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Wayfair employees in walkout over sales to Texas detention camp

BY CSA Staff

Online home furnishings retailer Wayfair is embroiled in controversy over its apparent sale of bedroom furniture to the operator of facilities for migrant children detained at the Texas border.

Using the hashtag #BoycottWayfair, customers and some businesses took to Twitter to announce they were canceling orders, returning purchases and boycotting the retailer until the company apologizes, reported CNBC. Some 500 workers walked out of the company’s Boston headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, holding signs that read “solidarity with migrant families” and “people not prisons.”

Wayfair co-founders Steve Conine and Niraj Shah told employees in an email Wednesday that they would donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help with the border crisis, according to the report. The Twitter account run by the organizers of the walkout praised the donation, but noted that “the Red Cross has nothing to do with these ICE-operated facilities.”

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