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Wal-Mart Says February Sales "Total Disaster", Worst Monthly Start Since 2006; Stock Drops

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Wal-Mart shares are plunging as the firm reports a 'total disaster' in its February sales. Bloomberg obtained internal emails that note:

"In case you haven’t seen a sales report these days, February MTD sales are a total disaster,” Jerry Murray, Wal-Mart’s vice president of finance and logistics, said in a Feb. 12 e-mail to other executives, referring to month-to-date sales. “The worst start to a month I have seen in my ~7 years with the company.... That points to our competitive landscape, which means everyone is suffering and probably worse than we are

It gets better:

“We have to fight against the tougher economic environment to earn a bigger share of a smaller consumer spending pie"

Obviously in WMT speak, "tougher" is what Obama would call "much better and rapidly improving."

Things must not be serious over in Bentonville for this much truth to suddenly hit the tape.

One senior executive summed it up perfectly - “Well, we just had one of those weeks here at Walmart U.S. Where are all the customers? And where’s their money?” The company notes the end of the payroll tax cut by Obama and asks "We need to stop the stupid."

How odd: why is WMT focused on such trivial anachronisms as "money": can't it just boost its multiple by promising 2022 sales will be stupendously  marvelously humongous. It works for every other hollowed shell of a firm, gutted by Bernanke's central planning.

Perhaps, just perhaps, some reality will finally come back to the market as a result of this disclosure.

 


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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:14 | Link to Comment Wakanda
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Voting does not seem to change anything in DC.  Maybe pissed off billionaire Waltons can light a fire under BO and his goons.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:17 | Link to Comment HoofHearted
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If they were actually stocked in ammo, they would have no problem making good m-o-m and y-o-y numbers. There are always a number of guys milling around the ammo case talking about when they used to be able to shoot their guns. Some of us are just looking to add to stacks... 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:19 | Link to Comment machineh
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... while Wal Mart execs just want to 'stop the stupid.'

Hope they're serious ...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | Link to Comment Tortfeasor
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Hoocodanode that pissing off gun-totin' Amuricans was bad for the top 'n bottom lines?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:35 | Link to Comment BLOTTO
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When the masses can't afford to shop at Walmart, then you know its getting worse

.

Now, when they can't afford shopping at 'the Dollar Store'...look the fuck out.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:42 | Link to Comment fattail
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Increase monthly SNAP and EBT allotment increase sales.  duh.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:45 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Oh, those poor Walmartians. Where did all the money go, well just look at all the merchandise stocked on your shelves. Since practically everything on your shelves comes from China or is manufactured outside the US, maybe you should be asking them where all our jobs and money went.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:50 | Link to Comment Supernova Born
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No ammo, no money.

Mo ammo, mo money.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:58 | Link to Comment FEDbuster
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"Now, when they can't afford shopping at 'the Dollar Store'...look the fuck out."

When the dollar store runs out of things to sell for a $1, then I guess they will become $10 and under stores.  There is only one true $1 store in our area, all the others have items that cost more than a $1.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:04 | Link to Comment Manthong
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There must be a mistake..

After all the consumer confidence numbers are up

Anyway, how can one store chain like Wal-Mart be an indication of consumer spending?

or McDonalds, for that matter.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:04 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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I was kinda' sorta' hoping they wouldn't blame it on high gasoline prices, even in part.

Obama said evil speculators were to blame and even managed to get the per gallon price close to $3 (or below) just prior to the election, but there's only so much one man can do.

 

/s

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:09 | Link to Comment dwdollar
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Glad to do my part... I bought a couple of TP-LInk routers from Walmart and discovered they were both complete junk. I returned them and bought a couple of 3 year old Cisco routers off EBay and haven't regretted it for a second. Haven't been back to Walmart since. Walmart has pushed its suppliers too far. Instead of selling things which only last 3-6 months, they now sell things that don't work at all.

<sarc>

I'm sure stealth inflation has nothing to do with it...

</sarc>

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:23 | Link to Comment imbrbing
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Dont you know this creates money velocity! You buy something, they get the money, it moved, You take the item back and they give your money back, the same $20 has now moved twice.

You take that $20 and use it on EBAY and it has now magically moved 3 times through the system and all that for one measly product.

