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1 CriticalDragon1177  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:06:25am

Vicious Babushka

Isn’t this business model equivalent to asking one beggar to give money to another beggar? Not a very good business model. Doesn’t make me want to work at Walmart.

2 jhncsy  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 2:15:39pm

Whenever I read a story like this, I wonder why the Communist party hasn’t become more popular.

3 Skip Intro  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 2:27:41pm
Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, said the food drive is proof that employees care about each other.

It’s also more proof that Walmart doesn’t.

4 calochortus  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 2:54:26pm

I posted this in a thread earlier, but it seems to belong here. I had happened on a discussion of Costco vs. Walmart elsewhere, where it was pointed out that Costco vs. Sam’s Club would be a better comparison, so I looked it up…

Fascinating Costco fact:

A typical Costco worker made $45,000 in 2011, according to Fortune. That’s compared to Sam’s Club workers’ average salary of $17,486 per year, according to salary information site Glassdoor.com.

Apparently more profitable too.

5 Decatur Deb  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 2:58:36pm

Shame is dead. Unionize these mofos.

6 funky chicken  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 3:07:05pm

re: #4 calochortus

I posted this in a thread earlier, but it seems to belong here. I had happened on a discussion of Costco vs. Walmart elsewhere, where it was pointed out that Costco vs. Sam’s Club would be a better comparison, so I looked it up…

Fascinating Costco fact:

A typical Costco worker made $45,000 in 2011, according to Fortune. That’s compared to Sam’s Club workers’ average salary of $17,486 per year, according to salary information site Glassdoor.com.

Apparently more profitable too.

Pathetic. I’m stuck living in OK, which has no Costco stores. Sam’s is building a new place in my upscale suburb but my family will not join because I just refuse to support that corporation. Most people are super excited for it to open…I just bite my tongue and wait for the day when we can move away from here.

7 RealityBasedSteve  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 4:37:32pm

Well why don’t the associates (gee, just like at a law firm) who can’t afford a thanksgiving dinner just work thanksgiving day? That way they will make money AND I understand that the local walmarts are providing a free thanksgiving dinner to everybody who worked that day. (no doubt prepared by the very people forced to work on a holiday to start).

RBS
And aren’t there anymore Poor Houses they can be sent to? Bah-Humbug

8 Eclectic Cyborg  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 5:04:21pm
“This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships,” he said.

You know, if you paid them more, it might just help in this area.

This frustrates me because it’s obvious to anyone that the cost of providing a little bit of food to these employees would BARELY be pocket change for Wal-Mart. It would get them so good holiday PR (which they could SORELY use) but no, they want to be grinches.

9 Skip Intro  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 7:39:22pm

More news about the firm Charles Pierce calls “Scrooge and Marley”.

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.

10 sagehen  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 9:44:48pm

Let’s do some math.

2.2 million employees, 15.7 billion profit, is $7000 per employee.

They could give every single one of their employees a $100/week raise, and still make billions in profit.

11 ausador  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 10:37:15pm

Translation:

If you have built up a little bit of an extra balance on your EBT card by not spending all of your monthly transfer last month or the month before. We would like you to please consider spending a few of those Federal aide dollars your getting for “free” to buy some holiday food for those associates less able to have an excess balance.

Thank you
Your Walmart Management Team

P.S.
Before you are tempted to spend too much remember that we will be cutting everyone’s hours back and eliminating numerous temporary positions post-New years. So please keep that in mind before deciding to donate any of your currently available federal aide to others.

12 moderatelyradicalliberal  Mon, Nov 18, 2013 10:38:42pm

I thought all of the Walmart employees had to work on Thanksgiving anyway?

13 HappyWarrior  Tue, Nov 19, 2013 6:10:36am

re: #10 sagehen

Let’s do some math.

2.2 million employees, 15.7 billion profit, is $7000 per employee.

They could give every single one of their employees a $100/week raise, and still make billions in profit.

Exactly, this whole big businesses can’t afford to pay decent wages because it will impact their profits is nothing but bs.

14 Skip Intro  Tue, Nov 19, 2013 7:48:09am

re: #10 sagehen

Let’s do some math.

2.2 million employees, 15.7 billion profit, is $7000 per employee.

They could give every single one of their employees a $100/week raise, and still make billions in profit.

I think what employees really want is full time work. What should happen is for companies like Walmart who expect the government to make up the difference between what they pay and what employees need to live be taxed at 200% of the difference.

Of course this would be very complex to do, and there’s no political will anywhere in the government to do it, but Walmart shouldn’t be able to profit by having the government “paying” their employees because Walmart has made a corporate decision not to.

15 Pumpkin Pie Of Zion  Tue, Nov 19, 2013 7:49:30am

re: #14 Skip Intro

I think what employees really want is full time work. What should happen is for companies like Walmart who expect the government to make up the difference between what they pay and what employees need to live be taxed at 200% of the difference.

Of course this would be very complex to do, and there’s no political will anywhere in the government to do it, but Walmart shouldn’t be able to profit by having the government “paying” their employees because Walmart has made a corporate decision not to.

The Waltons and their CEO need to be fined for every dollar their employees accept from government assistance.

16 mechanic  Tue, Nov 19, 2013 8:31:13am

Well someone’s got to pay for the mansion on the hill.
“Where’s my straw. Gotta suck me some juice.”

17 Skip Intro  Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:01:35am

I was just looking at that sign in the article. It’s like Walmart decided its employees weren’t sufficiently aware of how little the corporation they work for thinks of them, so they decided that a little more humiliation at Thanksgiving was called for.

18 BusyMonster  Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:37:05am

I refuse to shop at Wal-mart ever again. Or Sam’s Shit Hole of Phony Bargains.

19 nines09  Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:58:35am

Wal-Marts new caring philosophy; If a co-worker needs a couple of bucks, loan it to him.


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