The editorial cartoon in today’s Grand Rapids Press pokes fun at Walmart for asking people to donate so its workers can have a happy Thanksgiving. This story made national news last week, proving that none of the newscasts do much original reporting anymore.
When I mentioned the story to my parents, they told me the manager of the guilty Walmart goes to their church and belongs to their Adult Bible Fellowship. He said he set out the bins so his employees could give to their colleagues who had suffered recent tragedy and loss. This is no different than what any workplace might do for its unfortunate employees. This one just happened to be at a Walmart.
What Walmart pays its workers is a serious moral question, with strong arguments on both sides. Let’s not demean the conversation with unfair accusations. The manager may be guilty of not realizing the toxic political environment surrounding Walmart, when even an act of kindness will be reverse engineered and used against him, but he is not guilty of what the news media alleges. There may be examples of stony hearted capitalism within Walmart. But this is not one of them.