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the official Chinese import outlet in the United States a major department store chain that has become one of the most successful retailers in the world. Since 1989, it has been the largest retailer in the United States, surpassing K-Mart. Wal-Mart is known for building stores bigger than some shopping malls that sell more things than some shopping malls. Because of its status as one of the most prominent companies in the world, Wal-Mart has become a significant symbol of corporate America. Since 1999 it has also owned Asda, a major supermarket chain in the United Kingdom.
Aside from the federal government, Wal-Mart is the biggest employer in the USA, boasting over 2 million employees. Wal-Mart remains the largest company in the world by revenue. It also has the accomplishment of making every Occupy Wall Street argument seem justifiable.
Wal-Mart receives a large amount of criticism from groups such as labor advocates and local merchants, who claim that it encourages unjust wage labour, shuts down local providers and stores, and is generally evil as a matter of corporate policy.
Wal-Mart's employment methods and corporate policies were defended in an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. As usual with P&T, libertarians rejoiced greatly. Most liberal sources, on the other hand, have argued that Wal-Mart's employment practices result in greater dependence on government handouts because of the subpar wages and benefits offered by the company. Wal-Mart has enjoyed monopolizing against its competitors, and it's had an egregious history with Dead Peasant Insurances.
Wal-Mart also tends to contribute heavily to Religious Right causes, especially Wal-Mart heirs in the Walton family. Wal-Mart has also seen controversy in its initial refusal to fill prescriptions for the "morning after pill."
Recently, it has become popular among demographers to compare the number of Wal-Marts in an area of the United States with the number of Starbucks: the ratio that results is often seen as an indicator of "yuppieness."
- If you think this was a good idea, go fuck yourself.
- If you also think this was a good idea, go fuck yourself. (If you are reading this after 2013 and you don't remember all the news events from that year, here is a little reminder of a related news item that occurred two months after the first story ran.)
- [Gawker.com: archive.is, web.archive.org Gawker's Wal-Mart subdirectory] -- basically, a clearinghouse for Wal-Mart horror stories
- The 10 largest employers in America, USA Today
- Walmart stays top of Fortune 500 list after posting nearly $500bn revenues, The Guardian
- How Wal-Mart’s Waltons Maintain Their Billionaire Fortune, Bloomberg
- Penn & Teller on Wal-Mart
- This Ohio Walmart Is Running a Food Drive for Its Own Workers, The Atlantic
- Some Uncomfortable Findings for Wal-Mart, Bloomberg Businessweek
- The Pay is Too Damn Low, The New Yorker
- Has Wal-Mart been good or bad?, Washington Post
- Companies Profit on Workers' Deaths Through 'Dead Peasants' Insurance, Wall Street Journal
- Wal-Mart decides to carry Plan B pill, USA Today
- Wal-Mart/Starbucks = Red/Blue, it says more about consumerism, honestly.