stop everybody and check and mark their receipt. Walmart? Only if you set off their security system.


4 posted on 10/18/2006 5:35:23 AM PDT by listenhillary (Islam = Religion of peace. If you say otherwise, we'll kill you!)
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To: silverleaf

that's funny I don't care who you are


I wonder how Hillary! will treat her previous Wal-Mart connection on the BoD as she campaigns for dictator in 08?


5 posted on 10/18/2006 5:36:45 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Brilliant
The Dems are linked at the hip to Big Labor

And big labor is linked at the pocket, and brass knuckles, with organized crime.

What a cozy family.

6 posted on 10/18/2006 5:39:27 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: CrawDaddyCA
On occasion, my receipt is confirmed.

I recognize the need on their part, and admire the contientous effort to keep prices low.

7 posted on 10/18/2006 5:43:02 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: CrawDaddyCA

It happens from time to time to me in Florida.

At Costco, they won't let anyone out the door without showing their receipt. They even look over what you bought to make sure it's all listed.


8 posted on 10/18/2006 5:44:13 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: CrawDaddyCA
I've only had them check my receipt on the way out at Sam's Club. The only time I've had them check a receipt as I came in at Wal-Mart was when I was bringing merchandise for return or exchange (which I don't have a problem with).

If by some odd chance they didn't get one of their anit-theft tags de-activated at the register and it set off the alarms on the way out I would just continue on my merry way. The receipt in my hand says that what I have in my shopping bag is my property and, unless they have a police officer there with a properly obtained search warrant, they have no business looking through my personal property.

9 posted on 10/18/2006 5:44:49 AM PDT by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: Brilliant; Mrs.Nooseman; Diana in Wisconsin; bfree; Graybeard58; CSM; metesky; wanderin; ...

A "nothing new here" WalMart Ping!!!!!


10 posted on 10/18/2006 5:49:00 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Brilliant

That's OK. Democraps, BigBox and Re.pubic.hairs (in that order) are no friends of the Second Amendment that is a fine, for me, litmus test.

The left uses infantcide as their litmus test, I use the uninfringed Second Amendment.


11 posted on 10/18/2006 5:50:34 AM PDT by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: silverleaf

Ann Coulter said it better, but it wasn't about WalMart:

"If Clinton (democrats) would have gone after terrorists with the zeal that he (they) went after smokers (WalMart), 9-11 wouldn't have happened."


12 posted on 10/18/2006 5:51:03 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: CrawDaddyCA

All the time. I have no problem with this.


13 posted on 10/18/2006 5:54:13 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: Pablo64
The receipt in my hand says that what I have in my shopping bag is my property and, unless they have a police officer there with a properly obtained search warrant, they have no business looking through my personal property.

DIN! DING! DING! We have a winner...that was the answer I was looking for.

Thing is, my brother-in-law used to work for Wal Mart in Loss Prevention. One day, a gentleman decided that he didn't want to pay for a $100 tool box, so he tried to steal it. When my brother-in-law and his partner confronted him about it, he threw the tool box and struck one of them in the head. Needless to say, they both proceeded to beat down this unfortunate soul.

When it was all said and done, my brother-in-law and his partner are out of a job, and...get this...the Manager tried to get them to sign documents stating that Wall Mart was not responsible for the shoplifters injuries (after he just fired them!). He signed in very big letters 'F U' and walked out.

Now I know that they can't detain you without the risk of being fired, I would simply ignore the demands.

14 posted on 10/18/2006 5:55:08 AM PDT by CrawDaddyCA (Tancredo/Paul 2008)
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To: Gabz
A "nothing new here" WalMart Ping!!!!!

Right you are - S.O.S. different day.

15 posted on 10/18/2006 6:00:08 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: RandallFlagg
I have no problem with this.

Really? I do, they are basically accusing you of shoplifting until you prove otherwise.

I guess we just look at it differently...

16 posted on 10/18/2006 6:02:23 AM PDT by CrawDaddyCA (Tancredo/Paul 2008)
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To: Gabz

Thanks for the ping.:)


17 posted on 10/18/2006 6:02:55 AM PDT by Mrs.Nooseman (Proud supporter of our Troops and President GW!!!)
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To: CrawDaddyCA; RandallFlagg

If you were talking about the governemtn doing is, ala DUI road blocks, I would agree with you. But this is a private enterprise and thus I agree with Randall about it.


18 posted on 10/18/2006 6:07:34 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: CrawDaddyCA
I kinda look a bit scary, so I'm kinda asking for it.
I just wish they'd start carrying W Ketchup...

WalMart has enough problems. I'm thinking some leftist is smearing yellow jacket attractant in the local WalMart parking lots. They're EVERYWHERE!

My philosophy is simple: Whatever the left hates, I support.

