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5 More Reasons Why Walmart is the Worst

5 More Reasons Why Walmart is the Worst

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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8:20PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

Tom M. Your comment is what sociologists call the "facade of legitimacy." Which is a fancy way of saying it's bulls#t.

There is NO excuse for not paying a living wage. Walmart made some 27 BILLION dollars in PROFITS last year. Because they refuse to pay a living wage the WORKERS at places like Walmart are forced to apply for government assistance.

Each and every Walmart store costs the tax payers over a million dollars in assistance like food stamps that WE pay. So in reality the U.S. taxpayers is spending BILLIONS of dollars a year so Walmart can underpay their employees.

We might as well just give a few billion dollars a year to the Walton family directly, it is exactly the same thing.

Yeah, your "great corporation" is a wage slaver and welfare corporation. Walmart is a blight upon this nation.

6:17PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

Walmart is a great corporation. If you want to pay more shop somewhere else. Employees have a choice where they apply for a job. Want a so called "living wage" work somewhere else.

7:04PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

I though Wal Mart was a communist chinese store

6:20PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

Dennis, if you got to read any of my previous posts,.. since my son started working at Walmart, he has now lost 75 pounds. He looks like a soul-less string bean! Most of the people I know who have worked there, have lost at least 50 to 65 pounds. That should say something as well!

In the past 4 years that he has been there, the Mgmt, has all of sudden been calling MY house at 8 in the morning looking for him, when he's not even scheduled to go in until 1, More so, HE DOES NOT EVEN LIVE WITH ME! Um,.. I'm glad he has a job, but when Walmart Mgmt. is that clueless to treat a 31 year old working adult like he is a clueless minor, calling my house, ranting at me with the mentality of "Well, since your son works for us, we can treat you with the same condescencion upon being a clueless lowlife mother." Boy oh boy do they have another thing coming! I will never walk into Walmart ever again!
Right now, my son is coming to find that nobody seems to want to hire you after you've worked for Walmart! All I can say is Thank you for your support Dennis. It means alot!

5:57PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

Jenevieve P. when Old Sam Walton died.. Walmart became a soulless corporate monster.

The employees, called associates, are pushed hard every day to meet expectationss. Most of which are unrealistic.

Get hurt? tough.. Preform or be let go.

Have a family issue.. too bad.. You're schedule to work.. Leave.. You might not be able to go back..

Walmart has been sued and sued again. Loses in court in a large way. Eventually pays and gets sued yet again.. Walmart in my opinion does not care how often or who sues. That seems to be the message from every suit it has either won or lost over the years.

If you want good news.. If you can call it that.. Amazon proved their business model of online shopping to be the future. Amazon actually out preformed walmart. It hasn't been done in a lot of years. In the business world. That is called a sit up and take notice.

Amazon by the way is still chipping away at the brick and mortar big box retail companies.

So it goes.. I hope your son manages to find other employment.

5:18PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

O-M-G!! Thank you SOOOO much Dennis! I swear to God, this is EXACTLY how my son acted today (per the Youtube videos) when he came over for breakfast! His energy was so weird that it left me in tears. I'm still distraught and confused by the change in him, I told him I pray for the day he is able to find a new job!
It was bad enough that when I needed emergency surgery, the Mgmt. didn't even know who my son was when I had to call from the hospital! A week later when I went to have a conversation with the Mgmt about their ruthless behavior, my son stood infront of them and said that I should find someone more reliable to help me out, as he was not accountable. Before he worked at Walmart, he would have NEVER talked to me this way! He has turned incredibly cold and benign. Walmart not only ruin community businesses, They destroy the mentalities of their employees and their families!

4:56PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

Jenevieve P.

Mad TV: Wals-Mart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isdHaKn9QD8

This is probably more accurate than any one would like to think....

4:09PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

I swear I think Walmart feeds their employees some kind of brainwashing formula! My son is DEFINITELY NOT the same person he was before he started working there! He has become the most irritable, unpleasant person to be around! Everytime I see him, he's worse than the time before!
Like I said before, WALMART is not a family store! From what I have observed it's an ANTI-Family Store, as well as ANTI HUMAN COMPANY! Walmart turns its employees into subserviant trolls!

3:59PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

Walmart sucks! Sharing

4:45PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Catherine,.. here in Albuquerque, it's not so much the employees that give bad service here, as it is the management. The constant complaint and frustration that my son has, is regarding the management and how abusive and lacking in respect and consideration they are towards the employees.
They expect the employees to jump to their mentality and lack of cohesiveness to support morale. I have seen how the female employees are treated horribly, to the extent that I had witnessed TWICE where two individuals on separate occasions were in labor, and refused to leave early to go to the hospital. They were told that they had to stay and finish their shifts.
I wonder how many of the employees are aware of the fact that Kristy Walton, widow of John Walton, (son of Sam walton, Owner of Walmart) makes approximately $220 million IN DIVIDENDS ALONE EVERY 6 MONTHS! (note: #1 wealthiest woman in America)
Most employees, (less my son) are on welfare and food stamps and are given part time employment to be left dependent on Walmart to sustain there income. My son gets 40 hours per week w/ benefits where most don't. What does that say? He still can't stand it there and is dying to find a new job!

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