A photo of food donation bins set up at an Ohio Walmart so people can donate to the store's employees who can't afford a Thanksgiving dinner has sparked debate across the web.
Advocacy groups say the photo proves that Walmart's wages for store associates are too low, but managers at the grocery store in Canton are saying that this is just an example of employees helping employees who may be experiencing tough circumstances this year.
The photo was posted Monday to the Organization United for Respect's Facebook page with the caption "Walmart is asking us to donate food to our coworkers. Why can't Walmart pay us enough so we can feed our family?" It shows several bins with a sign that reads "Please donate food items here so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner."
Managers and associates who work at the store in Canton told Fox 8 Cleveland that employees came up with the idea to help coworkers with financial hardships.
Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the bins are in an employee-only area out of sight from customers.
"It is for associates who have had some hardships come up. Maybe their spouse lost a job," Lundberg told the Plain Dealer. "This is part of the company's culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships."
An employee at that Walmart, who didn't want to give her name in fear of losing her job, told the Plain Dealer that the bins were "kind of depressing" and "demoralizing."