Ya got trouble right here in our little town, with a capital T, that rhymes with P and that stands for, uh, P-Walmart!
That's right, our little itsy bitsy town is dealing with a huge controversy right now about whether or not to let Wal-mart build a megastore here. There's already been one public hearing, and since the meeting's venue wasn't large enough, they are holding another hearing at the end of this month. I might lose a few friends for posting this, but I'll be daring and say that I support the new Wal-mart. I don't love Wal-mart, but I do love low prices and convenience. Call me crazy.
Or should I say, call me a communist? Here are some of the actual comments posted on our local newspaper's website:
"Buy Walmart and you will support the future invasion of the United States. YOU ARE UNAMERICAN, DISLOYAL AND TREASONOUS!"
I don't get it. People will invade while we are busy shopping? Shopping causes invasions? Invaders will shop? Elaborate please.
"It's UnAmerican to knowingly buy products made in a communist country. Does [this town] support communism? If so, support WalMart."
Is it just me, or is mentioning communism in an argument quickly becoming the new Godwin's Law?
"Most people working for Walmart receive other assistance like MEDI-CAL, food stamps and subsidized housing to make ends meet. "
This is a problem because....?
Finally, here is my favorite comment -
"If I wanted high crime, burglaries, heavy vehicle emission pollution, HEAR MY NEIGHBORS HAVING SEX and all of the negatives of a big city, I would have chosen to remain in Los Angeles."
While this might sound crazy, I have also found this to be true. We only had the unfortunate experience of hearing our neighbors have sex when we lived in close proximity to a Wal-mart. The abominable town? Provo, Utah.