I have the typical consumer love/hate relationship with big box stores. But one that is particularly easy to hate is, of course, Wal-Mart.
This is mainly because of the laundry list of unethical activities associated with the retailer. They have been criticized for everything from shoddy labor practices to environmental offenses, plus I consider the fact that, while they sell guns, they often won’t sell emergency contraception. Most recently, the Wall Street Journal even revealed that the chain has been trying to intimidate its employees into voting Republican.
If those things weren’t bad enough, I can now add one more offense to the list: Wal-Mart is pushing for more abstinence-only education.
Forbes magazine reports that the company spent 1.4 million dollars between April and June lobbying their interests to Congress, as well as to the Health and Human Services, Commerce and Treasury departments.
One of these interests is the not-exactly-related-to-retail request that congress put more money toward abstinence-only education in schools.
So the next time you pick up that inexpensive handgun, you can rest assured that a little of your cash might be helping keep your virgin ears safe from the ills of sex education.
Or you can take your business elsewhere.
What do you think about Wal-Mart’s stance on sex ed.?