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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