Human Existence in Big Box Stores

HumanExistence in Big Box Stores

Theway human beings interact in the big box stores varies from place toanother. The two stories, A&ampPand Upagainst Wal-Martprovide to situations where workers have different ambitions. Somework to keep themselves busy while others work to support theirfamilies.

BothA&ampP and Up Against Wal-Mart have rules that employees have tofollow. Wal-Mart is against the idea of its workers join the unionand it even threats those who opt to do so with a forceful sack. Theemployees work for extra hours without additional pay, and they haveto fulfill this unwritten rule to maintain their employment. In A&ampP,we find Sammy, who is working in the store while he does not have anyfamily responsibilities (Updike, 1961). The two stories give a sharpcontrast in that the workers in Wal-Mart try everything in theirpower to keep their employment (Olsson, 2003).They even have to workfor unpaid hours. On the other hand, Sammy opts to give voluntarilyup his job to follow a fancy group of ladies.

Inthe big box stores, the existence of the workers in the two storiesalways seems to be in a conflict or a disagreement with themanagement. Human nature sometimes tends to question the set rules.In A&ampP Sammy questions Lengel’s assertion that the ladies arenot properly dressed to shop in the store (Updike, 1961). He prefersto entertain the ladies and go against the store’s rules. On theother hand, Up Against Wal-Mart employees are against themanagement’s decision to bar them from joining unions (Olsson,2003). The whole story faults the management, and there are those whoeven try to protest against the management. In conclusion, his humannature seems discontent with the way things run in the big boxstores.


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