A Cleveland Wal-Mart store is holding a food drive — for its own employees.When questioned about the seeming paradox - why not pay your employees enough so that they can feed themselves? - Walmart responded
"Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner," reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins.
A company spokesman defended the food drive, telling the Plain Dealer that it is evidence that employees care about each other.It's true that Walmart cannot afford to give its employees enough to provide holiday meals for their families. After all
Wal-Mart turned a profit of $15.7 billion last year.Walmart has had such dismal profits year after year that it has had to turn to the American people in the form of government subsidies like SNAP to feed its employees. Realizing how inadequate such subsidies have become especially in light of recent cutbacks it now sees the virtue and necessity of appealing to its customers and employees.
The wisdom of Walmart is great.
9:47 AM PT: From our recent Kos Columnist;
Walmart should just say paying a living wage to its workers violates its religious beliefs. #freedom— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) November 18, 2013