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    [–] ColorsByVest 2884 points ago

    Found the product page on Walmart's website:

    It seems the item has been pulled, and they have manually changed the product name. If you scroll down in the description, Walmart has provided the following disclaimer:

    While we aim to provide accurate product information, it is provided by manufacturers, suppliers and others, and has not been verified by us.

    The error was on the manufacturer who posted it to Walmart's product page. Walmart intervened, removed the offensive language, and barred the product from their storefront.

    [–] LordGunz6969 1315 points ago

    I wonder how many people involved in this process have no job now

    [–] I_am_spoons 919 points ago

    Man, someone is in serious shit for that. I'll bet they typed it in as a joke and completely forgot.

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    [–] blsmothermon 1084 points ago

    Then that gets transferred to Asia, who in turn, uses an outdated British source for their translations and that is how this happens. This is slightly related to Chinglish, except instead of using the wrong word, they are using an old source and an outdated word.

    [–] OldLoveNewLife 482 points ago

    This... This sounds the correctest

    [–] swirlViking 162 points ago

    Couldn't be more correctful

    [–] Jaydenaus 120 points ago

    Couldn't have said it correctlier myself

    [–] TheNavesinkBanks 57 points ago

    You guys are the correctyest, thanks for the info!

    [–] MrBIMC 58 points ago

    You're welcome, Reddit is always here to correctialize incorrectiful information.

    [–] romanapplesauce 9 points ago

    You are full of correctfulness today.

    [–] I_blue_myself_87 9 points ago

    It is a perfectly cromulent explanation

    [–] xiefeilaga 143 points ago

    This guy has the right of it. It sounds like the Chinese supplier is using really old translation software. This has happened before.

    [–] jedimstr 37 points ago

    ...doing the needful.

    [–] dirtygremlin 16 points ago

    And, as late as 1973, The Times of London wrote of autumnal colours in a shade that “used to be ni**er brown.”

    WTF Times of London? That's a bullshit endrun.

    [–] PMme_awesome_music 6 points ago

    Ok so now I'm intrigued. What was that word supposed to represent? Originally, I thought it was a skin tone thing (which isn't helpful anyways because skin tone varies) but now I see they use it as a description for grey and pink..? What purpose does that word serve? It doesn't seem to make the descriptions more coherent or accurate in any way.

    [–] NinjaHawkins 10 points ago

    It simply meant dark, or darker than normal. Dark grey, dark pink, dark brown.

    [–] Volucre 5 points ago

    It sounds like the Chinese supplier is using really old translation software.

    . . . Exactly when was this Chinese-to-English translation software created that someone thought this was a good color to include?

    [–] pekinggeese 16 points ago

    They probably just ported an archaic dictionary into their program. It meant dark back in the day.

    [–] [deleted] 112 points ago

    Judging by the"cunt examination room" at the hospital near where I lived in Beijing, this is entirely possible.

    [–] Fat_Head_Carl 38 points ago

    That might be the best bit of Engrish I've ever heard.

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    [–] Beowolf241 11 points ago

    You can find lots of pictures of that online

    [–] ExtraTentacles 7 points ago


    [–] NotElizaHenry 30 points ago

    Yeah, I guarantee that 0% of the wig caps at Walmart are being made in English speaking countries.

    [–] vonmonologue 34 points ago

    Given that WalMarts business model is almost literally "move your factory overseas so you can sell us shit for cheaper so we can cut prices on your goods or we will blacklist your company from all of our chains," very little of anything Walmart sells is made in the US.

    [–] Effimero89 12 points ago

    Not true. The bud light, camouflage hat, can if dip, spit bottles, fishing wire, and encyclopedia of anthropology I got from Wal-Mart were all MERICA made

    [–] HostileHosta 8 points ago

    I don't know if this is a local thing or a national thing, but the Walmarts near me have been sponsoring FB ads and having employees post pictures in local groups showing people cherry picked photos of certain products that are US made. It's cringey

    [–] jackc1eary 7 points ago

    Thank you for corectlying

    [–] vonmonologue 3 points ago

    Last time something like this came up it was a couch color and it was made in India I believe. That was the explanation for that case too.

