Posted by Editor, a resident of the Menlo Park: University Heights neighborhood, on Mar 2, 2008 at 9:58 pm
Thank you, Truth. For readers who don't understand Truth's comment, he/she spotted a typo in the original headline, which was then fixed. Now that we're grammatically and typographically correct, we welcome your response to the question.
Posted by Oscar, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Mar 3, 2008 at 11:57 am
Yes, within reason. My son hates Walmart and we refuse to shop there when at home. He is now away at college and the only store accessible to him is Walmart. With no car and no bus service to anywhere else he has to put his principles aside and shop there.
Posted by Joan, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2008 at 11:50 am
If I find out about a company's bad behavior or harmful practices, I won't do business with it. I hear there are publications that list socially irresponsible companies that might be good candidates for consumer boycotts and other pressure, but I haven't sought them out yet. (Maybe that makes me socially irresponsible.)
Regarding Walmart, I don't shop there and encourage others not to. Unfortunately, we don't have to shop there to be their (unwilling) benefactors. Our taxes pay for the food stamps and other benefits for the poor that Walmart employees have to rely on to survive.