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Monday, June 26, 2006

Guilty as charged

Wanting to do "the right thing" sometimes like (for me anyway) "being green" is far easier in plan than in action. I have already admitted, that as a green person, I am I guess only a very light shade of green. My other "flaw" can be found in the names Target and Wal-Mart.

I admit it, I love shopping at Target and Wal-Mart. Now between the two, I prefer Target because it is far more upscale in design, merchandise quality and is less likely (outside of the Holiday Season of course) to not have lines that take as long as your shopping to get through. Of course Wal-Mart has the best prices on virtually everything they carry (although not all I have noticed), and has far more items than Target.

However, I do not condone the employment practices used at either of these chains (and others as well). They pay sub-standard wages, provide virtually no benefits or security to their workers, play the part-time game of hiring plenty of part-timers in order to avoid having to provide raises and/or benefits to employees, and so on, and so on.

I have written letters of support of lesgislation (in "committee" here in NJ, but already approved in Del.) that force big companies such as these to improve their benefits and such for employees. I support the increasing of the Federal Miniumum wage so that these companies are forced to pay a livable wage to their employees.

But at the same time, I can't stop shopping in these locations. I LIKE to save money. I want to do what is best for my family as well. So, rather than doing what would be the most honorable thing, and that would be not shop there, I continue to do so. I rationalize it by realizing that there are few options that I have that do not fit into these categories. Sears, K-Mart, Toys R Us, and far too many others also use these abysmal tactics on their employees as well. But since they are not as big as Wal-Mart they do not share the focus of the problem with Wal-Mart. So where do I shop?

Yes, I know I am rationalizing, but without a viable alternative, I am at least going to take care of my family first. And to save money that means shopping at places like Target and Wal-Mart.

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