From blushedclouds: Thanks Walmart!
Wal-Mart gets its bottled water from drought-ridden California.
The company sources the water for its "Great Value" brand from Sacramento's municipal water supply, according to labeling on the gallon jugs, CBS Sacramento reports.
Sacramento sells its water to DS Services of America, which bottles it and sells it to Wal-Mart and a number of other retailers across California.
California residents are facing mandatory water rationing as the state enters its fourth year of a record-breaking drought.
"It's certainly leaving a bad taste in everyone's mouth when you can't fill up a swimming pool, if you're building a new home in West Sacramento; you can't water your lawn if you're living in this region. And to find out they're making a huge profit off of this, it's just not right," public-relations expert Doug Elmets told CBS Sacramento.
Wal-Mart spokesman John Forrest Ales told Business Insider that the company was "very concerned" about how the drought was affecting customers and associates.
"We share those concerns and are tracking it closely," Ales said. "Our commitment to sustainability includes efforts to minimize water use in our facilities. We have and continue to work with our suppliers to act responsibly while meeting the needs of customers who count on us across California."
From kevonicus: Took this picture to send to my wife and had no idea why she said it was creepy until I got home......Look in the empty space.
Two Nevada teens -- one gay and one straight -- have become Internet sensations in the wake of their viral promposal, but a new wrinkle in what had been a heartwarming story has emerged.
Jennifer Sandoval, the aunt of one of the teens, told local Fox affiliate KVVU-TV that employees at a Las Vegas Walmart refused to include the word "gay" on a surprise cake she bought for the duo. Sandoval's nephew is Anthony Martinez, who attended the Desert Oasis High School junior prom with his straight best friend, Jacob Lescenski, on May 2.
In a Teen Vogue video profile of Lescenski and Martinez, which can be seen below, Sandoval revealed the original inscription she'd hoped to have written on the icing: "You're gay, he's straight, you're going to prom, you couldn't have had a better date."
After the Walmart associates refused to print the word "gay," she opted for, "You matter, prom kings."
"One word -- 'gay' -- which is the meaning of happy, isn't going to harm putting that on a cake," Sandoval said in the KVVU-TV interview. "I don't understand. It's one word. It's 'gay.'"
When the news station contacted the Walmart, a spokesperson said store policy doesn't prohibit the word "gay," and management wasn't alerted when Sandoval made the request. The spokesperson said a store manager would contact Sandoval.
Sandoval said she was "disappointed" by the incident. The word "wasn't hurtful," she said. "It was to make my nephew happy, to see a smile on his face."
No word on Lescenski and Martinez's reaction to the cake news, but from the look of the Teen Vogue video below, the guys couldn't have been happier with their prom night.
Wal-Mart abruptly closed five stores earlier this month and laid off more than 2,200 employees in the process.
The company said it closed the stores because of severe plumbing problems that, in addition to other potential upgrades, could take as long as six months to fix.
Critics have questioned the closures, with some contending that at least one store was closed in retaliation against worker protests for higher pay. Wal-Mart denies those claims.
Wal-Mart notified workers of the closures a couple of hours ahead of time and gave them a packet of information addressing the situation, according to OUR Walmart, a labor group representing the laid-off workers.
In the handout, the company offers workers "stress management tips" to cope with their loss of employment such as avoiding caffeine, chocolate, nicotine, and alcohol.
"Care for yourself by eating well, exercising, and resting when needed," Wal-Mart advises, according to photos of the handout provided to Business Insider by OUR Walmart. (Gawker first reported on the handout).
The handout also encourages workers to seek help from a professional counselor and assures that "difficulty sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, and feelings of being 'hyper-alert' are common and will diminish in time."
The company sheds more light on the plumbing issues in a question-and-answer section of the handout.
"Did these plumbing issues create a healthy or safety concern for customers and associates?" the handout reads. "No. These incidents impact the availability of water and create drainage issues for critical areas of the store, such as the deli sections, which impact our ability to serve customers."
The company says it plans to reopen the stores and that employees are welcome to apply for positions at other stores. In the meantime, it will provide workers with résumé-building services, interview coaching, and two months of severance pay.
"The store has a strong customer base and is part of the reason we have made the decision to invest in improving the store," the handout says. "We plan to reopen once the improvements are completed."
We reached out to Wal-Mart for comment on the handout and will update when we hear back.
In a statement to Consumerist, a Wal-Mart spokesman said:
Whenever we have a situation that impacts our associates our goal is to provide them information that will help answer their questions, as well as provide guidance to resources and other information that would help through any transition. The 'coping with transition' document is a standard resource we provide associates to help them manage the difficulties of discussing any type of work transition with others. It's unfortunate that our critics are attempting to minimize this process by conveniently excluding all the other valuable information our associates received and need during this time.