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2013-11-18 02:34:55 PM  

Voiceofreason01: But we can't raise the minimum wage "because socialism"


It's paid for one way or another. It's just a question of who. Since Wal-Mart's owners aren't paying enough we pick up the slack via food stamps and such. We're subsidizing Wal-Mart's payroll.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-11-18 02:35:30 PM  

Carn: abhorrent1: FFS. I'm so sick of hearing people biatch about walmart. Get a different farking job then. It's not like retail jobs a rare and hard to get.

Yeah go earn $7.25 at some other hellhole like Sam's Club or Target or Best Buy.  That'll solve all your problems.


I would patronize costco if there was one near me.

Secondly, Sam's Club is basically the same store, so that doesn't make much sense.
 
2013-11-18 02:36:05 PM  
If only there was some way that a Walmart could come up with some food to donate without trying to extract it from the workers.


cloud.empowerednews.net

It would be cheaper than the public relations that it will take to live this down.
 
2013-11-18 02:36:09 PM  

Pocket Ninja: This article does not really make it clear (the linked one is much better, and does), but the food drive is not actually soliciting customers. It's for employees to donate food to other employees. Which is a little less bad, but still won't play very well.


It looks like the headline was originally more accurate.

FTA: The original version of this story stated that Wal-Mart was asking customers to donate food. The food drive is actually among employees.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-11-18 02:36:15 PM  

MechaPyx: Voiceofreason01: But we can't raise the minimum wage "because socialism"

It's paid for one way or another. It's just a question of who. Since Wal-Mart's owners aren't paying enough we pick up the slack via food stamps and such. We're subsidizing Wal-Mart's payroll.


For some reason this argument constantly sails over the head of the local yokels.
 
2013-11-18 02:37:29 PM  

abhorrent1: FFS. I'm so sick of hearing people biatch about walmart. Get a different farking job then. It's not like retail jobs a rare and hard to get.


Hmm, I was wondering how long it would take for this line of thinking to pop up here.
 
2013-11-18 02:37:32 PM  

kiteless: URAPNIS: Don't like it?
Don't shop there.


I don't shop there and I still don't like it.


No one is forcing the employees to work there either.
They should be happy to have a job.
 
2013-11-18 02:38:25 PM  
 
2013-11-18 02:39:16 PM  
Walmart will respond by firing the store manager and sending his underlings to "re-education seminars" to ensure this never happens again.

...and then they'll light their Cuban cigars with $100 bills while spilling Cristal on their $3,000 suits and laughing maniacally.
 
2013-11-18 02:39:32 PM  

URAPNIS: kiteless: URAPNIS: Don't like it?
Don't shop there.


I don't shop there and I still don't like it.

No one is forcing the employees to work there either.
They should be happy to have a job.


Just like Ukrainians should be happy that the KGB protected them from the capitalists?

They should be happy to live
 
2013-11-18 02:40:45 PM  

BunkoSquad: They're actually asking employees to donate food to each other (more complete story). Wal-Mart surely doesn't want the customers to get the idea that the staff is underpaid and desperate.


I wonder how close to the break room vending machines those bins are.
 
2013-11-18 02:41:20 PM  

d23: MechaPyx: Voiceofreason01: But we can't raise the minimum wage "because socialism"

It's paid for one way or another. It's just a question of who. Since Wal-Mart's owners aren't paying enough we pick up the slack via food stamps and such. We're subsidizing Wal-Mart's payroll.

For some reason this argument constantly sails over the head of the local yokels.


i512.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-18 02:41:59 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Even Trixie is enraged by this crap.

[img.fark.net image 512x288]


So even the Denver Broncos are upset by this is what you are saying?

/I can't look at a pony image anymore without immediately thinking it's about the Broncos.  Sports tab threads have typecast these images...
 
2013-11-18 02:42:21 PM  

Hugh2d2: spilling Cristal on their $3,000 suits


1000words1000days.com
 
2013-11-18 02:42:24 PM  

URAPNIS: kiteless: URAPNIS: Don't like it?
Don't shop there.


I don't shop there and I still don't like it.

No one is forcing the employees to work there either.
They should be happy to have a job.


That your taxes are subsidizing.  A winnar is you!
 
2013-11-18 02:42:33 PM  

GameSprocket: If only there was some way that a Walmart could come up with some food to donate without trying to extract it from the workers.


