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The complaints about Walmart's policy requiring employees to supply their own clothing to meet the retailer's new dress code have morphed into an online petition. Over 9,000 people from across the globe have already signed the petition in protest, asking that Walmart needs to either pay for the new outfits or get rid of the requirements altogether.
The petition begins: "We, the undersigned, say a uniform is a uniform and Walmart should have to pay for those it requires of minimum-wage workers like every other company in America. One of the world's richest companies, with profits of $4.09 billion last quarter alone, should not deprive its employees of health care and wages high enough to pay for food, much less make them buy special clothing just to work for such low wages."
The organizers of the petition say that the cost of clothes for the new dress code "is even harder to justify given that most Walmart employees make under $25,000 a year."
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