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Walmart Collects Food for its Employees Who Can't Afford Thanksgiving

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/is_walma...

Does this reflect well on Walmart or highlight their inadequacy as an employer, or the high price of food, or the impact of Obama care? or something else?



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Inequality is expensive Banned by TED

Consumers - and only consumers - drive the economy.

If they don't have jobs, if they don't have adequate income, then what?

Business owners know this.

- See more at: http://www.realecontv.com/videos/social-costs/inequality-is-...

http://www.realecontv.com/videos/social-costs/inequality-is-...

Walmart should at the minimum give each associate

a turkey.

Most small business owners do for their employees. And Walmart makes enough profit and can afford it.

Good for them

I'm glad these people will have food on the table

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

I am pleased they will get help with food but it is

degrading.

They work a job and yet can't afford to put enough food on the table?

Can't exactly remember the wording but like the meme on Facebook says if you work a job all week and still can't put food on the table that is slavery.

And the largest employer in America guess who it is.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/08/22/ten-...

They they do no not pay a living wage yet are the 4th richest in the United States. Net worth $25.3 billion.

Things will get a lot worse

Before they get better. The roller coaster is almost to the top of the peak....just a few more clicks to go...hold on tight because this will be the least of our problems.

I'm glad they have dinner. Prepare your house....

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Inequality is real

Take this fun little test.

http://inequality.is/real

Housing wage calculator

http://nlihc.org/library/wagecalc

Average rent in California $1300

In order to afford this monthly rent in California, you need to make at least $25 per hour, or $52,000 per year. This calculation assumes you will spend no more than 30% of your income on rent (the generally accepted standard of affordability). If you earn the minimum wage in this state ($8), then you will have to work 125 hours per week to have an income high enough to afford this rent.

Fast Food Workers Make Less In A Year Than Their CEOs Make In A

Day. That Can’t Be Right.

http://fastfoodforward.org/

Enter your current wage

What should you be making?

Americans' wages have lagged further and further behind productivity gains since the late 1970s, but it wasn’t always this way. After World War II, our pay rose with productivity—the more we made, the more we were paid. Today, the gap between American workers’ productivity and their wages is at an all-time high. What could you be making if wages had grown with productivity?

http://www.upworthy.com/heres-a-way-to-find-out-exactly-how-...

Something else altogether,

There was a time when young folks worked the fast food places and wally world, but that has changed. I don't shop at wally world, and I avoid it at all cost, but it has nothing to do with their employee wages. Since when do we blame our jobs, or the company that employees us, for our low pay? Did we not make the decisions that led us to working in fast food, or wally world, in the first place? If we had worked hard and excelled in something, anything at all, would we be working at wally world? If we had a better work history, perhaps not having three jobs per year, would we be forced to work fast food? If we had quit bailing out our entitled children, and instead saved for our "golden years", would we be over 50 and just starting a job at wally world? We see all kinds of feigned "outrage" in this country of ours, but we never see the people out there who actually take ownership for their situation. I know they exist, they have to, but media and government doesn't want a story of self help or taking responsibility for ones self. They want stories with someone to blame, and equality for all, no matter what we have done in our lives to reap what we currently sow. The pot must be stirred, and we all deserve and are entitled to whatever it is our neighbors might have.

I call bullshit. You are in your current position because of decisions that you made, and nobody else is to blame. Just as the citizens of the United States are exactly where we belong. We were warned, and we ignored the warnings. We became a nation of apathy and allowed the central government to balloon out of control. We have been controlled by a fear of things much more fictitious than Sasquatch or the Lock Ness Monster. When "War of the Worlds" was played, and the people went absolutely nuts, the government and its puppet masters took full notice. They noticed that we are a nation of sheep, who will believe anything that comes out over the air waves, and will depend on government to take care of our issues without even seeking the smallest of proofs.

Do we have forces working against us all? Surely we do. Do we all make individual decisions that lead to our nation being in the shape it is in? Yes we have. I for one don't blame anyone but the citizens who fell asleep and gave up our nation. It doesn't do any good to blame the government. If people truly cared then we would have 1% of the population marching on D.C. and occupying our government buildings. Yes, that is 3.3 million people, just 1 percent of our population. Television programs don't have any problem getting that many people to do the same thing at the same time, but then again, where would we be without the idiot box hanging on the wall.

