Kmart: Even Their Lies Are Second Rate

the hunger gamesI don’t know how other people handle stress, but when I find myself intentionally shunning any knowledge of current events, I know that I’m at my maximum level of stress I can handle. That’s how I’ve been dealing with stuff lately…purposely sheltering myself from knowing anything else that can bother me.

This method, of course, has a few design flaws. First, I work with other people, some of them complete news hounds, who like to discuss current events among themselves. Second, I live with a daughter who is fixated on Israel, ISIS, and what part Islam will play in biblical prophecy. Still, I’ve been amazingly resourceful in remaining uninformed….until yesterday afternoon.

I guess one can’t hide forever, and by pure coincidence, I stumbled upon a story about Kmart that just flat out summed up the ridiculously shallow set of standards our country now finds acceptable. Here’s the news link: Kmart: Volunteer To Work on Thanksgiving, or Get Fired.

The title pretty much says it all. Kmart, in a stroke of truly mediocre financial planning, decided to remain open for the 48 hours prior to BlackKmart-in-LakelandFriday, which of course, includes Thanksgiving. I guess in an effort to not look like complete money-grubbing whores, Kmart told the press that all the employees that will be working on Thanksgiving were volunteers.

Nope.

Even when many, many of their employee’s refuted the claim, Kmart doggedly stuck by its original lie — no one working had been mandated to do so. Yet, many of their employees were told the shifts on the holiday were mandatory and to not show up would be handled in a disciplinary manner, up to being terminated. You can’t threaten people with losing their jobs, and then turn around and call it volunteering.

As disappointing as this story is, it wasn’t enough to really make much of a blip on my radar….until I read the comments. All I can say is, wow.

I read some comments from unsympathetic people who gave this sort of wisdom:

” They knew it was part of there (sp) job, so deal with it”

“They should just be thankful they have a job”

“Maybe they should of finished school then they wouldn’t have to work while the rest of us get the day off”

images (5)Now, on the surface, these comments have some validity. Yes, anyone who works retail knows they will most likely end up working on holidays. Yes, many people are unemployed, and a job that takes away Thanksgiving is still better than no job at all. Yes, maybe an education in something else might have offered up a better benefits package. But the appalling thing for me is, KMART IS LYING TO THE PRESS TO COVER THEIR VERY MONEY-MOTIVATED DECISION TO BE OPEN ON A MAJOR HOLIDAY. The comments were amazingly silent about another retail dynasty bald-faced lying to us.

To me, this screams the question, why? Why have we stopped expecting our large companies to treat their employees like people and not like chattel? When did we stop demanding the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, from our big money-makers? And when did we stop feeling completely insulted by being fed the most pathetically obvious lies ever? This is worse than “I didn’t inhale” and “I never had sexual intercourse with that woman”!! I hate being treated like I’m simple-minded. If you are going to lie, lie better.

Anyone who has ever bought clothes from Kmart can attest, they are the poorest quality, and never last very long. I see their lies must be designed by the same people. Poorly sewn and unable to hold up to the slightest wear-and-tear.

This day and age, we know these megastores are all about the almighty buck, and it literally nauseates me to think of Walmart’s employees Walton-Familysupplementing their wages with food stamps, or Kmart employees forced to “volunteer” to help Kmart make a couple extra dollars or find somewhere else to work. The people who benefit from Walmart’s poverty level wages and Kmart’s holiday blackmail aren’t going to be working on Thanksgiving, being the hypocrites we’ve come to find in every high level of management. I imagine their lies being so easily found out should tell us all just how little thought went into fashioning this deceit. The truth is, the upper echelon of corporate America is completely disconnected from the rest of us at the bottom working so hard for so little. They believe they are the elite, the winners, the cream of the crop, and the poorly crafted lies that might bleed into public knowledge don’t really keep them up at night. Other fat cats won’t care, and the rest of us have no sense of power to change anything.

I, for one, won’t be darkening Kmart’s door ever again. I can respect a press release that says they need to stay open to be competitive; I can’t respect lying to try to pseudo-cover their own asses by trying not to look like they had chosen to make a little more money at the expense of the people who work hard all the other days of the year to make them successful.

And I know, I know. If shoppers didn’t stampede each other this time every year, they wouldn’t be inclined to do this. I have never, ever been one of those shoppers, so I guess it is easy to sit in judgement. Let me share a little bit of my wisdom.

