Most Hated U.S. Businesses

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    Probably BP now heads most lists of most hated businesses in America right now, but lately Wal-Mart is right up there at or near the top of every such list I've seen for the last several years.

    The Albuquerque Journal puts out a little "Business Outlook" tabloid every Monday. That part isn't on line so I can't provide a link, but today's issue provided these facts:

    New Mexico nonprofits received $380K in Walmart grants in the past week including:
    --Cancer Services of NM - $25,000
    --Economic Council Helping Others Inc. food bank - $25,000
    --Heart Gallery of NM (older children foster children adoption agency) - $25,000
    --La Familia Medical Center (providing medical services to the poor) - $50,000
    --NM Wildlife Association - $25,000
    --Roadrunner Foodbank - $75,000
    --Special Olympics - $25,000
    --The Storehouse (another food/thrift bank) - $30,000
    --Association of Food Banks - $100,000

    In the fiscal year ending Jan 31, 2010 Walmart and its foundation donated more than $5.8 million to NM to N.M. organizations including $315,000 it helped collect as donations for worthy causes.
    --Albuquerque Journal - Business Outlook - Page 3

    Now if Wal-mart does that in our relatively sparsely populated state, I imagine it does much more in your state.

    Is any other major corporation doing this kind of public service? What's to hate?
     
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    Personally, I hate the Hasbro Toy Company, manufacturer of the My Little Pony collection.
     
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    Currently, I hate Sears.

    Their customer service (IMHO) has declined considerably over the years. When the warranty is up on my washing machine, I will no longer have anything to do with Sears. My business with them is done.
     
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    What's to hate? Big Government types hate those who are successful and independent from the government.
     
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    Okay, why? :)
     
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    I think I'm right there with you Masquerade. After a long string of grievances the most recent was this past week. The expensive treadmill we brought from them has quit working and when we called to see what we could do, they agreed to send somebody out for $95 which we would pay whether they could fix it or not. Any work they did on it would be on top of that.
     
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    Perhaps Wal-mart would be better liked if instead of making these charitable donations they used that money to pay their employees a living wage and provide them with healthcare coverage.
     
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    But there are so many they could go after in addition to Wal-mart. But Wal-mart seems to be a particularly favorite target.

    I'm in Zogby's on line polling group and receive intermittant polls about this or that. But whether the poll is about Presidential or Congressional approval or upcoming elections or religion or opinions about this or that policy or assessment of whatever products, there will invariably be included a totally unrelated question: "How often do I shop at Wal-mart."

    So somebody is paying them to track it. And I'm guessing that somebody isn't Wal-mart.
     
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    All the Wal-marts around here are paying well above minimum wage and comparable to other similar retail outlets and provide some attractive stock options for all employees that others do not. I would guess that is the case everywhere. And there are people waiting in line to get hired--no 'help wanted' signs in any of the windows. So that can't be it.

    Wal-mart also has provided healthcare coverage for all fulltime employees since 2006 and makes it available to part timers who usually decline because of cost, but that also is very typical of all the similar type retailers. Wal-mart initially suggested phasing out part timers and going to all fulltime employees because of the healthcare issue and accusations of not paying a living wage, but most of their part timers are part timers because they WANT to be part times and that idea got shelved.

    So that isn't it. That is probably part of the ammo used by Wal-mart hates to attack them, but that isn't itl.
     
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    Sears has been the worst IMO, but all the mid-line retailers seem to think that eliminating sales staff and degrading customer service is the pathway to profits. I despise them all.
     

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