[cloud.empowerednews.net image 799x600]

It would be cheaper than the public relations that it will take to live this down.


They would never do that because that would be Socialism. Better that people starve, the Waltons need moar.
 
2013-11-18 02:42:57 PM  

URAPNIS: kiteless: URAPNIS: Don't like it?
Don't shop there.


I don't shop there and I still don't like it.

No one is forcing the employees to work there either.
They should be happy to have a job.



They should be happy to be exploited in a country where they are hostage to a high unemployment rate?  Got it.
 
2013-11-18 02:43:36 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Even Trixie is enraged by this crap.

[img.fark.net image 512x288]


^THIS^

With a razor-studded log
 
2013-11-18 02:44:02 PM  
Oooh I know a place you can get that food! And it's right under your noses too.
 
2013-11-18 02:44:38 PM  
Maybe learn a farking skill and don't work a job that a 16 year old could do.
 
2013-11-18 02:44:49 PM  

kiteless: URAPNIS: kiteless: URAPNIS: Don't like it?
Don't shop there.


I don't shop there and I still don't like it.

No one is forcing the employees to work there either.
They should be happy to have a job.


They should be happy to be exploited in a country where they are hostage to a high unemployment rate?  Got it.


To be fair, calling what Walmart does as exploitation kinda shiats on those third world virtual slaves.

I would call it moreso as opportunistic
 
2013-11-18 02:45:11 PM  

Bschott007: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Even Trixie is enraged by this crap.

[img.fark.net image 512x288]

So even the Denver Broncos are upset by this is what you are saying?

/I can't look at a pony image anymore without immediately thinking it's about the Broncos.  Sports tab threads have typecast these images...


Yes.  Peyton is showing his meanest Manning Face to Walmart management as I type this.  :D

/lol
 
2013-11-18 02:45:35 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: *reads article*

[h.a.d-cd.net image 480x313]

Seriously, this is disgustingly low...even for Walmart.  F*ck that company.



WAL-MART? I definitely would not hit it. Just look at those sharp letters. It is way below my standards.

No, give me Costco any day. Look at those sexy C's and O's. Even the sleek S. Lots of beautiful curves there.
 
2013-11-18 02:45:50 PM  

Well I use Mac/Linux...: Maybe learn a farking skill and don't work a job that a 16 year old could do.


0/10, way too obvious.
 
2013-11-18 02:46:02 PM  
If only there was some way their needy employees could get more money....

Got it! Drug dealing.

Done and done. Have HR send out the memo.
 
2013-11-18 02:46:56 PM  
This is a part of a problem which affects us all. It's well past the time where we need to have a serious national discussion about this subsidy we give to companies like this. Companies which we know pay their workers so little that they need to be on public assistance to feed their families. It means all of us paying taxes are subsidizing the big piles of wealth that the executives of these companies are amassing. You and I are effectively paying the CEO of Walmart even though we may never buy a single product from them in our lives, and their rank and file employees suffer at the same time.

So it isn't enough to just not shop there. Every taxpayer is supporting this usurious system.

The destruction of the wages and wealth of the majority of Americans over the last few decades - so a favored very few can amass grotesque amounts of wealth at everyone else's expense - is a huge problem and I don't mean morally. It's a problem because it weakens our economy in general. It slows economic recovery, and hurts the job market. It's a serious threat to the country.

Our economy runs on consumption. The poorer the consumers are, the slower and weaker our economy is going to get. Our economic strength in the past relied in no small part on the vast wealth that the American system had created and distributed among the majority of the citizens, allowing for a vibrant and healthy economy. Now that wages and wealth are on the decline for the lower and middle classes not only do we have less capital to trade back and forth supporting each other, but the less capital we have means it's harder for the next small business to be created by that enterprising fellow in his garage... which impacts the creative destruction a system like ours needs.

Now instead of saving up money to start that new business which will one day supplant a current industry leader an enterprising person must instead take on debt - debt to which the wage/wealth destruction means they will have less ability to repay then they would have had in the past. The only folks who benefit from this system are the money changers who run the debt industry.
 
2013-11-18 02:46:59 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Even Trixie is enraged by this crap.


Some, wwe leaking? :p
/since my wage went up, been shopping at target, but Apparently, they're no better to their employees anymore
 
2013-11-18 02:47:14 PM  

Snarfangel: Grand_Moff_Joseph: *reads article*

[h.a.d-cd.net image 480x313]

Seriously, this is disgustingly low...even for Walmart.  F*ck that company.


