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    Heartwrenching News Story

    JACKSON, Missouri (CNN) -- Debbie Shank breaks down in tears every time she's told that her 18-year-old son, Jeremy, was killed in Iraq.

    Even though the 52-year-old mother of three attended her son's funeral -- she continues to ask how he's doing. When her family reminds her that he's dead -- she weeps as if hearing the news for the first time.

    Shank suffered severe brain damage after a traffic accident nearly eight years ago that robbed her of much of her short-term memory and left her in a wheelchair and living in a nursing home.

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    My God, that story has me torn between profound, abject sorrow for that woman and her family . . . and the fierce desire to shoot a Wal-Mart executive in the fucking face.

    Fucking world.
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    That just makes me sick!
    T-5 incomplete

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    My God, that story has me torn between profound, abject sorrow for that woman and her family . . . and the fierce desire to shoot a Wal-Mart executive in the fucking face.
    "We're one but we're not the same. We get to carry each other" U2

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    Legal or not, CNN asked Wal-Mart why the company pursued the money.

    Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley, who called Debbie Shank's case "unbelievably sad," replied in a statement: "Wal-Mart's plan is bound by very specific rules. ... We wish it could be more flexible in Mrs. Shank's case since her circumstances are clearly extraordinary, but this is done out of fairness to all associates who contribute to, and benefit from, the plan."
    She has the nerve to talk about "fairness". Bloody ironic. Doesn't Wal-Mart do any charity work? Couldn't the corporation take this stupid settlement money away and then have their foundation or one of their billionaire owners gift it back?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saorsa
    Fucking world.

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    Frickin' Wal-mart

    When this story of the seized settlement came out I e mailed wal-mart HQ and got a personal reply from one of the legal offices. My anger was not appeased by their explanation then, and it is still not. It still burns me up. I have not shopped at wal-mart since i heard of this, and I have urged my family not to shop at wal-mart. Wal-mart need to treat people better. Some big happy family they are, huh? All employees are valued associates, are they?

    There is a house on a busy street in the town that I live in that has painted on its front picture window "wal-mart treats its employees like shit". I guess the guy that lives in this house doesnt fell like a valued associate.

    Apparently neither was Mrs Shank when she was of no further use to them.
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    I'm reminded of two great Kurt Vonnegut quotes (there are lots of them, I have several pages worth typed up):

    "Doesn't anything socialistic make you want to throw up? Like great public schools, or health insurance for all."


    "What can be said to our young people, now that psychopathic personalities, which is to say persons without consciences, without a sense of pity or shame, have taken all the money in the treasuries of our government and corporations and made it all their own?"

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    Walmart's actions don't surprise me. Last year I saw the documentary: WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price go to for more information.
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    Subrogation is not uncommon in the insurance industry. That Walmart is on the shitlist of pretty much everyone gets examples like this in the news. I remember the flurry of letters from BCBS asking if I was sueing anyone when my accident/hospitalization occured.

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