For those who just can’t help themselves, I offer up 1 word. amazon-logo

Amazon.com – The “no stampedes, shop in your pajamas, guaranteed delivery overnight, competitive pricing, and in some states, no sales tax” way to school top-heavy, elitist present day slave owners.

~ Bird

 

 

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Author: Catherine aka "Bird"

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12 thoughts on “Kmart: Even Their Lies Are Second Rate”

  1. That policy is probably why a number of KMarts around town are closing. I was going to write a blog about this stuff, too. Most times I feel pretty helpless; after all, what does KMart or Walmart or any other store care if you don’t shop there anymore? There are plenty of other chumps looking for deals to take your place. But the shallowness goes much deeper than this. The destruction of innocent people’s businesses in Ferguson, child abuse, animal abuse — the list goes on. All we can do is be strong in the circle WE occupy. Do the best where we can. Bring up our kids and friends and family to keep their heads out of their a$$ and stop the madness. That’s got to count for something. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I know exactly how you feel, Claudia! What can any of us really do? But you’re also right about being okay with OUR decisions. Maybe they will never notice I’m gone, but I will. And my conscience will be happier because of it. Thank you for sharing here!!

      ~ Bird

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  2. The fact that they are even ‘allowed’ to open on a statutory holiday is amazing. In Canada, a store if fined if it opens ‘unless it is in the tourist area, and then they can get away with it’… When our stores started opening on Sundays, they said the same thing… employees will not be made to work.. only those that want to… ‘right’ and that lasted a long time too…. Diane

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  3. There has to be some kind of balance between the needs of the business and the care for your employees.
    That being said, if there is no business to employ them then they will be out of work and their families in danger of losing their homes and possibly going hungry.
    Holiday or not, both business owner and employee are interdependant. Mutual respect for both the benefits of employment and business and consequences of the lack thereof should go both ways.
    It sucks I know, but I’d rather be able to pay my bills and feed my family (and if I were a business owner that means helping my employees to be able to do the same) than be out of a job or have to close shop and lay off employees due to lack of being able to pay them.
    Many portray the issue as the employee against ‘the man’ but in reality it’s more complicated than that. It’s really more of a cooperative partnership agreement where both are meant to benefit and both are free to agree or disagree to the arraignment.
    Just think. When we boycott for these kinds of reasons, it makes the businesses less able to keep their employees and their families in food and home.
    You O lyrics really punish the ones you are trying to support.
    Just throwing out a contrary an thought. -mike

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  4. Well, gotta say I am totally with you on this one, Bird. We can rationalize all we want about “at least people have a job and can feed their families, blah, blah.’
    Pictures this, my adopted Chinese kid is now at the age where if she hadn’t joined our family, she would be working in a Chinese sweatshop making cheap clothes for about two dollars an hour. I DONT CARE if me boycotting these retailers means sweatshop kids are out of a job, or even bullied Americans are out of a job.
    THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY, and as Christians? It is our obligation to be part of the answer. Women’s Bean Project? Fair Trade Purchases? Bringing our tithe to the grocery store and buying food for the church food pantry? What?
    I am an unabashed capitalist, to be sure. I think the inventor of the better mousetrap should be amply rewarded. But speaking from experience, transparency leads to better wages, better wages and conditions lead to better morale, and those happy smiles the retail workers greet you with suddenly are not so forced. And THAT, my friend, is you letting me vent. Thanks! I won’t go to K mart again either. Love you bunches! V

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  5. Several years ago I stopped doing Christmas. When the idea of consuming everything for the sake of consuming it, is the underlying premise, I do not want to participate. I told my kids I was not going to stress myself out over shopping or trying to make the perfect holiday. That year we had no tree, no lights, but we spent the day together. We went to the zoo and then out for Chinese food. The kids were disappointed a little, but in the end they began to love the way I chose to uncelebrated and unChristmas. To this day I still do not celebrate. I tend to go out to the movies and then out to dinner.

    When we take the focus away from love and family and put it solely on consumption, we have lost our freaking minds. I for one choose to keep my sanity and my dignity. I have to say that in the years since I stopped the insanity, I have had the most wonderful holidays. And frankly even if I did still buy gifts, I would never buy anything from a major chain or anyone that decided to open on the one holiday that represents gratitude. It just feels ugly!

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