WAL-MART? I definitely would not hit it. Just look at those sharp letters. It is way below my standards.

No, give me Costco any day. Look at those sexy C's and O's. Even the sleek S. Lots of beautiful curves there.


Yes, damn that jezebel!  With her constant tempting of innocent souls...I swear, those $1.00 churros are the siren song of the devil herself.  XD
 
2013-11-18 02:48:26 PM  

b2theory: There is something seriously wrong with this country.


welcome! you must be new here

/do you have your green card?
 
2013-11-18 02:49:01 PM  

mongbiohazard: This is a part of a problem which affects us all. It's well past the time where we need to have a serious national discussion about this subsidy we give to companies like this. Companies which we know pay their workers so little that they need to be on public assistance to feed their families. It means all of us paying taxes are subsidizing the big piles of wealth that the executives of these companies are amassing. You and I are effectively paying the CEO of Walmart even though we may never buy a single product from them in our lives, and their rank and file employees suffer at the same time.

So it isn't enough to just not shop there. Every taxpayer is supporting this usurious system.

The destruction of the wages and wealth of the majority of Americans over the last few decades - so a favored very few can amass grotesque amounts of wealth at everyone else's expense - is a huge problem and I don't mean morally. It's a problem because it weakens our economy in general. It slows economic recovery, and hurts the job market. It's a serious threat to the country.

Our economy runs on consumption. The poorer the consumers are, the slower and weaker our economy is going to get. Our economic strength in the past relied in no small part on the vast wealth that the American system had created and distributed among the majority of the citizens, allowing for a vibrant and healthy economy. Now that wages and wealth are on the decline for the lower and middle classes not only do we have less capital to trade back and forth supporting each other, but the less capital we have means it's harder for the next small business to be created by that enterprising fellow in his garage... which impacts the creative destruction a system like ours needs.

Now instead of saving up money to start that new business which will one day supplant a current industry leader an enterprising person must instead take on debt - debt to which the wage/wealth destruction means they will have less ability t ...


What we are doing is unsustainable.

We cannot go on and on expecting food stamps to magically make everyone's lives better

Wages HAVE to go up. Its just that simple.
 
2013-11-18 02:49:05 PM  
They're racist too:

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2013-11-18 02:49:06 PM  

zulius: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Even Trixie is enraged by this crap.

Some, wwe leaking? :p
/since my wage went up, been shopping at target, but Apparently, they're no better to their employees anymore


In a straight comparison, they do treat their people significantly better than Walmart, even if the wages aren't massively higher on a dollar-to-dollar scale.

That said though, it is akin to saying the 6th level of Dante's inferno is better than the 9th level.  You'd be technically correct, but in practical terms, it still sucks.
 
2013-11-18 02:50:25 PM  
You all sound poor.
 
2013-11-18 02:50:57 PM  
Wal-Mart turned a profit of $15.7 billion last year.

The ghosts of xmas past, present and future will be visiting the CEO.
 
2013-11-18 02:51:32 PM  
Every company - medical facilities - I have ever worked for has always encouraged donations to less fortunate employees.
 
2013-11-18 02:51:50 PM  

Deep Contact: Wal-Mart turned a profit of $15.7 billion last year.

The ghosts of xmas past, present and future will be visiting the CEO.


and then will be turned into a cheap light-up Christmas light display, which will be available on Black Friday for a rollback price of $19.99!!
 
2013-11-18 02:53:45 PM  

Prophet of Loss: And yet people shop there in record numbers because ... they can't afford to shop anywhere else.

/"Its the cirrrrrrcccle of dystopiaaaaa!"


Hell, at this point Walmart isn't really all that cheap, so I don't get it, unless Walmart is the only place to shop in an area other than convenience stores.

I save way more loading coupons onto my Kroger card and shopping there during sales. Every time I go to Walmart (generally only late at night when I suddenly need something) I notice what I need is usually more than I could have gotten it somewhere else. If anywhere else is open I avoid Walmart like the plague.

Not to mention they seem absolutely incapable of opening more lanes when the lines get long (didn't one of their advertisements used to be that they always open an extra lane when a certain amount of people are in line?), and besides which they won't even keep all their self checkouts open. There are usually like 2-3 open out of 12. It's even worse when the cashier is usually some old arthritic lady who may be in early stages of dementia and scans the items as slowly as possible, and periodically gets confused as to where they are at and what they were doing.
 
