And now they’re complaining?

Let me get this straight. Walmart is evil, right? They sell cheap goods, drive smaller businesses in the area out, and pay slave wages, right? That makes them a player in Satan’s team photo, right?

So why is it that DC residents are now complaining after Walmart has decided to divest them of its evil, odious presence?

Melinda Jones needed a Walmart badly. The 50-year-old lives in the far eastern corner of Washington, D.C. The closest grocery options are over the line in Maryland, well out of walking distance. Because any shopping trip is a production, she typically takes the train out to Virginia and carpools with family to a military commissary.

“There’s nowhere to shop around here. A Walmart would have been great,” Jones said. “I can’t believe it … This makes me want to cry.”

Jones was supposed to have her shiny new Walmart, at a site called Capitol Gateway, as part of a five-store deal hatched between the company and city officials in 2013. But late last week, the Arkansas-based retailer said it was scrapping plans for the two as-yet-unopened stores in the city. Faced with lagging sales, Walmart is closing 154 locations and laying off 10,000 employees in the U.S.

After all, the District was less than welcoming when Walmart initially proposed to build stores there, according to the Washington Post.

Pushed by labor unions, a majority of the D.C. Council at first pushed back against welcoming Walmart to the city. Opponents cited Walmart’s large profits and refusal to let workers unionize, as well as its reputation for low wages.

And then, there’s the District’s minimum wage, which is already high at $11.50/hour, which is apparently not enough for those who want to do minimum work and get paid like skilled labor, and the proposal proposal to require D.C. employers to pay into a fund for family and medical leave for employees, as well as a plan to require a minimum amount of hours for hourly workers.

Apparently, DC expects Walmart to run its business at a loss, as long as the entitled get theirs, including former DC Mayor Vincent Gray, who brokered the deal with Walmart and was hoping to use it to resurrect the carcass of his political career after some not so savory activities came to light.

Melinda Jones apparently can’t get fresh produce where she lives – at least not anywhere close – so she was counting on the Walmart to build its store there, so she would have somewhere to shop.

The residents in the neighborhoods where the two stores were to go up apparently expected the company to run those businesses at a loss, because they NEED them.

Another resident said he planned to get a job there. “Everybody around here probably would’ve tried to get a job,” Mayo said. “Here one minute, gone the next.” Were they hoping to get easy work for high pay, because DC politicians think they can continue fleecing “the rich” while getting themselves re-elected? Well, guess what! Instead of getting work at $7.25 per hour, getting much-needed experience, and perhaps moving on to better employment, these residents now have no jobs at all. And they can thank DC government that they put into positions of authority for that!

But Walmart is evil, horrible, and awful for not wanting to open more stores where they will undoubtedly make no profit, because apparently stores only exist for the benefit of those who want to work there (at inflated wages), those who want to shop there (at low wages), and the politicians who want to put said deal on their resumes.

econSo DC wants to force Walmart to pay higher wages for jobs that require few basic skills and practically no education, and are meant to be a gateway into the working world, not a lifestyle.

DC wants to force Walmart to keep employees on the clock even though it might not need them.

DC wants force Walmart to pay money into a pot for benefits it does not see fit to offer, because somehow everyone is entitled to them.

And now DC seems surprised and upset that Walmart doesn’t want to build two more locations in the city?

Someone in DC needs some lessons in basic economics.

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  1. Reminds me of a news story I was following some years back (quite a few, in fact). Folk in Germany were (and, I think, still are) always protesting our bases there.

    Then we proposed to close a couple of them.

    Suddenly the local folk had to come to grips with what it would mean to their economy to lose local contracts and GI paychecks going into the restaurants, their bars, and their whorehouses. The screams of “you can’t do that!” were a delight (and the irony that schadenfreude is a German word is not lost on me😉 ).

    IIRC the bases werenot closed in the end. And I suspect protests at their presence continue.

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    1. Yep, I was there during that time. Although, I think that was kind of an ongoing thing. There were quite a few bases we did close in Germany since then, Frankfurt, Rhein-Main, Darmstadt, and numerous others, but that caused quite the ruckus when they realized how much of the local economy was dependent on American presence.

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  2. Well, I do hope that my local Walmart does not close, because I like it, the people who work there are really nice, and I get what I want there at a reasonable 1990s-level price. If Walmart closes, I still have Aldi. (There’s one in Arlington, too. Go there.)
    So, do I feel sorry for these people who moan and bitch about something until it goes away, and then suddenly discover it wasn’t so bad, after all?

    No. I do not. It’s not my fault or yours that they are part of the inherently stoopid population demographic that can’t see further ahead than 5 minutes from now.

    They can wallow in it.

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  3. Looks like Melinda Jones needs to take her taxes to another city where they have the things she wants.

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  4. Typical Liberal hypocrisy.

    Sort of like my Hollywood Cousin who doesn’t want any power plants powered by gas, coal or oil that pollute the air, doesn’t want nuclear power (Chernobyl horror!), doesn’t want solar because of the desert tortoise, doesn’t want windmills because they kill birds, doesn’t want hydroelectric power because it bothers the fish and still expects the power companies to provide cheap electricity.

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    1. Tell your Cousin to move to an Amish community for a year. I wouldn’t mind it, but I grew up on a farm. However, there is nothing quite like a trip to the outhouse on a cold winter morning or a really, really hot summer afternoon, never mind using oil lamps instead of electric, no phones, no internet, no frozen foods (that may have changed) and an icebox instead of a fridge.

      There is no free ride, you know.

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  5. Walmart did the math… That’s why they pulled out. And the ‘losses’ from the two stores would have wiped out the profits from the other three in about 6 months.

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  6. […] Nicki at The Liberty Zone lives in the DC area.  Here’s her take about Walmart jumping ship: […]

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  7. Sigh and then there’s the ones that complain about the mom an pop stores that are killed off by wally world. Uh scuse me but you been IN a mom and pop store you stupid fucks? The stop and rob on the corner up the road from me is a mom and pop store. Do you wanna know what they charge for a gallon of milk? bout 4 bucks. Which is fine in an emergency but even in an emergency I don’t have to pay that rate. Why? I can run up the road in the other direction a mile from my house and go to the randalls and pay 2.48 for their store brand. or about 2.80 for a national brand [Lucerne] OR can go to walmart and get it for even CHEAPER Da burnnning stupid.

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  8. All good progressives know in their hearts that a guaranteed job with a big paycheck is just another welfare right for “entitled” people.

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  9. […] More recently the lack of stuff in supermarkets has been a very clear indicator of a country on the skids. Venezuela is the most obvious current example though I believe I’ve seen similar articles about Argentina, Russia and Brazil in the last year or so. Just as the presence or absence of functioning supermarkets indicates the development of the country, it also suggests which regions, suburbs or neighborhoods are thriving or not. In almost all urban cases the lack of supermarkets suggests either idiotic levels of government interference/regulation or high crime or poverty (often all three). Take for example the lack of Wal-Marts in DC and the recent bitching about how Wal-Mart is going back on its committment to open some when the DC government decided to up labor costs. […]

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