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August 07, 2005

Wal-Mart's CEO Needs a Bathroom

Daniel Gross writes:

CEO Self-Pity Watch: There's nothing so unseemly as a highly compensated CEO feeling sorry for himself. The following gem was buried in Ann Zimmerman's excellent Wall Street Journal profile of Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott on July 26.

And despite a concerted effort to soften his rougher edges, Mr. Scott can still be impatient with criticism. During the meeting in Los Angeles with business and civic leaders, he was asked about Wal-Mart's reputation for squeezing suppliers.

"I don't feel sorry for our suppliers," he shot back. "I flew here today on a Lear 31 [jet] that had to make fuel stops. Our suppliers fly directly into Bentonville on their G5 [jets]. They're not stopping on the way. And they have got a bathroom."...

Perhaps Mr. Scott should join a union? Bathroom breaks--and the availability of clean bathrooms--are things that unions care about when employers do not.

Posted by DeLong at August 7, 2005 07:19 PM