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Originally posted by Penguin Chips:
Also, it doesn't make any sense that wal-mart would offer medicaid over there own insurance.

Wal*Mart doesn't "offer" Medicaid, and they don't have their own insurance, as far as I know.

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Originally posted by Penguin Chips:
And inregards to the OP, I think this is just a generalization that has been branded on wal-mart as being a "white trash" store, which maybe where you go it its, but my local wal-mart is clean and has alot of great people there. I've never had any issues with wal-mart. Ever.

I'm sure it has more to do with allegations that Wal-Mart doesn't pay its workers a living wage.

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Originally posted by Penguin Chips:

Medicaid =!= Welfare which is what food stamps are included under. While both are based on income, depending on the state you are in minimum wage is not by the hour it is by the annual salary. In IA, its like anything below 45k, and you're considered qualified. And inregards to the OP, I think this is just a generalization that has been branded on wal-mart as being a "white trash" store, which maybe where you go it its, but my local wal-mart is clean and has alot of great people there. I've never had any issues with wal-mart. Ever.


I think it is just typical "they make more money than god so lets bring them down in some way." Like microsoft haters. [/QB]

Medicaid paid for my lung removal last year...but when I began to receive SS disability benefits, they cut me off...although my children are still covered. There has also been talk of Medicaid recovering money from estates of deceased "clients" for their "benefits". I have no cites right off hand..but I betcha I can find them...it was all over the news a few months ago.

As for the wal mart beating down statement..that isn't fair...while it is true to a certain extent...I worked for them...the store I worked for was clean and beautiful...MASSIVE...but the associates were treated like crap. I was slapped by an irrate customer one day because the system wouldn't take her frigging check. Guess what?? The customer is ALWAYS RIGHT...I don't think so.

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Originally posted by AnglRdr:
quote:
Originally posted by Penguin Chips:
Also, it doesn't make any sense that wal-mart would offer medicaid over there own insurance.

Wal*Mart doesn't "offer" Medicaid, and they don't have their own insurance, as far as I know.
While I can't remember if the paperwork said wal mart Anglrdr, I DO know they had companies they promoted...and I had to blink at the premiums..you'd think being a wally world associate, you'd get a discount.

I can tell you, they highly promoted their wal mart shares.

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...anything below 45k, and you're considered qualified...
[lol] That is, without doubt, the funniest thing I've seen on this message board. With all due respect "Cite" please.

P&LL, Syl'makes way less than 45k a year and doesn't qualify for benefits'vanz

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Originally posted by LOADEDGOAT:
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Originally posted by AnglRdr:
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Originally posted by Penguin Chips:
Also, it doesn't make any sense that wal-mart would offer medicaid over there own insurance.

Wal*Mart doesn't "offer" Medicaid, and they don't have their own insurance, as far as I know.
While I can't remember if the paperwork said wal mart Anglrdr, I DO know they had companies they promoted...and I had to blink at the premiums..you'd think being a wally world associate, you'd get a discount.

It is pretty standard practice for companies who offer health insurance to offer a variety of insurance packages, and hardly any companies are self-insured anymore. And premiums are no joke, but Wal*Mart probably did pay for at least some of the costs, it's just that the costs are so outrageous that you wouldn't know it without really digging into it.

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I can tell you, they highly promoted their wal mart shares.
I worked there in 1990 for a couple of months, and they did it then, too.

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Originally posted by LOADEDGOAT:
As for the wal mart beating down statement..that isn't fair...while it is true to a certain extent...I worked for them...the store I worked for was clean and beautiful...MASSIVE...but the associates were treated like crap. I was slapped by an irrate customer one day because the system wouldn't take her frigging check. Guess what?? The customer is ALWAYS RIGHT...I don't think so.

I think one thing everybody needs to consider is that, although they all fall under one company name, each store is different. Different managers handle similar situations in a different manner, and some are much worse than others.

I think a major factor is how far away they are from "Wal Mart Central", and how involved (and caring) the district manager is. I've seen horrible Wal Marts, and excellent Wal Marts.

LOADEDGOAT, you definately got shafted. Standards would call for the customer to be "kindly" asked not to bring her patronage back to the store again.

One of my fondest memories from working at the Wal Mart Tire and Lube Express in Bentonville, Arkansas involved the way my manager reacted to a beligerant customer. She wanted her battery replaced, complaining that it was defective. A diagnostic of the battery showed that it was functioning normally, and she was told that the problem was probably the alternator in her car. Oh no, it certainly wasn't her car, it was the battery!

This glorious example of evolution GRABBED A HAMMER and HIT the battery with it! She said "There, it's broken! Now replace it!" Yes, per Wal Mart policy, customer being right and all, we DID replace it. However, my manager followed up by telling the woman quite sternly that she was to never return to this shop as her business was no longer welcome.

So like I said, it all comes down to who's running the place and how much they care. Sometimes you get a good combo, sometimes not. All Wal Marts are simply not created equal.

