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And it's all due to the shareholders.
For those of you not in New England: Market Basket is both a huge supermarket chain and the last bastion of decent working in the region. I work there along with my full-time job, and the benefits of just working *1-2 days every week* are fantastic, nevermind the people who work full time (we get bonus checks every quarter and profit sharing).
Basically, MB's board of directors has been conspiring against Arthur T (the now-fired CEO) over the bonus checks we get, as well as MB's year-long 4% everything price cut. Their argument being "the more sales and checks you write out, the longer it takes for us to make bank".
So now with Arthur T gone, his cousin Arthur S can now sit on the CEO seat and undo everything "Arty" did. No more bonuses, no more profit sharing...I have 3 people in my department who need those checks to support their kids. It's absolute bullshit.
Full story here: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_26022460/across-region-familiar-refrain-demoulas-ouster-shock
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My Walmart is much better, so its really just that Walmart.
I fucking hate WalMart. I get anxiety whenever I go in there, and is usually the instigator between all fights I ever have with my wife because it stresses us out beyond compare when we shop there together. Their shelves are empty, theres shit all over the floors, theyre not as cheap as they advertise themselves, "speedy checkout 20 items or less" registers are the only ones open, and have lines out the door, loaded with distractions, and the most disgusting human beings on the planet. I'm getting frustrated just thinking about it.
its seriously the worst place in the world.
Agreed, walmart fucking sucks. They advertise a couple items in the walking paths which are cheap, but when you walk down the aisles, everything is priced as you would expect it. They are good at promoting certain loss-leader items to get you to buy more things than you actually need.
They treat their employees like shit and it wasn't long ago that they actually took life-insurance policies on their own employees in case they died so they could profit from the death of their personnel without paying anything to the widowed spouse.
They helped destroy American manufacturing by pushing all their suppliers' operations overseas in order to please shareholders.
They are as anti-American of a company as you could ever hope to find.
Your CEO could be worse off: