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Nov 18, 2013 11:05 AM

Walmart has absolutely no shame

This is ridiculous. If they are so concerned about their employees having a decent Thanksgiving, how about DONATING something to them yourself, Walmart?

Or better yet, how about a living wage?

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    1. This isn't solely the Ohio Walmart store's least, not only that store's policy. My H was once a bix box home improvement store employee. They had an in-house "food pantry" area of the locker room for employees to anonymously donate/select from shelf-stable items. It was particularly busy during the holidays (in terms of both donations and folks using items).

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      1. re: pinehurst

        Orange or blue? I was orange. One time there was a horrible robbery that ended up with a manager dead. They set up a donation cup in the break room. I was looking for the phrase "we will match the donations 100%" but of course that wasn't there. I believe the life insurance policy was 30 or 50k at the time.

        1. re: youareabunny

          So awful about the manager's death! Lots of confrontations, robberies, assaults in H's former store, but no deaths so far (knocking wood). The stress level of the employees was (and is) sky high.

      2. Of course they have no shame. They're a corporation. They know the bottom line is that their minimum wage employees will jump at the opportunity to make overtime to move product that would normally sit unsold until 12:01 a.m. on Friday. Perish the thought.

        I'm waiting for the day when the "Spectacular After Christmas Sale" starts at 6:00 a.m. Christmas morning when bargain-hunting parents drag bleary-eyed tots through the aisles before they've even opened this years gifts. T'is the season.

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        1. re: Chefpaulo

          I work at a major retailer and have for many years. They are out there as soon as the stores open on the 26th, and would be there on Christmas Day if the stores were open. I don't drop F bombs on this site, but get a fucking life. Stay home with your families. I'll work 2 am till 2 pm the day after Thanksgiving, and I feel lucky, many are coming in at 3 pm Thanksgiving Day to take care of the cheapskate customers. Most of the doorbusters are cheap crap. Get a life losers, and quit sitting in line for up to 72 hours for this fucking junk.

          1. re: James Cristinian

            I work in retail as well and agree with you that as a company the goal is too make $$. However there are many, many people who don't celebrate thanksgiving or christmas. These people are willing to work and/or shop as its just another day to them. These same people are also expected to work on their high holidays. Many managers, our own included, don't put much of priority on non-christian faiths.

            There are just as many people who are willing to sacrifice family time to pay the bills. Many of these associates fear losing their jobs by saying no to working on the holiday. They are often pain time and half on these days (depending on the state) and that lure can be hard to ignore.

            I was just told that I was expected to be out "competitive shopping" on black friday (a paid company holiday) with an expectation that we would report back on our findings the following Monday. fun stuff

            1. re: foodieX2

              Dang, mystery shop and paid plus holiday pay, I'm in. I have to respectively disagree about the extra time to pay bills. We're not Wally World and nobody is getting rich, but most people are seriously pissed about coming in at 3 or 4 on Thanksgiving, OT or not. I talked to a guy today that is working 4 to 12 PM plus Wednesday, frying turkeys in the whenever to feed and be with family, and back at 4 pm Thanksgiving, Sometimes money doesn't trump family.

              1. re: James Cristinian

                Wally World. A fellow Jay Ward and Bill Scott fan, I see.
                Walt was so enraged by that episode he almost sued them into oblivion.

                I will be sitting down to Thanksgiving with good friends and no thoughts of what I'm missing at Walmart. I invite all others to our table to give thanks.

            2. re: James Cristinian

              I appreciate your post and you're right on with it. But if you are posting with your real name might I suggest you flag your post. CH might seem like a harmless place but one never knows. Unless you have nothing to lose of course.

            1. re: HillJ

              And as we have been discussing in the other thread on food pantries, Walmart is one of the big box stores I referred to that is giving pallets full of Cheetos, Pop Tarts and Pringles to our local food pantry and got lots of local PR for doing it.

