Essential Workers Are Sharing The Pathetic Bonus Gifts They’re Getting Instead of Hazard Pay (21 Pics)

During this pandemic, lots of people who work in jobs that are low-paying have suddenly been deemed essential by the government. Because they are—we need people who stock grocery stores and make deliveries for society to function, especially when everyone is in quarantine. You’d think that since this is finally becoming so obvious, “essential workers” would be compensated much better by the companies depending on them. For the most part, they’re not.

Reports from Walmart workers have varied widely, but Twitter user @milkvap had a tweet about what the business is allegedly handing out as a thank you has gone viral for how dismal company rewards appear to be.

They write, “My best friend works at WalMart. This is what he just received instead of extra pay or benefits.”

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The pictures show a thank you note and a scattered assortment of Halloween candy and a few sheets (sheets!) of toilet paper. It’s pretty dismal. At least one other person in the replies says they experienced the same thing:


Others in the replies have protested, saying that the package seems to be from the store’s management, not Walmart headquarters. Some have insisted that Walmart is giving out bonuses, but that seems to wildly vary from place to place and is determined by how long people have been at the store and if they’re considered full-time. Walmart has notoriously abusive labor and union-busting practices, so it’s unclear why people want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but here we are.

Whether it’s real or not, there are lots of people with stories about the terrible ways they’ve been compensated or thanked for risking their lives while companies rake in the profits.

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