It’s as if the news media decided that I didn’t hate Walmart quite enough and it needed to run a really, really crappy story just to ruin my day.
At a Walmart on Atlantic Boulevard in Canton, Ohio, there are bins set up for collecting non-perishable foods. Nice idea, right? I mean, who doesn’t run these type of food drives around the holidays each year? (I wish they were run year-round, but that’s a different story.) Except these bins aren’t for the homeless or the local shelter residents; they are for Walmart employees who don’t make enough money to buy food for their families.
“Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates in Need Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner.”
That’s what the signs say. Not kidding.
Employees working for the largest chain in the country – which, notably, made $17 billion in profit last year – don’t have enough money to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner. The company makes billions in profits and acknowledges that their employees don’t make enough to even make simple ends meet, so they decide to collect food donations instead of, oh, I don’t know, spread around a little of that profit. After all, they only have that profit because of those employees and the work they do.
In the past, it had been discovered that Walmart was telling its employees how to get publicly-funded health insurance, and now they collect food donations for them. No living wages and no health care, all so they can keep billions in profits. Lovely.
And for anyone who thinks companies have to keep their pay down in order to make money, please take a look at Costco. Costco’s profit rose to $459 million in the first quarter of this year, even while paying employees a decent wage and covering health insurance for many of them. A typical Costco worker made $45,000 in 2011 while the average Sam’s Club worker made $17,486. Yet Costco is still making millions in profits.
Please, stop shopping at Walmart. By doing that, you are supporting the company’s taking advantage of people who desperately need a job and are willing to put up with anything. Take your money elsewhere.
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