Walmart’s mathematically-challenged Jedi Mind trick: Only 50 Workers Took Part In Black Friday Strike

Walmart strikers and their supporters have been in the news, because of their potential impact, not just on Black Friday, but in the future. This is the rise of the worker, against bad Corporate behavior toward their own employees. Walmart should be afraid — afraid enough to twist the truth. Walmart alleges only 50 workers took part in the strike.









On the busiest shopping day of the year, Walmart was hit with a massive protest and staff walkouts in 46 states, even in Dallas, Texas, where their love for unions is vacant. Alan Grayson personally escorted one worker out, so according to Walmart, that would leave 49 more.  This leaves us with a simple math problem to work out — of those 46 states, 1,000 protests were organized so, Walmart alleges that only a fraction of a percentage more than one person walked out in each state. With 1,000 protests sweeping across the States, we’re supposed to believe that only 50 workers took the day off, to strike, or from illness. For any sane American to believe that, the corporation in question would have to be one that is very good to their workers — or at least decent, meaning, not Walmart.

FYI: Walmart has a lengthy history of lying.

The Guardian reports:

“Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates,” said Bill Simon, Walmart’s US president and chief executive officer. “We had very safe and successful Black Friday events at our stores across the country and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers,” Simon said.

He added that the retailer estimated less than 50 Walmart workers had taken part in the protests. “In fact, this year, roughly the same number of associates missed their scheduled shift as last year,” Simon said.

But protesters disputed the retailer’s numbers.

Dan Schlademan, director at lobby group Making Change at Walmart, said “hundreds and hundreds” of workers were taking action.

He said as a result of protests, Walmart workers had seen their employment terminated, threatened with having their hours cut and that the labor board was now investigating 35 specific violations of the national labor relations act.

From vetting the hashtags on Twitter alone, one could conclude the Walmart is again full of crap. Updates by workers were tweeted and retweeted for all to see.

By safe, Walmart must mean this. 

Or this, which is the opposite of safe — this video highlights greed in those that chose to shop on Black Friday, where getting a bargain trumped standing up for your fellow man and woman. Bad karma strikes as shoppers appear to be eating their own.


Walmart’s average annual pay of $20,774 is below the Federal Poverty Level for a family of four. As reported here, employees can work at Walmart for decades before they make much above minimum wage.

tl;dr: We don’t believe you Walmart– with the exception of a few fringe right wingers on Fox Nation, that is.

  • Walmart’s funky ass CEO

    I’m right. I need you to believe that I am. Also, I want a bigger bonus this year.

    • Sam didn’t like his kids

      Of course you do…how else are you going to screw the people and the rest of the American workers unless you steal all the cookies as you outsource to China, India and sweatshops around the planet? Watch it when you eat those cookies – baked goods may be made from products bought outside the US and FDA prying eyes.

      • Walmart’s CEO

        So, I still get my bonus, right?? Huh? Huh?

        • Sam Walton’s evil kids

          Sure…you can have all the dough…just don’t expect it in $dollars$

          • Walmart’s CEO

            That’s not fair. I thought you guys were into fairness. All I want is more. Always more. Is that so bad? Gosh.

  • Ned

    If you’re fired you’re not an employee while protesting. Apparently they let 50 people keep their jobs

  • ilYa

    50 protesters? maybe at one store

  • Steve Pender

    His pay is well in line with other CEOs of major $Billion companies. I don’t blame Walmart even one bit, I blame the socialist institution of taxation for stealing money from us to subsidize other people’s living expenses. If we individually lack the right to steal from others, and government only has powers that we the people delegated to them, then government cannot steal from us and give to others either.

    • That guy

      Taxes =/= stealing. We have to pay for important shit like roads, infrastructure, etc. It’s not voluntary because people like you would never pay their share. I don’t want to pay for the wars your party starts, but I have to. So you pay your share too, mmkay?

      • Andrew Merrill

        How about the wars your Party starts…genius. And it’s not voluntary, because it was taken away from us. We are FORCED to pay taxes…whereas if we were able to afford to participate in voluntary action…we probably would…since that would be the non-coercive plan in place. It doesn’t make any sense to say that if one side forces you to do things you don’t like, that that somehow justifies you to take from them for your needs.

    • jim cee

      And Adolph Hitler’s state endorsed genocide was well in line with other historical genocides. I guess you don’t fault him either. Oh, and the money spent “to subsidize other people’s living expenses” is not only well spent, despite the cruel and disgusting apathy you and your ilk taint this great Nation with in the form of your ridiculous babble, but only accounts for a small percentage of the US GDP. 11 trillion is spent on “stuff” and 4 trillion is spent on the Country – we’d have a few trillion more if we didn’t exempt multi billion dollar net worth religious organizations and corporations from some or all of their potential liability.

      And before Right wing trolls come in here and whine about the Nazi parallel, you are killing Americans with your initiatives and ideals – you’re not off the hook. But go ahead and keep sitting around stroking each other’s “cheeks” and telling yourself you actually give half a sit about this Country – which is it’s citizenry – not CEO’s, politicians and Navy Seal action movies.

      BTW – Taxes aren’t “stealing.” Unless you consider your grocery store transactions as larceny and paying for a car grand theft. I can’t believe these people can move both hands at once, much less communicate in the higher languages human beings use.

  • lilbear68

    tell me again how the unions are bad and stealing money from CEO’s like this guy