Persuasive Speech Outline
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience why shopping at Wal-Mart is unethical.
I. How many of you have shopped at Wal-Mart recently?
A. I mean sure, why not? Wal-Mart has almost everything you need in one store and it’s cheap!
II. I am here to reveal that Wal-Mart is not the bargain you all might think it is.
IV. I had to watch the documentary on Wal-Mart in high school and write a research paper on it………….
V. The main reasons as to why shopping at Wal-Mart is unethical are the company’s poor treatment to employees, dangerous merchandise,
I. Main Point
A. In a Huffington Post article, Wal-Marts Low Wages written by Dave Jamieson, he goes into much detail towards Wal-Marts shameless wages, stating that they “are so low that many of its workers rely on food stamps and other government aid programs to fulfill their basic needs”
1. Jamieson provides a Medicaid study in which reported, “Wal-Mart had 9,207 workers enrolled in Wisconsin’s public health care program. Making them the top in Supercenter employees.”
2. The article supports this claim according to Wal-Marts own annual report, by stating that they pay “an average of $9.68 an hour. Which is 12.4% below the national average wage for retail workers.”
3. As the result of Wal-Mart’s poverty-level wages, their employees are forced to depend on government assistance programs such as health care, food stamps, subsidized school lunches and subsidized housing.
B. But this comes with a huge consequence to the public.
1. According to the film, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price directed by Robert Greenwald, Wal-Mart “costs taxpayers $1,557,000,000 to supports its employees because most use government aid programs.”
2. With that being said,
C. USA Today posted an article, Wal-Mart Takes Hits on Worker Treatment by Stephanie Armour, which exposes Wal-Marts many “violations to the ethical principles of the Global...