Anthony Goytia: Scraping By on Less Than $25K

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Walmart Watch Blog | 28 Comments

AnthonyAnthony Goytia is a 31 year-old father of three. He lives in California and works at the Walmart store in Duarte. He’s one of the 825,000 Walmart employees who is struggling to get by on less than $25,000 annually.

This year, he is on schedule to make around $12,000.

After paying $850 for the one bedroom apartment where he lives with his family, he is left with an incredibly tight budget he’s forced to stretch as far as possible. Anthony knows how to use potatoes to make food go further. His family carefully rations Ramen Noodles and cans of tuna.

But no matter how far Anthony stretches the food he can afford, he can’t get by on just his $12,000/yr. He is forced to rely on MediCal and food stamps. He’s had teeth removed, because he couldn’t afford the necessary dental work to save them.

“I don’t need cable or a big house, but I shouldn’t have to resort to selling my plasma and participating in medical trials to be able to feed my kids,” Anthony said.

Most concerning, Anthony says he can’t even live pay check-to-pay check. “I have to live Pay Day Loan-to-Pay Day Loan.” This keeps him in a constant cycle of debt and poverty, relying on one loan to pay off another.

Anthony isn’t looking for charity. He simply wants adequate hours and wages to get by on the hard work he puts in at Walmart. He’s calling on the company to publicly commit to pay a minimum of $25,000 a year. Read about more workers like Anthony each week as we release more stories of the 825,000 Walmart employees struggling to get by on less than $25,000 a year.

28 Comments

  1. SupportMcCarthyism
    October 23, 2013

    Then why doesn’t he just move to another town?

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    • tompnoonan1961
      October 24, 2013

      Union Yes for all Walmart Workers and for all Sam’s Club Workers please.
      Thank You Very Much
      From Tom P Noonan

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      • SupportMcCarthyism
        October 25, 2013

        Don’t be so surprise that the unions don’t get you all they lead you to think they will. I know many Wal-Mart employees have been quoted saying they want a pay raise to $15 a hour. Hold your breath until it happens if you actually believe they will get you people such a raise.

      • Deana
        October 30, 2013

        Really don’t think anyone is looking to become union they just want to be treated fairly and equally. What ever happened to Equal Opportunity Employer?

      • SupportMcCarthyism
        October 30, 2013

        Then you haven’t been keeping up with the news over the past year or so

    • Deana
      October 30, 2013

      What the hell would moving to another town do? That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard…..!

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      • SupportMcCarthyism
        October 30, 2013

        If you don’t see the point in that, then you are too ignorant to think.

      • george
        November 7, 2013

        Who the hell is McCarthyism is that your ignorant leader??

      • SupportMcCarthyism
        November 21, 2013

        Obama must be your ignorant god.

  2. floridanativee
    October 25, 2013

    With his spare time, he should be doing what is necessary to improve his job skills to make himself more valuale to any employer, I know many companies are looking for great employees and will move thme up quickly. Showing a great work ethic and attituce will put you ahead of the game.

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    • Clayton
      October 28, 2013

      What spare time? He’s got 3 kids. Obviously you don’t have kids. Shut your pie hole, you discriminating judgmental prick.

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      • floridanativee
        October 28, 2013

        He is only working half time, what is he doing the rest of the day? Evidently not too much. Shouldn’;t have any kids until he can afford them. Supporting him is not my responsibility, Wasting his time thinking he is going to get $15/hour is the wrong way to go. Get some job skills and quit waiting for the union or the government to make things better for him. It is his job. Many people work full time and take a full load of college. It takes getting your priorities set right which is something you would not grasp,

      • Deana
        October 30, 2013

        Well the problem is that Walmart wants total control of their employees, with the hours that you are given it is almost impossible to go to school or get another job, you have to have open availability which means you might work 1pm-9pm one day and 7pm to 4pm the next and you cannot change it….!!!! And if you think that you are going to move up in the company you might think again, I tried four out of six years and couldn’t move up and I knew all there was to know to do so.

      • floridanativee
        October 30, 2013

        Looks to me like you should quit. I know if a person is promotable pretty quick in their employment. If you are in the same job for 6 years something is very wrong. Companies are crying for good employees. A good work ethic, working hard and working smart will normally get you promoted very quickly. Just having an excellent attendance record puts you in a different category. There are ,many, many ways to improve yourself via online classes.You don’t have to get a degree. Many times just showing good intent puts you above the crowd. See what you can do to separate yourself from the others competing for a job. I know Wal-Mart largely promotes from within.

      • Jacqueline
        June 26, 2014

        Ditto!

