So says Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal. The same dude who believes Southwest Virginia to be full of "haters." Tsk. Tsk.
From yesterday's column:
Blacksburg's big-box juggernautGosh. Wal-Mart makes him sick to his stomach? One can only imagine what he thinks of the evil corporation from which he draws a paycheck.
By Christian Trejbal, The Roanoke Times
Blacksburg, it's time you accept something. A Wal-Mart Supercenter is about to crash onto the south end of town. It's coming, and no one can do much about it.
I know. It's not fair. The developers duped the town or overestimated the tenants they could attract. A big-box store -- almost certainly a Supercenter -- won't fit with Blacksburg's character.
I hear you. I don't want it either.
... I'm sick to my stomach about Wal-Mart because it's an evil company and bad for America. (link)
I'm hoping Mr. Trejbal's next column goes into some detail. Wal-Mart is evil? Wal-Mart is bad?
In lieu of any explanation beyond traffic congestion problems - cogent or otherwise - for such inflammation, I can only assume that he gets worked up over the thought that Wal-Mart somehow destroys America's "character" (see above regarding Blacksburg's).
Mr. Trejbal probably clings to that quaint notion that those little mom-and-pop stores that he enjoys buying his bree and iced coffee at - the ones that provide minimum wage and no benefits to their employees - are what America is really all about. Perhaps.
But then he's gainfully employed. And probably earning more than are those proles who wait on him when he goes into town to bask in the "character." To him, they should be locked into their economic circumstances - forever - so that he can immerse himself in the ambience flowing from the aging storefronts and their olde world charm. The dust-covered fresh-food bins. The week-old lettuce. The atmosphere emanating from the public restrooms.
Until they close up shop and he has to go next door to live out his fantasy.
To continue his quest,
I'll bet old Sam is quaking in his grave.
* From the editorial: "Don't patronize the big-box and other unwanted retail outlets. If their revenue is low, others will think twice before opening."