Wal-Mart To Apologize For Ad in Newspaper

By Amy Joyce
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 14, 2005; Page E01

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said yesterday that it made a "terrible" mistake in approving a recent newspaper advertisement that equated a proposed Arizona zoning ordinance with Nazi book-burning.

The full-page advertisement included a 1933 photo of people throwing books on a pyre at Berlin's Opernplatz. It was run as part of a campaign against a Flagstaff ballot proposal that would restrict Wal-Mart from expanding a local store to include a grocery.
The group that created the advertisement said the ad was one of a series opposing Proposition 100. Other ads included a picture of a child praying and a person with duct tape over her mouth. "We wanted people to think about the freedoms we enjoy in America. The intent was wholly honorable and good," said Chuck Coughlin, president of Highground Inc., a Phoenix consulting company that created the advertisement. "We will not back away from substance of the ads . . . We will apologize for the use of imagery."

Fuck WalMart. No, really. Fuck them. It's not enough for them to close stores to prevent unionization, drive competitors out of business by using illegal predatory pricing schemes, violate child labor laws, and then get the labor department to agree to warn them 15 days ahead of any investigation they do in the future, set records for the largest amount of uninsured children of employees, and even decieve the public into believing their prices are lower by selectively choosing loss leaders.

No, that's just not enough. When they can't get into the grocery business of an area due to zoning ordinances, it's time to invoke godwin.

With their huge soft money donations to the republican party as well, I think it's fundamentally impossible for anyone who considers themselves socially concious to shop at walmart, as if that was news to anyone. Don't forget that Sam's Club is walmart too.

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    1. Show me one that's doing as much to destroy the economy for greed.

      Show me what makes this okay.

      Show me why you'd go to Sam's club when Costco is less than a mile away?

      1. Im not trying to justify walmart by any means, all Im saying is, complaining about it, without action, just pushes their negative effect on society even further.

        ..and I go to sams club because I have friends who have a membership there, where I on the other hand am too cheap to buy a membership at sams or costco.

        1. Does this count?

          Thank you for joining Costco Wholesale.
          Your membership number is (redacted).  Your card and membership information will be sent to you within 7-10 business days.  You may shop at immediately. While waiting for your card, you may also shop at any warehouse by obtaining a one day pass at the membership counter.  Please bring a copy of this email with photo identification.
          If you would like to see a complete list of our locations, please visit the Customer Service area of
          Thank you for joining Costco.

          Now you have a friend with an account at costco. 🙂 I can give employee memberships for $35/year apiece with free "spouse" card because I have a business account.

  1. I haven't been to Wal-Mart in years, just because of their policies.

    Not that they miss me and my piddling little purchases. But it's the thought that counts.

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