Sunday, January 08, 2006

Welcome To Wal-Mart, Massah

In a story I had previously missed, it turns out Wal-Mart is trying to get into the banking business.

Well, that's nice. Now heavily armed bank robbers can be met at the door by an 82 year old greeter with a smiley sticker on his vest.

Speaking of the world's largest corporation/slayer of mom & pop stores/exploiter of minimum wage workers/supporter of child slave labor in third world countries, Wal-Mart is coming off a bad week. Last Thursday visitors to the company's website who attempted to order a DVD of Planet of the Apes were asked if they would also like to order a Martin Luther King video, or movies about black boxing legend Jack Johnson and black actress Dorothy Dandridge. Likewise, customers clicking on those titles were also asked if they wanted to purchase Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Needless to say, the outrage was immediate and overwhelming, and the whole sad affair raised a very serious question: Who the hell would want to buy a copy of Planet of the Apes in the first place?

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