A second Wal-Mart holds a food drive for employees
Undeterred by the uproar sparked earlier this week at another store, employees ask for help.
The Wal-Mart in Franklin confirmed to Business Insider that it is asking employees to donate to other workers in need. The local Fox affiliate first reported on the drive.
"A lot of associates can't even afford to buy a small turkey," Ricki Hahn, a seven-year employee of Wal-Mart, told the station.
News of a similar food drive for a Wal-Mart located 200 miles away in Canton sparked outrage earlier this week. Activists say the drive proves that the retailer's wages are too low to provide for basic needs.
Wal-Mart says the food drive has been taken out of context and that the company is proud of the wages it pays.
"We're proud of the pay and benefits at Walmart, but this issue has nothing to do with how much we pay our associates," spokesman David Tovar said in an email. "This story is simply about people being good neighbors, taking care of each other store by store, associate by associate."
"It’s unfortunate that an act of human kindness has been taken so out of context," Tovar added.
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"Wal-Mart says the food drive has been taken out of context and that the company is proud of the wages it pays..."
Plus their employees no longer have to buy their own work shackles...
How can Wal-Mart be proud with their wages when in the article above one of the employees says that some of them can't afford a turkey at 59 cents a pound and this company is saying it is proud of its wages they must live on another planet if the wages are so good why the food drive for the help and not for the really needy like so many other big and small companies do.
I hate Wal-Mart won't shop there
$17 Billion in profits...while employees can't even afford to eat properly.
I'm done with Walmart.
WalMart has internal program for "Associates in Need" which is what Mr. Tovar is vaguely referring to. However, this program is suppose to be to help those associates that have faced some unforeseen circumstance or catastrophy. But now this internal program has been made external requesting WalMart customers, whom WalMart executives themselves admitted are in the lower economic levels, to subsidize their workers. Really? Can't believe WalMart 'execs' signed off on this program... Twist it as you may Mr. Tovar, it does point finger back!
$17 Billion in profits while their employees are going hungry...in America!
I will not support an employer who pays starvation/slave-wages....
So now people have to decide which box to put food in? Geeze between the HACAP and toys for tots drop offs and the salvation Army kettles one could go broke from charity.
I guess this is the 'there's more to WalMart' that I see advertised on TV.
How about holding a food drive for Philippines? They need help and we should help them
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