Sunday, July 11, 2010

Really, it’s not about the money, it’s about class warfare

There’s something darkly literal about the way this whole story about Wal-Mart’s overblown hatred of OSHA has played out, in that in their attempts to squash the little guy, an actual human life was taken by being trampled to death. If you recall the horrible story, a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by thousands of customers who lined up at the door on Black Friday to take advantage of the crazy sales---and were perhaps more frantic than usual because of the financial crunch.  Despite the fact that Wal-Mart has already had a history of fighting regulations that would control crowds, they were only hit with a $7,000 fine from OSHA for this man’s death.  But here’s the kicker---Wal-Mart is so outraged, so morally offended at the idea that they should be required to treat their workers like human beings whose lives matter instead of just cogs you throw out when they break that they have spent millions of dollars and thousands of man hours fighting a $7,000 fine.

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