When the real velocity starts, as in china giving our paper back, then we will have a real idea what economic situation we are in.

I am rambling ;-p

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:38 | Link to Comment macholatte
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Maybe this has just a litle something to do with it:

 

The Real Cost of Obamacare

 

In 2013, Millions Of Americans Face Obamacare Tax Hikes

http://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2012/12/25/in-2013-millions-of-am...

 

 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:40 | Link to Comment Stackers
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Not seeing it here. One by my house was packed with people buying Cheetos and stretchy pants

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:24 | Link to Comment HoofHearted
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Thanks. I really wanted to think about those fat asses in their stretchy pants eating Cheetos. Please burn that idea out of my head now...or just burn out my corneas.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 23:25 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Cornea replacements are a very costly treatment plan, so very stimulative!   This is the "broken windows of the soul fallacy" in the new economics.    You read it first here.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 22:40 | Link to Comment DirkDiggler11
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Yep, Cheetos are on rollback for $1.98, a great deal ! The stretchy pants make it easier to shoplift.... Buy one, steal 2 for free !

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:40 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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my coffee now comes in a special wal-mart size 24 ounce can as opposed to the 28-33 oz elsewhere

so i dont go there

their ammo prices were to high anyway

cheaper at xring(in de, not online)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 23:33 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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People are checking their prices and finding out they can get better cheaper elsewhere.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 04:37 | Link to Comment e-recep
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spilled my coffee all over the place.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:07 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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The Feds blame the meteor

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:15 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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It's gettin' real at the Whole Foods Parking lot, also:

Whole Foods Shares Sink on Sales Outlook

Whole Foods Parking Lot

 

This Busters on his iPhone talking to his friends,
Picking up some cayenne pepper for his master cleanse.
You're the most annoying dude I've ever SEEN brah...
Could you PLEASE move? You're RIGHT in front of the Quinoa.

Damn, I'm about to check out.
Pay my 80 bucks for 6 things and get the heck out.
The express lane is moving hella slow...
Man, these fools don't know... that shit is getting REAL....

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:16 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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Good. Whole Foods is a hypocritical GMO "pretty-boy" organic wannabe. Stick to your food-coop and your farmers' markets  

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:22 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
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BTFD,YFI!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:27 | Link to Comment OutLookingIn
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CLEAN UP!

In aisle...

[which aisle Jerry?]  "Executive washroom."

Clean up in... Oh, never mind.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:28 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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...and your garden

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:28 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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DaveyJones said:

Good. Whole Foods is a hypocritical GMO "pretty-boy" organic wannabe. Stick to your food-coop and your farmers' markets

But, but, but their beefberries were raised in Organic aquaculture tanks.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:53 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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your toilet is an organic aquaculture tank

depending on what you eat

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:52 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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Dude you are just so bogus man. Whole foods is like really awesome organic food man.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:31 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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They ain't awesome NO MO' ! ! !

Sorry for yelling. I am now calming myself. I've been on edge ever since they took Kombucha off the shelf.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:23 | Link to Comment jballz
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no he didn't. gas was jacked up for monthe before the election and totally out of norms with crude. It dropped like a rock after the election.

 

No need to make shit up, there's plenty of reasons to hate everyone in the beltway and conspiracies galore too, without making shit up.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 18:43 | Link to Comment jballz
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down arrows?

you no like facts

 

http://ycharts.com/indicators/gas_price

 

ramped up all summer, gave up a bit going into the election, bottomed out in December. 

Like the oil companies gave a shit if Obama was elected, like he has any fucking sway with them, Bush, sure. Not even the Saudis like Obama and he is one of their own.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:01 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Don't sweat it j- trolls and idiots are alive and well, especially when facts piss them off.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment unrulian
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Yo, j and will.i.work...you bitchez ain't got no facts

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 00:28 | Link to Comment sun tzu
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high oil pricies in 2008 = bush's fault

high oil prices in 2013 = not obama's fault

 

keep your head stuck up your messiah's ass

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:16 | Link to Comment DosZap
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or McDonalds, for that matter.