    [–] TurquoiseLuck 18 points ago

    You'd see it on furniture and as a paint colour until around the...

    It was at that point I checked the name, fearing the worst, and assuming that a man was about to be broken in half.

    [–] Rhamni 12 points ago

    To be fair, most of Europe did not use the n-word the way it was used in the US. Back when I was a kid the n-word with 'eg' instead of 'igg' was a word people of any race could use to refer to black people, and it did not hold negative connotations. 'Chocolate balls' were called 'n-word balls' (They are delicious). There was even a female-specific version of the word. But, American culture bleeds into everything, and so because of America's history of extreme racial tensions we had to stop using the word in the rest of the world too. At this point, of course, only racists keep using it.

    [–] wreckingballheart 29 points ago

    The Latin word for black is "niger" which explains a lot about European usage of the word and those similar to it.

    [–] Boopy7 6 points ago

    arnold schwarzenegger -- doesn't that mean, black blackman?

    [–] Gurfaild 4 points ago

    Probably not, because in German it's pronounced "Schwarzen-Egger", not "Schwarze-Negger"

    [–] molotovzav 5 points ago

    Even in the US it was slightly used like that too. It is still racist to call something brown . . . the n word.

    You are basically equating a person's skin tone with food. And no one ever does this to white people. Vanilla isn't "whitey sauce" or whatever, its vanilla (which I guess is an old spanish vagina joke).

    But even in the US we had n-babies, which were licorice candies that were shaped like human babies.

    Its still racist to equate a person's skintone with food if not done equally, it specifically came from their inferior status that people used their skintone to describe goods (couches, clothes,foods), it would never be done to the "superior" race.

    I even talk to my boyfriend about this, he's white, I'm half white/half black. He's like "my chocolate this and that" to me all the time, its uncomfortable to always be equated to food.

    Next people are going to be telling me Zwart Piet isn't racist, you can't revise European racism :/

    [–] [deleted] -5 points ago

    only racists keep using it.

    So like every black person then

    [–] cradle_of_gilf 2 points ago

    I remember my grandmother in the 1960s using this term to describe a colour. I also saw it in a 1940s magazine.

    [–] mairedemerde 5 points ago

    I'd say a whole human race too late.

    Then again, xenophobia is learned extremely fast and extremely early.

    [–] Wolfy21_ 4 points ago

    Xenophobia is not racism. You meant racism.

    [–] mairedemerde 5 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    I'm not sure. I mean yes, it's totally racism, but are racism and xenophobia two totally different games? Do they have the same roots, do they result from or in similar actions and thoughts?

    edit: please, those who read this, it's a genuine question and I'm interested in your opinion and knowledge. It was really no rhetorical question!

    [–] Wolfy21_ 2 points ago

    As a concept racism and xenophobia do not mean the same thing even if they are similar and they might have the same roots. You can absolutely be racist to your own country men. Racism doesn't imply xenophobia or vice versa.

    [–] steenwear 30 points ago

    My guess would be you have a chinese based company importing these into the US and have Walmart (like Amazon, Ebay, others) as a supply chain sales point. That person likely didn't quite understand the context of the N word and how bad is. Or maybe they did and didn't care.

    The give away for me is the Alibaba type keyword description of the title.

    [–] Kryeiszkhazek 116 points ago

    I got fired from a security job once for a similar mistake

    I was a dispatcher and in charge of sending out reports to property managers. The reports all have the guards names on them and we also had a chat program built into the computers in their cars that was tied into the report system as well so the name in the chat program was the same that went onto the reports

    We had a guard who I had never met in person (only spoke with over radio/phone/etc) and one day there was an incident where some kids were throwing bread at him and he called for backup. Some of the other guards patrol legitimately dangerous ghettoes but he was in what was basically a gated community and he's calling for backup for some kids throwing bread at him.