19 posted on 10/18/2006 6:08:51 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: Brilliant; Gabz
If Bush hating, being against the WOT and against American consumers getting the best buy for their $$ is the best these guys can come up with, I can hardly wait three weeks 'til the big E, polls be damned.

Oh yeah, and the Democrat Party that twisted "tolerance" of all the perverse amongst us that morphed into "acceptance"? Now they're on an hysterical homosexual witchhunt. That'll win 'em even more votes.

Bring it on!

20 posted on 10/18/2006 6:13:56 AM PDT by metesky (My investment program is holding steady @ .05 a can.)
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To: Brilliant

I'd rather see the Teamsters organize Wal-Mart.


21 posted on 10/18/2006 6:15:25 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: metesky

LOL!!!!!!


22 posted on 10/18/2006 6:15:55 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: CrawDaddyCA
I have to ask a question of my fellow FReepers...when you go to Wal Mart, does the 'Greeter' (aka Wal Mart Nazi) stop you demanding to see your receipt for the goods you purchased?

This is to keep the employees from helping friends steal stuff. Run the TV near the scanner while scanning a different UPC - ding - $1.99. Run a couple of DVDs over the security disabler but cover up the UPC while scanning - ding - free. The store is just doing a quick check to make sure that what's on the receipt looks like what's in the cart on your way out.

I've never seen it in a Wal-Mart, but it happens in Sam's every time I go.

23 posted on 10/18/2006 6:21:44 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (I fear that we are the RINOs. The real Republican party is the big government Dem-lite party.)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
I live in three states and shop at WalMart in four different localities. In the Baton Rouge and Chicago area they ask to see your receipt if you are shopping at a WalMart which services areas where the crime statistics are high. They never ask in low crime statistic areas such as rural Wisconsin and rural Illinois. To some that would appear to be racist but it is based upon crime stats and their own internal loss stats. They will ask to see your receipt anywhere if you seem to be taking stuff out of the store without going through the checkout.
24 posted on 10/18/2006 6:30:28 AM PDT by vitaman
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To: Pablo64
If by some odd chance they didn't get one of their anit-theft tags de-activated at the register and it set off the alarms on the way out I would just continue on my merry way. The receipt in my hand says that what I have in my shopping bag is my property and, unless they have a police officer there with a properly obtained search warrant, they have no business looking through my personal property.

Please consult with an attorney before following that course of action, you'll save yourself a whole lot of trouble.

25 posted on 10/18/2006 6:33:15 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: CrawDaddyCA
Yes, it happened for a week here at the Super Center Wal*Mart in North Little Rock..

My checker explained to me that the theft rate was UP and flat screen TV's and other such high ticket items were "walking" out the store..

I don't mind, since it keeps the theft and costs down..

sw

26 posted on 10/18/2006 6:38:21 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
..........we shop at two Wal-Mart stores in Virginia; never had it happen yet..... maybe other stores in high-crime areas or stores that have had experience with shoplifters or dishonest employees check receipts, but have never had it happen to us.... and, really; is it fair to call a Wal-Mart employee who is only doing what his or her supervisor has asked them to do, probably for minimum wage pay, a "Wal-Mart Nazi"? Knowing what we all do about the horrors of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945, that is really demeaning. And as much of a Rush Limbaugh fan as I am, and as disgusted as I am over much of the "feminist movement", I really don't like to hear Rush constantly using the term "femiNazi," too........
27 posted on 10/18/2006 6:44:58 AM PDT by Thunderchief F-105
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To: Gabz

Even the Walmart bashers will have to recognize that the union scum has been behind these phony organizations all along. The truth hurts.


28 posted on 10/18/2006 7:20:33 AM PDT by bfree (Liberalism-the yellow meat,)
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To: Gabz

"But what they don't disclose is that this entire get-Wal-Mart campaign is a political operation led and funded by organized labor."

I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you! *WINK*

Will be going to Wal-Mart tomorrow to spend a few bucks just to irritate the libs. :)


29 posted on 10/18/2006 7:32:57 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: bfree

Oh, they'll recognize it alright-------and avoid this thread like the plague :)


30 posted on 10/18/2006 7:53:43 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I'm going Friday :)


31 posted on 10/18/2006 7:54:11 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: CrawDaddyCA

So you abuse the person doing his job? Never worked a hard day in your life right?

Whenever people act like that over being asked for a receipt you know 2 things.

1. That they don't have a decent bone in their body.

2. They've never worked a hard day in their life.


32 posted on 10/18/2006 7:56:51 AM PDT by ashamedtobefromparkridge (Sweeeeet LOOOOOUUUUUU!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I'm going there eating KFC wearing a fur coat and with various Republican bumper stickers on my car.


