Mom’s rare letter to Walmart sends shivers up and down the spine

My 2-year-old grandson asks, “Mommy, does it hurt when I fall down?” It hurts sometimes, but all he wants to do is sit up. I start to explain that falling down is scary and…

Mom’s rare letter to Walmart sends shivers up and down the spine

My 2-year-old grandson asks, “Mommy, does it hurt when I fall down?”

It hurts sometimes, but all he wants to do is sit up. I start to explain that falling down is scary and that it hurts if you fall many times, but he has to sit up to be safer, but he keeps asking if that hurts. He’s afraid we’re about to fall down again. I realize I should be explaining he can’t fall down, but I’m just trying to comfort him as he falls over and over.

What am I teaching him? I think about it often, and it breaks my heart.

My grandson won’t stop asking if it hurts when he falls, and I’m afraid I’m not letting him know that in this day and age, we have safety measures in place that can minimize the pain and prevent injury.

The worst part is that Walmart is so big and with us working there 24 hours a day, every day of the year, it feels like a place where it could always happen to me and my baby.

Recently, a junior Walmart associate from Arkansas was run over by a Black Hawk helicopter while walking to work.

Walmart didn’t make public health and safety any part of Walmart University. It didn’t think that it was a big enough thing to invest in this safety.

Walmart asked employees how safe it was, and nearly everyone said it was safe. This is a huge worry. Did you want us to get away from Walmart?

Soon Walmart was releasing news that one of their signature roll-up stores was closed down by San Diego city officials, who cited lack of air conditioning as the reason why.

We aren’t aware of any regulation that prohibits Walmart from having the coolers outside, but when I first saw the employee get run over, I thought: What if he falls down on the sidewalk when the guardrail isn’t there? Then you’re going to have to worry about your employee falling onto the street.

I’ve never before felt scared and afraid to leave the house, but I have become fearful of leaving my house to work at Walmart, knowing I could lose my life if something goes wrong. The price of Walmart seems to be children’s lives.

Krystal, 33, from Overland Park, Kan., is a Walmart assistant. She wrote a story about her grandfather for Working For Walmart: A Year Working In Corporate.

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