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Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees
Business Insider ^ | 11/18/2013 | Ashley Lutz

Posted on 11/19/2013 8:04:27 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

A Cleveland Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart 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

 

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: charity; poverty; retail; walmart
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Poor WalMart employees. I'm feeling sorry for them:

 

1 posted on 11/19/2013 8:04:27 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

“That Wal-Mart 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.”

PIMP THAT MEME!!

With hundreds of thousands of employees, a house burns down every day, a tornado takes an employee’s house, floods, car crashes, someone is diagnosed with cancer, etc.

But noting that doesn’t fit the MediaMatters/SEIU-approved meme.


2 posted on 11/19/2013 8:08:50 AM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m not fan of Wal-Mart - big business will get into bed with big Government anytime they can - but on the other hand, I imagine there is more to the story than what is stated.


3 posted on 11/19/2013 8:09:37 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Responsibility2nd

Every business enterprise of size, regardless of how well employees are compensated, has employees experiencing needy times. This is a uncalled-for dig at Wal-Mart.


4 posted on 11/19/2013 8:10:57 AM PST by mbarker12474
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To: tcrlaf

Yep...

“”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.”


5 posted on 11/19/2013 8:11:55 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Responsibility2nd

My daughter was born on Thanksgiving 41 years ago. Your picture was my dinner that day.


6 posted on 11/19/2013 8:11:58 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Counter Headline: Wal-Mart Forbids Employees from Assisting Fellow Employees Who Lost Homes to Fire, Hurricane, Tornado, Divorce, Death

Better?


7 posted on 11/19/2013 8:13:18 AM PST by mbarker12474
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To: Responsibility2nd

Walmart defends collections for employees

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/19/walmart-canton-collections/3636729/


8 posted on 11/19/2013 8:16:40 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Only government is qualified to supervised charitable operations.

It is illegal for private citizens/enterprises to do so, and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

9 posted on 11/19/2013 8:17:35 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I remember as a small boy having the luxury of getting TWO of these one Thanksgiving. I liked it very much.


10 posted on 11/19/2013 8:17:53 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Responsibility2nd

Of course you will never hear about how much food Walmart donates to local food banks.


11 posted on 11/19/2013 8:18:47 AM PST by Hugin ( More firepower1)
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To: Responsibility2nd

People don’t go into business thinking of how many people they need to produce their product. They go into business to make money producing their product and fill that need with workers “willing” to work for the wage they’re paid. People do not go into business to be a welfare organization.


12 posted on 11/19/2013 8:24:06 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: mbarker12474

EVERY small business owner that I know has been hit pretty hard economically by the current administraton’s hostile anti-business policies, taxes, and regulations with the exception of ever needed staple industries like cosmetologists, waiters, plumbers, landscaping companies, etc...many of which don’t pay anywhere near the same tax revenue, if at all...


13 posted on 11/19/2013 8:24:09 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: mbarker12474

EVERY small business owner that I know has been hit pretty hard economically by the current administraton’s hostile anti-business policies, taxes, and regulations with the exception of ever needed staple industries like cosmetologists, waiters, plumbers, landscaping companies, etc...many of which don’t pay anywhere near the same tax revenue, if at all...


14 posted on 11/19/2013 8:25:10 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: PGR88

It is spelled UNION.


15 posted on 11/19/2013 8:25:41 AM PST by dforest
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ya know thats kinda sad. We pay a crappy wage, so lets donate help our fellow employees. Merry Christmas!!


16 posted on 11/19/2013 8:33:17 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: Responsibility2nd

That TV dinner actually looks pretty good right now.

Reminds me of when I was a kid in the 70’s.


17 posted on 11/19/2013 8:33:51 AM PST by not2be4gotten.com
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sorry, don’t see this as outrageous. Lot of families have been hard hit by this economy, some more than others.

Employees aren’t forced to comply with this program, they can opt out, unlike some other things going on right now.


18 posted on 11/19/2013 8:34:01 AM PST by Southern Magnolia
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To: Responsibility2nd

Er.. so it would be better if they didn’t do anything to assist their poorer employees? There’s another article recently that chastises Wal-mart for informing their employees about government assistance, such as food stamps. The liberals are making a big deal out of that one too. So they shouldn’t do that either? Should they act like a convenience store employer and just pay the wages and benefits required by law and not do anything else?


19 posted on 11/19/2013 8:35:08 AM PST by jimmygrace
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To: Farnsworth
Ya know thats kinda sad. We pay a crappy wage, so lets donate help our fellow employees. Merry Christmas!!

Bullshit. You don't know what you're talking about. Wal Mart pays a very competitive wage for retail work. They have a decent benefits package and a great upward mobility program for their associates.

