November 24, 2003
i ain't going back to Wal-mart
I'm going to stop by Fred's Dollar Store on the way to the Animal Shelter. I can buy dog food, water and food bowls and everything else that I had in my buggy this morning at Fred's, for about the same price I was willing to pay at Wal-Mart. I'm getting my dog today. Fuck a Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart pissed me off this morning.
Everyone knows that you're supposed to pop a valium before going into Wal-mart.
What were you thinkin'?
I'll pay a little more someplace else, even, to avoid going there.
Sorry I have to defend Wal-mart on this one, afterall my retirement is based on the salary I made while working in Wally World Headquarters tax base. After 9-11 a lot of things have changed. I worked in a school where we had high security just because we were near targets. You didn't even think about entering the school building without a name tag. There was always an officer there.We had bomb threats and Wal-mart is always getting sued for something. The Waltons are great people and live very simply and have given America something that the small businessman can't. Some of the Executives aren't too cool and Sam would roll over in his grave to see it. He was an avid sportsman and drove around in an old red pickup. It's in the museum downtown Bentonville along with photos of his hunting dog and memorabilia of a man who did a lot for America.He and his family rank in the Forbes in the top ten of weaalthy people but live very simple lives. Jim Walton's kids don't wear Nikes and when their allowance runs out they stay home and watch a movie and have popcorn. I know I hear it from their friends. Read the book about his life before passing judgement and Acidman you're entitled to have a bad day at Wal-mart but be grateful it did take so long. What if you were someone who didn't need to own that firearm. Afterall we now check in hours before a flight to get searched and can't even take a fingernail file in our purses fear that it might be a weapon. Now that you're retired enjoy what's going on around you while you wait. You may need to get groceries at the Supercenter or buy Quinton a Christmas Gift or get something at Sam's Club. Fred's can't do that for you and I love to go to Fred's too. I even shop at K-Mart.
Dang, I was a set to hop on the 'bash Wal-Mart' bandwagon. Then I read Lexia's post. She has a good point. I can't imagine life without Wal-Mart. I get frustrated when I go there too. There are always so damned many people. Getting up and down the isle's is like driving on the freeway during rush hour. On the other hand, they always have what I am looking for. They don't pull the bait and switch (like Freds does in almost every sales brochure). They do have the best prices around. You can get almost anything there (have you tried to buy a gun at Freds). Along with all that, I do really admire and respect the Walton family. They are trying to carry on Sam's idea of 'the best product, for the best price'. I guess I'll continue to endure the crowds. I detest Freds.
Thanks for the Wal-mart propaganda LEXIA. Christ, talk about brainwashed. I was a General Manager in training with them for about two months. I was completely trained by a man who was dead for 5 years. Good old Sam is still earning his keep with his training films. The first thing they handed me on the first day was a copy of his autobiography. I bailed after 8 weeks. Too much phony smiles and morale building, clapping, bullshit meetings. SEE YA
Their business practices up and down the line are quite apalling to those who believe in treating people right, whether employees, customers, or suppliers; they just put on a good front is all.
My pet peeve going in is the totally faked "hearty greeting" from the greeter! GACK !!