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Ashton Kutcher and Walmart Debate Employee Wages on Twitter

Ashton Kutcher and Walmart Debate Employee Wages on Twitter

Ashton Kutcher thinks it’s pretty lame that some Walmart employees in Ohio have had to set up a canned food drive for fellow co-workers who are having a hard time making ends meet on the stores low wages. And because he’s Ashton Kutcher, he took to Twitter to vent, posting “Walmart is your profit margin so important you can’t pay your employees enough to be above the poverty line?” along with a link to the story. Minutes later, Walmart responded, saying “It’s unfortunate that an act of human kindness has been taken so out of context. We’re proud of our associates in Canton.”

That kicked off a multi-tweet debate, in which Kutcher asked the retailer why a company with $17 billion in profits last year paid its employees so little. Walmart, then responded with a string of tweets containing stats about how much their full-time employees make and opportunities for advancement, but eventually conceded, “We know we can always get better as a company. This year we’ve made providing more opportunities for our associates a top priority.” Yahoo Finance has posted the full exchange here …

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