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Walmart Employees Having to Hold Food Drive For Thanksgiving to Feed Themselves

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Walmart's management is asking its low-paid workers to give to its even lower-paid workers. That's asking people who are kinda sorta getting by giving to those who are living in poverty by their mutual employer, who refuses to pay them a living wage.


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JL A (281)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 4:26 pm
In the Bible are commands to Christians to invite the poor to their banquets--seems that folks should be inviting WalMart workers to their Thanksgiving dinners if they follow the commands...doesn't mean you shop there--could be outside at shift change to offer the invitation if you don't personally know someone who works there.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:15 pm
Good on you Sheryl, I was just going to post this myself. also here>
SIGN PETITION and check/ take other ACTIONS please:

Attend a Black Friday Protest Near You!
Sign up for THUNDERCLAP-Black Friday Walmart Protests
Tell the Senate: We Want A $10 Minimum Wage

Low Pay Is Not OK


fly bird (26)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:15 pm
You have to see this to believe it! What an insult.. "Associates" indeed!
Empty show of "support".

fly bird (26)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:18 pm
Just once, I wish all employees "forced" to work could call in sick on Thanksgiving day - and every other holiday.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:21 pm
That last petition was originally meant for McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s but certainly pertains to Walmart just the same!
Have you also seen that ridiculous McDonald "Help" site, check the "McResources" video HERE

fly bird (26)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:24 pm
Signed both petitions. Didn't see them before. Thanks Dandelion and Angelika!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 6:21 pm

Just stay home on Thanksgiving Day. Shop before as you always have for your supplies to cook, try and spend a couple of hours helping to cook or serve at the Salvation Army or any kitchen feeding the hungry. Go home and wrap your arms around your family, even Crazy Uncle. There is no good reason for Wal Mart to be open in Thanksgiving day, and really no reason for Black Friday to be the insanity that it has become.

Wal mart is holding food drives for employees that need SNAP to eat, and meanwhile at Costco, the pay is 47,000 a year with full benefits and union is completely your choice. Both are big box retail/discount stores, both make a profit. One makes a profit on the blood, sweat and tears of employees, the other by offering good products at a discounted price. I do resent Wal-mart, working on Thanksgiving is a choice, if you want to keep your job.


Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 8:50 pm
Signing now

Shawna S (45)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 9:22 pm
This is ridiculous!!!
Walmart has a grocery section, don't they?? How about the employer give every employee a grocery voucher for the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner?? It's a write off for the company.
Low wages happen when these big moguls take over everything.

Laurie H (818)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 10:20 pm
Signed & Shared-----Have NO interest in shopping on Thanksgiving!!! Things are really growing out of control!!!~ Thanks Sheryl~~~

TomCat S (127)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 10:34 pm
How do you spell hypocrite? W-A-L-F-A-R-T!

Athena F (131)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 1:33 am
I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart years ago, if I could stop again, I would. BOYCOTT WAL-MART!

This is sick, sad and wrong. Honestly? I don't condone violence, but when I hear about things like this, I begin to believe I can understand it. :P

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 3:00 am
And, of course, BUY the Canned Goods for the hungry Wal-Mart "Associates", AT Wal-Mart, and add to their Family's gross profits and markups from Big Agro and Agricultural Workers' Slavery...

Kit, there are OTHER good charities, but I would NEVER GIVE TO THE SALVATION ARMY... they have a terrible record of discrimination against LGBT people {on "Christian" grounds} and turning them AWAY from services they provide to others...
[This from a November issue of the Seattle Gay News.]

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 3:05 am
I don't shop on Thanksgiving or the day before or after. It's about being thankful for what one has, for the health of one's family and friends, a time for togetherness, even if it is a stranger who happens to have the misfortune of having to work for HellMart. It is NOT supposed to be about SHOPPING, spending money or consuuuuuuuuuuuuuming more than one needs or wants for that matter. Never have shopped on 'Black Friday'(s)' and I never will. But then again, I am not materialistic. But I damn sure don't shop at HellMart.
Petitions already signed and shared in private emails.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 4:49 am
Where did compassion go? Petitions signed. Thanks Dandelion and Angelika.

Mike M (40)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 6:59 am
Do all you can for those in need because only the responsible will. The others are only users and takers and they need to be changed or sent packing because they are the problem

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 7:49 am
Sam Walton is probably rolling over in his grave, to see what shit his offspring have become!

divergent revolution (309)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 9:20 am
the town of tucson closes down completely for this stupid feast
not even restaurants are open, it's walgreens or nothing
so,those like me just shop ahead of time, it's just another thursday to me
I have never set foot inside a walmart,nor a McDonalds or Wendys and I'm not changing that anytime soon
I only know of the nightmare from the site,and it sounds awful,I think Walgreens is the same company

john byrne (50)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 10:46 am

Citizens need to look out for the welfare of each other now that the pipe dream of democracy has lost its lustre if it means giving stores the bums rush so be it.People before profit must always be the starting block.


Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 11:06 am
I understand from whence you come Tasunka, have placed stories on concerning Thanksgiving. The reason I did post was to show how ill we are as a Nation that for many who ARE working they still can't always feed their families or themselves adequately. Also, that the largest employer in the USA can't pay enough so that it's own employees can feed their families is the tragic outcome of this capitalism without restraints is not only destroying the planet but the people are not eating either, except for those who are at the top raking in bigger profits all the time.

Roger G (148)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 12:43 pm
noted, thanks

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 1:01 pm
Since the Salvation Army as a Thanksgiving Charity was briefly mentioned above, I am posting the following, from the Seattle Gay News, November 15th: [in part]:
"I've see the discrimination the Salvation Army preaches first-hand," said Browning. "When a former boyfriend and I were homeless, the Salvation Army insisted we break up before they'd offer assistance. We slept on the street instead."
The organization also has a record of actively lobbying governments worldwide for anti-Gay policies, including an attempt to make consensual Gay sex illegal. {Yes, you're paying lobbyists with those kettle donations.}
Instead of donating to the Salvation Army, choose a group that will help everyone without prejudice. Find a local secular, LGBT, or liberal-religious charity, or give to one of the... national organizations that provide nonjudgmental assistance to anyone who needs it [a brief list follows].
If the Salvation Army is the ONLY organization in your area that feeds the needy and homeless, then that's an ethical problem... but you will follow your heart! either way...
Could work with a Liberal Church to set up an alternative program for the Holidays, next year maybe...

. (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 1:31 pm
Petition signed. What a shame we even need a petition for this.........

SuSanne P (193)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 2:01 pm
Thank you Dandelion and all those who have signed the petitions and made a vow. I haven't celebrated Thanksgiving with my family or friends in well over a decade and always donate and serve at whichever Church is feeding those in need. It is a tradition I have done for years and have no intention of ever changing. I celebrate Thanksgiving after the fact, with friends or in the past my father. Hopefully this year it will be with my friends and bring home food for my ailing mum.
I appreciate your concern Barbara but I truly believe all Salvation Army's are as different as the way one views the color of the sky. I used to donate quite a bit in years past but still serve. I have spoken with many in my area who have not experienced such difficulties and transgressions and speak so highly in every way imaginable. I am horrified at hearing your news, and will look into this although I prefer to go to Ojai where I have served for over 14 years.

Joanne D (37)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 2:51 pm
Signed earlier. WalMart and McDonald's just keep putting their feet in their mouths to the point it seems it would be not only easier but cheaper to pay a living wage. Damage control comes expensive. Yes, I saw the McDonald's website - take 2 vacations a year - right. Oh, and by all means, quit complaining.

I am not crazy about the Sally either - and Goodwill - I don't think they even try to feed people, but they certainly do (legally) pay disabled employees way below minimum wage. Some good will. I do hope no one knows any dirt on the Association for Retarded Citizens because I like their stores a lot.

. (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 4:12 pm
How about giving them a decent wage to live on and benefits like Costco; which still makes a healthy profit?

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 4:20 pm
The sad fact is, we wouldn't need to have so many food pantries, soup kitchens, be concerned on who these organizations were helping or not, if the laborer was paid a living wage for their labor. The Plutocrats get paid millions upon millions and hardly lift anything more than a pen, push a few buttons, talk on the phone, or give a few orders. This is very messed up.

I don't want that lost on this thread, that we shouldn't be in a debate over who is helping who or what agency is doing what. We wouldn't need that if each employer would pay their employees fairly. We need to write to the companies, we need to stop buying from those who do not pay their employees a living wage, we need to educate others to what these Corporations are doing.

As Joanne said on another thread when someone asked if they realize the dangers of fracking, Joanne said I doubt it a lot of people know. Likewise we need to get the information out on these companies that pay so little their employees must do food drives for their own selves. I know right now Walmart is doing a big PR campaign on how wonderful they are to their employees, some people will watch that and not know it is not so. So getting the word out whichever way one can is important.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 4:21 pm
Exactly Michael....I was still typing when your comment came through.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 5:14 pm

These kind of companies are just making theirself look worse every day!
I have checked on Walgreen's, Charles R. Walgreen opened it's first store in Chicago in 1901 . Wikipedia.
So it is not Walmart.
The only thing these Companies like Walmart understand is what goes into their own Pocket's and if their is None that go's in their own Pocket it will make a difference!!! They may wake up!!?? Greed will do this!
Guess they are so proud to do this to their own employees! Sam would never have done this!
Thank You Dandelion

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 5:32 pm
All correct but do not forget at the same time to also pressure your elected officials and govt. for a decent minimum wage one CAN MAKE A LIVING WITH .

