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So I stop in WM before work yesterday... (7:15 AM)
Nothing exciting. But just maybe I will pick up a yellow VW Bus hanging on the peg and a red 32 Ford just because...
I walk up to the check out and I stop.
Three check outs open. Four or five people waiting at each one.
And I don't feel like waiting. So the cars go back on the peg.
Maybe it is just me. But there is something about a store having 20 checkouts (mostly closed) and customers STILL have to wait to check out that bugs me...
And if I remember correctly, thats why I didn't shop at Ames and I don't shop at the big K...
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Our wally put in some of those self checkout lanes, and then they have an attendant hanging around to help fix or clear items when they mess up or the scales under the bags don't work. It's slower, but at least it's more frustrating!

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not sure about west coast Wallys butevery store I've hit on the east is the same as you described.
One checkout only is allowed to sell cigarettes,of course this checker has no knowlege of cigarette brands,so it's usually an easter egg hunt.Lest we forget the scores of non-smoking shoppers,with full carts using this checkout because it's one of the few open.

I got pissy with a deli hag the other day,30 minutes waiting and watching customers line up while this witch sat and made labels,completely ignoring the gathering crowd.

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Same here, they build a Super bad-a$$ Walmart, and we line up like sheep (even at 2-3 AM) to check out.

35 lanes, and 4 open! No matter what time of day you go, it's lets make the people wait. I put my $h*t right down where I make up my mind to leave. I don't put nothing back...ba$tards.
 

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you had 4 open?,,,wow,,,they dont open more than 2 or 3 till after noon here. walmarts prices might be cheap but all in all,,walmart sucks. the trouble is in the management,,,,,i really really doubt that the walmarts of today are what sam walton had in mind when he invented walmart,,,,,
 

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What's WalMart. That's what everyone should have been saying years ago. Now it's gonna start biting everyone on the butt. Since they've started to close the Toys'R Us,FAO Schwartz and KayBee Toys Walmart will soon be the only toy store left. Imagine what your toys will cost then. I'm glad I have enough will power to stay away..........
 

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not to mention that the isles are narrow and all the crap the stick in the middle for rubes to dig thru and block the ilses and then you get to the check outs and tear your hair out waiting. customer service is the same way ten people in line and one person helping....
 

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defiant88 said:
not to mention that the isles are narrow and all the crap the stick in the middle for rubes to dig thru and block the ilses and then you get to the check outs and tear your hair out waiting. customer service is the same way ten people in line and one person helping....

The crazy thing I've noticed is Walmart doesn't even need all the crap in the middle of the aisles to block your path.
...inconsiderate oblivious A-holes who park thier carts across the aisles without any regard to traffic piss me off..I just bash into them with my cart and say "woops."
 

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Wasn't it Wally's that had a policy that if more than 3 people were in line at a checkout they would open another ?? Yea right ! I quite Wal-Mart !
I was at a K-Mart last week, I want to buy some cars, One checkout open and
The service desk wouldn't help, left them there for Her to put back, They didn't need my Money so and I didn't need the cars that bad so I left without them !!
K-Mart has been getting some good stuff lately, to bad they just don't want to sell it, no wonder they are in trouble !
Seens I can get the things I want online, why bother with the store hassles, gas prices and traffic ! I just got a inner from TinnyWheels, cheaper than I could run for it, why bother !
 

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Lack of JL product,small isles,few checkouts open and illeagles hired by a cleaning contractor for cheaper labor rates (don't tell me WM didn't know this was happening)...I quit visiting WM a long time ago.
 

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,,,,i really really doubt that the walmarts of today are what sam walton had in mind when he invented walmart,,,,,
In fact they are.
Sam Waltons creed: Purchase mass quantities with buying power, move large volume at great savings to the customer and keep them coming back.

Must be doing something right.

Again this fear of distributer monopoly doesn't work here in the states dependent on less government involvment (what you can caharge and to who, when , what why etc) and meddling of trial lawyers ergo which infact will then result in exactly what you WalMart bashers fear.
Again as I posted in last weeks "Hey, I'm bored so lets beat up WalMart thread", in a free market there will always be a competition factor to keep the other guy in line (with competitive lower prices).

Isn't it great?

With regard to WalMarts here in the west (I'm speaking of CA, OR and Washington), I can move in and out with the greatest of ease (full checkout with clerks) and for less coin. The selection of JL product has always sucked out this way (I'm taling regular product, not WL doldrums), but I can get everything else I need.
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Boycott Walmart

If i said what i have to say about the whole ratty operation of Walmart, i would be kicked off of hobby talk, so just remember they are built non-union and operated non-union, so that is what you get.
 

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Oh yes. Unions are the answer...where is my vomit bag?

