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Walmart Sells Donkey Meat Tainted With Fox Meat in China

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What does the fox say? Probably something along the lines of “stop eating me, Chinese discount shoppers.”

Walmart is recalling donkey meat from some of its stores in China after the Shandong Food and Drug Administration said their famous “Five Spice” donkey meat contained fox meat. Yes, cats, dogs and donkeys are fair game in China – but fox meat crosses the line.

Donkey meat is not a Chinese staple meat dish, but is commonly eaten as a snack. In fact, the donkey snack is so popular that in 2011 China slaughtered 2.4 million donkeys for food.

And who would have thought that Walmart wouldn’t sell the highest quality of donkey meat? Probably everyone who lives in China and has read about all the recent food scares. Tainted milk scandals and recycled “gutter oil” stories have pretty much undermined Chinese consumer’s confidence in the food supply chain – and Walmart is no exception. This isn’t the first time Chinese Walmarts have been investigated for selling questionable meat. In 2011, Walmart was fined for selling duck meat past its expiry date in China.

But Walmart, worried that the latest fox meat scandal could dent it’s reputation for quality in China’s $1 trillion food and grocery market, is taking action to reassure shoppers, including a setting-up a team to investigate the incident and strengthening its food safety rules.

“We are deeply sorry for this whole affair,” said Wal-Mart’s China president and CEO Greg Foran, “It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management.”

That was deep.

Via: NBC News

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The Hottest Holiday Toy This Year Is… A Towel

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Americans must take a lot of showers because Walmart’s most popular Black Friday seller this year was a towel.

Almost three million towels were sold from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving through Black Friday, beating out the 300,000 bicycles, 1.4 million tablets, and 2 million televisions sold during the same period.

Why the sudden towel craze? Apparently Walmart shoppers can’t resist a bargain. For the low price of $1.74, Walmart offered single bath towels and six-packs of washcloths.

“We’ve seen at-home items like towels and sheets and even Rubbermaid Tupperware become popular on Black Friday at our stores,” said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Deisha Barnett. “A lot of people are either hosting guests for the weekend or preparing for guests for the holiday season.”

The towel sale was enough to send Walmart shoppers into a frenzy, as holiday deal-seekers punched and shoved their way through the crowd to get their hands on the 29 cent washcloths. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a good old fashioned towel fight:

But videos weren’t the only thing Walmart shoppers posted on the internet in relation to the vicious towel fights. Some holiday shoppers took anger/amusement out on Twitter:

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Via: CNBC

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Walmart Organizes Thanksgiving Food Drive… For Its Own Employees

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A Walmart in Cleveland is collecting food for the needy – the needy being Walmart’s own employees who can’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner.

Walmart Bins“Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner,” reads a sign accompanied by several purple and orange plastic bins. Translation: “Please feed the employees we don’t pay well enough to feed themselves.”

The bins are tucked away in an employee area so only low wage employees can donate to other low wage employees. Now where could they find some low-cost food to donate…? Walmart!

Once the picture became viral, the food drive sparked some outrage in the area.

“I went through the emotion of compassion for the employees, working for the largest food chain in America, making low wages, and who can’t afford to provide their families with a good Thanksgiving holiday,” Norma Mills, a customer at the store, told the Plain Dealer.

“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.”

Employees were equally upset, calling the bins “demoralizing” and “kind of depressing.” And they work at Walmart so for something to depress them, it’s got to be pretty damn depressing.

But Walmart says the food drive is proof that that employees care about each other. And that Walmart doesn’t….

Walmart, which turned a profit of $15.7 billion last year, is being criticized for paying ridiculously low wages to its 2.2 million employees. Strikes against Walmart have been popping up all over the country with protesters demanding higher wages, more full time work, and “ending illegal retaliation” against employees who speak out against pay and working conditions. Low wage Walmart workers in Cincinnati and Dayton went on strike Monday and they can give thanks to the Thanksgiving food drive – because if there was any ever proof that $7.85 an hour was not enough to live on, it’s a food drive for employees.

Via: The Plain Dealer

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Walmart Yanks Osama bin Laden Costume

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Walmart is pulling an Osama bin Laden costume from their shelves after receiving complaints from the Sikh community. Well there goes my Halloween costume idea…

The Sikh Coalition said the turban-themed costume was offensive to 9/11 victims and perpetuates “negative stereotypes about turbans and beards that have led to violence and discrimination against Sikhs and other minorities.”

“If you lost a loved one during the 9/11 attacks or during our nation’s war against Al Qaeda, or if someone attacked your father in a hate crime because he wears a turban, I doubt this costume would make you comfortable,” said Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy at The Sikh Coalition.

Although the Sikh advocacy organization went on a letter writing rampage to numerous retailers, they didn’t get through to all of them. The costume, manufactured by Fun World, is still available at other fine retailers such as Sears and Rite Aid.

But who would want to dress up as Osama bin Laden anyways? Bin Laden is sooo 2011. Why not try another one of America’s enemies? There’s certainly no shortage!

Potential costume ideas: Bashar al-Assad, Edward Snowden, Al-Shebaab Mall Attackers, President Obama… and the list goes on!

Naughty LeopardBut if you’re thinking about going the “sexy cat” route for Halloween, you may be out of luck if you shop at Walmart. The superstore has also removed a “Naughty Leopard” Halloween costume from its shelves after people complained it was too sexual. Note: the costume was for toddlers.

Via: The Huffington Post

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