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.
According to a Facebook post by @BeingLiberal, Sam’s Club is closing 250 stores and laying off 100,000 people.
— JO (@borninLXXXIII) January 12, 2018
So Sam’s Club announced they’re closing down 250 locations and laying off over 100,000 employees- Trump your Tax plan is working great
— Sam (@Sam39581551) January 11, 2018
To celebrate 2018’s bonuses and Trickle Down economics, Sam’s Club has gifted it’s employees with 250 store closures resulting in 100,000 jobs lost, across America.
Thank you, #LikeReallySmart, Job Creating, #StableGenius, America First, POTUS!
—#TheResistance #MSNBC #CNN
— 990-6907XB71 (@kinoptika) January 11, 2018
Sam’s Club just closed 250 stores and laid off 100,000 people while receiving $ 7.8 billion worth of tax cuts.
— Rui Bastos Amaro (@Lusitano1169) January 13, 2018
Sam’s Club, owned by Walmart, closes 250 stores, laying off 100,000 people, after getting 7.8 billion dollars in tax cuts!!!
— Maria Jimenez (@MissDodger83) January 12, 2018
Good job Speaker Ryan, Walmart closing 250 Sam’s Club stores and laying off 100,000 workers. Special thanks to you, job well done!
— David W. Joel (@DavidWJoel) January 11, 2018
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
Seabrook, 11 Batchelder Road, 03874
Budd Lake, 81 International Dr S., 07828
Linden, 1900 E Linden Ave., 07036
Princeton, 301 Nassau Park Blvd., 08540
Jamestown, 720 Fairmount Ave, NY 14701
Rochester, 700 Elmridge Center Drive, 14626
Rochester, 1600 Marketplace Drive, 14623
Syracuse, 2649 Erie Blvd. E., 13224
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
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.
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