Walmart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

Walmart says giving is for workers facing "extreme hardship"

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A Cleveland Walmart store is holding a food drive - for its own employees.

"Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner," reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported on the food drive, which has sparked outrage in the area.

"That Walmart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers - to me, it is a moral outrage," Norma Mills, a customer at the store, told the Plain Dealer.

A company spokesman defended the food drive, telling the Plain Dealer that it is evidence that employees care about each other.

"This store has been doing this for several years and is for associates that have faced an extreme hardship recently," spokesman Kory Lundberg told us.

Lundberg says an example of this would be a recent layoff in the family or some other financial hardship.

Wal-Mart has been criticized for paying low wages to its 2.2 million employees.

Last week, 50 people were arrested after protesting the retailer's pay at a store in Los Angeles.

Wal-Mart turned a profit of $15.7 billion last year.

The original version of this story stated that Wal-Mart was asking customers to donate food. The food drive is actually among employees.

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teeessiii

What a scam.....drastically underpay your employees...and have the difference made up by the taxpayers and charitable benefactors. Of course Bagger fools don't want to pay the taxes to support these people, don't want to provide them with any charity, and don't want Walmart to give them a raise. Bagger fools want Walmart employees to simply die of starvation because they "don't have the right skills" in an employment environment where even highly-skilled technical workers have had their jobs outsourced to the slave labor nations like China and India.

November 21 2013 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wmccreery

This very telling

November 19 2013 at 1:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Ken

Also, the lack of anyone caring to comment is very telling too....

November 20 2013 at 9:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Frodo

No one ever cares about retail workers. If you look at the comments sections on any given news site, the theme is always the same. "If you don't like it quit, and find another job." The next thing will be that if they had an education, they wouldn't be in this position. It's truly disgusting the way people talk about these retail workers. I admire anyone trying to make it on their own.

November 22 2013 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

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