mary_Q

mary_Q 3 years ago on Fulton Walmart undergoes remodel

People have forgotten old virtues like hard work, honesty and integriety. Parents are too busy working jobs to make money to put the latest gadgets in their kids hands instead of putting their time into the kids and nobody thinks they have to work for anything. People want it all and are willing to get it but at what cost is never really considered until it is often too late. We as a nation are getting a wake up call about our deservant nature but few are heeding the warnings. We keep companies large and in charge and they pay no taxes while we as working men and women struggle to pay the taxes and put a roof over our head. In the end I say people need to inact change in themselves if they want the corporations to change. Walmart is not the only company who doesnt pay their employees what they are worth. Want to keep jobs in America? Stop buying products that don't say they are made in America! It's simple supply and demand. Buy American and you will find more of it will appear and the other poision laced junk will go the way of the dodo bird. Don't believe me? Just how do you think all that junk got on the shelves to begin with? Because we quit caring where it came from and only about how much we had to pay for it

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mary_Q 3 years ago on Fulton Walmart undergoes remodel

I don't think you have to be as rude as to question my throughness in reading your comment. The first line in your reply was enough to point out my error i did not need it drawn out in crayons with that last remark of the first paragraph. I know first hand that in the Fulton store as well as the ones in Columbia and Jefferson City also the lake and eldon area that they do NOT pass out welfare forms. I also recently went to work at a store in an entirely different state and was never given said documents. That being said I agree that Walmart could and should pay their associates more money when job performance entitles them. I had people work under me who I wouldn't have given a nickle to but there was also people who deserved and needed more money to survive and who cam to work on time and didn't steal from the company whom I went to bat for anytime I could to try and get raises for them. I saw a cash office employee and a assistant manager get caught stealing thousands of dollars yet charges were never really filed on them and they made more than the prevailing wage and that was before the i.o.u.s in the cash office yet there were single mothers trying to care for their kids who couldn't get out of the projects. I understand everyones frustration with walmart totally but to say they have nothing to offer is absolutely ignorant. They are one of the largest employers in the Fulton area. Without walmart where are all these poeple who work there now going to work? You think the economy is bad there now imagine what it would be like without Walmart to provide the jobs they do. Talk about ALOT of welfare recipents! Fulton doesn't have much to offer in jobs and I think that partly has to do with the Chamber not doing its part to enitce other companies to come in to town. Target pays much better than Walmart and would employ as many employee's as Walmart and provide much needed competition but the Chamber does nothing to bring them in instead they continue to let Walmart rule the community. If you want change try enticing businesses who relate with your core values to come to town. Target has said in the past they would happily come to Fulton if they could gain the support and a petition drive would garner that proof for them. Just an idea. I have no issues saying Walmart doesnt pay enough but to say they bring nothing good to the table is where I have an argument. I imagine you and I probably worked there about the same time and the Fulton store certainly had its issues but it was a job and a paycheck and with todays economy not many would turn that down unless they wanted the welfare program to begin with.

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mary_Q 3 years ago on Fulton Walmart undergoes remodel

As a former Wal-mart employee I can tell you they do not pass out forms for welfare benefits in orientation. Way to fall for propaganda! I started as a simple floor associate at minimum wage but through the vesting programs, stock programs and merrit wage increases when I left after almost 7 years I took more than $7000 that walmart contributed to me in one form or another. I was a front end supervisor when I left and I wouldn't trade working for htat company. If you happen to be in retail they are the number 1 company to work for to gain experience in the retail enviroment. No I didn't stay on at Walmart but if I had I was given more than 1 opportunity to move intp store management which mininmaly was going to pay $35000 a year to start. That wage is more than teachers make in a lot of school districts in the state. Walmart provides their employees with opportunity to advance if that person shows the desire. I did interviews for new hires as well as participated in the orientation process and I can tell you one of the number 1 things we tell them is they can advance if they choose and as I said before at no point is welfare applications passed out. Like any other business they do have to fill out a paper to state if the are eligible for the welfare to work program and I can tell you that is the only paper passed out that says anything about government benefits. Stop trying to spread propaganda and get your facts straight. Yes they ship alot of jobs overseas but most all companies in this nation do. It is the way we as american people save on the product we want. We can't be happy with what we can get here locally so we have to pay for it some how. Want to stop the jobs from going overseas then start buying local and don't complain when you can't get those bananas or that pair of jeans for just a few dollars. Consumerism is to blame.

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mary_Q 3 years, 2 months ago on mary_Q

I grew up in Fulton and had lived there most of my life. Recently I moved to California where it is illegal to text or talk on the phone while driving. If you get caught it is a hefty fine and increase on your insurance plus you have to go to drivers classes. Maybe some think this is over use of the system but would you say that if your loved one was run over by someone using their phone? I would think not. The comment about only women text and drive is completely ascinine. Really you can back that up with what facts? I know of many men and boys who are on their phones as much as or more than alot of women I know so I would dispute your claim. How about we don't blame one sex and work on fixing the problem, It starts with education on proper usage of your phone and setting the proper example for your kids. I think parents need to take the time to teach their kids when and how to use the phone and if rules are not followed take it away. I have child and enforce that rule myself and have had no problems yet. I think it should be made illegal there and people should be informed of the consequences if they are caught texting or talking on the phone and driving. I can only hope that it will be more than the $10 fine they used to enforce seatbelts because that did nothing. Here if you are seen another driver can call in and report you and the officers can pull you over without any other cause. You are behind the wheel of a multi-ton missle and I would not want you driving around my neighborhood distracted when the kids are out playing. Think about that whenever you are driving and your friend calls to tell you they got this really cool phone. would it really kill you to pull off the road to answer that phone if it is so important?

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