1) Low pay

In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported average wages of $10.29 per hour for retail workers. This above federal minimum wage but still below the minimum wages in some areas, like Seattle and San Francisco, both of which have approved $15 minimum wages; San Francisco is gradually escalating until it reaches $15 in 2018. However, this falls far below the so-called “living wage,” the amount of money workers need to survive comfortably in a given region.

2) Part-time scheduling

The abuse of part-time employment and scheduling practices is a perennial problem in the retail industry. Hiring multiple part-time employees tends to be less costly than hiring full-timers, especially if a company offers benefits; keeping hours just below the part-time limit ensures that an employee isn’t entitled to health care subsidies, sick days, and other benefits options. In regions where municipalities haven’t moved to aggressively promote employee benefits—San Francisco’s mandatory health care for employees is an example—retail employees are often forced to spread themselves thin across several workplaces to make ends meet.

3) Anti-organizing practices

Many major corporations are involved in union suppression and anti-organizing practices, such as misleading employees about what can happen under unionization and intimidating organizers. Walmart is one major offender, and the company is in the news not just because of the Alameda County suit, but because during the years Hillary Clinton sat on Walmart’s board, she said little on the subject of its anti-union activities. Instead, she watched the company suppress labor organizing. That could become a contentious issue in the election, as Democrats have historically relied on union support.

4) Wage theft

In Walmart’s case, the firm is avoid paying part-time workers by shifting additional work onto assistant managers, thus depriving part-timers of pay. Because these workers are paid on a salaried and not hourly basis, they accrue overtime without receiving overtime wages, representing a significant savings to the corporation. This is just one among many tactics used to squeeze unpaid hours out of workers, and as Steven Greenhouse reports at the New York Times, workers are fighting back. Critically, he noted, regulatory agencies “assert that more companies are violating wage laws than ever before, pointing to the record number of enforcement actions they have pursued.”

5) Unpredictable scheduling

In addition to putting workers in an awkward position with part-time scheduling, companies also create an even more troubling dynamic in the workplace by making schedules highly unstable. They’re often issued week by week without notice, and employees may find that they don’t work a steady, predictable schedule from week to week—which makes planning ahead very difficult. Sometimes changes are made even after a schedule is issued, and employees are required to accommodate them or take unpaid days off if they need to attend doctor’s appointments or meet other obligations.

6) Racism and sexual harassment

Cases of racism, sexual harassment, transphobia, religious discrimination, and more regularly crop up in the news. In 2013, Target was called out for a racist training document that made disparaging comments about “Mexicans” and “Cubans.” Samantha Elauf made headlines for being one of many employees or applicants to Abercrombie & Fitch who was rejected on the basis of not fitting in with the company’s “look”—in her case, because she was a hijabi and she refused to remove her scarf for work.

7) Little to no benefits

Many retail firms don’t offer benefits at all, even to full-time employees, unless they are required to do so. Employees may not be eligible for health care, paid sick days, vacation time, and other benefits; consequently, many feel under pressure to work every day because they can’t afford to take time off and they don’t want to be fired for needing to be out of the workplace.

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the signs at walmart
  • aries:buys literally anything they want cause they don't give a fuck
  • taurus:*fills up cart with food* "yeah I think that's enough for tonight"
  • gemini:becomes friends with the cashier lady
  • cancer:buys loads of chocolate and movies to cry at home
  • leo:only likes to buy CDs of their favorite bands
  • virgo:just buys what they need cause they're saving money to buy something nerdy
  • libra:make up make up make up
  • scorpio:"what am I doing here"
  • sagittarius:persuades their friends to lend them money to buy something they want but never pays back later
  • capricorn:whines cause they never find what they want
  • aquarius:"when will aliens be for sale?"
  • pisces:finds literally everything so cool and wishes to buy the whole store
Several Wal-Mart stores abruptly closing for months, all citing ‘plumbing issues’

Alright ladies and gentlemen, give us your best conspiracy theories! Several Walmart stores recently announced, very abruptly, that they would be closing their doors for 6 months due to “plumbing issues” effective immediately. But something doesn’t add up. What are the chances that 6 stores would have plumbing issues all at once? And if it is true, why would they need to completely close? And why is it going to take 6 months to complete when they can build an entire store in less time? And why so abruptly? The store employees didn’t even know it was happening:

The shutdown blindsided about 400 Brandon Walmart workers who must now find another store to transfer to or receive 60-days pay for the loss of their jobs.

Furthermore, according to at least one report, despite Walmart’s claims, there have been no permits issued or construction work of any kind being done:

[We have] found no paperwork and no work done on the plumbing. According to Hillsborough County, Walmart didn’t notify the county’s permit department either. No one there has heard a peep from Walmart about any major repairs.

Here is a partial list of effected stores:

Midland, TX

Brandon, FL

Tulsa, OK

Livingston, TX

Pico Rivera, CA

Maybe it’s nothing.  Maybe it’s something. Either way, it’s interesting and kind of strange.

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Add to the growing list of Jurassic World merchandise and food items: Jurassic World pizza! Available at Walmart, the pizzas come in “velociraptor” (pepperoni), “tyrannosaurus” (ultimate meat) and “pteranodon” (supreme) varities. Each pizza features Jurassic World art on the box, includes a cool Jurassic World collector card and a $5 coupon toward a Jurassic Park movie download on Vudu.