MICKEY D's is not inexpensive any more.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:22 | Link to Comment Almost Solvent
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The food is nasty, but other than the $1 menu, you can't touch a "value meal" for less than $7 - $10 if you super size it. So, trying to feed a family of 4 is going to set one back at least $30 -$40.

 

For that, might as well buy some shitty "fresh" food at Walmart and cook it yourself.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:21 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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They have a new horsemeat-onion-cheddar edible food like substance for a BernankBux.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:04 | Link to Comment Liquid Courage
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That can't spoil ... did I mention that?

~Herb Tarlek, WKRP Advertising Sales Manager, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:06 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Does that come with their delicious BP-Kraft style dressing?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:28 | Link to Comment The Axe
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MCD  is coming up against high taxes and NOW labor costs plus food inflation..on a menu that has it margins on only the fixed price menu, not the polpular $1 items...pain is coming....

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 01:08 | Link to Comment ThatGuyEhler
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I work for a McDonalds here in Canada (I'm still just a teen in high school) but I've noticed that the managers have been getting really picky about food waste lately. Apparently our store's cost on most product has gone up at least 30% in the past year, and they tell me that margins are being pushed to their limits already. Price increases are certainly on there way at the Golden Arches.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:08 | Link to Comment larz
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Did you seasonally adjust and divide by the deflator FED? if you do everything is actually way under a dollar

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 03:24 | Link to Comment Practical Cogitator
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Remember when a room at Motel 6 cost $6.00?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:23 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Pure Evil said:

Oh, those poor Walmartians. Where did all the money go, well just look at all the merchandise stocked on your shelves. Since practically everything on your shelves comes from China or is manufactured outside the US, maybe you should be asking them where all our jobs and money went.

The ammunition was one of the few American-made items you could still buy there.

If you can't buy ammo there, customers will go elsewhere in search of it, and probably pick up a few other things while they're at those other stores. Thus pulling ammo from the shelves is also impacting Walmart's sales of Cheez Doodles and Mountain Dew.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Supernova Born
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Texas-based, Frito-Lay Cheetos, FTW.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:39 | Link to Comment KnightTakesKing
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Serves the bastards right.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:47 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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all the TULA is made in the USSR

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:34 | Link to Comment n9lhm
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"Thus pulling ammo from the shelves is also impacting Walmart's sales of Cheez Doodles and Mountain Dew."

 

And stretchy pants.......... :)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:08 | Link to Comment WarHorse
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Right - Because companies should pay 10x the price to manufacture goods in the states rather than China.  Wake up.  Globalization is here .. like it or not .. eventually the difference in wages will be arbitraged away but it will takes decades ... a successful U.S. requires individuals with advanced education that can innovate and apply technology .. too bad our ever growing liberal policies have removed all incentive to study hard, work hard ... the USA is in a flat spin ... Rome is burning

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:08 | Link to Comment WarHorse
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Right - Because companies should pay 10x the price to manufacture goods in the states rather than China.  Wake up.  Globalization is here .. like it or not .. eventually the difference in wages will be arbitraged away but it will takes decades ... a successful U.S. requires individuals with advanced education that can innovate and apply technology .. too bad our ever growing liberal policies have removed all incentive to study hard, work hard ... the USA is in a flat spin ... Rome is burning

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:23 | Link to Comment nofluer
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And you're not keeping up with the real world. Why do you think that call centers that used to be in Puerto Rico moved to India and then moved to Mexico and some are now moving back to the USA? Yep... the folks who were getting raped at each successive spot started demanding more money, and getting it, and the jobs moved.

And it's not all about labor costs. Call centers need to be able to be understood by the people who call in or the customers will just hang up and take the crappy product back to the store. (I've done this many times)

If you're shipping products made in China, for ex - you not only have to pay the help (except for the prisoners who essentially work for food), but then you have to pay to SHIP the stuff! Ships cost a LOT of money! Look into the numbers of those big shipping containers that go over the side and are lost at sea. Then you can run into dock strikes, customs delays, etc. and then you have to put the containers on trucks and move them to wherever they're going. So sometimes it actually gets cheaper to pay higher wages in the USA than to get cheap labor in China.

And I haven't been keeping up lately, but not all that long ago things made in the USA were PRIZED even overseas because of higher quality, durability, functionality, and the America worker could out-produce just about any other work force on the planet!!!

