Saturday, April 4, 2020
Walmart's "extraordinary" response COVID-19....
I'm sorry, but the first time I saw this I thought it was an Onion Ad and the headline actually read "Walmart to pay workers actual salaries during crisis."
And then I started watching it, and realized....I wasn't all that far off at all. The gist of this heartwarming story of extraordinary measures taken during the current pandemic is that Walmart has decided to take the unprecedented step of coming slightly closer to actually paying it's employees a Living Wage for as long as the current situation continues...or until the Walton family realizes that a tiny sliver has been taken out of that enormous mountain of profit and oh right We Forgot Charity Begins at Home.
"Cash bonuses" from the company that once famously asked customers to contribute food to its employees so they could "enjoy a happier Thanksgiving." Extra money from a company which is well known for educating its workers on the nuances of applying for food stamps and other federal assistance. These are extraordinary times indeed. Meanwhile, we can expect a tidal wave of "Walmart: The Company that Cares" ads out of this in the very near future. Don't worry, I'm on it.