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11/11/2003 Archived Entry: "Wal-Mart turns customers into guinea pigs once again"

FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR, WAL-MART HAS BEEN CAUGHT USING CUSTOMERS AS GUINEA PIGS. The first time, Wal-Mart teamed up with Gillette to secretly photograph customers buying razor blades.This time, the co-conspirator was Procter & Gamble, whose unethical, voyeuristic "researchers" spied on Oklahoma Wal-Mart customers from 750 miles away.

Several people sent this news, but Karen de Coster forwarded a version in which the creepy Wal-Mart story was a sidebar to a longer one that presents both the "gee-whiz, isn't this great!" picture and privacy concerns. Worth a read (for the very few who seem to care that they're about to be tagged into 1984).

I don't drink, smoke, have high-risk sex, or vote. My only serious vice is caffeine -- and even that I take in the wussy form of a nice cup of hot tea. But I admit to a secret Wal-Mart addiction. I can't get enough of the place. If they keep up this crap of cynically using their customers as lab rats, though, I'm going to take those every-two month country-mouse-in-the-big-city spending binges elsewhere.

Posted by Claire @ 02:37 PM CST

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