- Walmart is the latest Western brand to be caught up in controversy while attempting to navigate Chinese politics.
- Chinese social media users accused Sam's Club, the warehouse retailer owned by Walmart, of removing all Xinjiang-sourced products from its app in the country last month.
- Online criticism prompted a dispute between the Chinese Communist Party and Sam’s Club, and China accused Sam’s Club of "stupidity" and "shortsightedness."
Walmart is the latest Western brand to become caught up in controversy while attempting to navigate Chinese politics.
Claims on Chinese social media
A former Walmart employee in Lubbock, Texas went viral on social media for her resignation video where she called out her alleged “racist” and “perverted” coworkers over the loudspeaker.
Shana Ragland, who worked at the outlet on South Loop and Quaker, claims that her job as a “Cap 2” — which involves unloading trailers and organizing stock — made her “absolutely miserable” for nearly two years.
A Filipino American man took to Facebook to expose a woman who allegedly spat on his face after he called her out for cutting the line outside a Walmart in Anaheim, California on Tuesday afternoon.
Ben Kadalim, who works as a psychiatric nurse, recalled how the woman and her male companion swooped in and pretended to know the man in front of him, casually asking “How’s the family?”
A young man who sprayed Lysol on products at a Walmart in Joliet, Illinois “to protect customers from the coronavirus” is now wanted by authorities.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, entered the store on the 1400 block of Route 59 after 4 p.m. on Sunday wearing a yellow medical mask, with a sign saying “CAUTION I HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS.”
Congressman Ted Lieu Slams Walmart for ‘Making Up Stupid Sh*t’ by Blaming Video Games for Mass Shootings
Democratic Representative Ted Lieu slammed Walmart for taking down video games that depict violence days after a mass shooting occurred at one of their branches.
The 50-year-old politician took to his Twitter page on August 9 to call out the chain for their decision.
YouTubers behind the channel “Joel and Lauren TV” have received backlash for reducing a Walmart employee to tears after pretending to “fire” her in a video.
Lauren Love and her partner, Joel Ashley, whose channel has over 1.3 million subscribers, are known for posting “prank” videos. The content creators have three other channels with a combined following of over 500,000, CBS News reports.
North Korean workers in China are reportedly making products intended for grocery stores in the United States, including seafood, wood flooring, and sewing garments.
The news comes from an AP investigation, which also tracked products that go to Canada, Germany, and countries within the European Union.
A cleaver-wielding man in Shenzhen, China recently went on a violent rampage inside a local Walmart outlet leaving two people dead and nine others injured.
Shenzhen police have arrested the 30-year-old suspect, identified only by his surname Jiang, after carrying out the attack on Sunday night at a Walmart store in the Bao’an District.
A note with a disturbing plea for help from a labor prison in China was reportedly found by a woman from Arizona inside a purse she purchased from Walmart.
According to the Arizona Daily Star (via Huffington Post), Christel Wallace found the mysterious note inside a pouch of her new Walmart handbag back in March. Since the message on the piece of paper was written in Chinese, she asked her daughter-in-law to find a translator.
Over 20,000 Walmart employees across China are striking in protest over better pay and working conditions.
Eli Friedman, a labor scholar at Cornell University, told the New York Times in an interview that the Walmart movement was “probably the most substantive example of sustained, cross-workplace, independent worker organizing we’ve ever seen in China’s private sector.”
A crafty thief casually walked out of a Walmart store in Virginia carting four stolen HDTVs.
The still unidentified man robbed an outlet in Chesterfield County dressed in store uniform to avoid detection, reports WTVR.