Thanks Chris, Reel Tours, and jurassicworldiv.

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So I saw the BEST thing at Walmart today. I looked at the bettas, of course, and looked at the “betta water” and unusually clean cups. Someone had CLEANED THE BETTA BOWLS WITH THE BOTTLED WATER HAHA WHOEVER DID THIS IS MY HERO

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Texans blame secret military takeover for Walmart closings, secret tunnels

News of the Army’s operation Jade Helm stirred up widespread fears and deep mistrust of the American government in a sizable bloc of the public. Thousands of tweets, dozens of online publications and plenty of Chron.com commenters sounded the alarm of an impending military takeover. 

Now the virtual world of alternative news has added a new twist to the tale: Walmart is in on it, and there are secret underground tunnels.

Multiple websites drew links between the suspiciously swift and simultaneous closure of a half dozen Walmarts nationwide and the military training drill that will have some of America’s most elite units–Green Berets and Navy SEALS among them–trying to blend in to the civilian population in Texas and the Southwestern states.

It may seem crazy, but the fearful aren’t a totally marginal crowd. Online outcry over the original plans to hold the so-called realistic military training in American cities drew an official response from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Stars and Stripes, the news publication of the U.S. military, ran an article titled “Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise,” The Washington Post wrote “Why Operation Jade Helm 15 is freaking out the Internet—and why it shouldn’t be” and VICE News reported“conspiracy theorists think an army training exercise will bring martial law to the US this summer.”

A talk radio host even raised the issue in a conversation with Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul.

Now Walmart is in the picture. The world’s largest retailer raised eyebrows last week when it simultaneously shuttered five stores—two in Texas, one in California, Oklahoma and Florida—and laid off 2,200 workers with only several hours’ notice. The stores claimed plumbing problems prompted closures.

But bloggers have different ideas. The website Intellihub, the “Civilian Intelligence Agency,” suggested the Walmarts are being converted into giant entrance facilities for a network of underground tunnels the military will use to transport troops across the country.

Another website, All News Pipeline, poses the question: “will these massive stores soon be used as ‘food distribution centers’ and to house the headquarters of invading troops from China, here to disarm Americans…?”

Another website, Before It’s News, ran a post titled “JADE HELM: Explosive new information! Underground government tunnels beneath closing Walmarts, missile platforms, facial recognition, bundy ranch and Walmart tied to DHS! They are all connected!”

Multiple websites cite video showing police surrounding one of the recently closed Walmarts in California, and the empty shelving inside arranged strangely in an arch around loading bay doors. Allegations of secret cross-country tunnels and so-called “deep underground military bases” (DUMBs for short), are based on a 2004 online forum for Paulding County, Georgia, in which local residents discuss the construction effort underway in their area.

“The tunneling project is a joint venture involving the National Security Agency, CIA, FBI, MiB, Homeland Security & a few other groups,” one user posted. (It’s unknown if the “MiB” refers to shadowy, fictitious “Men in Black” agents made famous by the Will Smith movies)

He continued: “The addition of new Walmart facilities in northwest Georgia gives spur hubs and depots easy access to large areas that can be partitioned off for moving of very large equipment and large numbers of people in case of national emergency.”

Websites also post an apparently hand-drawn map of a nationwide underground tunnel system dated 1978. Now they fear that the closed superstores and alleged tunnels underneath will be used to advance diabolical military plans to disarm and imprison Americans during the upcoming Jade Helm.

But the military calls the operation a drill in realistic warfare. County officials who spoke with army command said they’d been notified that troops would be operating undercover amongcivilians, testing their abilities to blend in. Military specialists have interpreted acronyms on an Army document and inferred that small groups of elite soldiers would stage a long-distance escape from simulated hostile territory. The Washington Postreports numerous past military drills have simulated activities inside hostile territories in the United States before.

Yet many Americans apparently still believe they are the enemies the military is preparing to fight. It mirrors a national trend of extreme skepticism—a CNN poll last year showed trust in the government was at an all-time low, with only 13 percent saying the trust the government most of the time. Moreover, a 2012 report documented a dramatic rise in Americans rejecting the legitimacy of their government outright, and a 2015 Department of Homeland Security report warned of danger from right-wing groups resentful of military and police.

Jade Helm will take place in 17 Texas cities from July to September 2015. County officials have been advised of military plans and should be able to answer citizen questions about road closures or simulated violence near residential areas.

You’re Paying Way Too Much Money to Subsidize McDonald’s and Walmart

As wages fail to keep pace with inflation, subsidies for the poor have also become subsidies for the businesses whose employees who rely on assistance programs––instead of employer benefits––just to get by. Researchers found that the dearth of higher incomes in low-wage jobs is costing taxpayers an estimated $127.8 billion per year at the federal level to support the families of workers, and $25 billion per year at the state level. According to the study, which is the first to examine the state and federal cost of low-wage jobs to US taxpayers, some 56 percent of all state and federal spending on public assistance programs goes towards working families.

so the other day my mom and I went to walmart and saw that they had pretty big rabbit hutches and I was considering buying one for my rabbit and my mom says “they’re pretty good,” and all of a sudden this elderly woman comes out nO where on her little walmart scooter and says “pretty good to hide your husbands in” aND SHE JUST DRIVES AWAY AT LIKE 5 MPH AND WE DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER TO LAUGH OR BE CONCERNED