 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:11 | Link to Comment nofluer
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Store that live by the crap, die by the crap.

And speaking of crap - come on! Walmart expects people to buy Tyson "meat"? And all that GMO crap in the other aisles? People are wising up about that stuff! which is not to say we won't buy it - just that we need alternatives. We have a regional grocery store with some REAL choices of food... costs a bit more, but that's where we shop. (For good stuff, people ARE willing to pay more! Low Prices is not the be-all end-all of retailing!)

Don't know about Walmarts anywhere else, but about a year or so ago the Head Office apparently got themselves a cracker of a marketing exec!!! This annonymouse moron moved everything around in the stores (and reduced display space at the same time - JIT move? They were having fits of cash flow problems before the Big Shuffle...).

Whereas the chocolate used to be right up front by the cash registers (can we say "Impulse Merchandise" boys and girls?). Now it's somewhere in the middle of the store and, no shit, you have to actually LOOK for it!!! I've been losing weight ever since they hid the chocolate!

Another example - the "Beta" fish. (aka Siamese Fighting Fish. Don't know why they call 'em that. In my aquarium even the angel fish were eating them!) Now - those fish with the wavy fins and slow calming movements in their little globe bowls (for about $5) are a GREAT impulse item for kids!!!! "Mommie! Mommie! I want a FISH!!!" Those were moved from right on the main aisle by the pet food and on the way to the garden stuff RIGHT BY the toys, to an end cap in the back of the store facing the back wall and the dog food. Not a chance in Hell a kid is going to see them.

#1 - Walmart needs to return to Sam's rules of screwing AMERICAN producers of junk products instead of Chinese and etc.

#2 - Wally world needs to FIRE the ignoramous in charge of display and marketing and hire someone who actually KNOWS something about different kinds of products and coordinating the products with the traffic patterns of the different demographics of people who walk through their stores.

#3 - their inventory system SUCKS!!! As an accountant, I walk through stores and notice things. They have too much of this and none of that - to someone like me that kind of thing sticks out like a sore thumb. In in-store discussions with dept managers I learned that they have a COMPLETELY computerized inventory reordering system (kinda like a EOQ system but yet - NOT.) If the mgr is going to have a sale, can he order extra? Nope. He has to have the sale and run out of stuff, then because of high sales numbers, the next shipment he gets slammed with over-ordered merchandise he now (after the sale) can't move.

They seems to have gots themselves some DUMBazzes in the Executive suite.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 09:56 | Link to Comment northerngirl
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The problem is with Americans, we want cheaper and cheaper products.  Why are so many products on Walmart's selves made over seas? 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:55 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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I was just at WAL-MART [buying some 'Klondike Bars' ~ & a few other things, because I've found it hard to GROW Klondike Bars in the greenhouse]...

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Anyway... The TOTAL comes to $28.74... [Whereby ~ I hand the cashier $30 joobux]... I glanced at the register and see CHANGE .26 cents... So I said, nicely, '.26 cents'?... I think 'something' clicked in her grey matter & she started doing this maneuver which involved scribbling down numbers in what looked like a receipt... When she was done, she reached in to the register & handed me $2.26 in change...

Without ado... I handed her back a dollar & said... "We'll call it EVEN"... I'm not sure whether or not she thought it was a TIP...

My hypothesis is that they handle EBT cards all day & hyperventilate when joobux are mixed into the equation... Sad news [to this], is it prolly means that your Jay Z [ROCK-A-FELLA] RFID chips are coming sooner than you think...

Note: Before you all get to junking my comment... The MORAL to this whole story is simply... 'THAT'S what francis _sawyer would do for a Klondike Bar'...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:58 | Link to Comment Ident 7777 economy
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-1 for the ***bucks part ...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:02 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Some people think it's funny but it's green & white "paper" money.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:10 | Link to Comment FEDbuster
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FRNs or IOUs around here.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:23 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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They put Andrew Jackson on the hundie.

Those jokesters.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:36 | Link to Comment A82EBA
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They'll put Kng Midas on the next one

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:48 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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They put Midas on the $100 Quadrillion Tungsten Coin

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:56 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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As long as they don't change their presses when minting the future Krugmanrand*.

