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New York City Council to Debate Merits of Bringing Walmart to NYC

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WTF?

Ground Zero Victory Mosque – They have a right to build there. We’ll also help pay for it.

Walmart – Offensive! Denied

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MANHATTAN — As rumors continued to swirl about Walmart moving to the Big Apple, the City Council has scheduled a hearing for next month to debate the merits of bringing the retailer to New York, according to the council’s website.

The event, titled “When Wal-Mart Comes to Town: The Effect on Small Businesses and Communities: A Historical and Prospective View,” is a joint hearing by the Committee on Small Business and committees on community and economic development. (We had an event, “When Radical Muslims Come to Town”)

“We’re excited to have this hearing and get all the information out in the open so it can be debated,” Bennett Baruch, deputy chief of staff to Councilwoman Diana Reyna, told Crain’s New York Monday. Reyna chairs the Small Business Committee.

The Big Box retailer, which is the country’s largest private employer, has tried several times to break into the New York market — most recently in 2005.

Walmart spokesman Steven Restivo said earlier this month that the company is once again looking at the possibility of opening a New York City store. Restivo would not confirm, though, whether they are looking at locations in Manhattan.

Public support for the store entering the city seems uncertain at best.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined a labor protest against the retailer last June, the Daily News reported.

“You know, it isn’t that we don’t want Walmart,” Quinn said at the rally, according to the News. “It’s that we don’t want companies that have led the nation in law suits being brought against them by workers. We don’t want companies that have the largest class-action in history brought against them. We don’t want companies where women are, over and over, paid less than men and not promoted. You can be very clear that I don’t want that.”

How about? “You know, it isn’t that we don’t want Muslims. We just don’t want radical Muslims celebrating over Ground Zero.”

They’re upset how Walmart treats women? But your ok with Muslim Sharia Law! ROTFLMAO

The hearing will take place Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. in City Hall.

Story here

UPDATE: Great comment and my follow up:

FScarn on AtlasShrugs.com says…

“Perhaps someone could explain this to me, but why does Wal Mart have to ask permission to enter the city and do business in NYC in the first place. If the designated site/land is commercially zoned, can’t Wal Mart go in there and build as a matter of right. Okay, the building dept. has to approve the architect/engineer drawn plans, so too with fire dept., but all of that is just house keeping, as is the parking (and WM is not going to choose a site that doesn’t have the parking).”

Mr. Pinko says…

Bloomberg and a-holes set themselves up to look foolish. Next time they tout that BS “the Muslims have the RIGHT to build their mosque, blah blah blah…” the immediate next question should be “then what about Walmart?”

And let the spin cycle begin!

» 35 Comments

  1. BigFurHat

    December 1st, 2010

    What if it was a muslim wal-mart?

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  2. Nunya

    December 1st, 2010

    Translation: “screw the jobs and $$ Walmart would pump into our sagging over-taxed over-rated state, we don’t need no stinkin’ NON-union companies here in NYC!”

    Not to worry, Wally, plenty of other flyover locales would love to have convenient and low-cost shopping in their own neighborhoods without having to drive 2 hours to find it

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  3. BigFurHat

    December 1st, 2010

    Gee. What a shocker. Wal-mart has lots of lawsuits against it.
    Could they be targeted because they are non-union? Naaaaaaaaa.

    AND STOP SAYING THAT WOMEN DON’T MAKE AS MUCH AS MEN!!!!!!!!!!
    It is illegal for equal work to be paid differently.
    What they mean is that women collectively don’t make as much as the men because they don’t get promoted as much as men. THAT is a valid argument. Not this unequal pay crapola.

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  4. jclady

    December 1st, 2010

    @BFH — I challenge you to go down to Arkansas and ask that question. :)

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  5. jclady

    December 1st, 2010

    About the muslim Wal-Mart…..

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  6. Rides A Pale Horse

    December 1st, 2010

    @ jclady:

    “Walidmart”…??

