Walmart ripped as it boosts wages—but shutters 63 Sam’s Club stores

The announcement of a higher minimum wage and staff bonuses was meant to boost consumer sentiment. Instead, outrage came after scores of Sam’s Club locations closed without notice.

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What started out as an announcement by Walmart to garner positive coverage and PR instead drew scathing backlash.

NPR reported:

Walmart is raising wages for new employees from $10 an hour to $11, expanding paid parental leave and offering a one-time bonus to eligible workers, actions that the company says will affect more than 1 million employees in the U.S.

On Thursday, Walmart tweeted the news:

Excited to share some news today! We’re raising our starting wage for all hourly associates in the U.S., expanding benefits & offering a one-time bonus! 💛 Learn more from CEO Doug McMillon:

— Walmart (@Walmart) January 11, 2018

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