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Remember the piece a few weeks ago about Playboy announcing that it would do a "The Women of Wal-Mart" pictorial?

Well, The New York Times reports that Playboy isn’t waiting for the pictures to develop before taking on Wal-Mart.

An article, "God and Satan in Bentonville," in the November 2003 issue of Playboy, reportedly looks at the "conservative, no-frills culture at Wal-Mart."

"Wal-Mart has never been able to square its professed Main Street values - the greeters at the store doors, the flag-waving patriotism - with the uncomfortable fact that it's bad news for Main Street wherever it goes," Dan Baum writes in the article.

Among the ironies…

• Wal-Mart is on the verge of putting a Bentonville bookstore out of business. It is owned by a daughter-in-law of the late Sam Walton.

• Wal-Mart shoppers will have to buy the magazine elsewhere, because Wal-Mart doesn’t carry Playboy.

Amazingly, Wal-Mart cooperated with the story, answering questions and providing information. Wal-Mart spokesman Tom Williams, said, "We try to respond to all queries that come to us." However, he noted that the company doesn't like the attention and that Playboy is looking to sell magazine's at Wal-Mart's expense.

The November issue reportedly is on newsstands today,
KC's View:
We're going to pick it up. But just for the articles.