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Walmart Makes Cash-Strapped Employees Buy New Uniforms

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Walmart is switching up their employee dress code, but that doesn't mean they're footing the bill for the new uniforms. Even though 30,000 Walmart employees make minimum wage, they're responsible for purchasing navy or white collared shirts and khaki or black pants, capris, or skirts if they don't already own them. Walmart, however, is handing out the snappy new vests. Gawker obtained anonymous Walmart employee comments from the retailer's internal website reacting to the news, and the staff is justifiably upset.

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One employee writes: "With all due respect to the company, this is more of a financial burden to our family since this is our only source of income with my wife and two kids. We can hardly afford to live on my income now with us having to pay for a new uniform (aside from the vest). It's silly. The uniform we have now works. Why change it?"

Another employee wonders why he has to keep spending his own money on seemingly arbitrary changes: "Ive been at Walmart 21 [years] and I tend to keep buying better quality clothing other than the standard polo for a better appearance at work and it seems like its a waste of my money to keep changing the dress code and we are not given any clothing allowance or given 2 shirts for free."
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