In a recent Op-Ed piece on Feb. 19 titled “Op-Ed: Here's why Burbank residents want Walmart,” a high-ranking employee of Walmart had the gall to declare that Burbank residents want a Walmart. It is a declaration that insults the intelligence of every resident of Burbank, implying we are not smart enough to know that the writer, Steven Restivo, is paid a nice, fat salary to hold this opinion.
He is employed as senior director of community affairs for Walmart and has no personal ties to Burbank. As a corporate mouthpiece, it is Restivo’s job to spin pro-Walmart statements. His job relies on it. Restivo is betting on the assumption that Burbank residents won’t know the difference.
Mr. Restivo, I hate to break it to you and Walmart’s no doubt highly-paid publicity engineers, but Burbankians are not that stupid.