There's an interesting Q&A in today's Stuart Elliott column in the NY Times:
A Reader Asks: I have a question regarding Wal-Mart's advertising. Do you know if Wal-Mart actually uses employees in its ads or does it hire actors?
I've wondered about this myself. Are there really all these happy people working at Wal-Mart? Elliott's response:
The people appearing in the television commercials and print advertisements for Wal-Mart Stores are actual employees, according to Wal-Mart and its agencies. Such ads have been appearing more frequently as part of efforts by Wal-Mart to counter critics who charge the company does not offer its employees adequate health care or other benefits.
So they're really employees. But I'm still not buying that Wal-Mart is such a great place to work.