Conversation Between Two Sunset Valley Wal-Mart Managers at 11 O’Clock on a Wednesday Night

Manager 1: “…they expect to make 80 million in sales next year at the Wal-Mart in Buda.”

Manager 2: Sighs. “Our sales are gonna go way down with that one opening up on [IH] 35. But we still get people who drive up here from that Slaughter-Manchaca area.”

Manager 1: “Yeah, the more stores there are, the harder it gets. And every time a Lowe’s or somethin’ opens up, our hardware sales drop.”

Note to Wal-Mart: You already know your ugly stores are poisoning towns, cities and open spaces across the country. Yet you continue to pillage. All that matters is business, and business is good, right?

Listen to your customers. We don’t need a Wal-Mart, or a Target, or an HEB, or a strip mall with a cleaners and manicurist and a bank every 2 miles or in every rural county seat. So what if we have to drive 15 minutes or even an hour to reach your store? You already know we’ll do it.

Listen to your employees. Your stores will eventually kill each other. And “that’s not good for business. That’s not good for anyone.” (quote from Seinfeld)

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