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Old 08-28-07, 01:21 AM   #1
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jeopardizing job with a bumper sticker?

maybe someone could help me with this question.

I work at walmart and i am very interested in putting a couple bumper stickers on my car that says F*CK WAL*MART and I was wondering if I could get in trouble for that at work. It seems like I would have the freedom to do that but I dont know for sure.

does anyone know for sure? thanks!
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Old 08-28-07, 01:32 AM   #2
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Yes, you can get in trouble (probably fired). No, you don't have the freedom to do that. I'm willing to bet that you haven't really read your employee handbook very well, have you?

And why do you work for a place you hate to that extent? That's pathetic, dude.
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Old 08-28-07, 01:32 AM   #3
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Quiting would send a better message.

I worked there for six months as a Department Manager when they opened a new store 12 or 13 years ago (we opened on Black Friday, that was a mess). I quit the day they informed me of my 10 cent an hour raise. I actually laughed in the store manager's face and droped my smock on the floor as I walked off.
I hold no hard feelings though, and actually shop at Wal-Mart once a week. If people are willing to work there for low wages so I can shop for cheap, then so be it. If not, quit and get a better job. I did.
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Old 08-28-07, 01:50 AM   #4
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maybe someone could help me with this question.

I work at walmart and i am very interested in putting a couple bumper stickers on my car that says F*CK WAL*MART and I was wondering if I could get in trouble for that at work. It seems like I would have the freedom to do that but I dont know for sure.

does anyone know for sure? thanks!
If it's the car you drive to work and park in the employee parking area, then the answer is probably "yes."
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Old 08-28-07, 02:00 AM   #5
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If it's the car you drive to work and park in the employee parking area, then the answer is probably "yes."
Unless things have changed they don't have a lot they just have to park on the far side of the public lot.
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Old 08-28-07, 06:58 AM   #6
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Most employee contracts stipulate that you can't do something that might be a detriment to your employer.
If they can determine that Walmart loses business because of your bumper sticker, they can probably sue you too. Regardless of whether you work there or not. That's how it is in Australia anyway.
I work in retail and I know that if I ever said something bad about my workplace on the internet, and head office found out, I'd get fired.
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Old 08-28-07, 07:02 AM   #7
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who still puts bumper stickers on their car?
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Old 08-28-07, 07:04 AM   #8
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Old 08-28-07, 07:10 AM   #9
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Around here it's NRA members and hippies. But mostly anyone who needs to keep their bumper from falling off.
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Old 08-28-07, 07:11 AM   #10
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who still puts bumper stickers on their car?
Really, bumper stickers are lame.

I think you should put them on your blue apron
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Old 08-28-07, 07:38 AM   #11
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Just start greeting customers with, "Welcome to Wal-Mart... sucker!" That would be more efficient.
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Old 08-28-07, 08:00 AM   #12
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Get a I <3 K-Mart bumper sticker instead
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Old 08-28-07, 08:19 AM   #13
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Thanks for putting something on your car I get to try and explain to my seven year old son who reads everything and anything he sees. I just don't think that displaying blatant profanity on your car for everyone else to read is "cool".....
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Old 08-28-07, 08:32 AM   #14
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I would think a more meaningful stance would be quitting employment for their corporate wheel.
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Old 08-28-07, 08:34 AM   #15
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If you can get fired for blogging about how much you hate your job, then yes, you can get fired for saying it in a bumper sticker.
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Old 08-28-07, 08:35 AM   #16
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Thanks for putting something on your car I get to try and explain to my seven year old son who reads everything and anything he sees. I just don't think that displaying blatant profanity on your car for everyone else to read is "cool".....

That brings up another point in that the OP should check local/state laws to make sure they won't get in trouble. I knew someone w/ a WV that had FUKNGRVN (or something like that) written on his car who went to SC one time. When he came back he had a piece of cardboard (on which he wrote "censored") taped over it that a state trooper made him put on there.
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Old 08-28-07, 08:44 AM   #17
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Old 08-28-07, 08:47 AM   #18
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Likely you're an at-will employee, meaning they can terminate you as long as the termination is not based solely on race, national origin, or gender.

People have been fired for less, so proceed at your own risk.

[P.S. If you really hate your employer, a better solution may be to quit and find a job you like.]
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Old 08-28-07, 09:29 AM   #19
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Good article here.

The author makes the (excellent) point that the First Ammendment simply defines the limitations of the government, or the public sector, in restraining free speech. It does not address at all the private sector, who are only bound by specific anti-discrimination labor law. When you add that into the "at-will work" statutes found in most states... you can (and probably will) be fired for putting that bumper sticker on your car, and there really isn't a damn thing you can do about it.

It is your right to put that bumper sticker on your car. But free speech isn't free. You have to be willing to pay the price.
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Old 08-28-07, 09:34 AM   #20
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And why do you work for a place you hate to that extent? That's pathetic, dude.
Agreed, although i'm guessing maybe you're just doing it so your co-workers will think you're cool - But still. If you hate Wal-Mart, just quit. It's sad to see people just settle for something that makes them so miserable.
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Old 08-28-07, 09:37 AM   #21
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When you add that into the "at-will work" statutes found in most states... you can (and probably will) be fired for putting that bumper sticker on your car, and there really isn't a damn thing you can do about it.

It is your right to put that bumper sticker on your car. But free speech isn't free. You have to be willing to pay the price.
Yep. Employment isn't a right. Getting fired for being an ass is perfectly justified.
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Old 08-28-07, 10:12 AM   #22
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Yep. Employment isn't a right. Getting fired for being an ass is perfectly justified.
Ain't you heard of the Declaration of Independence? Free speech and all that.
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Old 08-28-07, 10:15 AM   #23
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Old 08-28-07, 10:22 AM   #24
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Old 08-28-07, 10:35 AM   #25
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Why in the world would you do that? I'm no walmart fan, but that just seems childish.

How old are you?
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