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Old 12-07-2007, 02:42 PM
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Default Wal-Mart does not hire felons unless the conviction is seven years or older!

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Come to find out that Wal-Mart doesn't hire anyone with a felony regardless of the crime! I think this is a new policy because I know of some recently convicted felons who work at Walmart doing all sorts of things, but this was years ago. I was denied employement because of my non-violent felony conviction being newer than 7 years old. The woman in personnel even told me flat out "Walmart doesn't hire felons but we only go back seven years."

So much for the world's largest retailer...
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Old 12-07-2007, 02:49 PM
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believe me, I worked for them for over 4 years, and trust me, they did you a favor! lol something way better will come your way, I will keep you in my prayers.
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Old 12-07-2007, 02:56 PM
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believe me, I worked for them for over 4 years, and trust me, they did you a favor! lol something way better will come your way, I will keep you in my prayers.
My wife worked there for about a year or so so I figured I'd give it a shot. This is the first time in my life I've had to look for a "real job." Since I was 13 I've run my own businesses and after a while it couldn't recover. 10 years later I'm 23, have a felony on my record from a few years ago, and now have to get into the work force.

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Old 12-07-2007, 03:06 PM
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don't stress on it. lot's of places don't care about the felony thing. have you tried looking into a temp agency? once you get in the door, alot of employers will keep you on perm. just a thought...
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:59 PM
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don't stress on it. lot's of places don't care about the felony thing. have you tried looking into a temp agency? once you get in the door, alot of employers will keep you on perm. just a thought...
I live in a small Navy town. It's hard to find places to work without going outside this area and with the cost of gas these days, it'd pay to take a lower-paying job than try to find a decent one out-of-town. There is really only one temp. agency around here and I've had no success getting hired.
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:16 PM
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Walmart will hire a felon if there conviction was over 7 years ago. That's a cold hard fact.
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:18 PM
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Hi,

I was released from Chowchilla (female prison, CA) in March 2005, with 5 felony forgery convictions. Within 2 weeks I was working as a counter person running the register at a lawn mower shop. This was due to knowing someone that knew the owner. Within 13 months I was off parole, and working for a government agency as a receptionist. People allways assume that the government wont hire a felon. People should try their local government agency's (city and county) Im not sure about the state or federal level. There are certain departments that you cant work for as a felon, like the Sheriffs department or the District Attorney's but there are alot that you can, that dont care, it just depends on the position.
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Old 12-09-2007, 08:38 PM
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You will find a job, just be patient and be positive. Good Luck
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:59 PM
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Hold on, I would like to set the record straight about Wal-Mart and felons. Wal-Mart does hire felons, but they don't hire any type of felon, they have a selective process. I was convicted of a felony in 06, and in 07 i got a job at a wal-mart store. I was like the many people who thought that wal-mart doesn't hire felons, but I was wrong. It depends on how you present yourself. Before I got hired, I would go certain wal-mart stores that had the now hiring sign or now hiring ads in the paper, and I was interviewed and told that my felony disqualifies me from a job. This didn't stop me from applying. I got tired of wasting my time going store to store (wal-mart stores that is), so I filled out an online application and listed the stores that I was interested in. I went and got a temp job sometime in 06 (after my conviction) and two months later I had two different wal-mart stores calling me in for interviews. I went to one, and got the job. The great part, they didn't ask me anything about my record, but they did ask me to fill out a release form that gave them permission to run a background check. When u fill the form out, you must listed every conviction you ever had. Don't be scared, just do it, because the chances of you getting the job is high (since they called u in), so don't lie about anything, just be upfront and tada, a job at wally's world.
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:01 AM
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no bs, so the myth has been busted.
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Old 12-13-2007, 01:53 AM
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Wal-Mart treats their workers like crap in Tennessee...no insurance, low pay, endless bitching and back biting........ Night Audit Clerk at a hotel pays more and most will hire a felon...
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:10 AM
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Ex-felons really have not much of a choice of employment options. Today ever company seems to be doing background checks.
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I was denied employment at the Casino for the same reason...so where do they want us to work?
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:19 PM
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my hubby works at pizza hut as a driver. his felony conviction was 1991. hes been out 6 yrs and still finds it hard to find jobs
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:55 PM
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My son cant get a regular job so when he was out he got a day laborer job and they vop'd him because two other workers were on parole there also. HE didn't know them and now he's serving 6 more months for vop. So tell me how is he suppose to work if he can find work when someone unknown person there may be on parole also?
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I was able to fill out the FAFSA before I got out of prison and got financial aid to go back to college. I just graduated with my AA (after being out for less than a year) and I am on my way to get my BS this semester. I am now getting about 10,000 a semester between student loans and financial aid grants.
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I HAVE HAD BOTH OF SONS TRY TO FIND JOBS AFTER PRISON BUT ONLY COULD GET LABOR JOBS THEIR BODIES CAN NOT DO. SO THIS TIME I AM STARTING A BUSINESS NO ONE CAN TELL THEM NO. ITS EBAY. THEY EACH WILL GET TO LEARN THE COMPUTER AND AFTER FINDING THINGS THEY WOULD LIKE TO SALE THEY CAN JUST TAKE IT OVER UNTIL THEY CAN GET A JOB W/ BENEFIT'S. TO MANY PEOPLE FILL THEY WERE NOT WORTH THE CHANCE BUT THEY WILL PROVE ALL OF THEM WRONG. DID YOU NOW
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Old 01-06-2008, 06:10 AM
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Part of your life sentence:

