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“Why should the government punish a business that has figured

out the most successful way to provide goods?” I have an idea

why.

In Colorado, more than 69,000 current and former employees sued

Wal-Mart for being forced to work unpaid overtime and won. There

have been 27 other states that have seen the same type of suits

filed. In 1999 they were sued for using sweatshop labor. The

surprising thing is this sweatshop was on American soil, in the

U.S. Commonwealth of Saipan. They also employ workers in Bangladesh

12 hours a day for 9 to 20 cents per hour. They buy clothing

produced in a factory being run by a Burmese drug lord.

Wal-Mart employs 72 percent of its staff as women, but only

about 33 percent of its female employees are promoted.

I don’t have enough time to explain all the union-breaking

activities in Texas.

Sam Walton died in 1992, and since then his “American Dream” has

become a human rights nightmare. I agree that a business should be

allowed to be successful, but of all the businesses to choose to

make that point with, you choose one of the worst examples.

Wal-Mart’s success was only gained by stepping on the backs of

those that can’t do anything about it.

For more details on the information I’ve presented here, go to

www. Responsibleshopper.org. I couldn’t do any justice to how evil

Wal-Mart really is in this short column.

Mark Watkins

Senior, Physics

 

 

 

 

 

 

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