When Turley wrote about Walmart being at the core of yet another call to the cops to protect society from parents photographing their children in the bath tub, he noted that Walmart is a never ending source of incredibly stupid acts.
What makes this lawsuit so interesting is the inclusion of Walmart as a party. I am not sure what this blog would do without Walmart. When Walmart is not destroying Civil War historical areas, it is supplying blogs with a steady supply of abusive corporate conduct here and here and here), crimes committed by employees (here and here and here), or crimes by customers (here and here and here and here and here).It’s one thing that someone at Walmart, renown for its film developing, joined the cadre of those on the lookout for those sex offenders formerly called normal parents (or grandparents), but there’s no apparent end to the wrongs that Walmart is integral in righting. Why is that?
Some might say that it has much to do with the sensibilities of your typical Walmart employee. Neither pretentious nor flashy, these are the salt of the earth. Regular folk with solid American values. Hard working, moral and filled with common sense. Just like the patrons of Walmart, thrifty and unwilling to throw their hard-earned money away on frivolities.
There are a million voices on the internets and elsewhere lauding these regular folk and their values. They cry, “what happened to common sense?” Guess what? This is common sense. Just not your common sense, but it’s about as common as it gets.
There’s a pretense we all hold that we are the norm, that whatever thoughts flow through our heads are the ones shared by ordinary, rational people of good will and intention. We believe in our own thoughts, and we believe that most people, the normal ones, share them. We are deluding ourselves.
As rational as we wish to believe ourselves to be, the same is true of most everyone else. Except we all disagree. Every single one of us. We may share a few thoughts, overlap from time to time, but we also harbor thoughts that others believe to be absurdly wrong. Maybe even dangerous. Except we don’t know it and refuse to acknowledge it.
Walmart is likely an excellent microcosm of America, and that’s why Walmart employees, Walmart management and Walmart shoppers provide this seemingly endless stream of stupid acts. We are all Walmart greeters, no matter how much we think otherwise.
Common sense is alive and well. And it’s on sale at Walmart.