If anything goes missing, money, paper clips, paper towels, you will be the first to be suspected. This goes on forever. Get used to it if you can. I can't.

This isn't to be a downer, but if you know ahead of time, them some of you might be able to deal with it better than I have for the last nine years since being on the outside.
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Old 01-06-2008, 07:58 AM
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My fiance doesn't get out until 2013 and I am already searching the web and trying to find info on jobs for people who are "ex-offenders". True it's a while to be trying to worry about it, but the way the system is set up it's like almost everyone does a background check. How in the world is a person who has gone to jail/prison ever suppose to survive out here on their own financially?
I saw a entry on another website where a woman had 3 kids to raise on her own with no help and had went to jail over 20+ times b/c she couldn't pay her restitution fees which were over $200 a month. She said she had been turned away at some of the fast food restaraunts, and was comtemplating suicide b/c she didn't know what to do and how to get out of her situation, it brought tears to my eyes.

It makes you wonder what does the government think is going to happen to people who are trying to get back on their feet when they have made a mistake in life. My answer the government doesn't care! They call it the Department of Corrections, but who are they correcting? True you can go back to school and get a degree for a certain position, but how many of those jobs will just hire you without doing a background check if they want you to go through the means of getting a degree anyway?

It's like a catch 22! And no matter what you do it's stuck on you like glue!
Unless you start your own business, know someone higher up who can get you in the door or work in the trades/skill area it could be a challenge.

They want people not to go back to that lifestyle well give em assistance and stop selling them myths!

They will give you money for financial aid with school, but what about financial aid for home?
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Walmart does hire felons! The assistant manager at my local wal-mart served time for murdering her husband. She didn't do much time, about 5 or 6 years. 3 days after she came home from prison she had a cashier job at the wal-mart, and she worked herself up from there.
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FAFSA if you committed a felony do to drugs you aren't eligible for fiancial aid. And in Pittsburgh they even do background checks at Temporary Agencies. Felons should try to get into an apprenticeship in electricans, boilermakers etc. especially if they have restitution and child support to pay. And, if they are eligible for public assistance they can only stay on for 6 months. And they don't give them medical benefits.
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Old 01-10-2008, 01:54 PM
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It appears Walmart only goes back 5 years for record searches. You could be convicted of murder and drug trafficking and if it was over 5 years ago they don't hold it against you. This is what the assistance manager of our local Walmart told me. Too bad that by the time I'm eligible to be hired at Walmart I'll already have another job.
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Do feel it was better for you on the inside? The outside world is not a friendly place at all. At least in prison they take care of your basic necessities. On the outside, no job, no money = homlessness.

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If anything goes missing, money, paper clips, paper towels, you will be the first to be suspected. This goes on forever. Get used to it if you can. I can't.

This isn't to be a downer, but if you know ahead of time, them some of you might be able to deal with it better than I have for the last nine years since being on the outside.
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That's pretty common. For 10 years before I was incarcerated I was a service manager at two different dealerships. Even though my crime was over 13 years old when I went down, I can no longer be employed doing what at one time was perfectly suited for me. I can't even begin to count how many business have wanted to hire me until they realized that I was fresh out of prison. I'd still be out of work If had not started my own business, by time another six years passes, I'll be so firmly established in what I am doing now, that there's no way I'll go looking again.
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Default The largest retailer selling away our economy!!

Yep, I've done the Wal-mart bit. I know you need ca$h but you don't want to work there. Wal-mart is very bad for the personality. They will treat you like crap. They brain-wash you into being less than a man. You will do it as long as that "bullshit" check keeps rollin' it. Save yourself the bullshit. If your just an uneduacted loser with no ambition in life then that place is good for you!!
Rub that shit off..You saved yourself. F U C K W A L M A R T!!
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