20 posted on 11/19/2013 8:36:01 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Responsibility2nd

And now the rest of the story.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/19/walmart-canton-collections/3636729/

“The donation containers are displayed at a Walmart in Canton, Ohio, some sitting on tables in an employees-only area, others underneath tables, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.”

More yellow journalism from Salon and Business Insider


21 posted on 11/19/2013 8:37:36 AM PST by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: Farnsworth

Christmas is about giving.

Everywhere there are someone in need. The fact is all employers have people less fortunate than most.

To give them the opportunity to help those less fortunate is a good thing.

Those who knock it can be lumped with the liberals who insist on the Government doing it


22 posted on 11/19/2013 8:37:51 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Farnsworth

So... the employees are being paid less than their skillset is worth?

Are they somehow chained to the store or something?


23 posted on 11/19/2013 8:39:23 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Responsibility2nd
sound like a (Indirect) Unionist Thug "HIT" piece...

24 posted on 11/19/2013 8:40:50 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Lundberg says an example of this would be a recent layoff in the family or some other financial hardship.

If it's for specific workers who have had a unusually difficult year, then that's fine.

25 posted on 11/19/2013 8:41:26 AM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s a great idea.Everyone has extra canned goods.We used to do that and let people just take what they wanted.One time a man walked in and handed me a fresh turkey-just plopped it in my arms.I tried to say we don’t have anyway to keep it cold but he left that fast.The next person that walked in took it.:)


26 posted on 11/19/2013 8:42:23 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: bgill

These people are working….I say take it from the ones sitting home watching Oprah


27 posted on 11/19/2013 8:43:39 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Responsibility2nd

Walmart...you’re making it very hard for us to defend you to our liberal friends.


28 posted on 11/19/2013 8:44:26 AM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: Responsibility2nd

To date that is still my favorite Thanksgiving dinner. And I top t off with a Dallas Cowboys victory.


29 posted on 11/19/2013 8:45:23 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("Senator Cruz basically made the Democrats fight for a whole bunch of things that they already had.")
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner," reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins.

I thought they were working on Thanksgiving?

30 posted on 11/19/2013 8:46:26 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Responsibility2nd

But we still need to FLOOD the country with low skilled illegal immigrants so that no one anywhere can ever get a decent living wage.


31 posted on 11/19/2013 8:46:48 AM PST by thorvaldr
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To: pgkdan

Why do they have needy employees then?


32 posted on 11/19/2013 8:55:08 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: pgkdan

Sorry but you are not correct. Walmart does not pay competitive wages and they do not have a decent benefits package for the majority of their store employees.

There are a lot of Walmart employees who rely on food stamps and state assistance for medical benefits...all on state tax payers dime.

There are many communities where Walmart is the only store in town...so some people are ‘forced’ to shop/work at those locales. BUT there are other communities where Walmart is just one of many stores. It’s THOSE stores that I don’t understand why people buy that cheap Chinese (or other countries) crappola.

IMO, Walmart’s business model depends on attracting lower income shoppers who need low cost products....and they’ve done their part w/ keeping their own workers salaries low (low hourly rates and limited hours per week).

Yes...yes....Walmart’s entitled to make a profit. Just don’t feed me the line they pay their people a competitive wage. They don’t.


33 posted on 11/19/2013 9:02:00 AM PST by conservaKate (R got it wrong in 2012. We must get it right in 2014 & 2016.)
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To: tcrlaf

These dumbed-down idiots are so beguiled by socialism, they think everyone is the same. Listen, lady: Let’s say I’m a young, unmarried Wal-Mart associate with more than enough money. I’d be happy to donate food for that other associate over there, the one with four kids. Or say I’m a manager, making a little more than my co-workers, I’d gladly contribute something. Or, as you say, tcrlaf, I want to do something nice for that associate over there who just lost her home. It’s a nice gesture this store is making, but the always cranky, always complaining libs just won’t have that.


34 posted on 11/19/2013 9:03:02 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: PGR88

” but on the other hand, I imagine there is more to the story than what is stated.”

Simple- WalMart is nonunion. If this were KMart, you’d never hear of it.

There is a huge push to get a “living wage” for WalMart, they think $15 is enough. The phony analyses suggest that a “living wage” of $15 an hour would only bump prices 1.5%, and most of that would be paid by the wealthy. Looking at the analysis, it looks like they could support a living wage of $30 for less than a 2% price bump, so why not a living wage of $30 and hour?

Aside from the fact that unions get a floor of 15 and not 30, I mean.


35 posted on 11/19/2013 9:06:12 AM PST by DBrow
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To: SkyDancer
People don’t go into business thinking of how many people they need to produce their product. They go into business to make money producing their product and fill that need with workers “willing” to work for the wage they’re paid. People do not go into business to be a welfare organization.

