I tell this joke where I say that I want to weight 93 pounds, not to stay there, but to need to gain 30 pounds, and thus will get a job as a part time buttercream frosting taste-tester at my favourite local bakery. When people ask me if there is such a job, I reply that I'm sure if I pay the bakery enough, they'll give me the job.
However, Wal-Mart is about to start getting people to do work for Wal-Mart at the person's own expense.
When you look at the costs to drive your car, there's not just gas, but also oil, maintenance, depreciation, insurance. Wal-Mart is planning on paying people who shop in their stores just for the gas necessary to drop off packages at the homes of Wal-Mart customers on the store-shopper's way home.
Read it again.
It's hard to know where to start with all the things that are wrong with this. Do you want a stranger with a Wal-Mart package coming to your house, and then you open the door for him/her? What a GREAT way for rapists and pedophiles to troll around. What if you're a sweet young thing knocking on a stranger's door, and he says something like: "oh, it's hot outside, would you like a soda?"
Not to mention that Wal-Mart has hit the bargain basement in being unwilling to use what everyone else uses to ship, like FedEx, UPS, and the US Mail. Some places actually have their own trucks and make deliveries. Now that's mostly furniture and appliance stores, but it used to be a lot of them.
Now let's talk liability. Who says that package will ever get delivered? It's all on the honour system, and will Wal-Mart believe you when you say your package never arrived?
What if a package is damaged? Did it happen within Wal-Mart's supply chain, or on that last leg? There's really no good way to tell. Wal-Mart has already had problems with people buying one thing and getting another. Like buying an iPad and getting note pads. (The kind you write on.)
Yet another reason to avoid Wal-Mart at all costs.
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