              1. re: sandiasingh

                The WalMart Foundation supports thousands of non profit and community programs though. Food programs and dozens of other grant categories. Charities must apply for the grants to receive funding consideration. The process is not automatic year to year and even those rec'ing grants can lose them after one year. So, even with what you dislike about BIG BOX, charities are the ones making the decision to approach WalMart in the first place. The PR comes irregardless of what they provide since they write it.

                In response to what happens at the local store though. If BIG BOX is as generous to charities as it reports to be (see Foundation PR for that) then don't you believe they should be able to support their employees first?

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    That depends on how you feel about Walmart. When I read in the local paper that our food pantry was receiving "food" from Walmart I was appalled. As someone who has written and received grants as well as awarded grants, I am well aware of the process and the resulting publicity that is part of the package.

                    The public image of a food pantry partnering with Walmart is disgusting on so many levels; for one, showing a lack of creativity and innovation on the part of the asker. As I said in another thread today on that subject, just because you are poor does not mean you don't value quality in your food. You don't have to be an organic freak, but you also don't have to be treated like a dog, and--IMHO--anyone with a connection to Walmart (except the poor people who have to work there) is a non-starter for me.

                    Do I have strong feelings about this subject? I'd say so.

                    1. re: sandiasingh

                      I applaud your strong feelings, sandi but I wonder if you have approached the store Mgr or food pantry to see if they are in fact given no choice over what they accept.

                      Tonight I spoke with a ED from a local group that receives food donations from TJ's and she is given a list of items offered and asked to check off what she wants to receive. TJ's loaded her van until it was filled to the brim. She got was she asked for.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        I have HillJ and they don't know what they are getting until the truck pulls up to their back door. I do know, from an email from the coordinator, that they do not work with the SNAP people to help facilitate that process. It's very frustrating.

                        I hope other food pantries are as fortunate as the one you refer to. That's the way it should work.

                          1. re: HillJ

                            Good idea. I will make that suggestion, HillJ. Thanks.

                      2. re: sandiasingh

                        WOW! So would I. You've left me wondering how much you know of "food pantries," and how and who they feed? Some (many?) of these organizations that are linked together loosely under that category are really more like the "soup kitchens" of the Great Depression, in that they consist of volunteers cooking donated food to feed the poor and hungry.

                        After all of the disasters we've had this past year from floods, tornados and such, do you know how many homeless FAMILIES will be having Thanksgiving dinner together in food-pantry-supplied soup kitchens because their homes were washed away by flood or storm and FEMA still hasn't gotten temporary housing to them? MANY of those people owned their homes free and clear, some had large mortgages on them and no flood insurance as riders to their home owner's insurance, so they're paying a "home" mortgage for a vacant lot that has to be cleared of rubble to really qualify in that category, but meantime they have to meet their mortgage payments and face Thanksgiving with no kitchen.

                        I say hooray for Walmart and any other mega corporation that "tosses a few bones" to the hungry dogs yelping at their doors. Some of those poor dogs may even be higher level managers at Walmart. And some of them may be military veterans who have been cut loose and denied health care for their very serious post traumatic stress syndrome.

                        With Thanksgiving exactly one week from tomorrow, I say hooray for Walmart and everyone else, corporate or individual, who drops a can of food into the arms of the soup kitchens and food pantries.

                        Sandia, Honey Bunch, you need to take up deep breathing and let a little love into your soul! I wish you and yours a GREAT Thanksgiving!!! :-) :-) :-)

                        1. re: sandiasingh

                          I can't believe I'm going to defend Wal-Mart but if they're going to donate food to pantries, I'm all for it. Having worked in a local pantry for years, there are times when the shelves are empty, not even the basics like cereal, peanut butter, etc. Yes, people who go there would love to have high quality food but if you need to choose between cereal and peanut butter that Wal-Mart has donated or letting your children go hungry, you Wal-Mart. The reality is that some people shop at Wal-Mart because they need to feed their family on minimum wage and people will accept free food, no matter where it's from, if they want to eat. It would be one thing if the shelf space that TJ or other organizations donate were taken up by Wal-Mart food, but that's not the case. Given your dislike of Wal-mart, would your decision be to let those people go hungry? Because that's the only other alternative.