 

*Krugmanrand: A gold colored powder-coated round, composed of 10% tin and 90% nano-coated bullshit particles, bearing the slogan "In Diocletian We Trust" and "To Infinity & Beyond!" on one side, alongside "CTRL+P," and having the other side enscribed with "What, Me Worry?" alongside an engraved likeness of one Ben S. Bernanke (Shakey McShakester).

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 18:20 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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I thought the obverse of the Krugmanrand was Marvin the Martian.

"Oh goodie!  My Eludium Pu36 explosive space modulator." or "Let's have no more mutiny."

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:54 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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how about a skittles shitting unicorn-or Beelzebub

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:16 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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or... JAMARCUS RUSSELL...

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Note: Not many people will actually GET that unless they do a little study... [which would give you an indication of the 'clientele' these dayz]...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:17 | Link to Comment CheapBastard
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Walmart simply didn't get the "Everything is fine" memo.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:45 | Link to Comment Ying-Yang
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Walmart sucks!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:37 | Link to Comment TerminalDebt
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John Williams believes it's all about to come crashing down soon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8kBDUw45uY

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:41 | Link to Comment HappyCamper
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Sales?  Earnings?  Profits???

 

What the hell does any of that have to do with the stock market?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:43 | Link to Comment Divided States ...
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Dont worry, in the next earnings announcement, they will blame Feb sales downfall to Feb having only 28 days...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:59 | Link to Comment FEDbuster
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Need a damn Leap Year to pull us out of this depression.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:10 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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That's what saved GDP last year. </sarc>

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:23 | Link to Comment CheapBastard
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I'm also waiting for JCPennys and Sears....

 

I'm wondering if I'll see this also at the other end of the Bonus Rainbow:

Yacht sales are up.....

Tiffany's 'one of the best years ever'....

BMW's record quarter...

Nothing would surprise me anymore !

 

 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:03 | Link to Comment Oldwood
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Exactly! with this robust economy, who need to shop at Walmart anymore?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:55 | Link to Comment The Heart
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Here is some more to add to the pile of warnings.:

Hyperinflation WARNING: US Dollar In Deep, Deep TROUBLE...Prepare Yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zFf9bOsfA4

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:04 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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where is ADR? please come out and take a bow. you have been telling us this forever

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:50 | Link to Comment gnomon
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That is part of what is going on.  I stopped buying anything at WalMart when they equivocated on purchasing more ammo after Sandy Hook.  I have not bought from them since.  CheaperThanDirt also "reassessed" things after Sandy Hook, and they have not seen any of my business since then.  

This is Sudden Death time for the Republic.  I take no prisoners.  And if they force a shooting war on us, it will be the same.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:09 | Link to Comment Bad Attitude
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Walmart is still selling ammo, which means they are still buying ammo. The original report about Walmart stopping the sale of ammunition was incorrect: http://cnsnews.com/node/628115

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:09 | Link to Comment Oldwood
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Too late to stn d on principle. I stop at Walmart, Cabelas and anybody else i think that may have what I'm looking for. Th eone thing I can say for them is that they have not ramped their prices with the demand.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:39 | Link to Comment imaginalis
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stupid = their customers?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:20 | Link to Comment Wakanda
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Sam would've loved it.  Make the guns and ammo section as big and deep as automotive or electronics and watch the money pour in.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:02 | Link to Comment Ident 7777 economy
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Hear hear!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:09 | Link to Comment Antifaschistische
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How about offering silver, gold, platinum, palladium, etc. in the gun section.   It wouldn't take up any more space that a suitcase....and those of us who would NEVER shop at a Wal-Mart may even pick up a 48 pack of toilet paper on the way out.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:12 | Link to Comment FEDbuster
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Utah Walmarts have big long term food storage sections.  I don't know why they can't expand that for the rest of us non-LDS preppers?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:21 | Link to Comment DosZap
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Utah Walmarts have big long term food storage sections.  I don't know why they can't expand that for the rest of us non-LDS preppers?

 

Because Utah is a Mormon state, and Mormon's believe in prepping like no other groups.

