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  • In a letter signed by more than 500 employees and sent to the company’s leadership , workers said they learned of a $200,000 order from a government contractor that has been operating migrant detention centers, The Boston Globe reported.
  • Customers are now posting on Twitter and the company’s Facebook page that they are prepared to boycott.
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Wayfair is catching the internet’s ire.

The company is catching online flack related to a letter penned by employees and sent to the company’s senior leadership. In the letter, which was signed by more than 500 employees, workers said they learned of a $200,000 order for bedroom furnishings from a government contractor that has been operating migrant detention centers at the southern border.

Citing two anonymous employees, the Washington Post reported that Wayfair executives said they would fulfill the orders for beds and other items.

The existence of the letter, which was confirmed by Wayfair to The Boston Globe , was publicized by the @wayfairwalkout Twitter account. The account claimed that Wayfair employees would stage a walkout on Wednesday if the company did not donate the profits from the order to RAICES, a Texas-based charity dedicated to helping refugees and immigrants.

From there, Wayfair customers have picked up on the situation, and the result has been mostly negative for the company. Searching Wayfair on Twitter brings up almost exclusively negative sentiments about the company, while a quick scroll on the company’s Facebook page shows mostly negative comments related to the situation.

“Wayfair – the Summer collection – or better known as Concentration Camp Chic!” wrote one customer on Wayfair’s Facebook page.

“Ugh, just read this after making a purchase from Wayfair – for my 5 year old’s room, no less,” wrote another customer on Twitter , in response to @wayfairwalkout. “@wayfair this is important, I’m cancelling the order and won’t buy from you anymore unless this is addressed.”

Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed in on the situation on Twitter.

Read more: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez applauds Wayfair workers speaking out against migrant camps as backlash against the company brews online

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez applauds Wayfair workers speaking out against migrant camps as backlash against the company brews online

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voiced support for Wayfair workers speaking out against the company’s alleged sales of furniture to outfit migrant detention facilities on Tuesday.
  • Backlash brewed online against the e-commerce furniture company, following social media reports that employees were planning a walkout.
  • According to a letter circulating on social media, the planned walkout was sparked by discussions of an alleged deal between Wayfair and a government contractor outfitting detention camps along the US southern border.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a wave of online backlash against Wayfair following the e-commerce company’s alleged work with contractors managing camps along the US southern border.

On Tuesday, backlash brewed online after a Twitter account reported that Wayfair workers would walk out of the company’s Boston headquarters on Wednesday. According to the account with the handle @WayfairWalkout, the company sold beds to government contractors managing camps for migrants.

“Wayfair sold beds to furnish border camps; 547 employees signed a petition to ask that we cease all business with border camps; CEO said no —>employees are walking out tmrw at 1:30pm. We ask that Wayfair donate all profits made from the sale to RAICES,” a tweet from the account reads.

“Wayfair workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children. They asked the company to stop. CEO said no. Tomorrow, they’re walking out. This is what solidarity looks like – a reminder that everyday people have real power, as long as we’re brave enough to use it,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Business Insider that Wayfair is facing internal backlash due to a reported transaction with a government contractor.

One individual tweeted a letter that Wayfair employees were said to have sent to the company’s leadership team, taking issue with an order of $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture for a Carrizo Springs, Texas, facility being set up to detain young migrants. Wayfair employees learned of the order last Wednesday, The Boston Globe reported.

Wayfair did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment. Wayfair confirmed to The Boston Globe that a letter was sent in response to the employees’ concerns, but declined to speak further.

Social media backlash against Wayfair built on Tuesday afternoon

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“Wayfair workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children,” she wrote. “This is what solidarity looks like – a reminder that everyday people have real power, as long as we’re brave enough to use it.”

A representative for Wayfair did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

If you are a Wayfair employee and have a story to share, reach out to retail@businessinsider.com.

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