This story is just one of the many reasons I call Walmart "the Mart of Darkness." If anybody thinks that there's anything benevolent about the world's largest corporation, well, I've got some ocean-front property in Colorado I'd like to sell them. Seems that Joe Casias, a Walmart employee for five years with a spotless record--he was even "Associate of the Year" in 2008--has been fired for testing positive for marijuana. Never mind the guy has cancer of the sinus and an inoperable brain tumor, i.e., a sure death sentence. Or that he's using marijuana under a doctor's prescription in a state that allows medical marijuana. No. Hell, no. Fire this poor guy. To make matters worse, Walmart is protesting payment of unemployment to this guy.
Question what overpaid nitwit in the Walmart hierarchy decided this was the proper course of action? Question two: how many millions of dollars is all the negative publicity from this going to cost Walmart? Tons I hope. But you know what? They don't care, nor do they have to.
Follow-up I: Jim Hightower is similarly outraged. And he supplies a number you can call to give Walmart a piece of your mind.