Thursday, May 18, 2006

Wal-Mart Threatens FL Landowners

Wal-Mart has apologized for being 'overly agressive' in telling rural landowners in Putnam County FL that if they don't sell their land to Wal-Mart it will be taken by eminent domain. Read about it here.

A letter to the landowners gave them until 5 p.m. Thursday to agree to a deal with the company.

John Williams, 61, a retired corrections officer who owns a mobile home on the road, said he doesn't want to sell the land he worked for years to buy. But he fears he might not have a choice.

"They are the big bear, and there's nothing we can do about it," Williams said. "The big bear comes in and takes whatever they want."

Wal-Mart spokesman, Keith Morris claims it's all just a little misunderstanding.

ALSO: Hitting the news today is a story about how Wal-Mart contributes to poverty. This story actually concerns the study "Wal-Mart and County-Wide Poverty" that has been linked on the side of this blog for a couple of months. It's an academic study and maybe it's in the news because it just got published in Social Science Quarterly.

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