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  7. Diogenes Sarcastica

    December 1st, 2010

    Ever wonder what an acid trip is like, go to a Wal-mart at 3am!

    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/?page_id=9798

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  8. Angry Pancreas

    December 1st, 2010

    Diogenes, LOL
    I keep telling people that! Especially
    in Las Vegas.

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  9. jclady

    December 1st, 2010

    @RAPH — Good one! :)

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  11. Running on Empty

    December 1st, 2010

    I used to despise New York City (as did much of the rest of America), but they got a lot of sympathy from me (and the rest of America) after the tragedy of 9/11. According to my sympathy meter, they have officially just used the last drop of that up.

    I can now once again officially say: Screw New York City.

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  12. Dale

    December 1st, 2010

    I live in a small county, population wise. We got a Walmart 10 years ago and we average 20% savings,a year,on our food bill.
    The unions have tried 3 times to unionize our Walmart.
    My wifes sister has been there from day one, that’s how I know about the unions.
    When the Walmart first came to town, I had never been to one. I was going to buy a $120.00 watch at sears, but went to Walmart to check if they also had the watch. They did, it was priced at regular retail for $80.00. I save all the time going to Walmart.
    Ever food store in town is union,if Walmart goes union byebye
    20% savings.

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  13. Diogenes Sarcastica

    December 1st, 2010

    @ Angry Pancreas…ought to see the ones down here in New Orleans! LOL!

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  14. Will Profit

    December 1st, 2010

    I’m still grieving because we lost Jim H in the last post. I’ll give gay people a break. Hmmm, let’s see…ok, I’ll arbitrarily pick on…

    NYC doesn’t want a Wal Mart? It’s obvious what the problem is. NYC doesn’t have enough Mexicans. Cause our Wal Marts here in Texas are thriving.

    Any Hispanic conservatives want to get published here at iotw? Cry about this comment to Big Fur Hat. Right, Jim?

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  15. "Muck Raker Mark"

    December 1st, 2010

    NYC doesn’t deserve a WalMart. Fuck them … let’em pay 3 times what everything is worth.

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  16. Frosteetoes

    December 1st, 2010

    I assumed Walmart was everywhere including NYC. Philly has a few.

    Is anyone going to this?:The hearing will take place Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. in City Hall.

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  17. Claudia

    December 2nd, 2010

    Maybe NYC will let them in if they build on top of the mosque.

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  18. Mt Top Patriot

    December 2nd, 2010

    NYC is like California, run by people who live in a progressive’s dreamworld. Reality and Liberty, capitalism and commonsense, the rule of law and prosperity are things that at best when they happen a mistake.

    In every sense but actual word have succeeded from the Union.
    They are paradises where the ruling elite, political organized crime and leftards breed like rats and cockroaches.

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  19. goatsred

    December 2nd, 2010

    Frosteetoes

    The place will be packed. All will be riled up for the reasons stated in this post. What will the result be?
    The repeated deaf ear to what the voters/taxpayers want. BHO won’t speak up on Wikileaks, but will weigh in on this like GZM, if the Muslim issue comes up.

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  20. noodengr

    December 2nd, 2010

    it is called free enterprize. Any successful retail store looks for places it can turn a profit and locates there. Walmart obviously is succesful.
    So let them open a store in the heart of Manhattan,
    if the paying public goes there it will succeed
    if not it won’t NYC and the unions should stay the hell out of it.
    Holding back changes to protect the established would have us all still driving horse drawn buggies
    instead of drving cars. The smart buggy makers made cars instead. the dumb one went out of business
    Lesson learned from history gee what a concept

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  21. Tammy Cracker

    December 2nd, 2010

    Walmart treats women badly? Tell that to my sister, who works at the headquarters in Arkansas. I think she’s been promoted about 8 times, but I lose count.

    I remember when a head hunter stole my sister from Target Corporation, and we all said, “What the hell, you’re going to work for that eeeeevil Walmart???”

