How Do You Like Them Now?

There are two companies in the US that get abused for a variety of reasons. Those two companies are WalMart and Chick-fil-A.

WalMart gets abused for alleged pay issues while Chick-fil-A gets abused because of religious convictions.

So what have the companies done lately?

Big-box retailer Walmart Inc said on Thursday it would hire more than 150,000 hourly workers in the United States, citing a jump in shoppers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rival Inc made a similar move earlier this week, announcing it would hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the United States as the virus outbreak boosts online orders.

Walmart also said it plans to pay a special cash bonus of $300 to full-time hourly workers and $150 to part-time associates. The company will accelerate the next scheduled quarterly bonus, it said.

The 150,000 new workers being hired through the end of May will work in Walmart’s stores, clubs, distribution and fulfillment centers, the company said, adding that they would be temporary at first but many would convert to permanent roles over time.

We are not naive to think that the hiring of 250,000 people is altruistic on part of WalMart and Amazon. Clearly this is the companies meeting a demand for more workers. Yet while the service industries are taking a hit because of closed restaurants, the hirings will allow displaced workers to get a pay check. The bonuses will help as well.

Instead of standing pat and just letting frustrations of customers and employees build, they are reacting appropriately without the government telling them what to do.

And then there is Chick-fil-A.

Workers at a Chick-fil-A in Washington state met a tangible need over the weekend, stepping in to provide 1,000 meals on Saturday to a hospital whose medical personnel are battling the unfolding coronavirus pandemic.

Washington was ground zero for the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. There have been more than 900 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state and at least 50 people have died of the disease.

In a Facebook post, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center thanked the owner of the local Chick-fil-A restaurant and his staff for providing the hospital employees with meals.

“We are so grateful to John Dombroski and his team at Chick-fil-A Cascade Park in Vancouver for delivering and serving 1,000 meals to our hard-working caregivers today,” read a statement from the hospital. “Your kindness in a tough time is appreciated more than you can know.”

Chick-fil-A closed dining areas for all locations a few days after this, and the state of Washington closed restaurants soon after that, but in the midst of bad times, the hated Chick-fil-A stepped up to the plate and made a considerable effort to make life better for people.

And here is another one, this time from an evil drug company:

WHIPPANY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Bayer today announced it is joining the U.S. Government’s fight against COVID-19 with a donation of 3 million tablets of the drug Resochin (chloroquine phosphate).

Resochin, a product discovered by Bayer in 1934 and indicated for prevention and treatment of malaria, also appears to have broad spectrum antiviral properties and effects on the body’s immune response. New data from initial preclinical and evolving clinical research conducted in China, while limited, shows potential for the use of Resochin in treating patients with COVID-19 infection.

Bayer in recent days has been in talks with the White House, HHS, CDC, and the FDA, offering any assistance we can provide with a focus on donating Resochin to help in the government’s efforts to combat the virus.

Currently not approved for use in the United States, Bayer is working with appropriate agencies on an Emergency Use Authorization for the drug’s use in the U.S.

Bayer thanks the Trump administration for moving quickly to enable this donation and will continue to work closely with the administration to support its efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

So now that there are actual companies stepping up and going above and beyond, how do you like them now?

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