Beth McGrath, an employee at a Louisiana outlet, called out the company's poor management and exploitative working conditions in an announcement over the PA system before quitting.
After experiencing several years of exploitation at her workplace, Walmart worker Beth McGrath quit her job at a Louisiana branch of the retail corporation via an enraged and powerful public rant. The former employee posted a video of her resignation on Facebook, where thousands of users expressed solidarity through comments and reactions. Unfortunately, McGrath is only one of the thousands of, as she described it, "overworked and underpaid" Walmart employees. Across the United States, workers are expected to work long hours in uncomfortable working conditions for very little pay. Walmart is not an outlier; other major corporates such as Amazon and McDonald's are also culpable.
"Attention Walmart shoppers and associates, my name is Beth from electronics," she announces over the in-store public announcement system in her now-viral Facebook video. "I’ve been working at Walmart for almost five years and I can say that everyone here is overworked and underpaid. The attendance policy is bullsh*t. We’re treated [by] management and customers poorly every day. Whenever we have a problem with it, we’re told that we’re replaceable. I’m tired of the constant gaslighting. This company treats their elderly associates like sh*t. To Jarred, our store manager, you’re a pervert. Greta and Kathy, shame on you for treating our associates the way you do. I hope you don’t speak to your families the way you speak to us."
Corporate greed is killing our families.— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) September 10, 2020
Corporate greed is killing our planet.
Companies like @mcdonalds, @walmart, @amazon, and @uber have built business models on exploitation.
We will end their greed and exploitation.
All power to the workers.pic.twitter.com/zfrmR58xUo
Then, she affirms, "F*ck management and f*ck this job. I quit." The video, since it was first posted on September 14, has been viewed almost 180,000 times. It has also gathered over 4,400 comments and 7,600 reactions. In the comments section, hundreds of folks empathized with McGrath. One Facebook user stated, "Good for you! They do the same to older office staff. At a certain age, they let them go!
They are a disgusting organization and we almost never shop there! Wishing you the best of luck moving forward! Well done!" Another added, "Congratulations. Walmart, along with Amazon, [does] not treat their employees well. Then both can offer way better pay and benefits yet they do not. Nice way to quit. F*ck them. You have the rest of your life to find a job that appreciates [its] employees. Best of luck to you."
In a follow-up video posted to Facebook on September 16, McGrath shares her gratitude for those who supported her. "I never intended for the video to blow up the way it did," she explains. "It’s been an emotional roller coaster for me and I’m just at a loss for words. I didn’t record the video for clout. I recorded the video for my fellow coworkers, to let them know that I do love them and I do want what’s best for them. I wanted to be their voice, I wanted to be my voice. I am overwhelmed by everyone’s support. If I had any advice from this it would be to say do not be afraid to speak your peace, even if it tears you down first."
NEW: At Dollar General, the business model is exploitation.— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) May 25, 2021
They're America's biggest retailer: $3.6 billion in profit and 18,000 stores, as many as McDonald's and Walmart combined.
But workers tell us they're paid starvation wages and forced to work overtime with no pay. pic.twitter.com/SfaEBuW4Rd