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Wal-Mart or Food stamps: Whatís the principled stand?

Jack Powell is a singer-guitarist for the Zucchini Brothers. Three days a week he works as a substitute teaching assistant. That gig gets him about $70 per day and sometimes he works at funeral homes to make extra money. He’s always lived a frugal life and that has long meant stretching dollars at Wal-Mart. That changed after a colleague exposed him to the many “evils” of the biggest box:

“I don’t like what Wal-Mart stands for,” Powell said, noting the mega-chain’s scanty health insurance for staffers.

Powell might not like the benefits WM employees get, but he gets zero benefits working as a sub. Maybe the next principled stand will be to quit his job. Seems like that might suit him just fine:

He and his partner agreed to go on food stamps for their family rather than shop at Wal-Mart any longer.

Non-Onion article here.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.