Why Would ANYONE Shop at Walmart anymore? They quietly removed poisoned dog treats and didn't tell anyone


Why Would ANYONE Shop at Walmart anymore? They quietly removed poisoned dog treats and didn't tell anyone

21 August 2007 at 9:21:30 AM

How irresponsible is that? And it isn't even JUST that they were all sneaky about it, it's that CHINA and other countries is where they get their chit. Maybe nobody cares about that anymore-I remember when Walmart touted the fact that it had stuff made in the USA. Is saving a buck (and I'm not sure that their prices are REALLY lower than other places) really SO important that a person would risk buying tainted Chinese crap? Because Walmart not only has no standards but wants to HIDE their defects from the public?

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. quietly stopped selling two brands of dog treats in July, after customers voiced concerns that the Chinese products may have caused their pets to fall ill, but no recall has been announced, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

The world's largest retailer started pulling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading on July 26, spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said late Monday.

Wal-Mart also placed a computerized block on all cash registers to prevent workers from selling the products, Galberth said.

"When we took it off shelves at the end of July, we pulled it based on the customer feedback so we could do testing prior to announcing anything publicly," Galberth said. "That's why did not make a public announcement – it was still going through the testing process."

Yeah. Sure. Had nothing to do with the fact that your financials weren't looking good for that quarter.

Wal-Mart investors better buckle in, 2007 is going to be a rocky ride.

On Tuesday, the retailer said second-quarter profits rose 49.0% but warned that earnings will be weaker than investors expect for the rest of this year as consumer spending tightens.

The company knocked down fiscal 2007 guidance by a dime. The discount retailer now predicts that earnings per share on a continuing operations basis will be in the ballpark of $3.05 to $3.13. The previous estimate was $3.15 to $3.23.

Like its retail peers, Wal-Mart (nyse: WMT - news - people ) has struggled to energize sales as housing woes and high gasoline prices limit the American consumer's appetite. Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world, believes that this tightness will be felt across the globe, as foreign customers also cut back on spending.

The disappointing news sent Wal-Mart's shares down 4.9%, or $2.26, to $43.91, in Tuesday afternoon trading.

And how do you like this?

As the biggest gorilla in the pack, Wal-Mart has nearly ever corner of the U.S. covered. The company plans to complete the renovation of some 1,800 stores by this fall. Improved lighting, displays and wider aisles should encourage customers to stay longer at the mega-centers and thus, spend more money.

So You Will Go Shopping at Walmart and buy their tainted, poisoned goods because they have wider aisles. Sucker.

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