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Wal-Mart In Canton, Ohio Steps on a Metaphorical Land Mine That Affects All of its Stores

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Well intentioned?  Yes.  Smart move. NOT!  The masses are rising up against the misstep that took place in Canton, Ohio’s local Wal-Mart.  Bins were placed inside the store with a sign that read, “Please donate food items here so Associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.”  “Boom!”  The metaphorical land mine exploded.

It’s part of being human to be compassionate toward our fellow human beings, but the message this whole scenario sends is that Wal-Mart doesn’t pay their employees enough or employ them with enough weekly hours in order for the workers to be able to afford food.  Whether or not this reaction by many is an accurate reflection of the truth, the result, nonetheless, is a hugely negative one for Wal-Mart, a corporation that pays the majority of its workers not much above minimum wage.

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Many people, customers and Wal-Mart employees alike, are offended, frustrated and outraged over this situation – and just in time for holiday shopping.  Black Friday is just around the corner and at this time of year the last thing you want to do is alienate your customer base.  Even if customers show up like usual, there is much talk about Wal-Mart employees not showing up for work on Black Friday.  That in itself, if the threat comes to fruition, will play havoc with Wal-Mart’s sales.

It’s unfortunate for everyone when these types of situations take place.  As a customer of Wal-Mart, it’s very concerning to me.  I like to save as much money on my purchases as I can and quite often Wal-Mart offers some of the best prices.  But I can’t help but ask myself, is Wal-Mart helping or hurting the communities it serves?

What do you think about this?  Does this situation make you think twice about shopping at Wal-Mart this holiday season?  Please answer the poll below.  Thanks!

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