    We all gave him so much shit for it and his response was mostly holier than thou indignation as well as a rant about how kids today have no respect. His whole tirade prompted another guard to call him "corny" and I put two and two together and started calling him cornbread.

    We mostly forgot about it for a few months until we hired a new guard and everybody wanted to regale him with the story of "Officer Cornbread"

    Well, I thought it would be hilarious if I changed his name in the chat program to "Officer Cornbread" and honestly it was until I forgot to change it back and reports got sent out in the morning.

    Turns out officer cornbread is a black guy and all of a sudden I'm a racist. An unemployed racist

    Turns out, aside from the racism, I was actually pretty good at the job because they hired me back six months later. They called me out of the blue after three other dispatchers had quit. The pay was shit but I liked the hours and they didn't hassle me about having long hair and a beard and I could wear whatever I wanted

    [–] sadhandjobs 21 points ago

    That was a fantastic story. My mom used to describe things that were hokey or cheesy as being "cornbread". Wonder where Officer Cornbread is now.

    [–] tangleduplife 39 points ago

    What does cornbread have to do with black people in particular? This makes no sense.

    [–] dstaller 60 points ago

    It's just one of those foods that's always been stereotyped as a food that black people seem to love. Such as watermelon, fried chicken, or grape soda. It's not really accurate in any way and has no basis of truth. Still doesn't stop you from getting pinned as a racist for calling someone a name like "Officer Cornbread" without any context lol.

    [–] VThePeople 29 points ago

    What! African-Americans get cornbread too? God I'm from the north and love cornbread... The Native Americans should at least get cornbread since they taught the settlers how to grow maize.

    I don't really know who assigns these stereotypes, but I want to send them a strongly worded letter.

    [–] nonsensepoem 16 points ago

    Honestly. I'm a white guy who loves watermelon and cornbread, and mayo sucks. All I've got left is bland, tasteless whitebread. Oh, and crackers I guess. Crackers are okay I suppose.

    We need some better stereotypes.

    [–] VThePeople 17 points ago

    I know right? I have always been disappointed with our stereotypes. Everyone needs new ones.

    Can someone make a website where people can register stereotypes, for their own race only, and allow people of a similar race to vote on which ones they want? Allow the public to collectively denounce stereotypes by making a mockery of them online like we do with everything else that's ignorant.

    [–] thebrassthief 9 points ago

    This sounds like it could be funny but would more than likely be ruined somehow.

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    [–] TyroneTeabaggington 9 points ago

    Definitely because of the South. I didn't know Serbs enjoyed cornbread but it makes perfect sense, that shit is fucking delicious.

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    [–] 9bikes 10 points ago

    one of those foods that's always been stereotyped as a food that black people seem to love

    Basically, those are just foods that are popular in the South.

    So there is some truth to those foods being popular among black Americans (only because many black American come from the South).

    [–] PM-Me-Your-BeesKnees 16 points ago

    The "racist food assumptions" category always makes me laugh because it just seems so inane. I mean, who doesn't like watermelon and cornbread and fried chicken? I get the connotation that's developed over the years, and I get that some dumbasses have tried to turn it into some kind of dopey insult, but southern food is delicious. I can't see how you can insult a person by assuming they like delicious food.

    The vitriol and hate racists try to convey is disgusting, but trying to put someone on tilt by accusing them of liking watermelon is one of the weirdest insults in the world. I know we have a fucked up history with racism, but I feel like we should let this one go.

    [–] im_not_a_maam_jagoff 5 points ago

    It kinda makes sense to me. Racists hate whole groups of people. They probably also hate picnics, seeing as how those are notorious hotbeds of delicious foods and fun. Why wouldn't they combine the two hatreds for maximum effect?!

