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Wal-Mart Opposition Needs Stronger Talking Points

From today's McCartney column in WaPo, two anti-Wal-Mart residents made this argument against the chain:

"'There'll probably be a lot of shoplifting going on. They'll need a lot of security,' Terriea Sutton, 35, said.

Brenda Speaks, a Ward 4 ANC commissioner, actually urged blocking construction of the planned store in her ward at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW partly because of that risk. Addressing a small, anti-Wal-Mart rally at City Hall on Monday, Speaks said young people would get criminal records when they couldn't resist the temptation to steal."

Seriously, there are many other angles to critique Wal-Mart.

*hat tip to my sometimes sparring partner on Twitter–Chuck Thies.

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  • Typical DC BS

    Brenda Speaks must be from the Marion Barry school of governance. Obviously, people in her ANC must not have heard her talk before. What a buffoon.

  • tsw2

    Jason, you neglected to mention that WaPo went on to state that only 70 opponents to Wal-Mart showed up at the recent anti - Wal-Mart rally, & 20 or so of those were media covering the event. City leaders appear favorable to the behemoth's arrival mainly for the lack of jobs in those Wards and shopping alternatives.

    The sad thing is once the conglomerate is there, it will be a huge disincentive for any other small business , mom & pop or other startup to take a chance there.