Wal-Mart holds food drive for its own employees

Bins inside a Cleveland store ask shoppers to donate to 'associates in need.' The company defends the move.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 18, 2013 2:30PM
Wal-Mart store in Secaucus, New Jersey / Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Ashley Lutz, Business Insider

A Cleveland Wal-Mart (WMT) 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


A company spokesman defended the food drive, telling the Plain Dealer that it is evidence that employees care about each other. 


"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. 


Wal-Mart has been criticized for paying low wages to its 2.2 million employees. 


Last week, 50 people were arrested after protesting the retailer's pay at a store in Los Angeles. 


Wal-Mart turned a profit of $15.7 billion last year. 


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Nov 18, 2013 2:48PM
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i have a great idea! how about you just not be open on thanksgiving and give your employees a turkey like most decent companies do. greedy bastards.
Nov 18, 2013 2:50PM
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I live in the Cleveland area.

Walmart is one of the richest companies in the world. They pay their employees so little that the employee needs food assistance?

Now they have the audacity to bring that issue to the forefront with a ludicrous  request to their customers to feed Walmart employees.

I for one will never shop there.

Nov 18, 2013 2:50PM
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This coming from the same company that told my sister "You gave up your morals and family values when you signed on to work here" when she said she would not work Thanksgiving due to those reasons...Wal-Mart will never get another penny from me!
Nov 18, 2013 3:01PM
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Now that is the lowest thing I have ever read. Why do the customers (who are already paying their wages) have to donate food. Tell me Wal-Mart, what DO YOU do for your associates?
Nov 18, 2013 3:14PM
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Amazing.....richest company led by richest family too cheap to buy an employee a Thanksgiving dinner. 
Nov 18, 2013 3:08PM
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Since Sam Wal died Walmart has treated it's employees like dirt.  He was a good man with a good idea but he died and so did his dream.  Boycott is the word.  Stop shopping at Walmart until they treat their employees like people, but you won't because it may cause you an inconvenience.  Stop carping and start acting.  Boycott, boycott, boycott.  It works.  I haven't shopped at Walmart in years as a matter of principle, but one person can do no good, and standing around shouting does no good, just gets you labeled and maybe arrested.  Just don't shop there.  The feeding trough is the only the only thing these swine understand.  Send letters letting them know that until they pay their associates a living wage you won't be shopping with them anymore.  Simple enough.

Nov 18, 2013 3:14PM
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Boycott Walmart..I do not shop there...
Nov 18, 2013 2:59PM
Nov 18, 2013 3:15PM
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So let me see if I have this straight, we are to buy the food at Walmart, then give it to their employees so they can eat. If that's correct, boy are we in trouble.
Nov 18, 2013 3:08PM
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A good read:

 

 

The definitive Southern company, and the company that has done the most to subject the American job to the substandard standards of the South, has been Wal-Mart, which began as a single store in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962. That year, the federal minimum wage, set at $1.15 an hour, was extended to retail workers, much to the dismay of Sam Walton, who was paying the employees at his fast-growing chain half that amount. Since the law initially applied to businesses with 50 or more employees, Walton argued that each of his stores was a separate entity, a claim that the Department of Labor rejected, fining Walton for his evasion of federal law.

Undaunted, Wal-Mart has carried its commitment to low wages through a subsequent half-century of relentless expansion. In 1990, it became the country’s largest retailer, and today the chain is the world’s largest private-sector employer, with 1.3 million employees in the United States and just under a million abroad. As Wal-Mart grew beyond its Ozark base, it brought Walton’s Southern standards north. In retail marketing, payroll generally constitutes between 8 percent and 12 percent of sales, but at Wal-Mart, managers are directed to keep payroll expenses between 5.5 percent and 8 percent of sales. Managers who fail at this don’t remain managers for long. While Wal-Mart claims the average hourly wage of its workers is $12.67, employees contend it is several dollars lower.

When a Wal-Mart opens in a new territory, it either drives out the higher-wage competition or compels that competition to lower its pay. David Neumark, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, has shown that eight years after Wal-Mart comes to a county, it drives down wages for all (not just retail) workers until they’re 2.5 percent to 4.8 percent below wages in comparable counties with no Wal-Mart outlets. 

           
Nov 18, 2013 3:22PM
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Walmart makes a profit of $15.7 Billion last year and they have a food drive for their poor employees?
I wonder what the Waltons will have for Thanksgiving this year.
Nov 18, 2013 3:12PM
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walton family will go to hell. the richest people in this country treating their bread and butter employees like cattle
Nov 18, 2013 3:25PM
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Just how many people post here against wal-mart and then turn around and go buy something from there because you can get is so cheap? I for one have not been in any of those hell holes for more than 4 years. You know what? Haven't missed it one bit. You want to truly protest wal-mart and the way they treat their people, do it with your paychecks, go somewhere else. If you go there, you're still part of the problem.
Nov 18, 2013 2:50PM
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Maybe if they didn't add so many automated checkouts. They wouldn't have to layoff employees. They should be the one to feed them. Sam Walton would roll over in his grave. If he knew how they are running his company!

Nov 18, 2013 3:12PM
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If I lived in the area, I'd be really tempted to make a donation by buying food from a locally owned store--in cash, no credit card numbers--and then taping my receipt to the bag before dropping it in the bin. Maybe throw in a few job application forms if any of those locally owned stores happened to be hiring.
Nov 18, 2013 3:15PM
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15.7 BILLION IN PROFIT AND YOU NEED POOR PEOPLE THAT SHOP AT WAL-MART AND THE FED TO FEED YOUR POOR EMPLOYEES. THEY MAKE ME SICK. I NEVER EVER THOUGHT THE GREAT UNITED STATES WOULD EVER BE THIS CORRUPT AND GREEDY WE WONT EVEN HELP POOR PEOPLE WITH FOOD STAMPS. I CAN SEE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO WORK FIND WHAT YOU CAN. BUT WHEN I SEE A MOTHER WITH 1-2-3-4 KIDS AND NO DAD AROUND THAT'S WHEN THE SYSTEM SHOULD BE HEADED TO FIND THESE DEAD BEATS AND WE WOULD HAVE LESS OF A NEED FOR FOOD DROP OFFS. CORAVATTE. ONCE AGAIN I FIND IT SO SAD WAL-MART CANT HELP PEOPLE OUT MORE. HOW MUCH MORE MONEY DO YOU NEED IN LIFE. 15.7 BILLION IN ONE YEAR UNREAL.
Nov 18, 2013 3:04PM
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Walmart is an extension the Dept. of HEW.  If it were not for EBT cards they would go out of business.
Nov 18, 2013 3:05PM
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walmart is worth more in the international market than Saudi Arabia; both are autrocities to the people at large. Though walmart is much more harmful globally.
Nov 18, 2013 3:21PM
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Solution: Let Walmart pay no wages to their workers. Just equip each with a  kettle ( something like Salvation Army bell ringers during Christmas season) and let them "earn" their own  salary/ charity/donation.

Thumbs up if you get it, thumbs down if you're too obtuse  or stubborn.

Nov 18, 2013 3:09PM
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well now if they tryed to do whats wright they would give all there workers a few dollars more in there pay checks and free thanks giveing dinner after all its the ones doing the work thats makeing them the money in the frist place  but its all ways the same a few get millions wile the workers get ****...ed
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