Diary of an Associate

By Hugo Meunier  

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In 2012, journalist Hugo Meunier went undercover as a Walmart employee for three months in St. Leonard, Quebec, just north of Montreal.

In great detail, Meunier charts the daily life of an impoverished Walmart worker, referring to his shifts at the box store giant as “somewhere between the army and Walt Disney.” Each shift began with a daily chant before bowing to customer demands and the constant pressure to sell. Meanwhile Meunier and his fellow workers could not afford to shop anywhere else but Walmart, further indenturing them to the multi-billion-dollar corporation.

Beyond his time on the shop floor, Meunier documents the extraordinary efforts that Walmart exerts to block unionization campaigns, including their 2005 decision to close their outlet in Jonquiere, QC, where the United Food and Commercial Workers union had successfully gained certification rights. A decade later he charts the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that exposed the dubious legal ground on which Walmart stood in invoking closure and throwing workers out on the street.

In Walmart: Diary of an Associate, Meunier reveals the truths behind Walmart’s low prices. It will make you think twice before shopping there.

“A classic muckraking expose of corporate greed and its impact on employees and their communities.”

— Midwest Book Review

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  • “Walmart: Diary of an Associate will unquestionably make you look at your local Walmart with a new perspective.”

    — The Miramichi Reader, Feb. 2019 (full review)

  • “A classic muckraking expose of corporate greed and its impact on employees and their communities.”

    — Midwest Book Review, April 2019 (full review)

  • “In 116 pages, Meunier leaps over the gap between elites and the working class. His meta-transformation — from wise-cracking journalist to outraged Walmart staffer — is remarkable.”

    — Seattle Review of Books, May 2019 (full review)


  • Preface
  • Culture Shock
  • Hey I just met you… And this is crazy
  • Between the Army and Walt Disney
  • Pilgrimage to Walmartville
  • Ali Baba and the 600 Dollars of Motor Oil
  • Hold on, Hugo!
  • Diary of an Associate I
  • Diary of an Associate II
  • Operation Sun
  • Diary of an Associate III
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgements


  • Hugo Meunier

    Hugo Meunier is director of digital content for Québecor and has been a journalist at La Presse for more than ten years. He is also the author of Infiltrer Hugo Meunier: Enquête sur la Vie des Vedettes Québécoises [Infiltrator, Hugo Meunier: Investigating the Stars of Québec] and Au Pays des Rêves Brisés [In the Land of Broken Dreams] with Katia Gagnon. He lives in Montreal.

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