Source: Scott Neuman / NPR
A Wal-Mart in Canton, Ohio, thought it was doing something good when it set up a Thanksgiving food drive this year for some of its needier employees.
A series of plastic storage bins in an employee-only section of the store with a sign reading “Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner” prompted The Cleveland Plain Dealer to ask: “Is the food drive proof the retailer pays so little that many employees can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner?”
The newspaper quotes Norma Mills of Canton, who lives near the store and saw a photo of the food bins. At first, she said, she felt “outrage” and “anger.”
“Then I went through the emotion of compassion for the employees, working for the largest food chain in America, making low wages, and who can’t afford to provide their families with a good Thanksgiving holiday,” said Mills, an organizer with Stand Up for Ohio, which is active in foreclosure issues in Canton. “That [Wal-Mart] would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers — to me, it is a moral outrage.”
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