Walmart Unchained: Amidst Labor Charges, America's Richest Family Brazenly Asks Its Own Grossly Underpaid Employees to Donate Food For Their Even More Grossly Underpaid Colleagues

Abby Zimet

You've Gotta Be Kidding Dept: Even as Walmart faces new strikes and labor charges alleging widespread abuses at two California warehouses - one bathroom, toxic air, blocked fire exits - they are catching well-deserved flak for a food drive asking their own low-wage workers to help pay for Thanksgiving dinner for low-wage colleagues hurting even more than they are - an obscene request made necessary by the refusal of America's richest family to pay those same workers a living wage in the first place. Walmart says the drive is "part of the company's culture to rally around associates." Nobody's buying. The kicker: Those "Associates in Need" won't be enjoying Thanksgiving dinner anyway, unless it's on the fly: Black Friday has become Black Thursday, with store doors opening at 6 p.m. to rake in as much holiday money as is humanly possible.

Update: A Walmart spokesman says the company is "offended" by criticism of its holiday benevolence, which has been "taken out of context." Maybe the context should be that they made $469 billion last year? Or not. Oh yeah: and FYI, Walmart does not contribute to its own charities.  

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