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Wal-Mart asks employees to donate food to their coworkers for Thanksgiving

A photo showing a food drive run by and for employees at a Cleveland-area Wal-Mart has sparked outrage and intensified the ongoing debate over the large retailer's low wages.

According to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Wal-Mart in question featured two bins in the employees-only section along with a sign that read, "Please donate food items here so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner."

Kory Lundberg, a Wal-Mart spokesperson, defended the food drive, claiming it was a sign that Wal-Mart employees stick together. "It is for associates who have had some hardships come up," he said. "Maybe their spouse lost a job. This is part of the company's culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships."

But not everyone took such a rosy view of the situation. "That captures Walmart right there," Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University's labor school, told the Plain Dealer. "Walmart is setting up bins because its employees don't make enough to feed themselves and their families."

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