33 posted on 10/18/2006 7:57:37 AM PDT by ashamedtobefromparkridge (Sweeeeet LOOOOOUUUUUU!)
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To: CrawDaddyCA

Another person who thinks they are above everyone else thinking abusing employees at Wal Mart is okay.

Every time I see a scumbag abuse a greeter I feel bad for their kids and spouse.

No decent human being does this.


34 posted on 10/18/2006 7:59:32 AM PDT by ashamedtobefromparkridge (Sweeeeet LOOOOOUUUUUU!)
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To: ashamedtobefromparkridge
1. That they don't have a decent bone in their body.

2. They've never worked a hard day in their life.

You know nothing about me, so keep your opinions to yourself.

And I work offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The work I do would probably make you cry like a little girl.

If you don't like the way I treat people who are basically accusing me of shoplifting, I have one word for you...TOUGH!

So, buzz off.

35 posted on 10/18/2006 8:09:37 AM PDT by CrawDaddyCA (Tancredo/Paul 2008)
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To: Thunderchief F-105

Here in Milothian,Va they check but only if the security scanner goes off. Usually its because the DVD's didn't get their security RFID's deactivated properly. I have no issue with it personally!


36 posted on 10/18/2006 8:13:35 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: ashamedtobefromparkridge

Better be armed, if you're going to go THAT far, LOL!


37 posted on 10/18/2006 8:56:25 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
If you don't like the way I treat people who are basically accusing me of shoplifting, I have one word for you...TOUGH! So, buzz off.

Paranoid?

Do you also refuse to shop Costco?

With those large high dollars items it is hard to deactivate the security devices in them. And very easy to let high value items walk out the door with out simple precautions.

Theft loss comes out of the employees annual bonus. They are doing their job, not trying to embarrass or get a black helicopter to follow you home.

Bet your a real nice person all the way through the store to deal with.

38 posted on 10/18/2006 10:33:14 AM PDT by wanderin
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To: CrawDaddyCA

You've got a seriously bad attitude.....and if this is an example of how you conduct yourself in public, well, I can actually understand you being stopped.


39 posted on 10/18/2006 10:58:04 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: 1rudeboy
I believe that a FReeper attorney outlined exactly that course of action on a similar thread quite some time ago. That's where I remember first reading about that way to handle the situation. I also know that nobody (except an arresting officer) has the right to lay a hand on you. That is simple assault.

That being said, I don't expect it to ever become an issue.

40 posted on 10/18/2006 3:54:41 PM PDT by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: Pablo64

Do yourself a favor and Google "shopkeeper's privilege."


41 posted on 10/18/2006 4:08:15 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
So I guess it would all boil down to what a court or jury would consider "reasonable", i.e., reasonable suspicion, reasonable time of detention, etc.

Of course, my definition of reasonable would not include anything that is of even the slightest inconvenience for me. ;-)

42 posted on 10/18/2006 4:24:17 PM PDT by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: ashamedtobefromparkridge

"Whenever people act like that over being asked for a receipt you know 2 things.

1. That they don't have a decent bone in their body.

2. They've never worked a hard day in their life."


You are free to do as you wish, I usually just say "no thank you" when I am requested to do this - it's not abuse to say "no" to a search like this. If they want to inspect what I am purchasing, their opportunity is at the cash register, once the transaction is complete, it's my stuff.

Most stores in my area have discontinued the practice because most people simply refuse to comply, and those that do are not shoplifters.


43 posted on 10/18/2006 4:35:16 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: 1rudeboy

If by some odd chance they didn't get one of their anit-theft tags de-activated at the register and it set off the alarms on the way out I would just continue on my merry way. The receipt in my hand says that what I have in my shopping bag is my property and, unless they have a police officer there with a properly obtained search warrant, they have no business looking through my personal property.
Please consult with an attorney before following that course of action, you'll save yourself a whole lot of trouble.

Attorneys do not need to get involved with receipt checkers unless it is agreed to prior to the transaction. Once the transaction is complete then the item along with the receipt is your own personal property. The only exception would be Costco.


44 posted on 10/18/2006 4:41:59 PM PDT by Psycho_Runner (Whatever...tagline with attitude)
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To: Pablo64

It's a little more complicated than that, in the sense that each State has its own Shopkeeper's Privilege Statute, but essentially you nailed it.


45 posted on 10/18/2006 4:43:06 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Psycho_Runner

Boy, I bet you are just a bundle of fun at the Public Library.


46 posted on 10/18/2006 4:45:01 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: silverleaf

"DEMOCRATS 06 - SOFT ON TERROR, HARD ON WALMART!"

See tag line!


47 posted on 10/18/2006 4:47:31 PM PDT by lawdude (The dems see Wal-Mart as a bigger threat to the US than muslim terrorists)
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