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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by paddymcdougall View Post
    So instead of getting cash that you can spend on food you prefer, you get a random mix of food that you may or may not like. Our local food bank was collecting the other day; the list they handed out at the grocery store was pasta sauce, noodles, rice, cereal, peanut butter, dried beans...can't remember what else. I'm sure hungry people are grateful for anything they can get, but with cash they can pick what they like.

    And given WalMart associates' low pay, that bonus isn't going to have much in taxes taken out of it. Let's see... $100 that's maybe $80 after taxes vs random canned food...I'd take the money.

    As far as getting a tax deduction -seriously? do you track how much you spend when you put a couple cans in the donation bag and deduct it later? I don't. And yes, I bought stuff for the food bank based on their list (think I went with two kinds of pasta sauce - organic; two kinds of pasta - both organic, one gluten free; and a huge jar of peanut butter - Skippy - smooth, which is "MY" favorite PB but for all I know the person who eats it prefers chunky Peter Pan....) and No, I don't have a separate receipt to use for taxes.

    Seriously? you deduct a couple cans of food?
    Yes, and you should too. I also deduct donations to Goodwill, United Way, and other charities. That's the point of itemized deductions. You should also save all of your receipts in which sales tax is charged, as it can exceed the standard deduction as well.

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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    The Rachel Maddow Show on msnbc

    I don't have cable and have to watch pundits once the shows are on-line. I'm just now getting around to last night's when I heard the BEST one sentence about this topic to date... It's in the 3rd video at the RMS. A former Walmart employee, current anti-Walmart activist is being interviewed by RM.

    Vanessa Ferreira says, "What do they want these associates to donate with, their food stamps?"
    Gee - using a "former Walmart employee and current anti-Walmart activist" as an unbiased source. Wounder why she's a former employee? Couldn't have anything to do with her attitude, I'm sure.
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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    Don't get us wrong, we don't have anything against food drives or charities if it goes to the needy. Whoever set this up obviously cared for the welfare of those employees. Maybe it was concerned co-workers or maybe management frustrated by company policies. The point is that it revealed a truth about the company and our times that is difficult to ignore, that the new normal is that the needy may be fully employed and still be needy.
    And you have proof, somehow, that the needy employees are "fully employed and still needy"? Couldn't be someone working 10 hours a week, could it? Couldn't be someone who just lost a spouse in a car accident or through illness and money is tight? Couldn't be someone who's just had twins and is now on maternity leave and doesn't have as much disposable income any more?

    You know, there is all kinds of need out there. For me, personally, I could give a rat's ass how or why a charitable drive was set up - I just say, thank God people care enough to think of it and God bless those who participate. The ones who stand on the sidelines and gripe about it or use it to drive some agenda are lower than a rat's ass, in my book.
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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    to say nothing of the jobs they provide to undereducated unskilled workers in those communities, right?
    What good does it do them if society still pays for their food stamps?
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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Chuckles View Post
    I'm not really seeing what the issue is here. If someone have 15 kids and is trying to support them while working at Walmart, is that really Walmart fault? It's not really walmart's place as an employer to address the various issues of every employee and it's not like the skills needed to work at walmart are the most demanding.

    So if you have a point you are trying to make about the general wage they employ, you could likely find better ways to do that
    I don't know too many families that have 15 kids anyhow.
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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob N View Post
    Well it appears that a Cleveland, Ohio Walmart is holding a food drive so that it's employees can have a nice Holiday meal. The sign in the store, accompanied by several plastic bins, reads: "Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner."

    Really? Thank goodness those people are employed so those associates don't have to get on food stamps.

    What cracks me up with some people that see nothing wrong with what Walmart is doing would probably go berserk if you wished them "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."
    Frankly, this is a breath of fresh air. The company is finally being honest about its labor practices

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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    No one is forced to go to Walmart.
    But we are forced to pay Wal-Mart via taxpayer-funded corporate subsidies.

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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by solletica View Post
    But we are forced to pay Wal-Mart via taxpayer-funded corporate subsidies.
    So they can hire people. Its a vicious cycle but it is what it is.

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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Not all that work for Walmart's low wages are poor. A quick look at the federal poverty level will confirm that. For many of these workers that low wage Walmart job is a second or even third income in their household. For those few low wage Walmart workers that have large families and little or no other income this is likely a welcome helping hand as they can then afford to feed their extended family and guests too. Why is private charity seen as bad by those constantly demanding that ever more charity be given by the gov't?
    Private charity is indeed much better than govt. charity.

    That's why we hate corporations (i. e. Wal-Mart) that insist on getting govt. handouts (i. e. subsidies) instead of working to earn business (or charity) from those willing to pay Wal-Mart.

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    Re: Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    So, assuming you're correct,
    Hey, it's not about me being correct that is what a Wal-mart spokesman (Kory Lundburg) told Bloomburg News: that the vast majority of associates are full time, (1.3 million.) and if that is so that is a sizable chunk of people.

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    1. You can blame the full time employee settling for $25,000 in yearly income because they didn't complete their education or didn't take seriously their education and now they have no skills or skills that are unattractive and of low value to the people who hire.
    Why can't I? Seeing that the Right says the answer to getting people off of government assistance (and give Wal-Mart subsidies.) is to give them tax breaks, and seeing that they have been getting them now for quite a long time, why do we still have gainfully employed people needing assistance to live?
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