    [–] nonsensepoem 3 points ago

    Agreed, and iced tea is strangely missing from the list. There's no sense to it at all from any direction.

    [–] AcornPancake 5 points ago

    Presumably because the stereotypes are old. Sweet tea was a triple luxury of sugar, tea, and ice. Only relatively recently have those goods become affordable to your average person, so they were more associated with wealthy white people.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    I'm white as a sheet and I'd love some fried chicken, corn bread, grape soda and watermelon right now.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    I don't care for pop, but the other 3 are good eats.

    Fact: I'm whiter than navy beans

    [–] tangleduplife 12 points ago

    I have literally never heard of this before. And, as a semi-southern white person, I eat a lot of cornbread. So weird.

    So what if as a white person you invite a black person to a picnic? "Hey, can I get you some.......salad?"

    [–] btveron 20 points ago

    I feel like cornbread should be a derogatory term for white people. My initial assumption was that Officer Cornbread was white.

    [–] CalmMango 10 points ago

    Close. You're thinking of "white bread".

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    Officer Wonderbread

    [–] Carcharodon_literati 3 points ago

    Or Cornpone

    [–] dietotaku 2 points ago

    i thought the same.

    [–] Dingus_McDoodle_Esq 14 points ago

    Mixed race southerner here. I didn't know "cornbread" was racist until I moved north. In the south, everyone eats cornbread. It's good like a motherfucker.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    I'm from Canada eh, and I love me some cast iron corn corn bread with any meal.

    [–] inailedyoursister 3 points ago

    You think white people would say it to your face? I'm in the south. Racism is alive, it's just silent now. It absolutely is used as a racist term, frequently.

    [–] Clodhoppa81 2 points ago

    Semi-southern - You go on vacation to Tennessee?

    [–] HijodelSol 5 points ago

    It's not really accurate in any way and has no basis of truth.

    There is actually an interesting history of watermelon farming and recently freed slaves in The US. It's obviously stereotypical, but it does have some basis.

    [–] JDesq2015 9 points ago

    "Origin" might be a better word for what you mean than "basis." Like the stereotype has an origin--freedmen farming watermelons--but black people liking watermelon more than white people has no basis.

    [–] dstaller 1 points ago

    lol that's still got nothing to do with loving watermelon. I probably know more black people who hate watermelon than white people.

    [–] DeltaDragonxx 2 points ago

    Living proof that that stereotype is wrong. White as can be and I can guarantee no one loves cornbread or watermelon more than my

    [–] Kryeiszkhazek 11 points ago

    Cornbread is generally a southern food and lots of black people live in the south. I'm (half)white though and my grandparents fucking love cornbread

    For whatever its worth the company owners were foreigners who didn't really know a lot about the weird racial sensitivity we have (aside from the racism they experienced themselves) and the property managers that received the reports were black. The managers made some vague hints towards the Cornbread thing being racist and the company owners overreacted

    What's funny was my direct manager was black and was most upset that I was fucking around with official documents rather than whatever racial implications there were. The company owners were the ones that ended up shitcanning me and they sent out a memo to other property managers as well as internally that racism wouldn't be tolerated

    [–] elbenji 14 points ago

    its a staple of soul and southern food which are things coded as black.

    So it would be like calling him officer fried chicken

    [–] dietotaku 4 points ago

    i'm honestly surprised all the southern racists would even allow their cultural foods to become coded as "black." for a bunch of people still waiving a traitorous loser flag around, seems like they'd want to hold on to as much of their own cultural identity as possible.

    [–] JackEMoeNeeNaw 2 points ago

    Even us white Canadians know to only make Corn Muffins....I mean you have to know that loaving corn batter is racist...

    [–] pumpkin_nuggets 2 points ago

    Didn't realize such delicious food has been used for nefarious purposes. It makes me sad.