Patsy Olive (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 5:34 pm
Noted and emailed.

S J (130)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 5:39 pm
signed. Totally support workers to get reasonable wage since I am one of them. Walmart is too bad to comment, sorry.

Thanks Dandelion

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 6:03 pm
anyone willing and able to go the extra mile can do that here> Sponsor a Walmart Striker
If you would like to attend one of their protest actions on Black Friday but cannot do so, this opportunity to sponsor a fired striker is a good alternative. Any few $ will help.

Stevie A (10)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 9:19 pm
Today, in response to a family member on facebook who had posted 4 ads for black friday at walfart, I submitted a separate reason why I do not shop walmart for each ad. I hope that I can post this to facebook too.
Thanks Dandelion for noting this and bringing it to our attention!!!

Karen Kersten Chestney (112)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 9:45 pm
I refuse to go anywhere near a Walmart (same with McDumDum's).....I will not support any business that can't & won't treat employees fairly. Buying Cheap is Not doing yourself a ultimate pay for it empty calories, junk food, cheap clothing...ect. AND... you harm your community. This Country needs to raise the min. wage to $15 per hr. a people...need to bug the hell out of our Congress persons till they DO it....and if The House can't see fit to DO THEIR JOB....We, The People...Fire them in 2014. VOTE.!!!

Judith C (159)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 10:15 pm
Noted, signing..

Pogle S (88)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 12:53 am
Where are all the Robin Hood shoplifters when one needs them?

Jody B (6)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 2:04 am
These people are assholes of the worst kind. Their greed will get them in the end. God will judge & I don't think God will be looking at who was the greediest! They'll get theirs.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 5:21 am
Noted :-)

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 6:07 am
Good for you Stef.....this is what we must ALL do when we have something come across our lives that we feel in our gut is not in the Highest and Best. If we do not individually stand up to things, big and small, then nothing will change.

As Martin Luther King Jr said: The measure of a man (woman) is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

We need to all make these stands where-ever they may be.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 10:31 am
Noted. Had signed and shared petitions previously.

BOYCOTT this stinking company!

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 8:53 pm
Noted. TY Dandelion

Robert O (12)
Friday November 22, 2013, 8:48 am
Really makes the case for a living wage and shows just how greedy corporations are. They get to live high off the hog while most of their workers are down at the shanks trying to survive. As far as Wal-mart and its food drive go, that's a very sad and telling statement about them.

Angelika R (143)
Friday November 22, 2013, 4:38 pm
Maybe some will still come by here and enjoy taking this action as well :
Vote in the Corporate Hall of Shame -vote Walmart

Sheryl G (359)
Friday November 22, 2013, 6:27 pm
Oh my goodness.....what a hard choice. Each one has it's own particular nightmare to offer. Is terrible that there are so many to select from that are so awful. I voted, but I won't say to sway anyone's vote. Besides no vote is a wrong one, as I said, all are despicable.

Gina Caracci (219)
Friday November 22, 2013, 7:14 pm
Seems walmart is lunching with McDonalds..they told their workers to sell their Christmas gifts, cut their food into smaller pieces to feel full and to 'stop complaining' because it raises blood pressure. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???

The minimum wage should be about $20 right now and Obama is approving $10? Screw them all.

Switzerland just passed something that corp execs can only make 12 x more than the lowest paid employee.. Also they are trying to pass that EVERYONE gets a certain amount (minimum) per month working or not. They can do it, so why cant we???

If EVERYONE had the basics, then it would BENEFIT everyone. But NO, we have the greedy Aholes that say YOU HAVE TO WORK TO EAT. I have MINE, get your own..grrr

Heres the story on the Swiss:
Heres the petition:

Heres another one I found:

Sorry I still cant hotlink even with directions by

Sheryl G (359)
Friday November 22, 2013, 7:21 pm
Is ok, I had read that about Switzerland but glad you placed it on here. Yes, we certainly COULD do that and we SHOULD do that. But we'd be having those screaming and yelling that the world would fall off it's axis if we did and we'd all be commie socialists going to hell in a hand basket. Gee, as you said they don't even want the poor children, disabled, and Elders to have enough to eat. 85% are in one of those 3 categories that receives Food Stamps.......can you imagine if we tried for the rest?

