I saw this posted a few times recently on facebook:
Spend enough time on facebook and you will find that this is a common attack against the giant retail chain. One thing which I have always found curious though is that these sort of criticisms are regularly made against Walmart, but you never see them made against Target.
So why is it that Walmart is seen as the evil empire to be rejected by communities while Target is warmly embraced? Well it isn't due to the difference in what they pay their employees. According to this AOL article based on payscale.com data, the two companies pay their hourly employees the same amount. There is some difference between the two when it comes to salaried (management) employees but this also is greatly equalized when you take into consideration annual bonuses.
So if it isn't due to a difference in employee pay then what is it? I suspect it is largely due to the difference between their clientele. According to this 2005 Scarborough market research study, those shoppers that would shop at Target but not Walmart (Target exclusive) are more likely to come from upscale households that also shop at stores such as Nordstrom, Macy's, Costco, Mervin's, ect. On the other hand, Walmart exclusive shoppers tend to have less income and shop at other stores such as Dollar General, Family Dollar, Big Lots, Kmart, etc. So this is the question; do the people who criticize Walmart but not Target do so because they see Target as fitting into what is acceptable within their social/economic class and thus hypocritically give it a free pass?