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Wal-Mart takes the lazy and cheap way out UPDATED April 2, 2008

Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Law.
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First posted March 26th.

Seems a woman who worked for Wal-Mart some years ago had a serious car accident and suffered severe brain damage. She was on Wal-Mart’s health plan.

Wal-Mart paid out over $400K for the woman’s care. The woman’s family then sued the insurance company of the party responsible for the accident, and won another $400K. The total $800K was put in trust for the woman’s long-term care.

Wal-Mart then sued to get their $400K disbursement back, as their health care package states that they are to be reimbursed if the employee wins money in a civil judgement.

The courts have all supported this judgement in favor of Wal-Mart, which is bullsh!ite of the first water, as this woman is permanently disabled, wheelchair-bound and has no short-term memory to speak of.

Even Wal-Mart itself states that they sympathize with the woman, however:

Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley, who called Debbie Shank’s case “unbelievably sad,” replied in a statement: “Wal-Mart’s plan is bound by very specific rules. … We wish it could be more flexible in Mrs. Shank’s case since her circumstances are clearly extraordinary, but this is done out of fairness to all associates who contribute to, and benefit from, the plan.

“We wish we could be more flexible. . ” is code cover for the bullsh!it line that they don’t want to start a precedent for allowing other people in similar circumstances to keep their insurance payouts and civil claims. It might impact Wal-Mart’s bottom line. (net profit in the 3rd quarter, $90 billion).

They are hiding behind their rules. In a just world, rules are designed to serve people. In a “fair” world, people serve rules.

In a just world, people get what they truly deserve. In a fair world, everyone is treated equally.

Fairness requires simple rules that are followed dogmatically. Justice requires measuring the need and value of each case and judging accordingly.

Fairness is the way of the coward and the lazy man.

Justice is the way of the man of stamina and courage, the hero’s way.

UPDATE: Seems that now their covers have been yanked off, Wal-Mart is now -finally- allowing the woman to keep her money.

“Occasionally, others help us step back and look at a situation in a different way. This is one of those times,” Wal-Mart Executive Vice President Pat Curran said in a letter. “We have all been moved by Ms. Shank’s extraordinary situation.”

Weasel-speak for, “We got caught and our massive greed has now been exposed for everyone to see. In a lame, transparent attempt at damage-control, we’re letting them keep the money. But you better believe that if another case comes up like this one, we will be sure the press gets no wind of it so we can continue to stick it to the low-wage worker.

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