Here in Portugal there’s a supermarket chain that for the sake of simplicity, is our “Walmart”. They’re a big employer, they have a ton of stores and they’re making enough money to operate two stores close to each other just for the sake of pushing competition out of the areas they want to control.
If that didn’t make them “evil” enough, they want to move the headquarters to the Netherlands so that they pay less taxes. All the people and all the forms of media have ragged on them for weeks in a row for not wanting to pay their fair share - but everyone is ignoring some details.
The group that owns this chain is single-handedly giving financial support to a house that raises children with HIV. That charity has lost all financial support from donations ever since there was a scandal involving bogus charges that were never proven and contradicted by testimony of teenagers (we’re not talking about little children trained to lie or anything) who have lived in the house for years.
The government won’t help those kids. In fact, if the government intervenes, Social Security will simply separate the kids who’ve grown together into a family.
The kicker? They haven’t advertised about their charity work despite all the attacks on their image.
I actually have two friends who work in their stores and they confirmed this for me: since many of their employees are making minimum wage, those under the poverty line are given a monthly sum of 300€ (little over $400, which is more than half of the min wage itself) in store credit to improve productivity.
But remember, they’re an evil company who doesn’t want to pay it’s fair share.