For anyone iterested in the actual statistic, I found one. More Than Half of Wal-Mart's Hourly Workers Make Less Than $25,000 - Businessweek
As an aside, even here where there is a very low cost of living $25,000 is not the kind of money it would take to have a whole bunch of luxuries for a family. A much better option would be to either go to college or learn a trade and get a career that would support a family or work hard to move up the latter at Walmart. Not to try to get Walmart to pay an 18 year old wanting a summer job enough to provide for a family of 4.
Alyssa, I am not a wal mart hater at all, I will stop there for last minute things on a occasion because it is the only store in our town. But I do a majority of my grocery shopping at a store in a town 30 mins away. The prices are far cheaper and the quality is far better. Plus I know they treat their employees are well treated, a friend from high school started there during high school and now manages the store.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Let's look at restaurants: employers have successfully lobbied to be allowed to pay servers in some states around $2/hour because the customers will pick up the difference. Is it irresponsible for someone to work for $2/hour when you can't support yourself on that? We don't seem to look down on workers earning $2/hour but we do when we're talking about Walmart. We the taxpayers are picking up the difference between what Walmart pays and what employees need to survive the same way we are paying the difference in a server's wages. I would rather Walmart take some reponsibilty the way places like Costco and In-n-Out do. It would benefit all of us if they did.
What I find so fascinating is that people just take Walmart at their word that they are cheapest. They are cheaper on some things but not everything. Where I live, Walmart has never been the cheapest for soda. Candy is cheaper at other stores. I've also noticed that their bulk foods/larger size are actually a little more than the smaller size. (E.g., 8oz cheese is $2.50, 2 pounds is $11 something) that's a few examples.Their nitch is people who are willing and able to pay more for a certain environment. That is not Wal-Mart's target audience.
I understand Wal-Mart is not always cheapest. Aldi, Dollar General, and other stores in my area are often cheaper. There are some things however that they do not sell that I get at WM. For example I bought cake decorating bags there today. None of my regular grocery stores would sell that. The Hobby Lobby would but it is a lot further away and more expensive.
* I just re-read what you wrote and think I misunderstood. If you can not support yourself on what you make as a low level employee, then it is your responsibility to work hard to find something that you can support yourself on.