Walmart Workers Collect Food for Other Workers?

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Walmart Workers Collect Food for Other Workers?
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Wed, 11-20-2013 - 7:58pm

I know this is a bit off topic, and not necessarily a political topic, but I thought it was worth sharing.

A Walmart store decided to do a food drive for its own employees who are unable to afford a Thanksgiving dinner:  http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/is_walmarts_request_of_associa.html

Everyone knows that Walmart is infamous for its low prices and wages.  Is Walmart admitting that they realize their workers are underpaid?  Instead of raising wages, they take up a food drive?

What do you think about the store's food drive?

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Tue, 11-26-2013 - 5:15am

Good for WalMart. Kuddos.

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Registered: 10-23-2001

I agree with deenasdad, kuddos to Walmart for stepping up. Many employers have outreach programs for their own, not as "noticeable" as what Walmart does/did perhaps but still, it is a good deed and a way to retain an employee too. 

 

 

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Sat, 11-30-2013 - 11:51pm

Wow.  It takes some serious gall (or outright stupidity) for a firm to suggest that its employees chip in to cover a holiday meal for other employees.  

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Sat, 11-30-2013 - 11:57pm

For the life of me I cannot understand how ANYBODY could commend Walmart for " stepping up" .  They did NOTHING except shift the load to other underpaid employees.  Anybody who says otherwise is willfully wicked.  

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 10-23-2001

Underpaid employees have no business reaching out to someone in need?  What a cold, heartless thought. 

 

 

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 12:40pm

While I freely admit to being wicked and sinful, I must also say that some of the most generous people I know are also the poorest. It's insulting to suggest that such people need to be "protected" from their generosity.

Walmart is only organizing the food drive, like so many organizations do, including, most likely, your own grocery store. People are free to give as they choose and this is as it should be.

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 11:10pm

I was in error.  The idea that a corporation would actively enlist the support of its underpaid workers to support other underpaid workers isn't just for the evil.  It's also for the intelligence-challenged.  

Think.  Just think.  The causal agent for low wages is asking for MORE sacrifice from other low wage earners.  In what moral or logical world would that make ANY sense?  

Walmart is no charity and its owners are stinking rich.  What did THEY contribute to improve the lot of their underpaid employees?  From what I have read, the answer is "not one damn thing".

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 11:23pm

Who said anything about "protection"? I pointed out the immorality of a rich but parsimonious employer recruiting other Bob Cratchits to compensate for failure to pay enough that employees could have a Thanksgiving (oh the irony!) feast. They (Walmart) created the beast to begin with!

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Wed, 12-04-2013 - 11:28pm

First, we don't know if WalMart made contributions or otherwise provided assistance.  Second, a company is responsible for nothing more than paying a market wage and providing safe working conditions.  It shows consideration for their employees and an awareness of their personal circumstances.  Again... kuddos.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 6:06am

What does how Walmart pays its employees have to do with helping someone out? Is there a paycheck you have in mind that makes more sense to charitable giving? I can't believe you're even looking at it the way you are.

You know every year my kids chose a cause to donate to at Christmas and they chose a homeless shelter this year. All of a sudden I have a new appreciation for this store, We will shop here for things and give them our patronage.

 

 

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