Walmart

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Walmart Workers: We Need More Hours, Too

Retailer's employees say they often can't get hours they need to stay afloat

(Newser) - Last week Walmart announced it'll raise wages for 40% of its US workforce. But for many employees, low pay isn't the only issue: They also can't get the hours they need to make a decent living, the New York Times reports. Part-time workers complain that when they... More »

40% of US Walmart Workers to Get Raises: CEO

"We are trying to create a meritocracy," Doug McMillon says

(Newser) - Walmart is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains US hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs. As part of its biggest investment in worker training and pay ever, Walmart says that within the next... More »

Feds: Walmart Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple

Retailer must make amends on health bills

(Newser) - A federal agency says Walmart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New Bedford, Mass., who... More »

Man Proposes to Wife He Divorced 43 Years Ago

Louis Demetriades, Renate Stumpf set to walk down aisle again

(Newser) - Louis Demetriades and Renate Stumpf's marriage ended 43 years ago, but in December, they spoke again for the first time in years. Apparently the flames were rekindled, because on Valentine's Day, Demetriades drove all the way from Tennessee to a Walmart in Fort Smith, Ark., where Stumpf works... More »

4 Retailers Selling Misleading Herbal Supplements: NY AG

GNC, Walmart, Target, Walgreen accused of hawking possibly dangerous products

(Newser) - Consumers who've been popping herbal supplements may want to take note after the New York State attorney general announced yesterday that four retail giants are selling herbal items that may be mislabeled, crammed with fillers, and potentially dangerous, the Guardian reports. Eric Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist letters to Walmart, GNC,... More »

Walmart Caves, Will Let Greeter Say 'Have a Blessed Day'

James Phillips was banned from using trademark phrase in Ga. store

(Newser) - James Phillips just wants to "be one of the best greeters I know how to be," he tells KTRK , which involved Phillips' signature salutation at the Walmart where he works: "Have a blessed day." But after a customer at the store in Blue Ridge, Ga., complained... More »

Cops: Deputy Stole From Walmart ... While in Uniform

Theodore Parrish turned himself in after being caught on video

(Newser) - Authorities in Coral Springs, Fla., caught one of their own allegedly stealing from Walmart ... and the Broward Sheriff's Office detention deputy didn't even bother taking off his uniform to do it. A BSO rep says Theodore Parrish turned himself in this week after he was spotted on surveillance... More »

Mom's Fatal Shooting by Toddler Was 'Perfect Storm'

But don't blame guns for Veronica Rutledge's death at Walmart, father-in-law fumes

(Newser) - Terry Rutledge, father-in-law of the 29-year-old Idaho woman accidentally shot to death by her 2-year-old son in Walmart yesterday, is angry—at anyone railing against gun rights. "They are painting Veronica as irresponsible, and that is not the case," he tells the Washington Post . She "was a... More »

Toddler Accidentally Shoots, Kills Mom at Walmart

Idaho police say boy, 2, fired handgun that was in mother's purse

(Newser) - Tragedy unfolded inside a Walmart store in Hayden, Idaho, this morning when a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother, reports the Coeur d'Alene Press . Police say the toddler was in a shopping cart when he reached into his mother's purse and somehow discharged a handgun inside,... More »

There's a Company America Dislikes More Than Comcast

Losers abound in this year's American Consumer Satisfaction Index

(Newser) - Time Warner is still beating Comcast —if by "beating" we mean coming in first in "least popular company" surveys. The University of Michigan's American Consumer Satisfaction Index is out, and Time Warner Cable's ISP ranks dead last on a list of 230 household brands, scoring... More »

Guy's PlayStation 4 Box Has Rocks in It Instead

Walmart eventually gave him a refund

(Newser) - A Colorado shopper got a very unpleasant surprise when he got home from Walmart and opened the PlayStation 4 bundle he'd purchased ... to find not the game console but two bags of rocks. Igor Baksht says the employee who took the package out of a locked cabinet said it... More »

Cops: Guy Shoplifted ... at 'Shop With a Cop' Event

There were lots of deputies around to see what allegedly happened

(Newser) - Pro tip for would-be thieves: It's probably not a good idea to attempt shoplifting ... during a "Shop with a Cop" event. That's what police say Grant Scott Timm of Lecanto, Fla., did last Wednesday night at the city's Walmart, according to the Citrus County Chronicle . The... More »

Walmart Worker Gives Own Cash to Help Customer

Jenny Karpen pulled $40 out of her wallet to help pay for man's groceries

(Newser) - She may have been new, but she knew just what to do. Jenny Karpen, who had only recently started working at a Walmart in Rotterdam, NY, was helping check out an elderly customer when she realized he didn't have enough cash on hand to pay for his whole order,... More »

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Making People Rich

Demand for festive garb shows no sign of slowing

(Newser) - It's time to raid your grandma's closet for all those bauble-covered holiday jumpers, because ugly Christmas sweaters are the coolest thing in festive fashion—and a booming business. Not only do many retailers carry the hideous getups—sometimes with a hefty price tag—the sweaters have their own... More »

Walmart Spent $2M Fighting $7K Fine for Worker Death

Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death by Black Friday shoppers in 2008

(Newser) - It's been six years since 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, who was one week into his temporary employment at a Long Island Walmart, was trampled to death by a mob of Black Friday shoppers. But while Walmart was hit with a $7,000 fine for its role in his death, it... More »

Walmart Holds Food Drive for Needy Walmart Workers

We'd prefer more pay and hours, workers say

(Newser) - Walmart employees in at least two locations are holding a food drive and bake sale, respectively, to benefit some needy people this holiday season: Walmart employees. According to the Consumerist , a canned food drive was launched to benefit employees at a superstore in Oklahoma City ( reads a sign : "... More »

Get the New Usher Song... in Cheerios Boxes

'Clueless' single available in select boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at Walmart

(Newser) - Commonly found at the bottom of cereal boxes: cheap plastic toys and, now, Usher singles? Yes, a code to download Usher's new song, "Clueless," will be available inside select boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at nationwide Walmart stores, Billboard reports. No one's sure if the exclusive... More »

Walmart: Sorry We Advertised Costumes for 'Fat Girls'

Company switches label to 'Women's Plus-Size'

(Newser) - Walmart is feeling the heat after Twitter users caught an alarming label on the company's website: It advertised plus-size Halloween outfits in a category dubbed "Fat Girl Costumes," Time reports. "This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize," the... More »

Florida Teen Busted for Humping Toy at Walmart

Police report is pretty disgusting

(Newser) - Warning: This one gets a little graphic. A 19-year-old in Florida was arrested after he humped a toy in Walmart to the point of orgasm yesterday, the Smoking Gun reports. Sean Johnson took a stuffed horse off a shelf and headed to the housewares section of the Brooksville store, where... More »

30K Walmart Part-Timers to Lose Health Insurance

If they're not working an average of 30 hours or more a week, they won't be eligible

(Newser) - As of Jan. 1, Walmart will no longer offer 30,000 of its employees health insurance. Bloomberg notes that's about 2% of its workforce. The move comes as a reaction to the company's rising health care costs as far more of its employees and their families enrolled in... More »

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