Screw them, lets go, I'm ready. We need to push back and pull harder to get ourselves our of this rigged society and economy. As someone said, that was what they told the concentration camp victims in Germany, to break their food into tiny pieces to make it last longer.

Gina Caracci (219)
Friday November 22, 2013, 8:55 pm
I cant yet send another green star for the above post Dandelion, which deserves alot more than one! Lets go!!!

Dasunka, .When I lived in Tucson, there was a few restaurants open..Outback was one..its been awhile tho.

Im grateful every day..dont need a special day for it IMO..its all too commercialized..That stores are open is ridiculous..are the workers getting holiday pay..Um NO

Thanks Angelika for the petitions I havent signed yet
and for the video about McDs..I never saw it only heard about things thru news/email..

Oh and i just saw the little warning from Care2 that I cant earn anymore points today. WTH???

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 8:46 pm
I saw this or rather heard about this a few days ago and it's disgusting. I commented some where. I will double check to see if signed.
Walmart never stops. Never. I personally don't shop their ever.

I'm not getting butterflies for this post. I use all I can so I hope they are good for real for the extra bonus of feeding an animal or something else. But it wont stop me from posting comments if i can't get more credits. We can't just post to get credits and then stop. I suppose they could lower them to 2 credits a comment ater the daily max has been hit. I know we all want them so we can help more. That was a bonus that started years after C2 had been around. Sure,it would be nice because i love turning them in as long as i know they are really doing what they say. I would like to find out . Anyway that is a comment I have seen around often . Still post or comment. Don't let that stop you .

**** There's no way I would not voice my opinion again about how disgusted i am with Walmart. They can afford to give out at least a $50 certificate to every employee to help with Thankgiving dinner . I know many companies that offer only a $50 gift card to be used for Thanksgiving and also Christmas time bonuses. I think it's cheesy and very little these days but i suppose better than nothing. It's been quite a few years that companies have been doing this and it shocked me the first time instead of a cash bonus at the holiday time. Better than nothing... We all know Walmart can afford that and more than $50. A lot of companies will do the $100 but it seems to be mainly the $50.

Sign the petitions and don't shop at Walmart. They not only hurt people .They are torturing animals.
My comment didn't come out the right way so if it sounds wrong please don't be offended. I was off track and can't think right now.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 11:19 am
Ugh. So typical of that company. All they care about is profits and more profits. And yet, I've seen comments from people who shop there and they get so mad at people complaining about the low pay and lack of benefits. They claim the workers should work somewhere else if they don't like it. How about these people being a bit more patriotic? These are their fellow citizens struggling to feed their families because these consumers are buying cheap quality Chinese crap with horrible salary pay which is why prices are so low.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 2:08 pm
Why dont the bosses of Walmart feed the low paid people More fatcats that dont care and are a waste of space on this planet

Phyllis P (232)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 3:11 pm
Signed and shared. I have signed multiple petitions against Walmart's wages and all the other "big box" corporate greed mongrels. How dare McDonald's on their so called "help line", tell their employees to cut their food in smaller portions, so they can feel full, faster??? What the f**k has our sense of priorities become, when a company can record, record profits in the BILLIONS, CEO compensation in the MILLIONS, and haggle over whether to pay someone $7.25 or $12-$15 an hour so they can eat.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 4:27 pm
Pathetic lot that should be ashamed of themselves....but are not. The values and priorities of the Greedy are truly abysmal.

Gina Caracci (219)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 5:06 pm
@Prima, I still make comments regardless of the points. I forget about them until i see the total and then Im pleasantly surprised. I just didnt know there was a limit..

People need to keep educating others about McDs, walmart, etc..start shopping at small businesses if markets, etc..its just exhausting because where we can buy things ethically/morally is dwindling!

Vallee R (280)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 7:58 pm
That is so sad -=

. (0)
Friday November 29, 2013, 10:47 am
Noted, a minimum wage is a necessity for every country to have to keep business in line. We have one here in Canada and it is too low for people to live on too. It amazes me how people survive when they work all the hours they can and still have to go hungry. Then thinking how the corporate heads make millions in bonuses just makes my blood boil.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 3:02 pm
Black Friday at Walmart by the numbers: SUCCESS !
1448 store actions in 46 states!
83,346 #Walmartstrikers tweets
230,014 petition signatures!

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 7:47 pm
Thank you for the update. Now let's hope it continues and spreads. We had a shooting at the Walmart a few towns over, you know where Trayvon Martin lived. I wonder if they are going to use the Stand Your Ground for that too, like they feared they were going to take the last X-box so shot at them. Sigh.
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