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  •  Montoursville, Pa Walmart Cashiers Ask Customers (10+ / 0-)

    going through the check-out linesif they would like to donate to the Children's Miracle Network.

    I resent that because the Walton clan probably donates that money collected to their favorite charity (like the Walton Foundation) and gets a tax write-off for it
    they simply pocket it and don't report it on their taxes.

    I also resent it because they are hugely profitable and can afford to donate millions of dollars to charity without feeling it since they are among the 10 richest billionaires in the world

    because they shouldn't be forcing their horrendously underpaid employees to beg for money from customers on their behalf.
    (They are a retail chain, not a charity.  Charity should come from their own pockets, NOT their customers' pockets.)

    •  Even if it does go to the charity... (5+ / 0-)

      It's a big check from WALMART, not from the customers that actually contributed.  It might get some walwart regional manager a spot on some charities Board of Directors to further advance w's interests and boost the exec's career.

      Doesn't do anything for me.

      If I give to a charity, I want MY name on the check.

      The republicons moan, the republicons bitch. Our rich are too poor and our poor are too rich. Ferguson Foont

      by Josiah Bartlett on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 05:00:11 PM PDT

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    •  Ya know, that one really stuck in my craw just (5+ / 0-)

      this week.  A family member insisted on going to my least favorite store.  At checkout, the checker said "Would you like to donate?" with absolutely no indication to whom any such donation would be made.  And on the way to the car I explained that had the donation been made (the lack of even a simple name of any charity even made her say 'no') it would most likely be structured as to be a write-off for Wal-Mart.

      In some ways I don't begrudge Wal-Mart for playing within the rules as exists via our illustrious Congress -- but I simply cannot stomach the heirs' hypocrisy.  And yes, Good Ole Boy Sam was no great gift to America either.  And (2nd yes) I am far from convinced that they are playing by the rules as created within this capitalism-without-regulation structure that has been created in the last decades.

      The only force that can overcome an idea and a faith is another and better idea and faith, positively and fearlessly upheld. Dorothy Thompson.

      by Intellectually Curious on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 05:09:46 PM PDT

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