IF the demand where there, they would,but Costco is cheaper for preppers.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:43 | Link to Comment Wakanda
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I'd buy a 48 roll pack and dog treats!  C'mon Waltons, PMs, guns, and ammo for the ZHers!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:35 | Link to Comment Agent P
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You took the comment right out of my keyboard. 

Note to Wal-Mart: the three box limit is meaningless when the cupboards are always bare.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:24 | Link to Comment Crabshacker
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Our wally world finally got some 9mm in, bricks of 250...750 rds. put away wifes stopping by to pick up 3 more..they even had 7.62 finally  

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Agent P
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The ones around here (I check three on a regular basis) have nothing but birdshot and a few boxes of .17, .270 and .30-30.  I've been laughed at for asking about .223.  Same goes for Gander Mountain, Bass Pro, Dick's and local shops...

I'm starting to see some availability online, but at a $1+/round that ain't happening just to keep my stack level.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:06 | Link to Comment Crabshacker
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We only have four places to get ammo on the pennisula,sportsmans told me they're not even ordering any AR related stuff. wally world is now getting .223/7.62/.308 but you got to go in every morning and check. A bunch of retired guy's are buying everything up when they stock it in the morning. (they quit stocking at night because somebody stole a whole case of .223..

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:20 | Link to Comment Bad Attitude
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The three box limit was intended to give more customers a chance at buying some ammo. Before the three box limit, the sporting goods staff were telling me that there were people buying out the entire shipment of popular calibers.

Last Saturday, I was at the ammo case while it was being stocked. The three box limit was the only reason I was able to get some 9mm. Another guy that was there wasn't aware of the three box limit, and had intended to buy pretty much all the 9mm.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:06 | Link to Comment sessinpo
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Ammmo is still considered a luxury expenditure. What you miss is that even with providing staples, like groceries, clothing and pharmacy, Walmart is having problems.

 

I have ranted before on how ammo has seen a +300% increase in prices in specific calibers. This hasn't happened all over the country, but a large portion. But the vast majority of shoppers do not go to Walmart to buy ammo. I don't need Walmart for that. In fact, I've increased my 22lr stock by 3000 rounds and my 308 winchester by 100 rounds in the last week. And I am in an area where Walmart does not keep a steady supply of ammo. I've had to go to other retailers.

But I still shop at Walmart for most of my groceries and day to day items.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:21 | Link to Comment Agstacker
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I hear that I was there the other day to near empty ammo shelves, except for over-priced odd-ball calibers.  

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:17 | Link to Comment SolidSnake961
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As Charlie Sheen would say, "sorry dude, i already got your vote"

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:31 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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Walmart shoppers are getting back in the market and buying equities.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:01 | Link to Comment FEDbuster
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Most wouldn't know what an "equities" is.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 22:51 | Link to Comment WmMcK
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That's Latin for horse meat, right?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:35 | Link to Comment kliguy38
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Those damn e mails... :-)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:48 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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These thugs are probably trying to make a profit said an Obama spokesman

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:58 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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And there's your REAL fucking recovery.

Fuck you Obama, Bernanke and congress. You fucking shit filled walking tbtf bank vomit eating fucking pricks have fucked this nation into a festering shit bucket.

Fuck off a die you dicks.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:16 | Link to Comment nantucket
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wow.  I thought i'd heard rants before, but that was a winner.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 18:12 | Link to Comment FEDbuster
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LongSoupLines is ZH's walstreetpro2.  His lack of love for the banking elite is well documented.  When their day of reckoning comes, I would like LongSoupLines to deliver their punishments.   

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:58 | Link to Comment Room 101
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LSL: We'd missed you on these threads.  Please don't hold back.  Tell us what you feel.  

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 02:14 | Link to Comment Parrotile
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"Come the Revolution" LSL is going to be the one with the BIG gun!

China may well benefit (seeing as they already have quite a long wall), or for the elite, maybe Hadrian's Wall (UK) would be more appropriate (Bank of England and whatever!)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 22:23 | Link to Comment Angus McHugepenis
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I fucking love you, ya soupy miserable fuck! I printed a copy of your avatar to carry in my wallet just in case I ever get arrested. Your likeness will comfort me in jail without all the dropping of the soap issues.

Fuck it, I've had enough to drink now. I need a 14 hour nap.