Thought this will show you it from another point of view

Individuals who are unemployed the longest are the least likely to find work, with some employers stipulating "unemployed need not apply" in job ads.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKdOk23iYMc&feature=youtu.be

40% of US workers can't all be making bad decisions

40% Of US Workers Now Earn Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-05/40-us-workers-now-e...

So we must find someone to blame?

It can't possibly be our own faults now can it? And yes, it is entirely possible for 40% of Americans to make bad decisions. Let's not only look at wages, but let's look at debt piled up from buying non essentials throughout life. Who can we blame for this? Media? Advertising agencies? Anyone but ourselves. I took on an early early semi retirement, not because I am wealthy, but because I never took on debt other than cheap investment properties and my own farm. I don't make car payments, I don't pay hundreds for cable and such, and I don't finance anything if it isn't an emergency. Half the battle isn't how much money you take in, but how you treat that money and spend it. You can look for blame anywhere you want, but it rests with the people, and not with anyone else. Americans don't think long term, in fact they can't normally think past next weeks episode of their favorite idiotic television show.

40 'Frightening' Facts On The Fall Of The US Economy

Statistics About The Fall Of The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-27/40-frightening-fact...

This should be it's own top post

IMO well said! bravo!

This just highlights the phoney economic recovery

Its like the "You know how I know you're gay?" jokes:

You know how I know there is no economic recovery?

WalMart is collecting food for its employees.

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lol

its funny 'cuz it's true.

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Isn't that sweet of them?

What are they serving up, Vienna sausages and day old bread?

The Diamond Dog believes this reflects the fact that Wal-Mart is the lowest paying company in America.

Fast forward to slide #1:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-companies-paying-america...

The Diamond Dog is a real cool cat. | Reporting on the world from an altitude of 420.

This is a con job. The company is not making them beg

This is a con job. The company is not making them beg
Company spokesman Kory Lundberg told MarketWatch that the store has conducted such food drive for a few years year round for employees who have gone through some “unforeseen hardships” such as a death in the family or a spouse losing job. He said last year an employee at the store got help because she lost her childcare support.
“It’s sad this is being twisted into something it’s not,” he said in reference to the response of employees he’s spoken to at that store. “Our pay is competitive to anyone out there.”

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/behindthestorefront/2013/11/18/...
He said Walmart as a company also has a trust that gives grants to employees in critical need. Walmart will treat employees who work on Thanksgiving to a traditional dinner, he said.

Walmart U.S. has 1 million hourly employees making full-time hourly wage of $12.83 on average, Walmart said on its website. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, according to Department of Labor.

It's particularly important

that some form of community monitor just how needy those around them are in this situation. A Wal-Mart employee who is a primary breadwinner is at a risky level of poverty. If there's no mother-in-law to show up with a trunkload of groceries, no cousin with a basement that can be moved into, this is someone who is a broken ankle away from homelessness or hunger.

Involved co-workers would be crucial for the person who is at more risk because of not having a family capable of cushioning a fall. The saddest thing that could result from this would be for Wal-Mart to develop a culture that re-casts the employees watching out for one another as a taboo subject.

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"Every good deed never goes unpunished."

I think this illustrates that Walmart needs to pay its employees better wages. 88.88% (13,459 votes)

I think this program helps Walmart employees through their hardships. 7% (1,060 votes)

Other: 4.12% (624 votes)
http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/is_walma...

It reflects poorly on the economy

and the stability of the family that the Wal-Mart employee would be the primary breadwinner in a household. That's not what retail jobs are for, but, for some families, it has to be. And that's when people can pull together and try to make up some of the difference in quality of life.

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Donate food in 3 easy steps...

Step 1: Fill cart with food.
Step 2: Push cart past check-out lines to the donation area.
Step 3: Place items in donation bins.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

This reflects a weak ass

This reflects a weak ass inflated dollar

This reflects poorly on other

This reflects poorly on other companies who don't want to attract Walmart employees by offering them a higher salary than what Walmart pays.

or perhaps reflects the market- i.e. Walmart competitors

don't think Walmart employees are worth more than Walmart pays them, OR if they do, there are not enough jobs with Walmart's competitors

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