Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Oreo felon

By Frank Moraes

This is a picture of Penny Winters. I always wonder about these things. It is a "mug shot." And yet, Ms. Winters has been convicted of no crime. But somehow, the "justice" system seems to think it is just fine to release her photo to the world.

I present her photo to you as an example of an entirely typical victim of our fascistic corporate welfare injustice system. This 63 year old woman is facing felony theft charges for eating multiple unauthorized cookies while working at Walmart. Most recently, the management caught her eating Oreos. But if Walmart is like places I've worked, the management is busy going over months of video tape to see just exactly how many cookies the felonious Walmart employee ate. Is it any wonder that Walmart's profits slipped from $16.4 billion in 2011 to $15.7 billion in 2012?!

In all seriousness, what Ms. Winters allegedly did was wrong. But such "leakage" is common and accepted. If her total cookie intake raised her cost to the company by as much as 1%, I would be surprised. Walmart's profits are falling because people like Winters don't have as much money to spend at places like Walmart. And a high profile felony prosecution of an employee for filching some cookies is not going to do anything to improve their bottom line.

This is justice in the United States. Winters could go to prison for years for her crime. Meanwhile, we are still waiting for a single banker to go to jail for their fraudulent games that caused the current depression. I'm so very proud.

And the la-hand of the Freeeeee!
And the hoooome, of thhhhhe, braaaave!

(Cross-posted at Frankly Curious.)


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  • I found it interesting how Wal-Mart encountered failure when it tried to establish stores in Germany. First, it had problems with the fact it'd have to accept a unionized workforce. Then, it had problems with the fact that it'd have to actually pay decent wages (as opposed to the U.S., where it pays shitty wages which are supplemented by the taxpayer, via food stamps, etc.).
    Wal-Mart pushed hard in Germany and it fell flat on its face there. It's interesting how Wal-Mart fails in nations that actually treat their workers with respect.
    One international market where Wal-Mart has done really well is Mexico. It's no wonder: Mexico is a nation that also treats its working class with contempt. In fact, the U.S. itself is increasingly resembling Mexico. Both nations have a weak middle class, a huge under-class and a corrupt elite class that basically owns everything.
    No wonder the corrupt, corporate welfare-collecting, anti-union Wal-Mart model works well in both nations.

    By Blogger Marc McDonald, at 4:09 AM  

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