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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Could you feed your family on $16,640 a year? Even if you said yes, couldn't you feed them a bit better, like maybe a special holiday dinner, on $25,000?
    It is not Walmart's job to make sure everyone that works at WM can support a family. There are many people that work there that are college students, people wanting to make a little bit for Christmas shopping and so forth. If you are a family person it is your own responsibility to work hard and either find a better job or move up the latter of WM to make better pay.

    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    It is not Walmart's job to make sure everyone that works at WM can support a family. There are many people that work there that are college students, people wanting to make a little bit for Christmas shopping and so forth. If you are a family person it is your own responsibility to work hard and either find a better job or move up the latter of WM to make better pay.

    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
    You're right. It's the taxpayers' job to pick up the slack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Everything I have found on Google says that Walmart has over 1 million employees in the US not 350,000. I do think they could handle raising their pay a few dollars an hour, but there is no way they could still profit long term and pay their employees double what their competitors pay.
    My local grocery stores have managed to pay their employees a decent wage and still stay afloat. I've been shopping at the same store for 12 years and it's the same employees now as it was then. They know their job; they do their job well. I have a colleague who works there. He's worked at the grocery store longer than he's been a teacher, but he enjoys both jobs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    You're right. It's the taxpayers' job to pick up the slack.
    What about personal responsibility?
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    My local grocery stores have managed to pay their employees a decent wage and still stay afloat. I've been shopping at the same store for 12 years and it's the same employees now as it was then. They know their job; they do their job well. I have a colleague who works there. He's worked at the grocery store longer than he's been a teacher, but he enjoys both jobs.
    Their nitch is people who are willing and able to pay more for a certain environment. That is not Wal-Mart's target audience.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    What about personal responsibility?
    What about it? The people we are talking about are employed. They have jobs. I think "personal responsibilty" only goes so far. Walmart only has to pay $8/hour to full time employees thus making the taxpayers pick up the cost for other necessities.

    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.


    Their nitch is people who are willing and able to pay more for a certain environment. That is not Wal-Mart's target audience.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    What about it? The people we are talking about are employed. They have jobs. I think "personal responsibilty" only goes so far. Walmart only has to pay $8/hour to full time employees thus making the taxpayers pick up the cost for other necessities.


    *The responsibility to get a better job. Either by going to college, learning a trade, or moving into a management position.*



    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post


    *The responsibility to get a better job. Either by going to college, learning a trade, or moving into a management position.*
    By better job, you mean better company. At the store I mentioned, my colleague is a cashier (mostly). That's what his job description is at the store he works at and would be the same description at Walmart. So is it being a cashier that = lack of personal responsibility or a cashier for $8/hour at Walmart that = lack of personal responsibility?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    By better job, you mean better company. At the store I mentioned, my colleague is a cashier (mostly). That's what his job description is at the store he works at and would be the same description at Walmart. So is it being a cashier that = lack of personal responsibility or a cashier for $8/hour at Walmart that = lack of personal responsibility?
    No, I did not mean a different company. I meant either move up the latter at Walmart become a Costumer service manager, then manager, then district manager... or however it works. There is lots of room to move up into a better paying job even at Walmart. Or, go to college or learn a trade to get a better job. A nurse or teacher or some kind of career. Low level Walmart jobs are not designed for someone to work at their entire life.

    * 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.

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