+john splater +Mac Butts
Your argument, if I have understand it correctly, is that these employees could simply get a different job: therefore, all of their complaints are invalid. If they aren't educated enough to get a better job, they should go back to school. But, unfortunately, unemployment is rather high across the country. School has become prohibitively expensive, especially in California which used to be the envy of the country in education for its free, college system. But, it's difficult to see into individual motives of employees and pin-point why all of them stay. They probably have a varied range of reasons. But, just looking at it as an aggregate, you have here an employer who decidedly pays their employees so little so that they can then encourage them to get on Medicaid, and food stamps, so that the tax payers can foot the bill. This country puts out around $1 trillion in handling those things &co. for Walmart, who is too cheap to pay for it themselves. They also know that their employees really need the job and so have found many ways to coerce them into putting in overtime. They'll give them a long task a half-hour before closing, expect it to be done that day, and then say something to the effect that if you don't want to do it, we'll find someone else who will (we have a stack of applications). The best source of information I've seen on this is Walmart: The High Cost of Low Cost (streaming on Netflix). It shows how through a combination of influencing politicians for subsidies, employing ruthless exploitation of workers in Third World countries, and breaking all union-organizing in America while making their health insurance impractical for their employees and so getting the taxpayers to foot the bill on it, Walmart is able to deliver extraordinarily cheap prices. Sure, the floors and clean, and the store is air conditioned. I guess if that's what matters most to you, you have extraordinarily low standards.