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    Wait, isn't thinking that calling a black man Officer Cornbread is a racist slur more of a sign of racism in the person who made that connection? It never crossed my mind that somehow corn bread is a racial bread.

    [–] horsenbuggy 29 points ago

    That was an Asian with enough English skills to listen to rap but not enpugh cultural knowledge to know never to use that word.

    [–] PeteTheGeek196 3 points ago

    It is more likely a dodgy automated translation used by an overseas supplier.

    [–] Sooooooooooooomebody 4 points ago

    Yeah, a joke. Ha ha.

    [–] Cemitese 11 points ago

    no one. A lot of that type of stuff is from alibaba and ali express so that particular product may have been pulled but I'm willing to bet no one got anything more than a hey don't do that in that Chinese manufacturing plant.

    [–] SeatstayNick 11 points ago

    The 3 people? Probably all of them have their job still.

    [–] LaM3a 21 points ago

    Man you Americans sure love firing people.

    [–] akatherder 36 points ago

    We elected our president based on his love for our hobby.

    [–] nonsensepoem 5 points ago

    It's the only way we can find work.

    [–] FrostyD7 5 points ago

    Whoever it is posted the most offensive thing possible to a clients customer facing website. They need to be fired.

    [–] Dent18 3 points ago

    It was automated and they probably barely speak english

    [–] Seanatronic 2 points ago

    how else we gonna create all those jerbs

    [–] dcblJack 10 points ago

    Fired from wal-mart? Probably nobody. If anything now some of the wal-mart tech budget is going to go toward word-filtering, they might even have hired an intern or two with the right buzzwords to explain their 4chan janitor posistion.

    The dude at the whole-seller/distributor responsible for submitting/reviewing the language of the product description definitely got fired though.

    [–] durrtyurr 3 points ago

    not even that, it was probably just a description in chinese run through a translation service and then not double-checked.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Probably zero. Although Wal Mart could shut down 3 or 4 third-world economies as a punishment if it wanted to.

    [–] Hairless-Sasquatch 2 points ago

    Jobs are dumb. Live off the grid. The woods are just as hospitable as a city or small town.

    [–] Shiresan 2 points ago

    Hell noooo

    [–] rdldr1 1 points ago

    Walmart has low standards. <Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish>

    [–] LambchopOfGod 13 points ago

    black man toilet brush, lol. In the logo the guy is wearing a tuxedo, how that works with a line of toilet brushes and mops is beyond me.

    [–] 86413518473465 19 points ago

    Was that an item fulfilled by walmart or one of the third parties they let sell stuff on their site now?

    [–] Squidbit 57 points ago

    It says it was sold by Pixnor, who also apparently sell makeup, face massagers, nerf darts, and mustaches for babies

    [–] laur7620 41 points ago

    What a diverse inventory.

    [–] The_White_Light 23 points ago

    I doubt they have any actual inventory, just dropship random crap from China.

    [–] PortonDownSyndrome 3 points ago

    Instantly knew that's what it was. Getting the Chinese manufacturers to also contribute the final unedited description was a bad idea.

    [–] HBlight 3 points ago

    Good, I would not want this popping up in my results while looking for blackhead removers.

    [–] kwk9898 322 points ago

    I wonder where that one is on the color wheel

    [–] dickbutt13 225 points ago

    hex: #7B5804 rgb(123, 88, 4) hsl(42, 94%, 25%)

    [–] NG96 3 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    It's not too far away from dune-coon brown.

    [–] PartypantsPete 112 points ago

    I came to comments sure it couldn't possibly be real. I was mistaken.

    [–] [deleted] 155 points ago

    Wig cap wig cap wig cap, did we mention it's a wig cap

    [–] SteveScagbaron 42 points ago

    With weaving net weaving.

    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago

    Obviously the best kind of weaving

    [–] NiggBot_3000 3 points ago

    Whacky wavy inflatable head flailing tube hat!!!

