Yes i did. I worked at Daylight donuts when i was 14 years old to pay my rent, since i lived on my own. I stayed in school and worked as many hours that i could legaly, and delivered news papers in my spare time. I have paid for all of my own college, and raised my 2 children on my own with no child support. So yes i have had a silver spoon in my mouth all my life. As for the compassion part. Yeah what the hell ever, there is more compasion there than you will ever know. I moved 200 miles from my home town to further my education, and get better employment. The unions have killed all of the business that has left my home town. There is now a comeback of some of the business (nonunion only) and the employment there is so good that companies are sticking wooden signs outside of their places of business to get people to come in and get a job.
Where i am living now the classafied ads consist of more than 5 pages of help wanted. These jobs are mostly 24,000 and up jobs. The only people not working in my area are those that dont want to work. For a bit of further information, if a company has to pay out more money than they bring in they will not be in business long. The whole idea of having a business is to make money. I guess you didnt know that part though.
Some business' will take advantage of thier help, and some dont. Greed is everywhere, its human nature. I loved working at walmart and would still be there if i had my say. The worst thing is that the few bad people working at walmart in manage ment are making the company look far worse than it actually is. The thing that makes walmart look good and the worker look bad is the fact that most of the lawsuits that walmart has to answer to is from california. They dont get their way they whine cry and sue. There are people in cali suing over crap that is utterly rediculous, and that hurts the people working there more than it helps, walmart has to offset the billions of dollars that they have to pay out to defend theirselves from stupid lawsuits that come from mostly whiny lazy people.
Here is just one instance. Recently someone in cali decided to sue walmart because instead of going to lunch at 11:30 A.M. they wanted to go after being there less than half the day. The lawsuit was lost by walmart, so now at all DC's lunch is at 9:30 AM to 10:30 am. If you work a 12 hour shift at a walmart distrobution center you get 1 hour of paid breaks and 30 minutes of unpaid. The breaks were set up so that you didnt have real long spaces between breaks, now you clock in at 5:30 AM and usually start work around 5:45 or 6, have first break at 7:30 lunch @ 9:30 and last break @ 3:30. Before you worked for around 2.5 to 3 hours and got a break, now you work for 1.5, 2, and 5 hours. That is a very crappy schedule but walmart and the employees now have to endure that long stretch to satisfy that stupid lawsuit. Productivity will now drop, and costs will go up, and the minimum wage worker will suffer.
The idea that walmart runs people out of business is rediculous for the most part. Kmart ran their own company out of business through poor money management. The place where walmart has the advantage is not volume buying, its the DC's. They are the most effecient and advanced on the planet, and the help is very well paid. Like i said earlier i was making just under $16/hour, was guaranteed never to be laidoff, and i only had to work 3 days a week.
Target put it best when they were compaired to walmart. Their own statement on price was this "We cater to a slightly more upscale customer, with a higher income." Walmart's response was this "We will accept your money if it is green, and those are the people who we cater to." Same items, lower prices, due to more effecently ran logistics.