    Well, now that I’ve learned about the company, I’d have to say that it’s a fantastic place to work. My sister’s first boss started out at Walmart as a STOCK girl. And she worked her way up to manager status from the bottom up.
    The company promotes anyone who works hard and is driven to get ahead. What a foreign concept!

    I remember being in NYC when they opened the Kmart in midtown(in the 90′s) and people went nuts over the low prices. Funny how Kmart is okay for Manhatten, but a Walmart, which prides itself in providing it’s customers with low prices and convenience, is BAD.
    New York needs to fire these idiotic council people.
    Or rehire Juliani as Mayor.
    Or just go to hell.
    Walmart doesn’t need NYC.

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  22. 1PissedOffJack

    December 2nd, 2010

    NYC doesn’t deserve a Wal-Mart. As Running on Empty said NYC has run out of their 4 quarts of sympathy from the 9/11 tragedy. The greedy unions can’t stand it they are not in Wal-Mart. Look at all those union dues not going into the pockets of the higher up muckaty mucks in the unions. Oh the travesty. :roll:

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  23. Stirrin the Pitcher

    December 2nd, 2010

    Let’s remind the NY City Council that muzzlim terrorists are non-union, and that they are placed in DEAD-end jobs that pay less than Walmart. Then maybe they will vote to deny the GZM.

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  24. Combat Matt, Revolutionary

    December 2nd, 2010

    We all know how this informational meeting will go.
    I will now redirect my attention on something more important….such as,
    Am I really the only one who noticed Angry’s new Avatar?

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  25. Diann

    December 2nd, 2010

    You have to remember that for Liberals, businesses are not there to make a profit, they are there to provide employment for people that include “living wages” and health insurance. For Liberals, businesses are regulated charities, not entities that exist to make a profit.

    The whole concept of “You provide a product or service that people want, at a price they are willing to pay, you will make money” is considered evil to these people.

    Look at how the Dems in Congress and the Crown Prince in the White House speak about “profits” as though it is some dastardly, horrible, evil thing for a company to actually intend on making money.

    This is the root of why Elitist Liberals HATE Walmart.

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  26. Jenny

    December 2nd, 2010

    Yeah. I hate Wal-Mart too (well, love-hate) but I wasn’t aware they were into genital mutilation of women, or honor killings. The real reason they don’t want them in New York? Wal-Mart is the poster child on performance-enhancing substances for CAPITALISM. Wal-Mart is to the free markets what Jesus Christ is to Christianity: the be-all and end-all. So BAN them from polite society but by all means open the floodgates to moose limbs.

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  27. dries

    December 2nd, 2010

    New Yorkers were equally aghast when another big-box retailer, Target opened in the city. They seem to get used to its existence, same way they got used to K-mart 20 years ago (Martha Stewart’s stuff helped a lot).

    Union issues aside, NYC politicians cater to their voters demanding so called “living wages” i.e. since NYC is expensive place to live in, pay should be increased accordingly. Only here, a low-skill stockroom guy ought to be paid $15/hr for start, with benefits.

    A can of Progresso soup costs $1.24 at Target, $3.69 at typical NYC super-market (itself size of shampoo section of Target). No wonder everything else is priced accordingly.

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  28. SarahR

    December 2nd, 2010

    The fact that Walmart has been stopped from building a store in NYC shows the hypocrisy and or stupidity of the supporters of the ground zero mosque.
    I would like to know if Mayor Bloomberg has taken a stand to demand that Walmart be allowed to open a store in NYC. He should get out and make speeches in support of American free enterprize instead of demanding rights for sharia loving ground zero mosque builders.

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  29. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 2nd, 2010

    Wal-Mart is all over southern New jersey, but a New Yorker would need a CAR to get there.

    Chris Christie ought to get together with Wal-Mart and build one in Jersey City. Put THAT in your bong and smoke it, NYCcers.

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  30. Mr. Chris

    December 2nd, 2010

    RidesAPaleHorse,
    WahabbiMart?

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