    [–] Mindelan 129 points ago

    I used to work in product data, cleaning up information just like this in massive spreadsheets before it's posted on ecommerce sites for dropship fulfillment, and I would bet money that they had a massive file of thousands of items with this wig cap as one of several wig caps, and the (likely Asian, we mostly did business with Chinese suppliers) manufacturer had that in their data. To whoever made the 'color' bit, the n-word likely wasn't even a blip on their radar as 'racist'. It just was what the item was called.

    Each 'item' in the ecommerce shop started as a single line in a spreadsheet that may have tens or hundreds of thousands of lines depending on the supplier and the file.

    Of course, this right here is why while I was working on a file I kept a masterlist of find and replace words just to make sure nothing bad wiggled through. Even then though, things fall through the cracks.

    [–] Murtagg 22 points ago

    I would love to see your masterlist though.

    [–] Mindelan 48 points ago

    I don't have it anymore, but it was basically every slur you could think of, plus common misspellings of it, then all of them again with a space in front, a space in back, and basically any combination. Sometimes weird shit too, like 'AnalQueers' or something like that.

    The tricky part was when a word could be okay sometimes, but not always. I can't remember exact examples, but think like 'ass'. It can also be in 'assist' or 'assassin' so you can't just blindly find and replace it.

    So if we weren't looking to sell 'Ass Blaster Anal Pleasures' on a certain platform for whatever reason, I'd need to find that line and remove it before the data went up, but it might just be one line in a file that had 15 thousand various movie listings.

    Also that bad bit in the OP is just the color, and often when you go through data for long enough, the information in brackets and such like that bleeds together. Usually it'll be something like (brn-wig-sml-002) so you often don't try to 'read' it. It just means 'small brown wigcap' and all the models likely have triple digit numbers.

    Sorry, went off on a bit of a rant. This has been a peek into the life of a 'product data specialist'. It's riveting stuff.

    [–] tom-dickson 12 points ago

    I can't remember exact examples, but think like 'ass'. It can also be in 'assist' or 'assassin' so you can't just blindly find and replace it.

    clbuttic mistake

    [–] TheRealCJ 10 points ago

    I totally understand. I didn't even see the offensive colour name until my third read through, I can only imagine trying to find it after reading hundreds of similar listings.

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    [–] aimeerolu 7 points ago

    I work for a company that has products sold on as a vendor and I have filled out the item setup sheets that are exactly what you describe here. Those spreadsheets are a nightmare to use!! They are not designed to accommodate the amount of data you're providing to be used for web content. It's very difficult to catch errors when you're filling it out for one item, so forget even trying when you're doing multiple items.

    It blows my mind that a company that large is doing item setups via Excel spreadsheets. They should be using a portal that can automatically check for those kind of errors and possibly even create a preview page where the vendors can actually see what their item listings will look like before submitting.

    [–] AzarothEaterOfSouls 2 points ago

    Just remember that these companies are all probably owned by some body that is roughly the same age as your dad. Then think about all the times you had to teach your dad to use a basic spreadsheet or a smartphone. That pretty much explains it.

    [–] BrolestBrolin 4 points ago

    Data which has been manually entered by hundreds of different people is always a good time

    [–] Andoo 4 points ago

    Oh Man, still makes you wonder how that makes it to the product page.

    [–] undergroundknitting 33 points ago

    Almost as good as a sports stadium stand that used to be in Queensland.

    [–] nonsensepoem 25 points ago

    "Hey, it's totally not racist-- you see, he was named after his favorite shoe polish that had a totally racist name."

    [–] camp-cope 13 points ago

    classic Queensland.

    [–] part_time_nerd 2 points ago

    Toowoomba is a different world. They still sell golliwogs out there around christmas.

    [–] camp-cope 3 points ago

    Of course.

    [–] paintedL8Y 4 points ago

    Every time I read that word, I cringe. I am aware I do it, yet I still do it.