Cheers LSL!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:22 | Link to Comment FL_Conservative
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"The company notes the end of the payroll tax cut by Obama and asks "We need to stop the stupid.""

 

Unfortunately, he's with us for another 4 years.,

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:09 | Link to Comment rbg81
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Methinks this is really all about creating panic in the equity markets, so investors go running back to bonds.  Specifically, the Powers-that-Be need the yield on the 10Yr UST to come down.  Way down.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 22:23 | Link to Comment Cardinal Fang
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It's about creating the clamor for more stimulus spending. Walmart is in on it. Do you really think you are told anything that you were not meant to hear by the MSM and TPTB? Leaked email my ass.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:14 | Link to Comment kato
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they just took delivery of a new G6 though.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:33 | Link to Comment redpill
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Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:33 | Link to Comment DosZap
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Well the SNAP card users are still buying!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:37 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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Higher fuel and home heating prices are eating up the SNAP cards too.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:05 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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yeah, SNAP cards can only be used for food, nothing else, just food.

know yer meme when trollin'

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:11 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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that's what street barter is for

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:49 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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yes, there ARE more *cough* creative uses for the JPMplasticSwipes - but this notion that people are using SNAP cards for everything but food is just lazy repeating. . .

which is very popular here, so I'm not even sure why I bothered posting, lol.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:32 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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face it aura, everybody's scammin & skimmin...it's the Amer-i-con Way.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:58 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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indeed, and I acknowledged this in a post downthread - again, all I was pointing out is the difference between EBT and SNAP benefits.  pointing this out to the WallyMart shoppers, the TBTF bank account holders.  here.

doesn't matter tho' - none of it.  matters.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:05 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:25 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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don't mind me tip e. - been listening to the new mbv, loud, and realising that it might indeed be time to put my attention elsewheres.

breaking up is always hard tho' - *smiles*

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:13 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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In the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts they come with a cash option.

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/basic-needs/food/snap/using-the-elect...

 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:49 | Link to Comment Oleander
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The .gov also found that Mass. was given $25 million tooo much for SNAP. We of course do not mind paying that back, its for the children. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:00 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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and TARP is for the people who behave like children

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:12 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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I was curious, so I looked at your link:

Tell the clerk how much money to enter or enter the purchase amount yourself. Remember, you can only buy eligible food items with your food benefits.

your link was to the EBT card users, which can indeed be used for getting fiat from a machine.  the SNAP card is limited to foodstuffs only, unless you're using DaveyJones creative thinking.

here's the link for your local SNAP rules:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/basic-needs/food/snap/snap-benefits-o...

if yer gonna hate, at least do it truthfully.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:23 | Link to Comment world_debt_slave
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yep, had a grocery customer come through today my lane and used her SNAP card and had to pay another $3 for non-food items with a $100 bill and talking to her friend about going skiing this weekend with her friend.

I see all ages, males, females, all ethnicities with exception, possibly of asians, using the SNAP.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:24 | Link to Comment aerojet
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And you just keep on believin' that!  People who use those cards have nothing better to do all day than figure out ways around the rules.  They basically have a system of trade where the cards get used for the intended purpose and the value is transferred in some discounted form to other goods via cash.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:56 | Link to Comment Ness.
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You forgot to sarc/ your post.  Shit man, in Chicago you can swap out EBT/SNAP for cash at the CBOT/CME.  

 

Lullaby and goodnight, with roses bedight
With lilies o'er spread is baby's wee bed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed

 

Shhhh - sleep well my child. *pats head*

 


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:44 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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to all of you who took time out of your valuable posting day to "correct"  and/or downvote me - all I was pointing out was that there is a difference between a JPMorgan SNAP food-stamps substitute card, and an EBTbankcard issued by TBTFprofiteers, which you can indeed get "cash back" on.

the qualifications are different - some folks can get SNAP and no EBT (which is used for payments such as unemployment benefits), some get both, whatever - and yes, both are subject to creative usage, just like paying taxes, calling in sick for teh jawb, cheating on yer partner, yadda yadda.

it's amrka, nothing is to be taken at face value, well understood.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:37 | Link to Comment DosZap
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ALSO,

Your GIG is up dudes!!!