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Just a reply on the Medicaid question. Every state is allowed to run their program as they want now that the Feds have changed the money distribution status, and they are encouraged to be "creative" with their programs.

In the District of Columbia, where I work, the formula is based on the Federal Poverty Scale. For instance, to get Federal Medicaid for a family of four the limit is $833.33 a month (or $10,000 a year) which is 50% of the Federal Poverty Scale for a family of that size. But other programs exist here that can give coverage to people who make much more than that.

For instance there is a terrible problem here with infant mortality, so DC offers a program that covers pregnant mothers and young children with incomes up to 185% of the Federal Poverty Scale which means the monthly income limit is $3,083.33 (or $37K per year) for that same family of four.

The Feds recently offered states a voluntary program called CHIP (Child Health Insurance Program, I think) and the District signed up for it. It means that families that currently have no insurance can get it, and the limit for this program is 200% of the Federal Poverty Scale which is $3,333.33 per month (or $40K a year). The Feds pay a large share of these costs. In some cases up to 79% of the medical bills.

Its not 45K a year...but it is close. Of course, every state is not as generous as the District, but some others have taken the CHIP program too, so you should check with your state and find out what is available where you are.

Also, employing those persons on Medicaid or welfare does give the employers a financial bonus. This is to encourage their hiring of course, but it also means the local welfare office is much more likely to hear about their employment making welfare fraud a little less likely.

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I would suggest anyone who would like to separate myth from fact read "The Wal-Mart Effect" by Charles Fishman. It's a fairly new book, and takes a good look at why things are the way they are at Wal-Mart. Neither pro nor con. I have no interest in Wal-Mart, nor the book (I'm not related to Mr. Fishman), but I hear so many "facts" about Wal-Mart, it's good to have an unvarnished look at the company, before I bash it or swear it's the greatest thing ever. I do agree with Penguin Chips that you can't blame Wal-Mart (or Microsoft) for all of the evil they are supposed to be responsible for.

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Does Fishman's book conflict with any of the experiences others have posted here?

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quote:
Originally posted by AnglRdr:
Does Fishman's book conflict with any of the experiences others have posted here?

Thank you AnglRdr, you beat me to it...

Let me set the record straight on my views of Wal-Fart...I don't know how other stores are run...just the one I worked at...I wasn't bashing ALL stores...but the fact that the home office for Wal Mart doesn't seem to give a shit..well...it isn't a good thing...IMHO..only that...just...that.

Edited to say: My experiences at wal mart are not myths...they are FACTS.

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quote:
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Does Fishman's book conflict with any of the experiences others have posted here?

Not really. And I certainly don't think if someone has worked at a bad Wal-Mart (or Taco Bell) that makes their experience a myth. There are some interviews with ex-employees and business owners who have gone bust trying to sell to Wal-Mart. As far as myths, I recently overheard two women talking about a new Wal-Mart being built in their community. They were sure the purpose was to just run the small business owners off, get everyone hooked on Wal-Mart prices, and then close the store, sending the people to a more established Wal-Mart about 50 miles away. These were reasonalby intelligent professional women, and they really believe stuff like this. If Loaded Goat had a bad experience at Wal-Mart, it was a bad experience, period. Not a myth by any means. A big part of the book explains how vendors are seduced into trying to keep up with the high demand and low margins they make selling to Wal-Mart. I don't think it's much different at Target, or K Mart, but it's just the astonishing numbers Wal-Mart puts up that keeps it in the forefront of public scrutiny. The book was a loaner from my sister, so I really can't cite anything. The funny part is, a current Wal-Mart employee is reading it at the moment, and the last time we talked he said 90% of it was really on target. (no pun intended)

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I remember that horrifyng song it is a song composed by satan i swear. I never saw the anti union video i guess i was one of the lucky ones. And yes the training is crap i only got trained for five minutes. I had health insurance through walmart provided by blue cross the insurance is worth nothing probably thanks to the walmart bigwigs. I went into the hospital for something right after i got the insurance i soon found out that i had to have the insurance for a year before they would cover the thing i went into the hospital for. Also when we first opened the head manager we had was a good guy but he quit less than a year later and the new manager was a hard guy to work for. Also the assistant managers were evil we only had one assistant manager that cared about us but she quit because of all the corruption at the place. Thank goodness i have been gone for almost 4 years and i never looked back and have moved on to bigger and better things and life is no longer a living hell.
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When I worked at Wal-Mart, training was one eight-hour orientation day, and then if you were a cashier you were put with another experienced cashier to either watch them or work off of their register under their supervision. I never had the insurance, but stocks were heavily pushed.

I had a few crappy customers, but I also had a few that went to management and told them how helpful I was. Nothing much ever happened with management in either case, and I never had anything close to being slapped in the face. I quit because of the hours--didn't want to work in the evening anymore--and I would go back to the same store and work part time. As someone said, experiences are going to vary by store.

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