Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...Tell Me More
Ah, Wal-Mart. The unfurled flags, the cheery patriotism, the aw-shucks Americana.
Prices are always falling at Wal-Mart, but the speed with which this American corporation slashes its ethics continues to best even the cheapest foreign-made widget’s gleeful descent into the dollar bin.
A woman named Debbie Shank was severely injured and permanently disabled in a semi-truck accident seven years ago. The courts awarded her $700,000 in damages. After legal fees and expenses, her family was left with $417,000 to provide for the vital medical care she’ll need for the rest of her life. Wal-Mart is having none of it. The global giant has sued the Shanks – Debbie’s husband runs a tanning salon and works in maintenance to make ends meet – for $470,000. It turns out there is a provision in some companies’ health care plans that lets the company seize any financial compensation awarded by a third party (the trucking company in this case) to victims. Few companies ever took advantage of this loophole, but Wal-Mart is leading the way in the crackdown against those pesky employees. This is almost as good as Dead Peasant’s Insurance!
What say you?