2013-11-18 02:53:56 PM  

cman: mongbiohazard: This is a part of a problem which affects us all. It's well past the time where we need to have a serious national discussion about this subsidy we give to companies like this. Companies which we know pay their workers so little that they need to be on public assistance to feed their families. It means all of us paying taxes are subsidizing the big piles of wealth that the executives of these companies are amassing. You and I are effectively paying the CEO of Walmart even though we may never buy a single product from them in our lives, and their rank and file employees suffer at the same time.

So it isn't enough to just not shop there. Every taxpayer is supporting this usurious system.

The destruction of the wages and wealth of the majority of Americans over the last few decades - so a favored very few can amass grotesque amounts of wealth at everyone else's expense - is a huge problem and I don't mean morally. It's a problem because it weakens our economy in general. It slows economic recovery, and hurts the job market. It's a serious threat to the country.

Our economy runs on consumption. The poorer the consumers are, the slower and weaker our economy is going to get. Our economic strength in the past relied in no small part on the vast wealth that the American system had created and distributed among the majority of the citizens, allowing for a vibrant and healthy economy. Now that wages and wealth are on the decline for the lower and middle classes not only do we have less capital to trade back and forth supporting each other, but the less capital we have means it's harder for the next small business to be created by that enterprising fellow in his garage... which impacts the creative destruction a system like ours needs.

Now instead of saving up money to start that new business which will one day supplant a current industry leader an enterprising person must instead take on debt - debt to which the wage/wealth destruction means they will have ...


I am glad you agree that we need toraise the minimum wage
 
2013-11-18 02:54:01 PM  

b2theory: There is something seriously wrong with this country.


Stop hating freedom!

/get stuffed, Walmart.
 
2013-11-18 02:54:03 PM  

vabeard: Every company - medical facilities - I have ever worked for has always encouraged donations to less fortunate employees.


Its kinda sad considering that Walmart stocks a shiatton of food and they have the gall to ask their lowly paid employees to share
 
2013-11-18 02:56:32 PM  

tricycleracer: Hugh2d2: spilling Cristal on their $3,000 suits


Ya srsly. Cristal is for Russian mobsters. The Waltons drink Hennessy.
 
2013-11-18 02:56:49 PM  
If you want to see real hilarity, read the comments after the article.  The inability to create a complete sentence and follow the simple rules of grammar are hilarious.

Every company has employees that are hit with issues outside of work, requiring charity.  Wal-Mart was only asking their better off employees to be charitable to their employees who are in need.  But NOOOOOOOOOOOO!,  we have to go with the rabid hate baiting of Wal-Mart, which always makes for a good thread.

Troll On!
 
2013-11-18 02:56:50 PM  
Give the employees food for Thanksgiving or don't. Either way they'll still be working Thanksgiving Day.
 
2013-11-18 02:57:33 PM  
But see, Walmart couldn't just donate that shiat themselves because it would cause a derplus.
 
2013-11-18 02:57:45 PM  

GameSprocket: If only there was some way that a Walmart could come up with some food to donate without trying to extract it from the workers.


[cloud.empowerednews.net image 799x600]

It would be cheaper than the public relations that it will take to live this down.


Nope. Because Lawyers.
 
2013-11-18 02:57:53 PM  
maybe they can shop at Target.  And eat cake.  That seems to have worked well in the past.
 
2013-11-18 02:58:07 PM  
Imma gone down ta the dallaar store and git me some fudz ta dontate to the Wool*Mort peoples.
 
2013-11-18 02:59:19 PM  

Uranus Megahertz: Give the employees food for Thanksgiving or don't. Either way they'll still be working getting trampled like beasts Thanksgiving Day.

 
2013-11-18 03:00:46 PM  
Isn't Walmart providing a free dinner for the employees who are being forced to work on Thanksgiving? Simple, have the entire family get jobs there too and they can have a dinner before working all night to make the CEO even more wealthy.
 
2013-11-18 03:02:21 PM  

jaytkay: Six members of the Walton family (the original owners of WalMart) have more wealth than the bottom 30% of Americans.


If you have a positive net worth you have more wealth than the bottom 25% of Americans. That doesn't make you rich. Of course, the Waltons are rich, but you don't need dramatic statements to prove that.
 
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