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: 03-03-2009
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 10:10am
Did you read the OP? You are missing the point entirely. Here it is--again. IF Walmart paid its employees a decent wage, there would be no reason for a store to conduct a food drive FOR ITS OWN EMPLOYEES. Walmart has a poor PR image. Lately it's been running ads touting employee benefits. After the food drive fiasco, that campaign is likely to be met with more than a little skepticism.

Jabberwocka

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Thu, 12-05-2013 - 10:53am

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-13/how-mcdonald-s-and-wal-mart-became-welfare-queens.html. Read it.  Then decide if you really want to patronize corporations which pay paltry wages and count on the charity of their own employees OR the funds of taxpayers to make up the shortfall for THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES.  

If I remember correctly, most conservatives (you included) oppose public assistance programs.  So choose.  Which is it to be?  Reponsible employers?  Social welfare/private charity for the working poor?  Or are conservatives most interested in bringing back some form of the poor farm? Union work houses maybe?  

You might want to refresh your memory regarding the business practices of a certain Ebenezer Scrooge.   And you might want to go a bit farther and find out HOW those in homeless shelter reached such a nadir.

Jabberwocka

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Thu, 12-05-2013 - 4:32pm

As far as I know, the participation is voluntary. How is it immoral to ask others to give? And why on earth do you think low-wage workers are too stupid to decide for themselves whether they are able or willing to give? Just because a person has a low-wage job doesn't mean he can't reason.

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Registered: 03-03-2009

OMG. Did anybody bother to read the OP?  Any other coverage of the food drive?  Or is there just an overwhelming inability or unwillingness (on the part of other posters here, for crying out loud) to think?!

In my world, it would be appallingly bad form and morally suspect (at the very least) to run a company which paid its employees so poorly  that they could not afford food; and then ask the same group to donate to each other for a Thanksgiving meal (apparently at the same time, management and owners contributed nothing).  I say that as wife of a prosperous business owner.  The issue of employee volition is NOT germane at all! 

Nor was I referring to those employees' inability to reason!  Y'all don't seem to have much in the way of Introspection or analysis ability.  Thick as bricks........  You probably also think that Stephen Colbert was praising Walmart for its appalling lack of conscience.  http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/430680/november-19-2013/walmart-s-employee-food-drive

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 10-23-2001

Stereotype much?  Why can't there be responsible employers and charitable giving at the same time...  At what point or "paycheck" would a situation like this make sense? 

 

 

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Registered: 01-14-2011

It seems that some liberals took this kind gesture and used it for their own agenda.  For one thing, this was an individual store, not a company wide policy.  Also, this store has done this in the past with no controversy. This food drive is for employees who have had extreme hardships such as a spouce losing their job or illness in the family or loss of a home.   I have worked in a retail setting in the past and making minimum wage myself and we have done similar things for co-workers in need.  A bake sale to raise funds to help someone going through cancer treatments.  We "passed the hat" when a co-worker's house was severely damaged by a tornado.  And many other examples.  Sometimes it doesn't matter how much money you make, life happens.  And when it does, it is wonderful to be able to help someone through a rough patch, even if it is just providing a meal.  Sorry that some people are too blinded by their own agenda and can't see the good it it.

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Thu, 12-05-2013 - 11:35pm
You ignore (willfully) that Walmart does not pay most of its employees a wage on which they could handle the basics of life. The blindness to which you refer is yours. Scrooge (pre spirit visit) would likely have been equally supportive of Walmart's policies.

Jabberwocka

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Thu, 12-05-2013 - 11:43pm
Got it. No answers except to accuse me of stereotyping and then continue to ignore that Walmart is NOT a responsible employer. NWMT to continue since there is such an abysmal insistence on illogic.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Fri, 12-06-2013 - 12:14am
There was no indication in the footage and stories I have seen that "extreme hardship" or catastrophic events of a few individuals were the rationale for the Walmart food drive. You made claims but provided no substantiating links. I suspect an agenda........

Jabberwocka

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Fri, 12-06-2013 - 6:11am
No, not blind, I'm appalled by your logic. They aren't a responsible employer? What is it they owe their employees?