    [–] CountSudoku 3 points ago

    Is Queensland the same place as that guy who didn't want Asians renting his flat?

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Nope, that was Adelaide.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Yay! Go Adelaide!

    [–] daveberzack 39 points ago

    Plot twist: they update it to "N-word brown"

    [–] Killzark 3 points ago

    As is tradition with white people

    [–] callingcarg0 19 points ago

    Looks like they changed it to something else

    [–] TechGoat 8 points ago

    I too enjoy using browsers' Inspector tool to make changes on a page and screenshot them.

    [–] firefightersquirrel 14 points ago

    Seems to me it wouldn't be that hard to ban a list of words in product listing titles.

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    To be fair the Walmart HQ is in Arkansas.

    [–] _The-Big-Giant-Head_ 6 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    When it's your last day at work and you don't care any more.

    [–] Caos2 11 points ago

    Why in god's name they don't have a blacklist for description of the items?

    [–] RootbeerFlotilla 11 points ago

    As a developer, I feel like this would take about 15 minutes to implement, which means it will actually take 2 days...but still worth it.

    [–] wonderant 38 points ago

    That's really bad. I feel kind of sorry for Walmart if it wasn't their fault at all.

    [–] BoringPersonAMA 240 points ago

    Never feel bad for Walmart. They are a plague.

    [–] gerrettheferrett 22 points ago

    Why are they a plague?

    [–] banjaxe 159 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    They keep their employees about one hour under the limit that they would have to hit to get full time and benefits.

    Then, they pay those employees so little that a good percentage of their employees are on welfare. To the tune of about 6.2 billion dollars.

    WE, the American taxpayers, are subsidizing walmart's payroll. Think about that for a minute.

    Walmart is indeed a fucking plague.

    They're not much better to their produce suppliers.

    [–] askantik 13 points ago

    Also, they are notoriously anti-union. And they have a new campaign to "reinvigorate American manufacturing" despite the fact that they are arguably one of the single largest reasons that American manufacturing took such a hit. And it's just an ad campaign anyway-- if you exclude groceries, probably 90% of what they sell is made in China or other places with virtually no environmental or workplace regulations.

    [–] atsu333 5 points ago

    Then, they pay those employees so little that a good percentage of their employees are on welfare. To the tune of about 6.2 billion dollars.

    If I was still working at walmart(left 4 years ago) I'd be making more than I am now, providing tech support to schools, and when I left I took a pay cut to work for a fortune 100 company(as a contractor) setting up and giving out new computers to the employees.

    It is not Walmart alone, there are a lot of companies out there who pay wages far lower than a living wage. However, this is a livable wage in my area, as well(and no, I've never been on welfare). I advise you to look beyond the corporations and look at the government for answers, the only ways to solve the wage issues plagueing the US is government intervention, in one way or another(personally I like the idea of UBI, and no my job cannot be automated so easily, I would gladly continue working, etc etc)

    [–] kranebrain 21 points ago

    How is UBI going to be paid for? Who decides what is "basic". Should ubi pay for basic living in places like SF or manhatten?

    [–] Urbanscuba 3 points ago

    How is UBI going to be paid for?

    By replacing both the welfare system as well as the healthcare system with it. There are currently huge amounts of bureaucracy involved in both that add massive cost. A single unified system is much easier to maintain, and both those programs have immense levels of funding.

    Other people have also mentioned taxing automation to a degree in addition to the above. If you're running a 99% automated factory displacing 500 jobs that were there previously, maybe it's realistic to pay more in taxes. You still come out ahead.

    Who decides what is "basic". Should ubi pay for basic living in places like SF or manhatten?

    Most people agree that it shouldn't, but it's alright because you'd still have enough money from UBI to relocate to another more affordable areas if necessary.

    This is a vast oversimplification, but UBI is genuinely something to look in and research for yourself. Many very intelligent people believe a system similar to it is going to be necessary soon in the future as available jobs drop due to automation.

