Monday, December 12, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Near Shopping Riot At Wal-Mart
Death At Wal-Mart
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Starbucks Strike in New Zealand
What I always find interesting, and I'm never sure whether it the union's naivete, or an attempt to spin their indignation over the employer's tactics, is their shock at the reaction they get.
Union coordinator Simon Oosterman said he was "absolutely disgusted" at the company's heavy-handed reaction to what was legal industrial action.
"They actually threatened to fire any worker who was not back at work within an hour, which is just an unacceptable bullying tactic," he told NZPA.
What did they expect? What they're doing certainly takes guts and focus, but did they really expect to get everything they wanted the minute they walked out the door? If it was that easy every worker bee would be paid as much as a CEO.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Art In Wal-Mart
Its really not a bad idea. I am a big fan of public art, and while this doesn't strictly qualify it does come close. But how long is it before whatever is on those screens is rife with product placements?
Friday, November 18, 2005
Wal-Mart and Aliens
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Attention Wal-Mart Associates!
I didn't realize Wal-Mart had their own piece of straight to dvd cinematic opposition coming out. I'd love to get a copy of that but I have no idea how its going to be distributed.
I'm still waiting for my copy of the Greenwald movie.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Stickin' it to the Coffee Man
"If no one before me imagined to do this, if I am the first, then I get the prize," he said.Damn right. If he's only asking for $600,000 you'd think Starbucks would just grin, bear it, and cut the check. In the long run it would cost them a lot less then all the lawyers fees, and being made to look incompetent by some hustler. Just make it all go away and no one will remember it next year.
Just for the record I’m not a huge fan of Starbucks. Their coffee tastes burned and they're the sole reason we spend ridiculous amounts of money on a beverage that used to be cheap. They made the indispensable trendy. They've elevated people who make coffee into some sort of specialized worker. They can never be forgiven for that. I was in a California Starbucks knock-off last year waiting just to get a simple coffee. Unfortunately I was stuck behind some left over hippie turned venture capitalist that ordered a cappuccino using some sort of code. The kid behind the counter took his sweet time creating the concoction, all the way down to slowly drizzling what I assumed was caramel across the top. The left over hippie just looked at him and sincerely said, "The touch of an artist man, the touch of an artist." The wage slave behind the counter was just eating it up. All I wanted was a freaking coffee and I was subjected to this scene of admiration over nothing.
And one more thing while I'm ranting... You'd think Starbucks would be able to make a cup of ice coffee that didn't taste like it was filtered through garbage. Or taste like it was a week old.
More power to you Zuykov!
Saturday, November 12, 2005
There's nothing surprising about Wal-Mart trying to attract customers in a different tax bracket there are a business after all. I wonder what's next though... Small Wal-Mart boutiques? Personal shoppers? Valet parking? All sarcasm aside, I wonder that if they can successfully attract higher income customers, will it effect the prices.
Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
He Was Full of It
Since I haven't seen it yet I will withhold my opinion for now. But I'm ordering a copy.
Monday, November 07, 2005
KFC Prepares To Take Cover
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Home Depot Dangers
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Cheap Laptops for the Masses
They're not particularly impressive machines, but on the other hand I'm not planning on editing video on it. A little surfing and a word processor would make me happy.
It's prices like this that bring people into the store. Say what you will about Wal-Mart's practices, but in the end the wallet usually wins out.