Some great stats backing up why I also refuse to shop at WAL-MART!
Wal-mart is by far the largest store on the planet.
How big is it really? Here are the statistics. I like statistics.
Americans spend $36 MILLION every hour of every day at Wal-Mart!
This translates to $20,928 PROFIT every minute!!
Wal-Mart sells more product between Jan. 1st to March 17th than
Target will all year!!! In fact, Wal-MArt is bigger than Home Depot, Kroger,
Sears, Costco and K-mart combined. Wal-Mart is the largest company in history.
Wal-Mart sells more FOOD than Kroger and Safeway combined,
and they did this in only 15 years. During this time, 31 Supermarket chains
filed for bankruptcy. Wal-mart now sells more food than any other store on earth.
90% of Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart has approximately 3,900 stores in the U.S.A., of which
1,906 are "Super Centers"; 1,000 more than 5 years ago. This year,
7.2 BILLION purchases will be made at Wal-Mart.
The population of the earth is about 6.5 billion.
Wal-Mart employs 1.6 MILLION people.
Most can't speak English and 1.2% make a living above the poverty level.
As a result of this and other factors, Wal-Mart earns $36 BILLION a year in profits.
92% of everything Wal-Mart sells, comes from China.
Another 4% comes from Chinese-owned companies in the U.S. or 3rd world countries.
The official U.S. government position is that Wal-Mart's prices are no lower than anyone
else's when compared to a typical families's weekly purchases. HUH?
Personally, I make enough money that I don't whenever possible
buy goods that are manufactured by countries with poor human rights,
or use children, convucts and slave labour to produce their goods.
It's really, really tough; but it's I stand I have taken.
Just as an aside; if you don't think God has a sense of humour...
go into any Wal-Mart store and spend 30 minutes "people-watching".