Did Walmart Lay Off 100,000 Employees, Close 250 Sam’s Club Stores After Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts?

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Did Walmart Lay Off 100,000 Employees, Close 250 Sam’s Club Stores After Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts?

13/01/2018 Newsletter 0

While employees of Sam’s Club learned that dozens of the company’s stores were closing, a meme from a partisan Facebook page exaggerated the numbers involved. There is no truth that Walmart would be closing 250 Sam’s Club warehouses resulting in 100,000 workers losing their jobs.

The correct number of stores affected is 63 and the number of workers involved is around 10,000.

Where did the meme with the false information about those hurt by layoffs originate?

Facebook page Being Liberal to posted the meme with the message: “Dear Trump voters. Are you tired of winning yet?” — a reference to Trump’s famous campaign-trail declaration to voters that “We’re going to win so much you may even get tired of winning.” You can see the meme below.

However, Snopes reported that the meme is false. First the good news about the entire Walmart announcement. The world’s largest retailer confirmed that it would increase the starting salary of employees from $9 to $11 an hour. The other good news is that some staff would get bonuses and the company would expand its maternity and paternity benefits programs. All of these actions came from the tax reform.

How so? Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon said the tax reform legislation passed by Republican legislators and approved by President Donald Trump was the main factor for the company’s recent actions.

The bad news. That same day, Walmart quietly announced the closure of dozens Sam’s Club stores. However, unlike the numbers on the meme, Walmart’s closure would affect 63 Sam’s Club stores. Speaking to CNN, Walmart spokesperson Greg Hitt estimated that 9,450 people were employed at those 63 locations. While the figures are substantial, Snopes noted they are still a fraction of what Being Liberal claimed.

Here are some examples of people but sharing the wrong information on social media.

Snopes also explained that the figure was corroborated by Making Change at Walmart, a union-backed campaign advocating on behalf of Walmart workers, “which told the Associated Press that around 150 or 160 people worked at each Sam’s Club store, meaning the closures would affect around 10,000 employees.”

Here is a list of the Sam’s Clubs stores being closed courtesy of USA Today.

Irondale: 3900 Grants Mill Road, 35210

Anchorage, 8801 Old Seward Hwy., 99515
Anchorage, 1074 N Muldoon Road, 99504
Fairbanks, 48 College Road, 99701

Casa Grande, 2425 E Florence Blvd., 85194
Chandler, 1375 S Arizona Ave., 85286
Prescott Valley, 5757 E State Route 69, 86314
Scottsdale, 15255 N Northsight Blvd., 85260

City of Industry, 17835 Gale Ave, 91748
Stanton, 12540 Beach Blvd., 90680
Sacramento, 3360 El Camino Ave., 95821
San Fernando, 12920 Foothill Blvd., 91340

Manchester, 69 Pavilions Drive, 06042
Orange, 2 Boston Post Road, 06477

Fern Park, 355 FL-436, 32730
Lantana, 7233 N Seacrest Blvd., 33462
Tampa, 5135 S Dale Mabry Hwy., 33611

Lithonia, 2994 Turner Hill Road, 30038

Batavia, 501 N Randall Road, 60510
Matteson, 21430 S Cicero Ave., 60443
Moline, 6600 44th Ave., 61265
Naperville, 808 S Illinois Rte 59, 60540
Romeoville, 460 S Weber Road, 60446
Streamwood, 900 S Barrington Road, 60107
Wheeling, 1055 McHenry Road, 60090

Indianapolis, 3015 W 86th St., 46268
Indianapolis, 10859 E Washington St., 46229
Goshen, 4024 Elkhart Rd #1, 46526

Baton Rouge, 9598 Cortana Place, 70815

Owings Mills, 9750 Reisterstown Road, 21117

Worcester, 1 Tobias Boland Way, 01607

Farmington Hills, 32625 Northwestern Hwy., 48334
Lansing, 340 E Edgewood Blvd., 48911

Moorhead, 2800 27th Ave S., 56560
St. Louis Park, 3745 Louisiana Ave S., 55426

New Hampshire
Seabrook, 11 Batchelder Road, 03874
New Jersey
Budd Lake, 81 International Dr S., 07828
Linden, 1900 E Linden Ave., 07036
Princeton, 301 Nassau Park Blvd., 08540

New York
Jamestown, 720 Fairmount Ave, NY 14701
Rochester, 700 Elmridge Center Drive, 14626
Rochester, 1600 Marketplace Drive, 14623
Syracuse, 2649 Erie Blvd. E., 13224

North Carolina
Lumberton, 5085 Dawn Drive, 28360
Morrisville, 1101 Shiloh Glenn Drive, 27560

Cincinnati, 4825 Marburg Ave., 45209
Loveland, 9570 Fields Ertel Road, 45140

Memphis, 1805 Getwell Road, 38111
Nashville, 615 Old Hickory Blvd., 37209

Houston, 1615 S Loop W., 77054
Houston, 13331 Westheimer Road, 77077
New Caney, 22296 Market Place Drive, 77357
San Antonio, 12919 San Pedro Ave., 78216

Norfolk, 741 E Little Creek Road, 23518
Richmond, 4571 S Laburnum Ave., 23231

Auburn, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, 98001
Renton, 901 S Grady Way, 98057
Seattle, 13550 Aurora Ave. N., 98133

Madison, 7050 Watts Road, 53719
West Allis, 1540 S 108th St., 53214

Puerto Rico
Barceloneta, 1145 Carr 2, Bo Florida Afuera
Bayamon, Carr 830
Humacao, Carr 3 Km 82 Bo Junquitos

What did you think of Walmart’s closure of the Sam’s Clubs stores? Were you affected by it? Did you believe the meme with the false information about the numbers or see people sharing the wrong numbers on social media? Let us know in the comments section.

Photo Credit: Source & Snopes

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