Saturday February 25, 2012, 9:05 am
For anyone who has worked on a farm; or harvested fruits and vegetables then you know how hard the work is. I have. I can attest to the mind numbing work that she wrote about while working at Walmart; a store I have never set foot in; but I had various jobs where the conditions were the same, even with a union at times.
The sad part is that working in the fields or working at Walmart probably pays more than many laborers in third world countries make in a year. In many of those countries they make approximately $2.50 a day; the same wage they were making fifteen years ago. Meanwhile the cost of living has escalated 1500%. That's the good old IMF policies hard at work. Bankrupt the socio/economic and natural resources from a country while at the same time creating an indentured servant class who work for subsistence wages producing goods that they can never afford. I have Bruce Cockburn's lyrics from "They Call It Democracy" on my wall that I see every day to remind me of how good I have it when I feel like bitching about my job. I'd say it's time for a change in this world.
Saturday February 25, 2012, 9:12 am
Just as a tangential addendum it is all fine and well to save the rainforests; the oceans and the coral reefs. I believe and suport that. However, it is also necessary to provide viable; logical alternatives for the indigeneous peoples. Sometimes we have to put our money where our mouth is. It would be nice if the UN; the EU, China, Russia and the rest of the world took responsibilty for all negative energy; pollution and violent tribal/relgious/ideological stupidity that have reduced our world to the mess it's in.
On the other hand charity begins at home Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister. Try to balance your charitable donations two to one when contributing: double the amount for local charities in your area. Just some food for thought.
Saturday February 25, 2012, 7:31 pm
I heard Tracy being interviewed. She really didn't say terribly bad things about Applebys, other than you could make food just as good at home for less. My feeling at the time was "sure" but I eat in a restaurant because I don't want to take time to prepare food at home.
Sunday February 26, 2012, 5:31 pm
About her time working under-cover at Wall mart she writes, "There's something really sobering when what you're aspiring to is that if you stick it out at $10, $11, $12 an hour you're going to get a lifetime 10-percent discount card."
And people are supposed to live on this? I can PROUDLY say that I have never set foot in a Walmart.
Monday February 27, 2012, 2:47 am
There is a book by Barbara Ehrenreich called Nickel and Dimed. She also went undercover for a year working at Walmart, at a nursing home, and as a waitress. It validates why people with full-time jobs are unable to get by in the US. It is a good read.
Monday February 27, 2012, 5:07 am
What I took away from this was two things: first, that the penalties for violating standards aren't strict enough, and second, that people need to be educated about food in school.