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If i said what i have to say about the whole ratty operation of Walmart, i would be kicked off of hobby talk, so just remember they are built non-union and operated non-union, so that is what you get.


And without union thuggery, corruption or mishandling of funds.
I currently belong to Graphic Arts Local 404 (22 year member). Of 22 years, I have yet to see a gained benefit, only losses. Just lost our dental two months ago (it was the unions idea since the money accrude for our strike fund over 7.35 milion dollars has dissappeared (and without a 100 member quarum, we are not entitled to any answers as to why the money is gone). I lost 1/2 of my retirement supplement (another union deed to cut all members below 20 years supplement in half by an arbitrary date); that date was three weeks short of my 20 years.
We have been working the without a contract now for three months, so far I have lost my fifth week paid vacation in the new contract (that I worked 20 years to aquire (another of the union's suggestions). The latest addend to our contract will give employees with less seniority a one month period of their chioce of bumping others on a different shift (for one calender month). And the doozie: our shop steward has suggested the eliminationof all premiums so that they (the union) can redistribute those premiums among all the members (regardless of seniority). Rewards for the lazy and socialism at its very core!

More that anything I would like to see my union collapse.

So based on the above, my opinions of unions are a bit jaundiced -I would guess one might say.
 

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Walmart generally has the masses brainwashed. Overall, I can do just as good with a little effort through sales, etc., at other stores. My son's Claussen pickles...cheaper at the grocery store. The Doritos I bought...a couple pennies more at Target and plenty of open registers with little waiting. Note, Walmart will price match a sale but they never have sales themselves. That buy one, get one free at the grocery store....never at Walmart. If you play the game, you don't really need to do much shopping, if any, at Walmart. Except for the JLs and HWs....you have to shop all the stores, including Walmart to get the products near and dear to your heart.

Target is going to put the squeeze on Walmart eventually if Walmart keeps up with the crowded aisles, one register open, broken price scanners, and no customer assistance in any department except electronics. Have a question at Target, pick of the phone on the next aisle over, someone actually answers and then comes, and....oh my gosh...tries to help. Plus, Dollar General and the Dollar Store are sucking up customers from Walmart's lower price crowd.

I will say this, Walmart has the easiest customer return policy and while I rarely use it, they don't hesitate to price match. Ever try getting something price-matched at TRU? I gave up price-matching at TRU because of the hassle every time..."Best Buy has it at what price, where's the ad?, let me call them to see if they actually have it in stock and are selling it for this price....". I just go buy it at the store that went the extra mile to put the cheap price on it in the first place.

Walmart is the big boy right now, but that doesn't mean they will stay that way.
 

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And without union thuggery, corruption or mishandling of funds.
I currently belong to Graphic Arts Local 404 (22 year member). Of 22 years, I have yet to see a gained benefit, only losses. Just lost our dental two months ago (it was the unions idea since the money accrude for our strike fund over 7.35 milion dollars has dissappeared (and without a 100 member quarum, we are not entitled to any answers as to why the money is gone). I lost 1/2 of my retirement supplement (another union deed to cut all members below 20 years supplement in half by an arbitrary date); that date was three weeks short of my 20 years.
We have been working the without a contract now for three months, so far I have lost my fifth week paid vacation in the new contract (that I worked 20 years to aquire (another of the union's suggestions). The latest addend to our contract will give employees with less seniority a one month period of their chioce of bumping others on a different shift (for one calender month). And the doozie: our shop steward has suggested the eliminationof all premiums so that they (the union) can redistribute those premiums among all the members (regardless of seniority). Rewards for the lazy and socialism at its very core!

More that anything I would like to see my union collapse.

So based on the above, my opinions of unions are a bit jaundiced -I would guess one might say.
Hi Peter,

I agree. Unions stink- one of the few things about Wal*Mart I did like as an employee there- non-unionized. They even have an anti-unionization video they show you in new-hire training about how employees could lose the benefits they have if Wal*Mart unionizes (I agreed then and I still do today).

While Wal*Mart has problems, unions are not the answer. Wal*Mart can afford to hire more people, and that would solve about half of the company's problems- long waits, unable to find help while shopping, etc. It also eases the burden on current employees and may help reduce Wal*Mart's large employee turnover rate.
 

