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    At 95? Jesus Christ.

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    If you get groped by a 95 year old man you simply laugh and walk away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidadl View Post
    If you get groped by a 95 year old man you simply laugh and walk away.
    No kidding

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    Joe Arpaio bringing up the fucking birth certificate again.

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    James Franco was the proud recipient of abuse allegations from five women today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BipolarFan View Post
    James Franco was the proud recipient of abuse allegations from five women today.
    Bitch please, every one of those women wanted it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith6919 View Post
    More companies joining in -
    Wal-Mart is raising wages and paying bonuses too!

    Wait...oh. Nevermind.

    Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workers

    Hayley Peterson
    Business Insider11 January 2018

    Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club locations across the US, the company told Business Insider on Thursday. Some stores have already closed; others will close within weeks.

    Many employees were not informed of the closings ahead of time.

    Ten of the closed stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centres.

    Walmart is closing 63 Sam's Club stores across the US, the company told Business Insider on Thursday afternoon, after reports of abrupt store closings began to emerge.

    Sam's Club has not said how many employees are losing their jobs. Each Sam's Club warehouse employs about 175 people, meaning more than 11,000 people could be impacted.

    In some cases, employees were not told their store had closed before showing up to work on Thursday. Those employees learned their store would be closing when they found the store's doors locked and a notice announcing the closing, according to reports. At some stores, employees were turned away by police officers, Sam's Club workers told Business Insider.

    Ten of the affected stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centres, and employees of those stores will have the opportunity to reapply for positions at those locations, a Walmart official said.

    The remaining stores will stay open for several weeks before closing permanently. All of the affected stores were scrubbed from the Sam's Club website on Thursday morning.
    Sam's Club CEO John Furner notified employees of the closures in a company-wide email sent Thursday.

    "After a thorough review, it became clear we had built clubs in some locations that impacted other clubs, and where population had not grown as anticipated," Furner said in the email. "We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today. We'll convert some of them into eCommerce fulfillment centres - to better serve the growing number of members shopping with us online and continue scaling the SamsClub.com business."

    Sam's Club membership fees - which cost $US45 annually - will be refunded to customers affected by the closings, a Walmart official said.

    The closings came on the same day Walmart announced plans to raise starting hourly wages to $US11, expand employee benefits, and offer workers bonuses of up to $US1,000.

    Some Sam's Club employees were informed of the closings via notices that were sent through FedEx on Thursday.

    "FedEx showed up at my door with a package from Sam's Club and I was thinking that maybe it was my W-2," an employee of a Sacramento, California Sam's Club told Business Insider. "It was a letter saying they are closing down... I'm unsure of what to do I have a baby and a mentally sick mother. I'm lost. I'm heartbroken. I'm scared."

    Three of the closures are in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

    "The Barceloneta, Puerto Rico store closed without notice - over 950 people without jobs," Eliezer Cabrera, a Sam's Club shopper, told Business Insider. "This is the last thing Puerto Rico needed after Hurricane Maria devastated the island."

    Here's a list of closings rounded up from local media reports and Sam's Club employees who contacted Business Insider. The list will be updated as we learn of additional locations.

    8801 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99515
    1074 N Muldoon Rd, Anchorage, AK 99504
    48 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701
    3900 Grants Mill Rd, Irondale, AL 35210
    2425 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194
    5757 E State Route 69, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
    1375 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85286
    15255 N Northsight Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    3360 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821
    17835 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748
    12540 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680
    12920 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342
    69 Pavilions Dr, Manchester, CT 06042
    2 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477
    355 FL-436, Fern Park, FL 32730
    7233 N Seacrest Blvd, Lantana, FL 33462
    5135 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33611
    2994 Turner Hill Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038
    501 N Randall Rd, Batavia, IL 60510
    21430 S Cicero Ave, Matteson, IL 60443
    6600 44th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
    808 S Illinois Rte 59, Naperville, IL 60540
    900 S Barrington Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107
    1055 McHenry Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
    460 S Weber Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446
    3015 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268
    10859 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46229
    4024 Elkhart Rd #1, Goshen, IN 46526
    9598 Cortana Pl, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    9750 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
    1 Tobias Boland Way, Worcester, MA 01607
    340 E. Edgewood Boulevard, Lansing, MI 48911
    32625 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
    3745 Louisiana Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426
    2800 27th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560
    11 Batchelder Rd, Seabrook, NH 03874
    81 International Dr S, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
    1900 E Linden Ave, Linden, NJ 07036
    301 Nassau Park Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540
    2649 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13224
    720 Fairmount Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701
    700 Elmridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626
    1600 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
    5085 Dawn Dr, Lumberton, NC 28360
    1101 Shiloh Glenn Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560
    4825 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209
    9570 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
    1145 Carr 2, Bo Florida Afuera, Barceloneta, 00617, Puerto Rico
    Carr 830, Bayamón, Puerto Rico, 00957
    Carr 3 Km 82 Bo Junquitos, Humacao, 00741, Puerto Rico
    615 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
    1805 Getwell Rd, Memphis, TN 38111
    1615 S Loop W, Houston, TX 77054
    13331 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
    22296 Market Place Dr, New Caney, TX 77357
    12919 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216
    741 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518
    4571 S Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23231
    901 S Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057
    1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, WA 98001
    7050 Watts Rd, Madison, WI 53719
    1540 S 108th St, West Allis, WI 53214
    13550 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