    • Deana
      October 30, 2013

      I tried working my way up within the company and couldn’t all the while watching people that had only been with the company less than six months move right up the ladder but; it was those people that didn’t do their job and were sitting in the office bullshitting with management and then the ones that did do their jobs were sent to do that persons job, so you see there is a lot of favoritism that goes on, so moving up based on knowledge or merit is totally out of the question. One guy I knew had been moving up every six months and after he found out that the Assistant Manger he was having an affair with was pregnant he was moved again to Assistant Manager after that I finally quit my job after six years because of all the B.S.

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      • floridanativee
        October 30, 2013

        You will find jerks in most jobs. It is human nature. Sad, but true. Glad to hear that others were moving up. The one thing that prevents me from promoting somebody is poor attitude. You need to be certain you are great in that department. It basically trumps all other factors. If you are in a bad situation, try moving to another department. That can frequently make things better.

  3. Spongebobcanada
    November 5, 2013

    I am noticing none of these stories have any information about the WM employees level of education, certifications and/or qualifications.

    It would be very interesting to see how WM might factor pay rates based upon these type measurable qualifiers and improvement of them.

    Why does WM owe them $25,000 year? If you do not like your wages quit and find a better job.

    The WM Effect means many of the other places you mght find othr employment have been wM’ed right out of business.

    A high school diploma (or a part therof) just does not cut it to get ahead anymore.

    SBC

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    • george
      November 22, 2013

      Not everyone needs a degree to make a livable. This kind of mentality and ignorance is killing our economy. I have a masters degree in Business and guess the job has pays very well and it doesn’t require agree. It is a fortune 500 company here in CA. College isn’t for everyone besides every had a had a college degree we would still have shit corporations like Hellmart.

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      • Spongebobcanada
        November 23, 2013

        Perhaps i was not clear.

        Why should someone with only a HS education have expectations of making anything beyond entry level employment wages – ever.

        I did not restrict my comments to ‘degrees’. There are many forms of education, training, certification and training.

        There is a reason they are working at WM.

        SBC

      • Guest
        November 23, 2013

        Looks like you have brainwashed by the wealthy. It is unbelievable how the wealthyand corporations have tricked peopleinto thinking people with HS education should be thoughtof as 1/2 a person.WTF???Entry level get your head out of your Iignorant ass. People really need to wake up!!! There is a reason why that 1 percentwealth was Iincreasing and the middle class is decreasing. You have the mentality of a wealthyprick born with a silver spoon Iin yourmouth.

      • george
        November 23, 2013

        Well you talk as if you have been brain washed by the weathy and corporation. WTF…itIis ok to pay people slave wages and no benefits because they have no college education. So if they have just a HS education are they like 1/2a worker.Amazing people accepting Walmart paying slave wages and leaching off the government is ok. No wonderthe middle class Iis decreasing while that the walton’s wealth Iis Icreasing at an astastonishing rate.

      • C
        November 29, 2013

        Some of the WalMart workers have not graduated high school. Why should they get $25,000 a year? What skills do they have that deserve that salary? He complains that he wants everyone to get a minimum of $25K a year but he’s only working part-time. 25K for part-time work? Why is he “raising 3 kids” and only working part-time? It seems that he needs to get another job, with two part-time jobs he can pay his bills. What about the mother of the kids? What is she doing? Are the kids in school? Why does he have 3 kids at the age of 31 anyway without means to support them? He should have used birth control, stopped at one.
        I think he needs a vasectomy.

  4. george
    November 7, 2013

    Walmart is the biggest Corporate welfare recipient out there. They need to pay a livable wage!! Find another job??!! You can make retail a career. I have a college education and so do many of my friends…you know how dam hard it is to find an employer who will pay you what you are worth and offer benefits?! Many people are struggling while these dam corporation are making billions. I blame Wally World, it is the largest retailer in the world and has profited off paying low wage, 3rd world slave labor, bribing public and city officials, etc. Walmart is beyond greedy!!

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  5. Tang
    November 29, 2013

    Hey Anthony – I hate to say it but you sound like a loser. Get some skills. Put your kids up for adoption instead of making them suffer.

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  6. C
    November 29, 2013

    He’s only making 12K a year because he only works part-time! He wants more for working part-time? Anthony, get a real job if you want to support your family. It doesn’t say if his wife is working either.

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  7. Ian Turner
    December 12, 2013

    Question: Why is Mr. Goytia paying so much for rent? There are apartments available for much less in the area:

    https://losangeles.craigslist.org/search/apa/sgv?catAbb=apa&query=&zoomToPosting=&minAsk=&maxAsk=500&bedrooms=1&housing_type=1&sort=pricedsc

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  8. dahmed
    January 8, 2014

    i am a walmart employee and i make less than 16000 per year they can afford to raise the pay so we can afford to live and also they can clse on holidays so we can be with our families too

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