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Well...If you don't like WM, don't shop there. If you are like Me, you check prices around town and then buy at the cheapest place. 98 percent of the time, WM is cheaper, sometimes a great deal so, than anybody else here in town. Not to mention the best selection on a large amount of items in town as well. This includes Target. Out here in CA, even though the customer service is so so, there are always several checkouts open at my local WM. In fact sometimes all of them are open and there are still lines. No, I don't shop at WM for the customer service or the nice displays and wide aisles. I would shop [elswhere] and pay three times as much and still have to find the rest of what I need somewhere else.
Wm is a huge company. With their size comes a certain amount of variance in goods and services from store to store and corporate "ignorance" and corruption. The right hand doesn't know what the left is doing(not an excuse, but it happens in all large companies). Besides the store, WM had a distribution center here in town. I know several people that have, or still do, work there. Some good stories, a couple not so good. But that DC provides this town with hundreds of above average paying jobs(for this area), with benefits, not to mention business from all of the trucking activity and DC operations.
Shop where you want, don't shop where you don't like to go, but is all of this complaining doing any good?
As for the "mom and pop" stores around town, they vary from having good customer service and reasonable prices to terrible selection, extremely high prices and lousy, unfriendly customer service. The only reason some are still in business is due to the fact that I live in a fairly small town and they basically have a monopoly on whatever goods or services they are selling.
I have as many or more complaints about several small businesses in town than I do WM. I don't shop at said businesses, if I can avoid it.
I have worked at a couple of small businesses in town. If WM was worse to their employees, they would not be in business. I'm talking no regular breaks, including lunch, NO benefits of any kind, minimum wage pay etc. etc. It's not just WM folks.
As for unions, you have to take the good with the bad. I belong to a union, they deduct $12.00 from every paycheck, wether or not I sighn up to be a member. Although I don't care to belong to a union, I feel they have been benefitial thus far where I work. I would be paying even more for my benefits than I do now(or wouldn't have them at all) if not for the union(this was just negociated). Yes, there are dudes making(or taking) way too much money for what they do with the union, but if the union wasn't there I am POSITIVE my salary wouldn't be what it is if not for the union. I am fortunate to belong to a union that fights for its members more than wanting their money. However, if I belonged to a union like Modsquad, I would want out too. I'm sorry to hear of your losses.
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they wear shirts that say how may i help you but there fu**ing rude to any collectors at all and never help they say its all out on the floor or we cant get collectibles sure not unless its for the a**hole paying them off

also anyone ever notice in the parkinglots why must everyone and there family walk right in the middle of the fu**ing road that just pisses me off we were honking at a guy and yelling at him yesterday he must not speak english cazz he didnt fu**ing move! so he ramed the corner of his cart and everything went flying we just ran over some of his sh*t then thats when i found out he did speak english as he yelled at us

wall mart just sucks
 

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I find that sometimes a good vent can not only be quite theraputic but sometimes can get positive results.
I've seen thousands of rants here.Some were recognized by the powers of PM and some were corrected,if not... ideas were picked up by other companies lurking here.

Now the contrary belief of complaining not doing any good doesn't fly with me.There are ways to express ones displeasure without being accused of ragging,complaining,ranting ,or venting.....it's assertion by observation.
Holding in things that bother you is not healthy,If no-one is aware of a problem,or everyone is keeping the problem to themselves,doesn't really help correct the problem....does it?

.....of course,one persons problem is not necessarily anothers.
Simply avoiding a place,or problem just leaves more room for another person to come into and discover the same quandry.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease :devil:
 

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Free enterprise? Really?

Locally I have 5,yes five,Walmarts within 20 miles of me.All are supercenters too. Talk about oversaturation!!!!!!! And no two have the same prices on many items. The one is 1O minutes east and in a neighboring county. Groceries are higher there. I noticed and mentioned to a front end 'customer service' individual..and the response..WE DON"T NEED TO BE CHEAPER! Oh,two grocery chains went out of business in the county in the past few months. Only one other grocery stroe to shop. HMMMMMM. And no they don't match other Walmart prices. And speaking of 'matching prices'...if they can't get a deal on that "hot" price...guess what....that item is unavailable during the sale period at Walmart. Fair competion??!!? Yea,right. You can be a smart shopper and usually shop your grocery store and save. Remember..here we have double coupons...buy one get one frees...and service....all not at Walmart. And if they have a better price on detergent or water or ?? hope its ther when you go. Often it won't be, so you buy something they want you to buy. The old bait and switch. Works on many people. And I have been in retail,specifically food for 20+ years. Been against many competitors.None with the power of Walmart. Largest retailer in the world...#1 in US in groceries, and #1 in toys. Like Budweiser...has the most breweries,they have the most stores,so #1...but not necessarily the best. Food for thought..:dude: GARY
 

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I dont know how WM can claim to be the largest toy retailer , when all I go to have SQUAT in Johnny Lightning cars . If you want Hot Wheels , there are plenty of those ... Most have less the 1/2 of their checkouts open too . Although I sometimes checkout at the Jewelry counter which is near the reg checkouts .. Or even camera & electronics dept . One dosent always have to wait in long lines up front !
 
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