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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-04 01:35 PM
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Workers Assail Night Lock-Ins by Wal-Mart - NYTimes
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This is an appalling but not surprising story. Welcome to the future of the workplace:

""Wal-Mart secures these stores just as any other business does that has employees working overnight," Ms. Williams said. "Doors are locked to protect associates and the store from intruders. Fire doors are always accessible for safety, and there will always be at least one manager in the store with a set of keys to unlock the doors."

Retailing experts and Wal-Mart's competitors said the company's lock-in policy was highly unusual. Officials at Kmart, Sears, Toys "R" Us, Home Depot and Costco, said they did not lock in workers.

Even some retail industry experts questioned the policy. "It's clearly cause for concern," said Burt Flickinger, who runs a retail consulting concern. "Locking in workers, that's more of a 19th-century practice than a 20th-century one.""
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