Just when you think there’s no possible way that Walmart could get any more evil, the corporation finds new ways to lower the bar further. Recent headlines have demonstrated that problems at Walmart are only compounding, and that no responsible consumer should patronize the retail giant.
1. Walmart WILL NOT Entertain the Idea of Paying a Living Wage
Washington D.C. has decided to try something radical: pass a “living wage” bill, which requires major retailers to pay its employees salaries they can actually live off of rather than minimum wage. As you may expect, Walmart is very much opposed to the idea of being decent to its employees and used its clout to try to alter the City Council’s vote by threatening to abandon its presence in the city altogether. Fortunately, the City Council wasn’t swayed by the tactic, and now with any luck, Walmart will follow through on its threat to leave.
2. Walmart Skimps on Employee Paychecks Knowing YOU’LL Make Up the Difference
You see, Walmart knows it can get away with having taxpayers supplement the money its employees need to survive. The average Walmart employee receives federal assistance (such as food stamps) in the amount of $3,000 annually; that comes to approximately $1 million of taxpayer support per Walmart store. Essentially, Walmart is enhancing its profits by having the government cover expenses a decent company would provide for its workers.
3. Walmart Is Providing Minimal Support to Prevent Workplace Disasters Abroad
Following the factory collapse in Bangladesh that resulted in over 1,000 fatalities, Walmart and other American businesses that rely on this type of labor faced public pressure to improve working conditions abroad. At last, Walmart and associates have developed a plan, although activists see it as insufficient. So far, Walmart and fellow companies have agreed to allocate about $150 million to renovating dangerous factories, but experts expect the project will cost $1 billion to adequately address all of the hazardous workplaces. Moreover, Walmart has no plan to pay the workers while these months-long renovations take place, leaving tens of thousands who rely on their low wages for survival out of work and out of options.
4. If a Walmart Employee Attempts to Rescue an Endangered Dog, She Is Fired
When a Walmart employee called the police after noticing a dog left in a hot car, she was scolded for intervening and instructed to stay out of such situations. After insisting that she would call the police again if she were to witness something unsafe, her superior promptly fired her. Earlier in the week, a coworker had also spoken to a customer about leaving a dog in a hot car, which resulted in this coworker’s termination as well.
5. Most Employees Agree: Walmart Is an Awful Place to Work
Gawker posted an article that included frightening workplace tales from anonymous Walmart employees. Rather than addressing the complaints and mismanagement, Walmart attempt to counteract the bad press by asking workers to send in happier stories about working for Walmart. Unfortunately for Walmart, most of the employees agreed with their coworkers prior complaints and continued to send in horror stories.
The stories make for an interesting read. Employee allegations include reduced working hours resulting in having to go hungry, rampant sexual harassment, intense scolding when a superior mistakenly believed someone said the word “union” and being denied sick leave.
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