Daily Archives: July 16, 2010

More disgusting behavior by Walmart. And the manic energy of NYC

I’ve written before, and stood on a soapbox for friends and family, about my utter disgust for the Walmart corporation. I’m not going to run down the laundry list of grievances I have with them, but recently they added yet another disgraceful chapter to their reputation

Meet Joseph Casias of Michigan, an ex-Walmart employee. Joseph suffered from a rare cancer in his nasal cavity, and to ease his suffering a doctor had prescribed legal, medical marijuana for him. Casias was, by all accounts, a model employee (he was named 2008 Associate of the Year by his Michigan store), and never came to work high or stoned or in any way allowed his pain medication to affect his work. Walmart also knew of Casias’ medical condition and his medical marijuana prescription.

Then in November, 2009, Walmart fired Casias for failing a company drug test. Even though, once again, medical pot is legal in the state of Michigan.

The ACLU is suing Walmart, and I sure as hell hope they win. This is a ridiculous case. Here’s Walmart’s side of things.

**Spent the entire day Thursday running around New York City, doing various and sundry things. I’ve written this before, I’m sure, but every time I come back to New York I’m reinvigorated just walking around Manhattan. The energy from the people on the street is just incredible, and the cornucupia of sounds, sights and smells always makes me miss home.

When I worked in the city for 18 months back in the early 2000s, my favorite part of the day was my 15-minute walk from Penn Station to my office in the morning. (That should tell you how much I liked that job!) Just watching the city wake up and come to life was something I loved.

And still do. Maybe I appreciate it more because I don’t live here anymore. But I loved being in the city Thursday.