"I was in a store recently where a manager and an assistant manager were taking a department managerthrough her department. They were saying, 'If you were a customer, how would you buy that item' Shewas cramped for space and had put this item out of reach of the average customer. And they kept going. "Kmart was opening so many stores it was regarded as the Genghis Khan of the discounting business. And I said to myself, 'Who is this guy He looks like an undertaker.' Another way we tried hard to make up for our lack of experience and sophistication was to spend asmuch time as we could checking out the competition. It's something I did from the beginning, and it'ssomething I insisted all our managers do. 日本一级特黄视频播放_看黄a大片_一级a做爰全过程片 We don't believe in taking a lot of money out of Wal-Mart's cash registers and giving it to charity for thesimple reason that any debit has to be passed along to somebodyeither our shareholders or ourcustomers. A few years ago, when Helen convinced me that our associates here in Bentonville needed afirst-class exercise facility, she and I paid the million dollars in construction costs ourselves, plus an annualsubsidy for a few years to get it started. We paid for it to show our sincere appreciation to theassociates, but also because I don't believe in asking the customers or the shareholders to pay forsomething like thatas worthy a cause as it may be. By not designating a large amount of corporate fundsto some charity which the officers of Wal-Mart may happen to like, we feel we give our shareholdersmore discretion in supporting their own charities. And I have been particularly proud of the reallygenerous community support shown by some of our shareholders who have been with us since way backwhenespecially the early store managers. Willard Walker and Charlie Baum are two guys who have justdone great things for the community with some of what they've accumulated through their Wal-Martholdings. Their training was as primitive as their shoes. They ran way too much: 鈥淲e ran twice a day,sometimes three times,鈥?Frank Shorter would recall. 鈥淎ll we did was run鈥攔un, eat, and sleep.鈥? It so happened that on the other side of our store, also onFront Street, was a JC Penney. We didn'tcompete much, and I was friendly with the manager. So one day this dapper supervisor fromNew Yorknamed Blake came to town to audit that store and got to chatting with the manager. If we fail to live up to somebody's hypothetical projection for what we should be doing, I don't care. Itmay knock our stock back a little, but we're in it for the long run. We couldn't care less about what isforecast or what the market says we ought to do. If we listened very seriously to that sort of stuff, wenever would have gone into small-town discounting in the first place.