Walmart made $16 billion in profits last year while associates barely broke minimum wage. Still, when it came to Thanksgiving the mega-retailer thought it was their low-paid employees who should foot the bill for helping out their fellow workers in need.
So, they set up donation bins asking their employees to be charitable and bring canned goods for those who cannot feed their families this holiday.
While encouraging giving among staffers is not entirely a bad thing, it is a horrible thing when you realize that the Waltons made billions last year and they gave barely a cent to help another human being (or pay living wages, healthcare or better working conditions for their own employees) and now they are ‘helping’ on their workers’ dole.
According to Forbes, the Waltons are “America’s greediest billionaires… They have each contributed less than 0.05 percent of their personal net worth through the years 2008 and 2013.”
Activist group Making Change at Walmart noted that the collection bins reflect Walmart and the Waltons callousness and lack of generosity even to those who help make their stores a success.
“Rather than agree to pay a decent wage or provide full-time hours, Walmart and its owners (the Waltons) continue to earn massive profits while too many of the workers who make the company a success go hungry,” they wrote on Facebook.
One worker added that she thinks that the food bins are insulting when even working as much as they can, they can’t pay their own bills.
“My co-workers and I don’t want food bins,” associate La’Randa Jackson said. “We want Walmart and the Waltons to improve pay and hours so that we can buy our own groceries.”
Tanya Roudebush, another Walmart worker, agreed. “We are all in need, but we feel a sort of obligation to take care of our co-workers who are also struggling. The cycle is crazy. It doesn’t make any sense.”
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