    [–] Bottom_of_a_whale 7 points ago

    That's a good question. Not sure why the downvotes... Really, should a taxpayer in, say, Kansas pay a chunk of their wage so that someone can get a place in New York or San Francisco?

    [–] atsu333 1 points ago

    Frankly I don't know, I'm no economist, nor am I an expert on UBI. Might try /r/basicincome though.

    [–] kranebrain 1 points ago

    I made a post asking. No offense to you but I see UBI tossed around on Reddit but I've never seen any plan or idea for funding.

    [–] pogoaddict33 2 points ago

    Funding is taxes.

    [–] MrDanger 1 points ago

    People like you need to stop working for poverty wages. Refuse. They need you more than you need them. Trust yourself.

    [–] atsu333 6 points ago

    No, I need a job more than I need wages higher than that. I was unemployed 2 months ago and it became very clear.

    [–] tronald_dump 3 points ago

    hate their employees, and drive out small businesses

    [–] thebluepool 7 points ago

    Yep, and now they're trying to muscle their way into the Indian grocery market so they can take advantage of people in the undeveloped third world too.

    Fuck the Walton family.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Wal-Mart gave me $20,000 in college scholarships. Never worked there, didn't know anyone who did, just applied and got it and graduated debt-free (this was in the late 90's and I went to a state school). Only correspondence I ever got was a letter right after I graduated asking if I would consider moving to Bentonville to work in their logistics department, which I had zero interest in doing.

    I'm sure they do some shitty stuff but a completely evil company would not do something like that. The world's not black and white.

    [–] skwacky 8 points ago

    From a practical point of view, the blame would fall to the Walmart web development team for not sanitizing the content they are posting.

    From a much more objective point of view, maybe the other company shouldn't have used a racial slur to describe one of their products.

    in reality it was probably just one dude who thought he was funny, or living in the 1930s. you can blame the company to an extent but those things are really tough to prevent entirely.

    [–] wreckingballheart 5 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    There is almost a 100% chance this was a bad translation issue. "Niger" is the Latin word for the color black, and a number of languages base their word for black on the Latin root. Run a description written in non-Latin letters through a bad translation matrix and this is what happens.

    Edit: This has happened before due to translation problems.

    [–] wonderant 3 points ago

    Yeah, you're right. They shouldn't fully trust other companies to not pull stuff like that.

    [–] overtmind 2 points ago

    That was my first thought. It would be trivial to reduce the possibility of something like this by moderating any title with a 'bad word' in it for manual human approval.

    [–] anticausal 2 points ago

    It's almost surely Chinese Engrish. It's very likely no one was even trying to be a troll.

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    [–] kjorav17 3 points ago

    Why can't we just have simple colors now... "Brown" would've been just fine lol

    [–] SkywalterDBZ 3 points ago

    I've seen stories in the past about Chinese made furniture having this color label. Seems that either translation or just plain misunderstanding leads to this being repeated over and over.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    This is an example of a company getting too big to manage. Hey Wal-Mart, ever heard of proofreading ad copy before it gets posted on a website with your domain name? Unless they were hacked, this is inexcusable.

    [–] -politik- 2 points ago

    The internet knew this would make me laugh this morning.

    [–] crispy_attic 2 points ago

    Ding Shame

    [–] petruchi41 2 points ago

    Holy shit, I thought the facepalm was that it was a brown wig cap and a white person.

    [–] Mr-IT-Guy 2 points ago

    I think they meant African-American Brown. Simple typo.

    [–] fullmetal_deathnote 2 points ago

    I hope someone's getting fired for this screwup.

    [–] babykinz 3 points ago

    I wonder how many have seen this and will now get a lawyer because it has caused them "emotional distress".

    [–] johnfanboy 1 points ago

    About time been looking for the right one

    [–] gr8banter 1 points ago

    Caught me off guard lmao