Thursday, August 03, 2006

I was reading a Times article about Walmart when I came upon this:

In Germany, Wal-Mart stopped requiring sales clerks to smile at customers — a practice that some male shoppers interpreted as flirting — and scrapped the morning Wal-Mart chant by staff members.

“People found these things strange; Germans just don’t behave that way,” said Hans-Martin Poschmann, the secretary of the Verdi union, which represents 5,000 Wal-Mart employees here.
There is a Walmart chant?

Germans are not the only ones who do not behave this way; am I the only one that finds this pretty weird?

After some googling, I found the following in an online forum:

Twice a day there is a walmart chant at every store. Before the morning shift and before the evening shift walmart employees gather for a meeting so that the company can tell them about how well the business is going...These meetings end with rhythmic clapping and the walmart chant. "Give me a W!, W!", "Give me an A!, A!"
Its like never graduating high school.


At 8:37 AM, Blogger bza said...

Wal-Mart is an evil cult of corporate weirdness. Thats why I never shop there and hope Vancouver remains free of its bizareness.

Hooray for small businesses without chants!


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