After 15 years in retail management, Ben Brown found himself heartbroken, jobless, and living in his parent’s basement. In the worst economic recession in 25 years, Ben too an entry level job catching shoplifters for Wal-Mart. Not just any Wal-Mart, but an inner-city test store in the Midway are of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Drugs, poverty, and violence plague the area to this day and Ben’s interactions with shoplifters show the complications of the inner city.
Wal-Mart: I Don’t Belong Here is the first memoir by someone who lived Wal-Mart, not a journalist pretending to be an employee. This is an unflinching look at bungling management, wildly incompetent corporate rules, violence, sadness, and sometimes…redemption.
If you love, or even hate, Wal-Mart, this book is the truest account of what it is like to not only work at Wal-Mart, but answers the question you may be asking: Why do people work at Wal-Mart?