I recently watched a movie called The High Cost of Low Prices. I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart long ago because I realized that all the retailers in our area that were privately owned went under when Wal-Mart showed up. I have known a few people that worked there and none of them were compensated very well for what they did. I am not just talking about people getting carts or working a cash register part-time. Wal-Mart sells products that are made in China for cheaper than you can get them anywhere else and they also use buying power to bully companies into selling their stuff to Wal-Mart for less. Here is a fine example...... I live in North Carolina. Some of you may have heard of the Mount Olive Pickle company. They are a locally owned and operated business that makes pickles, relish and other canned condiments and goods. Wal-Mart went to them and said that they would pay Mount Olive 3 cents a jar for pickles. Mount-Olive said that they wanted to get 5 cents a jar because they needed it to cover their production costs, which include cost of living raises for workers, as well as compensating for a rise in overhead due to inflation. Wal-Mart told them that if they did not sell them the pickles for the price they wanted that they would not sell Mount-Olive products anymore. Wal-Mart would instead buy the pickles else where and possibly purchase them from outside of the country. The problem with that (besides the obvious) is this, Wal-Mart is the nations largest retail store and is the nations largest employer. Wal-Mart has shutdown numerous chain stores and killed private retail industry everywhere they have gone. So if you do not sell your products on Wal-Mart shelves there is little chance that you will be able to sell enough product to cover costs and much of it will go to waste. Mount Olive was then forced to make a dreaded deciscion. They had to sell their product for little profit lay off and or fire employees and then still produce the same quality and quantity of products. The effect the econemy has had on their expenses to get supplies and run their facility has increased while the profit earned on their product has decreased. Wal-Mart owns numerous factories in countries such as China, where workers are forced to work seven days a week and lie to inspectors about their wages. They (factory workers) are forced to pay for room and board even if they do not live in the dormatories, or eat the meals. Wal-Mart employees are encouraged to go on public assistance for income and healthcare. Essentialy we wind up in a gridlock of not being able to find employment that is gainful, being on unemployment yet still having to provide for families and exist. It is hard to go to a smaller chain store and purchase products that cost more when you could go to Wal-Mart and get them for less. When you are unemployment you are on a fixed income. So because you can not afford to spend more money you often wind up supporting one of the organizations that is killing your chances of having a job. It is a vicious cycle. We need to wake up and realize that we are selling our souls. Go to the website WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price and check it out. No matter if you are straight, gay, bi, republican, democrat, red, green, white, black or titanium blue this effects you and is a problem.