I agree completely.

I was on another forum that was trashing Lee Scott, the former CEO of Walmart and the Walton family, for their GREED and the money they made.

In Lee Scott's final year with Walmart he made $27 Million.

There are 2 million Walmart employees. If divided up amongst all Wamart employees, that would be $1.35 each. Not enough to make the slightest scratch of an impact on an employees life.

The Walton family owns 48% of Walmart stock. Walmarts profits were $16 Billion (at a 3.25% ROI [nothing stellar])

I figured Walmart has about 3 Billion man hours worked in a year. That means a little more than $2.50 an hour, if one were to deny the Walton family from making any profit.

In the BIG picture, not everybody's lives can be substantially impacted by Walmart paying more money.

A person starting out and willing to stick with Walmart and willing to work, can move along in Walmart, eventually making an OK to very good income.

BUT the AVERAGE person working at Walmart has no skills, beyond what they are using at Walmart. Skills which could make them more money somewhere else, doing something else. Its not Walmarts fault that these people don't have any skills. Walmart will take someone with no skills, and if the person is willing to work and apply themselves, Walmart will train them with a skill set that can be applied at Walmart and used for further advancement.

36 posted on 11/19/2013 9:09:46 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Farnsworth

Half of Walmart workers are part time.


37 posted on 11/19/2013 9:10:55 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Farnsworth
Why do they have needy employees then?

Might want to educate yourself about how much Walmart pays, how much Walmart makes and how many employees they have.

Your sounding like A DUer.

38 posted on 11/19/2013 9:15:32 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

The thing I have a problem with is the way the Left/Liberals/Democrats keep slamming CEO’s for their “excessive” compensation. Those LLD’s do not know or understand what or how a business is operated. CEO’s salary is based on performance. If what the CEO does brings in business thus enhancing their corporate profit (dirty word there) that goes to pay investors >after< all business expenses have been paid. If an insurance agent is paid per insurance sign up and gets paid a percentage of the premium then why not a CEO getting a percentage of the business he or she brings in?


39 posted on 11/19/2013 9:16:35 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: conservaKate
My buddy's wife has been at Walmart nearly 20 years and has been making about $20 an hour for over 10 of those years. And she's not even management.

Walmart has 2 million employees. About half of those are part time.

Part time means lower hourly pay, lower over all pay and no benefits.

Do the math.

40 posted on 11/19/2013 9:18:48 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: conservaKate
You have no idea what you are talking about. I spent 20 years in reatila management and I can state with authority that Wal Mart DOES pay a very competitive wage for retali work!

Your arguemnet against Walmart is just plain stupid. They offer low prices and attract low income shoppers...so that makes them bad? Get a grip. Go back to your Union Local and have a beer with your fellow trolls.

41 posted on 11/19/2013 9:19:14 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: SkyDancer

EXACTLY!!!


42 posted on 11/19/2013 9:20:15 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I smell a big union rat behind this story. Not saying it didn’t happen; but someone is pushing it and taking it out of perspective.
Another word for that is propaganda.


43 posted on 11/19/2013 9:24:10 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Under the Democrats; the Lincoln Memorial is closed; but the southern border is open)
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To: mountn man

thats what I mean, 20-24 hours at minimum wage. I’m not knocking Wal-Mart, I just find it ironic and strange.

With Obamacare in place, more of these kinds of boxes will show up in the very near future.


44 posted on 11/19/2013 9:26:39 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: mountn man
Nope, not a DU’er and I kinda resent the label. if half are part time, whats that, 20 hours?? at min wage...yeah thats living. If you're so schooled about Wally World, educate me.

Whats part time?
whats full time?
Whats part time benefits?
Whats full time benefits?

look, I'm not knocking Wal-Mart, but don't you think it's kind of sad that America's largest retailer has a box our to donate to it's employees? I find that very ironic.

45 posted on 11/19/2013 9:30:43 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: Farnsworth

They pay the wage their employees agreed to work for. Nothing sad about that.


46 posted on 11/19/2013 9:37:05 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Hugin

“Of course you will never hear about how much food Walmart donates to local food banks.”

Got any links proving that?


47 posted on 11/19/2013 9:38:37 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: fatima

A turkey is a lot of meat, that can feed a family for a couple of days, or one person a week of sandwiches


48 posted on 11/19/2013 9:39:01 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: raybbr

No, but I’ve seen it first hand.


49 posted on 11/19/2013 9:40:00 AM PST by Hugin ( More firepower1)
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To: mountn man

bump


50 posted on 11/19/2013 9:40:26 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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