Wednesday, August 12, 2009

To boycott or not?

For the past few months, several stores in the area have had large groups of picketers in front of them. Mostly, it's Wal-Mart, but a few other chain stores seem to be picketed every now and again, too.


These people may have really good reasons for picketing. They could be the best reasons ever. They could be eloquently worded arguments that would convince me to never, ever shop at Wal-Mart again. The problem is that their signs look like this:


BOYCOTT WAL-MART!
We are printing our reasons in ridiculously small font so that you can't possibly read them from your car.
PLEASE DON'T PATRONIZE THIS STORE!



Seriously, I have excellent vision, and even when my car is stopped at a light, one lane away from the picketers, I cannot for the life of me make out even a single word of the tiny font that explains their reasons for demanding that I not shop at Wal-Mart. My best guess is that it's something about unions or healthcare, but for all I know, it could also say "We protest the mistreatment of the smiley face logo" or "Their bakery-fresh buns are not quite as round as we'd like them to be."

How on earth do they expect me to support them if it's impossible to tell what I'm agreeing with? And they're marching at the far end of the parking lot, about 4,350 parking spaces away from the actual entrance of the store, so unless I park a mile away from Wal-Mart, get out of my car, directly approach these people, and ask them what it is that they're protesting, I will never know what these signs say, and let's be honest - I'm never going to do that. If you want my support, it's probably best not to make me work that hard to support you.


Every time I drive past, I think, "Somebody should really stop and tell those people that their signs would be more effective if people could tell what they said," but I'm definitely too lazy to do that. In the meantime, I'll continue to shop at Wal-Mart unless someone comes up with a good reason I shouldn't and then prints it in two-foot-high letters and holds it up in front of me.

28 comments:

Ginger said...

LOL I agree, if you want me to pay attention to your cause, tell me what it is! Make it easy for me to support you!

On the other hand, those people were at the end of the parking lot because they're not allowed to protest on private property. I'd be pissed if I were Walmart and they were right at the front of my store...

Rachel said...

Well that's crappy that their signs are bad. Because there are so many reasons that we should all boycott walmart.
If you really do want to know more about why we should boycott walmart, read the book "The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman." It is eye opening.

J-Diggety said...

Yeah, I've heard rumors as to why Walmart should be avoided... mistreatment of employees, that kind of thing... but whether or not those rumors are true, Walmart grates my nerves for other reasons... but I heart Super Target!! :)

.::L said...

I was literally just having a conversation about Wal-Mart avoiders today. I kinda get it.


But as for my own personal economic downturn... I appreciate Wal-Mart's Always Low Prices :)

James ~n~ Amber said...

I'm convinced that it's the same group of proptesters that protest everything. I think they just travel around protesting. They are professional protesters. While I have also heard rumors about how Wal-Mart treats their employees, I'm sure that could be true for any company in the world. It just depends on who you ask....

JennyMac said...

Amen!

SkylersDad said...

I think you should make a sign that says I can't read your crappy sign, and go walk around down there!

ÄsK AliCë said...

Last year "they" (reporters? the union? I dunno, but it was in the paper) discovered that Walmart pays female employees far less then male employees who have the same positions and the same seniority. Maybe that's what they are boycotting?

I have no idea but I completely agree that they should have rules about the font size!!

Charisse said...

I am with J-Diggety...I luuuurve me some Super Target. I avoid Wal-Mart at all costs. Even though their costs are much lower. I think they are protesting because WalMart is the DEBBIL!!! I don't know. I am just saying.

Moxie said...

I don't like Walmart anymore because in the hottest month of the year, July, they stop selling snow cone machines and the syrup. Seriously Walmart. It's 102 degrees outside, we want Snow Cones. If you have to pick the a date for the end of your "Snow Cone Season", make it in September when it starts cooling down.

Stupid Walmart and your stupid logic. >_>

Tova Darling said...

SkylersDad - Haha! That is a fantastic idea! I love it!

Maybe the signs are just a joke, and if you get really close, all the small print says is "If you can read this, you don't need glasses."

...except that the opthomologist just told me I don't need glasses, and I still can't read the signs... so maybe not.

Winna said...

I don't need a reason to protest Wal-Mart! I hate the place. It is too busy and big to make the savings worth it for me. I am happily celebrating my two year (at least) anniversay without stepping foot inside of a Wal-Mart!

Dollface said...

I dont make scenes unless necessary... I feel like I would never put myself in jeopardy of being arrested unless for a really good cause!! But if you were there, more power to you! xxxoo

JenJen said...

Me? I'm more the "passive agressive" type. I don't picket, I don't shop at Walmart (people at the one near me wear their slippers while shopping and I think that is odd, but I don't tell people where they should shop!

Georgie K. Buttons said...

If they're two feet tall letters and the sign is right in front of you, you'll strain your neck. ;)

Kim said...

Here is why I avoid Wal-Mart - last time I was there, in the check-out line, at about 9pm at night, a two-year old is sitting in the cart facing me, slowly eating Doritos from a huge bag. Scary.

Optimistic Pessimist said...

oh i agree. i especially love the hand painted ones people put in their yards. I almost wrecked trying to read what they were protesting. These people need to take a marketing class.

J.J. in L.A. said...

They probably got fired for being dumb@$$es.

The Demigoddess said...

Too funny! Did you ever find out (at least from the news) why there are picketeers at Wal-mart?

Veronica Wald said...

Don't you ALWAYS have to park 4,350 parking spaces away from the actual entrance? You do at our Wal-Mart, which is a pigsty, a reason in and of itself for the employees to complain.

But hey, I'm SO with you on the "if you want my support, please tell me why both rationally and comprehensibly!"

Unfortunately I too patronize Wal-Mart because of their prices. Why can't we have it both ways? Low prices, good working conditions?

Seattle Kissed said...

I'd step foot in Target over Wal-Mart any day, hands down, and that's NOT just because I live for a good midweek target shopping spree in which I waste money I don't have to load up my cart on things I don't even need.

Speaking of boycott though, my mom gave me a call the other day only to dramatically tell me about how the chickens are refusing to lay eggs for the "family farm" [loosely termed to avoid embarrassment of course], and all I could think to respond with was a "Hmm. Hmmm. Boycott?", and this post made me think of that.

Raine said...

I totally boycott walmart and similar stores, but if I were picketting, I would make sure people could read my signs! =D

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