Wal-Mart Mexico Pays Teen Baggers Nada
Retail giant calls young, uncompensated workers 'volunteers'
By Caroline Zimmerman, Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2007 4:54 PM CDT
A shopper looks for items to purchase Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at Wal-Mart in San Leandro, Calif. Consumer prices shot up at the fastest pace in 20 months in May, fueled by a surge in gas prices, although...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Wal-Mart has 4,300 teenagers bagging merchandise for free in its Mexican stores, Newsweek reports. The retail giant isn't doing anything illegal, since the kids aren't technically workers but "volunteers" who donate their time in exchange for gratuities from customers. But labor activists say the notoriously bottom-line-minded company is nefariously exploiting local customs.

Wal-Mart argues that everybody's doing it, though perhaps not on Wal-Mart's bulk scale—Gigante supermarkets enlists a mere 427 "volunteers." One analyst points out that the largest private employer in the country can afford to throw a few pesos at their young employees. "These kids should receive a salary," she said.

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Apr 21, 2012 5:05 PM CDT
If someone is working directly for you in your store and you do not pay them anything, that is a form of slavery. Even if these poor kids volunteer it is slavery. I wonder if they have the heart to feed these kids or let them take a bathroom break? I am guessing not. What is the policy when Walmart finds out one one of their customers are threaten or attacked later for not tipping. Or, hey, thats not going to ever happen in a country like Mexico. You would have to have brutal, heartless, people living there for something like that to happen. Or, maybe if it just happens once in awhile then it's ok.
Apr 21, 2012 4:46 PM CDT
Hey everyone is doing it. Wonder how a poor person saying that when being caught would go over. Everyone is doing it, this is what we have encouraged and bought into.
Dec 24, 2008 2:19 AM CST
Walmart breaks more laws and should be ashamed of these practices.