Claim: Sam's Club and Walmart donated $10,000 to the Darren Wilson defense fund.
Example: [Collected via e-mail and Facebook, November 2014]
Origins: After a
The claim about Walmart's donation to Officer Wilson's defense fund dates to at least
That Facebook post was shared thousands of times after its
— Viva la causa! (@70torinoman) October 18, 2014
There are a number of reasons the rumor about Sam's Club or Walmart's donating money to Darren Wilson is implausible. One is charitable giving is a marketing boon for companies; although it would be cynical to say large companies only ever offer donations for public relations gains, there is also little reason for a brand like Walmart to give on the sly and receive no corresponding boost in customer esteem.
Following from that, there's no intuitive reason Walmart would choose Darren Wilson's defense fund as a charitable endeavor. Walmart is so large that it has a
Not only is Wilson's cause not listed, but law enforcement as a whole does not appear to be a focus for giving by Walmart. There isn't even a vague connection between any of the company's charities and Wilson's fund sufficient to suggest a donation would be in line with Walmart's selected causes.
Another significant datapoint is that Walmart is notoriously thrifty in its operations, a hallmark that began with founder
Additionally, Walmart would have much to lose and little to gain by making such a donation. It would be risking the potential alienation of many customers who were sympathetic to the opposing side of the case (or those who were just fed up with politics in general and tired of companies meddling in that arena), for no discernable upside from a business standpoint.
Most important, however, no evidence (credible or otherwise) has emerged save one sign at one rally to give any credence whatsoever to the claim Walmart donated money to the Darren Wilson fund. While many social media users have repeated the rumor, no news stories or any
.@TigerLily0621 This rumor has no basis in fact. We have made no such donation.
— Walmart Newsroom (@WalmartNewsroom) December 1, 2014
Last updated: 1 December 2014