Claim: Wal-Mart employees must pony up to buy flags, flagpoles, and floodlights, or else their stores have to do without American flag displays.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
I have run across a situation that I think should be changed; it upset me and so I decided to put it out on the Internet. If you decide to forward this note to your friends, that’s fine-if not, that’s okay, too. Maybe I’m wrong in feeling this way, but this is what I found on Friday,
At this store, the employees would have to take up a collection among themselves to make the purchase of the flag, pole & flood light. I was sure there was a misunderstanding in that policy somewhere, but I needed to get to a meeting, so I didn’t pursue the problem. As I drove to my meeting I became more and more upset to think that the Company that always “seems” to encourage patriotism and “Buy American” won’t even, in these days of horror and heroism and war on terrorism, provide their stores with flags to show their support!!
When I got to my meeting I told one of my friends what I had found that morning and they agreed that I must be mistaken.
Each store must provide their own flag — if the store can’t fit the expense into their budget, then the employees have to take up a collection. Now, I find this a disgrace. I have always noticed the large flags flying at every Perkins Pancake House — they always fly the flag, even when there isn’t a National Emergency. But here’s
Would this be expensive? Oh, somewhat, I agree, but I hear that
Origins: This one reminds me of an episode of TV’s M*A*S*H, in which Hawkeye and Trapper John attempt to acquire an incubator so that they can save time (and lives) by growing bacterial cultures right at the
attempt to cut their way through layers of military red tape they find that even though the Army agrees an incubator is a perfectly sensible piece of equipment for a
Most of us who have had to deal with the management of business budgets know that you often have to make do with whatever amount of money you’re allotted, even if it’s woefully inadequate for the job expected of you. You soon become an expert in finding all sorts of ways to pay Paul by robbing Peter: charging necessary expenses to different budgets (preferably someone else’s), making deals, getting creative with expense reports, and doing whatever it takes to scrounge up the funds you need. If you desperately need to purchase a new photocopier because the old one is broken beyond repair, but you’ve already used up the entire year’s office equipment budget, you claim it as a personnel expense and maintain with a straight face that yes, you did indeed hire a contractor by the name of
So, you’re the manager of a
budget each store for such an expense), but maybe you already used up all the
Wal-Mart itself stated on its web site that:
Wal-Mart shares the enthusiasm of Americans everywhere for displaying the American flag. In fact, we display the flag at all Wal-Mart stores and Supercenters. While some of our stores are equipped to fly the flag outside on flagpoles, others display the flag inside, usually in the front of our stores. In every instance, the flag has been purchased by Wal-Mart out of the local store’s operating budget. Wal-Mart is proud of our American heritage and the things our associates and customers do every day to support this great country.
So, if this piece isn’t a complete work of fiction, it sounds like the writer grossly misunderstood what she was told. Yes,
Last updated: 2 December 2007