Wrig. Such a clause argues little charity; but perhaps it may ultimately prove for the benefit of him whom it was designed to injure. pk10云预测 I should conclude that such it really were, As soon as we got home, we started calling our store workers "associates" instead of employees. Thatmay not sound like any big deal to some folks, and they're right. It wouldn't have meant a thing if wehadn't taken other actions to make it real, to make it something other than window dressing. The decisionwe reached around that time, to commit ourselves to giving the associates more equitable treatment in thecompany, was without a doubt the single smartest move we ever made at Wal-Mart. But before we got the stock issued, the market fell out on us, and we had to postpone the offering. Wewere already having unusual managers' meetings in those days. We would all go fishing together, withoutwives, for four or five days at a time and talk about the business. I remember we were on one of thosetrips to Table Rock Dam, and I had to tell everybody that we were pulling back on the deal. But themarket recovered some, and on October 1, 1970, Wal-Mart became a public company, traded over thecounter. Our prospectus offered 300,000 shares at a price of $15, but it sold for $16.50. It was wellreceived, though not widely held; we only had about 800 shareholders, most of them either institutions orfolks we knew. Those who bought in that offering, or who owned some of those early partnerships andhad them converted in that offering, made an absolute killing. I couldn't stand to leave a new customer waiting while I fiddled with paperwork on a sale I'd alreadymade, and I have to admit it did create some confusion. There wasn't a lot of competition for us in the early days because nobody was discounting in the smallcommunities. So when we discounted items, it was just an unheard-of concept outside the larger towns. I really don't know what they thought, but I wasn't about to cooperate with them. So they found out allthese exciting things about me, like: I drove an old pickup truck with cages in the back for my bird dogs,or I wore a Wal-Mart ball cap, or I got my hair cut at the barbershop just off the townsquaresomebody with a telephoto lens even snuck up and took a picture of me in the barber chair, andit was in newspapers all over the country. Then folks we'd never heard of started calling us and writing usfrom all over the world and coming here to ask us for money. Many of them represented worthy causes,I'm sure, but we also heard from just about every harebrained, cockamamy schemer in the world. Iremember one letter from a woman who just came right out and said, "I've never been able to afford the$100,000 house I've always wanted. Will you give me the money" They still do it to this day, write orcall asking for a new car, or money to go on a vacation, or to get some dental workwhatever comesinto their minds. And all the Family of God around the Father meet?鈥?