“Something Wall-Mart Comes This Way,” South Park 809, Teaches That We Are the Soul of Wal-Mart

“If you want it to go away, all it takes is a little self control and personal responsibility,” Kyle tells people about how to get Wal-Mart out of South Park.

A lot of people don’t like Wal-Mart because they think it’s a big, giant, evil company. Moreover, it destroys local businesses by undercutting their prices. Well, I’ll tell you what, I’m not that interested in mom-n’-pop stores most of the time. I know it sounds cruel but I like options, comfort and convenience. That’s not to say that I love Wal-Mart.

I used to love Wal-Mart when I lived in Atlanta, but for some reason, the Oakland Wal-Mart (there are none in San Francisco proper) sucks. The prices are high and it’s not that great. I don’t know why. Target, I found, was much better, but it still poses the same problem to small local business.

However, are these problems and the evil Wal-Mart does in the world reason enough for it not to be allowed somewhere? I don’t think so. If Wal-Mart buys the land and builds the store and you don’t like it – don’t go! That’s exactly what Kyle was trying to say. It’s not Wal-Mart that destroys local businesses – it’s our personal decisions to go there and buy its crap. It’s a free market and the choice lies with us. Have some self control and accept personal responsibility and Wal-Mart won’t matter.

People say similar things about Starbucks being evil and a big corporation and that it destroys local coffee-shops but you don’t have to buy your coffee there. People just do. Starbucks failed in Israel and Australia because the people just wouldn’t buy it. They thought their own coffee was better. Big corporations don’t have to succeed – we allow them to succeed. So, don’t bitch about Wal-Mart. You don’t like it? Don’t buy it.

Do you hate Wal-Mart? Do you like this episode and its message? Do you think I’m an idiot and need to tell me so?

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