Walmart claims it will be pulling out of plans to finish building stores and put other plans for stores on hold. I just caught an interview with Marion Barry on Fox. It reminded me of an earlier post that was equally based on fine reasoning. Walmart might cause young people to steal says Commisoner How does one even respond to the arguments. For some reason, D.C City Council believes it can hold Walmart to a higher wage rate than anyone else. First the video of Eric going toe to toe with Marion, then the earlier post of mine. Marion says Walmart has a gun to his head. He should know.
Published on Jul 11, 2013
Marion Barry Battles Eric Bolling Over Walmart
The first of four Wal-Marts planned for the District where they would probably be built, the residents have more immediate, street-level concerns:
Brenda Speaks, a Ward 4 ANC commissioner, actually urged blocking construction of the planned store in her ward at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW partly because of that risk. Addressing a small, anti-Wal-Mart rally at City Hall on Monday, Speaks said young people would get criminal records when they couldn’t resist the temptation to steal.
“There’ll probably be a lot of shoplifting going on. They’ll need a lot of security,” Terriea Sutton, 35, said.
Note..:her office’s leverage with Wal-Mart is currently “very limited.” That’s because Wal-Mart is not asking for tax incentives or other public subsidies that would require D.C. Council approval. What is it that is being “negotiated? Either they have the right to build, or they do not.
UPDATE: Apparently she has found the leverage she needed. Increase what they must pay their workers.
The fact that over 1500 jobs may be created, that the stores will be in the areas that are desperate for resources that are not available, are lost in the conversation. But the best part? It may cause some criminal records!