February 22, 2010

In a Dictatorial State


I made my semi annual trip into walmart last week. (I hate going to walmart.  Let's just clear this up right now.)  I needed to print some pictures and pick up some paint.  Both of which requires interacting with employees.

Except they were no where to be found.

I had to search for someone to help me get the paint. And when I arrived at the photo counter there was no one in sight.  As I turned around and walked away, under my breath I muttered,

"I hate walmart."

And stopped.  And looked around to see if anyone had heard me. Because for a second I was worried that the walmart thought police were going to drag me to a dark cell and put my head in a box with rats.

I apparently need to take a break from Hunger Games. Luckily the third  one doesn't come out until August. . .

20 comments:

also known as shell said...

yeah i hate the paint department at walmart. one time I was there and waited for about 15 minutes for someone to help me I picked up the phone behind the counter... hit "O" and when an employee answered it I told them I needed help in the paint department.

just call me jo said...

But I feel that way at almost every store I go to. There is a serious attitude problem infecting store employees. They are surly and rude and often missing in action. They have a snarly response to every one of my requests.
Well, Walmart is the leader in laxness, but others suffer too. When my husband was looking for a job for six months, I used to look at those smucks and think, "My husband would be soooo much better at this job than you are."

MommyJ said...

I think hating walmart is a natural part of shopping there. I mean, does anyone ever actually walk in to Walmart and think, "I LOVE it here!" For me, it'll always be considered a necessary evil.

Momza said...

Walmart. I have a love-hate relationship with it...there is only one Walmart I will even go to around here...and we have a few--because of the negative-whatever-it-is that I feel when I go there. Good Prices? You Betcha! Great Service? No freakin Way!
They're supposedly going thru an image change to "feel" more like Target. I say, BRING IT ON! The "Garage-Sale" tone has got to go! Crowded aisles, useless c*ap, long stinkin' lines...When I have to go, I say outloud to the kids, "Pray for me, I'm going to Walmart!" no kidding!

Omgirl said...

You're not the only one. My sister has an "I hate Walmart" (or something to that effect) bumper sticker on her car and refuses to shop there. But it's really funny when, once or twice a year, she is forced to go there. Becuase then she has to park way at the end of the parking lot so no one will see her sticker and mock her. Hehehe!

Wonder Woman said...

When I first started reading Twilight (shut up) I got a paper cut and actually thought, "Oh no! They're gonna smell it!"

I tend to let books consume me, too.

Kristina P. said...

I only like Walmart now because I like to play the People of Walmart game, and am always praying I can take a picture to submit to the website.

Linds said...

I used to be a WalMart basher but the one near me has made some significant changes and the service and feel of the store have greatly improved. Add to that their price-matching, couponing policies along with everyday low prices and it's my go-to store for everything. That said, I try to shop on Monday morning around 8:15 when the fresh produce has been restocked, the employees have just finished a rousing team meeting and are exceptionally helpful and plentiful. Now, if it's a Friday night or Saturday I hit the Super Target instead. That keeps my relationship with WalMart in a happy place.

j@nAe said...

Whenever I go to Walmart I walk out feeling like I need to shower ...

Emmy said...

Lol! Glad you didn't get drug away :)

Dede said...

Walmart is terrible shopping, especially if you bring kids with you! I get ya....

InkMom said...

I HATE WalMart so much that I have not been in . . . three years. Well, except for the one time MommyJ made me go with her. But I flatly refused to transact business with an entity that so clearly does not value me, as the customer. I had a bad experience there three years ago and I walked out and never looked back. It's liberating!

(Unless you're MOmmyJ. And then, it just means you have no place to shop in her town.)

Lourie said...

I have a love hate relationship with that store. And the photo dept is part of that hate. I have never dealt with the paint dept. I think you were safe from the thought police, because after all, they do work for Wal-Mart!

Liesl said...

Lol. I live in opposite-land! I spend my energy hating my local market as I spend two to four times as much as any Wal-mart so there can be twice as many workers than necessary, everything can be packaged and displayed in a "fashionable" way, and they bag your grocieries in high quality "designer" grocery bags, (which they kindly ask you to re-use in order to promote "green" living.)

Chicago is very anti-Walmart, and while I don't disagree entirely with that view, I do find myself wishing we had one. I like service and quality, but at the end of the day, my pockets are only so deep.

That's why I love Aldi. Utah needs to get an Aldi. I can't get everything there, but what I can is dirt cheap and their staff is awesome. You guys should all write letters to the company. Seriously, the best!

Rochelle said...

Walmart is like a blessing and a curse. There's a lot of crap to put up with for good prices!

myimaginaryblog said...

LOL. I'm trying to fight off a cold by reading the first Gregor the Overlander book (that's her earlier series that's aimed at a younger age group, about a boy in New York City who falls into a dark world deep underground) and while it's not as intense as the Hunger Games, I did just decide to take a little break from giant rats and cockroaches.

I keep saying I will make myself shop at Walmart more since I know I'll save money, but I keep managing to avoid the place.

myimaginaryblog said...

Um, I think that didn't make sense: I'm trying to fight off a cold by lying down, and I'm reading to pass the time. But maybe you caught that.

Also, many years ago when I was a youth I remember walking through a spankin' new Walmart and hearing a young customer say to hearing, with a sigh, "I love Walmart." And at the time, I agreed. Lo how the mighty have fallen.

Sher said...

I, too, hate Walmart.
I'm pretty sure they pay their employees to stand around and act stupid and really, really pissed off if you asked them a question. Well, all of them, except the 150 year old greeter with one leg at the front of the store.
And do you think there is a tooth limit for people to shop there?

Sher said...

p.s. I ate up the Hunger Games, and Catching Fire.
I can't WAIT til August!!!

Michelle 2021 said...

There's a new Super Target two minutes from my house, and the Wal-Mart is five miles away, so now I have an extra excuse to resist the grimy pull of Wal-Mart. I love me the Target. I remember saying to Ferrin a few years ago, "When will I know when we have enough money that we don't have to shop at Wal-Mart?" Thank goodness, I think that day has come. We're not rich, but I don't mind paying a LITTLE more for a better experience and better treatment for employees.

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