Ten Things {Observations on Wal-Mart}

Ah, Wal-Mart.
The place everyone loves to hate.

Since I have one less than a mile from my house, I feel at times that I spend half of my life there.

Here are a few of my observations:

  • At least at Wal-Mart, customer service is a thing of the past.  They just don’t care.  Not only do they not care, but they don’t care that they show that they don’t care.  🙂
  • Wal-Mart’s price match guarantee is a lie.  So much for GUARANTEEING.  “The eggs were a lie, Stephen!”
  • Nowhere else in the world are you more likely to see more (hideously) pajama-clad patrons.  The other day I saw  three generations of white-trash women in low-riding pajama pants and sleep tanks ahead of me in line.  {shudder}   walmart
  • If you break your leg or something, good luck on finding a motorized cart. The ratio of people driving versus pushing carts is about 1:1.
  • Speaking of carts, if you’re at a Wal-Mart, fully prepare yourself to stand trapped at least five times by a family spread across the entire width of the aisle, arguing about Capri-Suns and Oreos and refusing to move over even an inch.  Also prepare yourself for them to stay one aisle ahead of you for your entire shopping trip.   wlmart
  • It’s a proven fact that Wal-Mart’s produce and fresh meats are both expensive and extremely low-quality.  Every time.
  • If for some reason you need to speak to a “supervisor,” prepare for them to look like they belong in a gang.  Don’t panic; drive-by shootings can’t happen inside because it’s against store policy.
  • There’s no other place on Earth with a greater congregation of screaming kids, screaming parents, and half-eaten, unpaid-for candy bars.
  • I think one of the qualifications to be a female cashier is that you must be a card-carrying member of the tobacco-chewers club and have lost at least three teeth because of it.   2b7651453c73bc81a6d7df6cc16cb65b
  • If you want to see your city’s most outlandish citizens, stop by your local Wal-Mart.  Just do it.   17824_573880942645895_1689175523_n

And yet, despite all this, as Proverbs says, “I’ll seek it yet again….”

13 thoughts on “Ten Things {Observations on Wal-Mart}”

  1. I would not go there if things were that bad. All the people I have ever met at our WalMart have always been nice to me and also pleasant. Both workers and my fellow customers. We must have a better bunch of people shopping at the Pennsylvania WalMarts. LOL

  2. You are so funny:) These must be universal “truths”. We are from Washington state (but recently moved to Brazil because my husband’s father has Alzheimer’s- I have 3 little ones 7 and under) and your “tongue in cheek” observations are quite apropos. Just wanted to say, I love your blog….Think I found you at Mizhelens country cottage but I also have followed moneysaving mom for almost 2 years… Thanks for making this homesick American crack up. God bless and tchau tchau from Brazil

  3. It has become EXTREMELY rare for us to venture inside a Wal-mart any more for all the reasons you stated! I would seriously rather pay more somewhere else. Besides, I dont really have the right pajamas for it. 😉

  4. WOW, apparently you never heard the phrase “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all”, lol. If it is that bad, why go there. Maybe you should ponder why you feel the need to bash people in this way. Sometimes what we say about others says more about ourselves than them 🙂

  5. WOW, apparently you never heard the phrase “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. Maybe you should ponder why you feel the need to bash people in this way, sometimes what we say about others says more about us than it does about them ….. Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 04:25:14 +0000 To: juliehalvorsen@hotmail.com

    1. Some are worse than others it seems. Total thumbs down on the Lake June Walmart, but thumbs up for the one on Hwy 80. Their produce is good and it’s cheaper than Kroger’s as a rule. But Kroger’s ground chuck is better quality and worth any price difference. I shop both places and use my Kroger card points to save on gasoline. I hate to shop in a hurry, so I tend to stroll through the store at a leisurely pace and check prices, etc.
      Always enjoy your blogs!

      1. I have to agree with this. The store in Forney is much, much better than the one down the street.

  6. I am a true believer in comment cards when customer service is bad. Last night was another reason to comment… Funny story- My children once again talked me into going to Walmart…our last stop was at the jewelry counter where one unnamed lady (that always seems to be there) decided to check a customers very full cart out at the jewelry counter while she had 2 customers wanting to look at items in the case. I was able to go self check our items while my two teenagers waiting to get the item they knew they wanted, but couldn’t get because she had the key. It took her 12 minutes to wait on this lady. I returned from checking out and waited with them again. As we were leaving my daughter told me it was the same clerk that she wrote a comment card on a year ago!! The store actually called and kind of apologized, but never did any thing about her actions.
    How do those that don’t want to say anything negative expect things to change for the better? I have had plenty of opportunity to fill out comment cards and feel many of those have resulted in management becoming aware of the issues in their companies. I am a business own and definetly want to know when a customer is unhappy. If I am not aware of the problems, how can I address them? Being honest can (is) a good thing!

  7. I couldn’t agree with you more my love. It’s like sitting through a taping of Jerry Springer Live and I love it. Plan on hitting the ole’ place tomorrow infact. Then again it’s all we have in our little town. Love ya! Keep writing!

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