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    That's a bit misleading putting it in that context, Booze. They aren't closing those stores because of the economy or for anything having to do with the tax reform bill. Sounds like it was a bad business decision to build them in the first place. Plus, 1/6th of those stores are just being converted to a different purpose. What should be focused on is the raise they are giving all of their employees. Now THAT is a direct result of the tax reform bill.
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    Why Walmart's bait and switch matters

    If the man sitting in the Oval Office honestly admitted he made his fortune from exploiting thousands of people, he'd likely be enraged when people pointed out he's small-time compared to the Walton family. Year after year, the Walmart heirs prove no one comes close to their brand of exploitation, which they wrap in public relations fluff and deception.

    This week was no exception. With much fanfare, Walmart announced it was raising its minimum starting wage to $11 an hour (from $10) and giving eligible workers a $1,000 bonus, tying its munificence to the recent Republican tax cut. The business media covered the story.

    Yet that wasn't the only news Walmart made public.

    On the same day, Walmart, with far less fanfare, also announced it would close dozens of Sam's Club wholesale stores, laying off thousands.

    But there's a lot more to the story.

    A number of companies, principally in the retail sector, are raising wages not because of their corporate generosity but simply because they need to compete for workers. With the unemployment rate relatively low (even as lots of people are still out of the labor force compared to pre-recession), basic economics dictates that workers will usually have more choices to look for higher pay.

    Target, for example, announced it was raising its starting wage to $11 per hour in September 2017, and says it will raise it to $15 an hour by end of 2020. That was a move taken long before the tax cut was even in final draft form. So, Walmart's contention that the wage hike move is an outcome of the tax cut doesn't wash.

    There is also a heavy dose of self-congratulation here, as if by doling out money, Walmart should earn a medal. But, let's look closely at the reality. If you worked 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year at $11 per hour, with not a shred of time off, you would earn $22,880. The federal poverty rate for a family of four is $24,600 -- and the formula for the official poverty rate understates the difficulty of surviving at that income level.

    And about that $1,000 bonus. Aside from the one-time nature of the payout that does nothing to boost workers' basic pay, a worker only qualifies for the full amount of that bonus after 20 years at the company. Walmart's high turnover rate means a very tiny percentage of its 1.5 million US workers will ever see the money. It's simply an almost cost-free PR stunt.

    The Walmart heirs, a handful of people, were collectively worth in November 2017 well over $150 billion. For context, the federal minimum wage should be $19 per hour based on productivity over the last four decades. In fairness, the underpayment of workers compared to how productive they have been, and the shamefully low level of the federal minimum wage at $7.25 per hour, is a scandal engaged in by the government and sustained by thousands of companies, not just Walmart.

    But, to top it off, while it trumpeted the piddling wage increase, the company was stabbing its Sam's Club workers in the back.

    This entire approach is consistent with a company that is accused of hushing up bribery and is the target of a broad class-action suit on gender discrimination.

    It has been the defendant in scores of cases, including class actions, or group suits, accusing the company of wage-law violations. Unlike other retailers, it would not sign on to a safety code in Bangladesh after the horrific 2012 fire at a facility where 55% of the product was destined for Walmart shelves. And, finally, taxpayers effectively underwrite the company through subsidies and Walmart workers' reliance on food stamps, health care and other support because their paychecks don't cover basic needs.

    As the country's largest private employer, Walmart is often pointed to as the trendsetter. That is probably true, but perhaps not in the manufactured, rosy image its corporate executives and some in the Republican Party try to project. Walmart makes its profit by exploiting poverty -- the poverty of its workers and the communities where Walmart stores are often the only option. It's a business model that has steadily robbed workers and undermined the country's long-term prosperity.

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