Your produce is higher than most supermarket chains,(and crappier quality) and overall your food and meats are also.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:49 | Link to Comment XitSam
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also less selection, just the stuff that they can force a national brand to knuckle under and sell at deep discount.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:03 | Link to Comment Room 101
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They're always out of stock, have a 20 minute wait in their lines, and have legions of idiots working for them.  At the end of the day, it costs about as much to shop there as at most grocery stores.  It's not worth the slim savings to deal with them.   

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 22:26 | Link to Comment Cardinal Fang
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Chinese crap for us, good ol' American Iron for them.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:15 | Link to Comment Neethgie
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This is like boxing where Walmart is on the ropes and Obama is about to finish Walmart with a min wage hike knockout

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:35 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Don't worry, they can always go back to their suppliers and negotiate more price decreases. </sarc>

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:48 | Link to Comment DosZap
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Min wage $9.00,YOU will never see that passed.(at least not until the econ does an about face,which WILL never happen on Grouco's watch).

Obama knows if it does, it kills even more jobs, and knocks more folks of the 40 hr week, and /or they lose any bennies they have.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:50 | Link to Comment XitSam
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if $9.00 will help people, why not $90/hr. or $900/hr.  Help everyone!   /s

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 23:32 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Dittohead?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:21 | Link to Comment sessinpo
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That would be a great comment except for that various studies indicate that average Walmart employees earn over the minimum wage hike.

 

In other words, a minimum wage hike, would hurt any worker (Walmart or not) that already earns above the hike level. Why, because those workers would essentially get a tax hike in the form of higher prices of goods.

Let's say the minimum wage is raised to $10/hour. And  let's say you currently earn $11/hr. How does that benefit you? You have to ask/demand your employer raise your pay due to your experience, seniority, etc. But the fact is, most of these jobs are monkey jobs and the employer is not likely to budge.

Since you already earn above the minimum wage, you won't get a raise. But since businesses have to pay a higher starting wage, it gives them a reason to raise prices on goods. So in the end, you don't get a raise, but you have to pay more for basic goods. Workers get hurt.

If anything, maybe the fast food restaurant worker of clothing retailer at the mall might get see the raise. The rest of us will get the tax.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:14 | Link to Comment ultimate warrior
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Just hand out MOAR EBT cards. Problem solved.

/sarc/

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:17 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Bernankomics-- it's like the worst nightmare ever, except that you're awake.

With an assist from Timmmmay! and ObaMao!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:13 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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weird, we're awake, but the government isn't

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:15 | Link to Comment Lost Wages
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Sam Walton is flopping in his grave.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:45 | Link to Comment bonzo112358
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I agree.  If he saw what his store and name have turned into he would flip to say the least.  If you haven't seen any of these please sit back and enjoy 'people of walmart'.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNzwgrtdBo8  If you really ever want to how bad it is find a 24 hour walmart and stop in at 2 am.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:09 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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if you have an EBT card what is stopping you from living inside the 24 hour ones?

 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:23 | Link to Comment sessinpo
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They don't provide mattresses yet

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 22:06 | Link to Comment Angus McHugepenis
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Head over to the camping section. I'm sure you can find what you need to live there 24/7.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:26 | Link to Comment aerojet
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I would only care that he is pissed off if it is because WM quit selling handguns.  Which I think took place while Sam was still alive. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:46 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Money corrupts.  Wal Mart will do whatever the govt wants them to do because of SNAP cards, illegals and importing Chinese crap.  I am not a Wal Mart hater but all these big companies are the same.

The WSJ (crap paper now - they all are crap) had an online story about big WMT SuperMarts.

Jamie Dimon loads in the SNAP card money at Midnight - I think twice a month.  At 12:01 am - the 40 registers start beeping at a big WMT with SNAP/WIC cards.  Sick.   Same with the crap fast food places like MCD and Taco Bell et all with mystery meat and food.  It is just slime food for Obummer voters.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:16 | Link to Comment cornflakesdisease
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White House Unofficial Rebuttle:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NNOrp_83RU

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:19 | Link to Comment scatterbrains
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did folks on extended unemployment bennies take a cliff dive ? Thank goodness for $5 gasoline just around the corner or this could get realy nasty.

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