Big Box Mart is asking you

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アウトソーシングのおかげでエイブリデイ・ロープライスだと喜んでいた。しかし、ビッグ・ボックス・マートの値下げ圧力は、アメリカ国内の企業にも重くのしかかってくる。そして、このおじさんの働いていた工場の経営者は・・・ そしておじさんは・・・



In BIG BOX MART an unsuspecting consumer learns an economic lesson the hard way when his high-skilled factory job is shipped overseas to accommodate the "everyday low prices" he's come to expect from his favorite retailer. Now only one question remains: Paper or plastic?

最後にある「Now only one question remains:」は、いろんな場面で使われるフレーズで、普通は、簡単には答えられない問題を読者に突きつけて文章を締めくくるのに使われるのだが、ここでは、むしろ深刻さを和らげるための冗談である。「Paper or Plastic? (紙袋にしますか? それともビニール袋?)」というのは、アメリカのスーパーで買い物をするとレジでほとんど必ず聞かれる質問。商品を詰める袋のことだ。日本人はたいていびっくりする。私も、初めて買い物したとき、何のことかさっぱり分からなかった。



Big Box Mart: lyrics
Oh, it starts with sweatshop labor in a foreign factory
and gets packed on a vessel and shipped over the sea.
It's loaded onto trailers and it's spread across the map.
Big Box Mart is the place I go to buy all of my crap.

Oh, Big Box Mart what do you have for me?
Because the shopping carts are empty and we're on a shopping spree.

I come to the Big Box Mart because I do have lots of needs
and they sell crap the cheapest with their discounts guaranteed.
When I'm walking through the aisles 'tis like I'm hypnotized
with a wallet full of credit cards I never leave deprived.

Oh, Big Box Mart thank you for serving me.
My house is full of crap now and it used to be empty.

Next day at the factory, the news was very grim.
My job was being out sourced to the slums of East Beijing.
Management was re-running the company's whole chart.
They got to make crap cheap enough to sell to Big Box Mart.

Oh, Big Box Mart look what you've done to me.
He's got to start all over at age of 53.

I still go to Big Box Mart. Yes, I'm there most all the time.
These days you'll likely find me sweeping aisle number nine.
My dreams of our retirement have gone up in a blaze
and I'll be scrubbing toilets till they stick me in the grave.

Oh, Big Box Mart what have you sold to me?
We used to be your customers, now we're your employees.

Oh, Big Box Mart my paycheck reminds me,
your every day low prices have a price, they aren't free!

Paper or plastic?

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