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Alright, alright... before you go getting your panties in a twist hear me out! Seems like this is the week for me to be Polly Pissy Pants (excuse me!).  

Okay... here’s the deal! We went out to get groceries today. I had just a few things on my list but I needed those things! I prefer going to a grocery warehouse like SuperSaver (you may have the same type of store by a different name)... but Jerry wanted to go to WalMart because he likes to stroll thru the sporting goods aisle and needed to pick up some shipping supplies for our eBay sales. WalMart really does have the best prices on those shipping envelopes... but that’s beside the point!  

On our way in the store we dropped off 2 large plastic bags full of MORE plastic bags in the recycling box. Good on us... we finally remembered to take them in!

I had two pair of khaki pants to return - for store credit, no less - and was glad to finally get that bag out of my house. The girl in Customer Service provided me with excellent service - although I would have preferred cash instead of store credit. Oh well! .

So far, so good, right?! Every time we go into WalMart we get what we came for plus $100 worth of crap we don’t need! One of the things on my list was to buy & have installed new watch batteries in two watches I’d gotten at an auction. I only paid $1.50 for each of the watches & was willing to invest another +/- $5.00 on batteries. The woman at the jewelry counter very rudely told me that they no longer install watch batteries unless it’s a watch sold by WalMart. These were obviously NOT WalMart watches. I looked surprised & I asked her what she suggested I do (they’ve always installed batteries for me in the past!) & she said I should take them back to where I bought them. I told her that was impossible since I had purchased them at an auction. She then suggested I take them to a JEWELER! Are you kidding me? I told her “thank you for nothing” and walked off. I let my husband know & a few others standing in the magazine aisle how unhappy I was about the situation. Apparently the almighty WalMart & similar stores such as ShopKo & Target are not willing to “risk the liability” of installing a battery in a watch not sold in that particular store.  

Although we did not get a bunch of additional items our bill was still nearly $100. And as a final parting blow, we got NO discount for using our recycled shopping bags instead of plastic bags! At least the grocery stores give you a bit of a discount (usually 5 cents per bag... but hey! it all adds up!).  

In a WalMart in Colorado I stood in line for almost 20 minutes (more to prove a point than anything else I guess) while the checker VISTED with a customer. I meant to just say it in my head... but the words came out “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” - they both looked my way & the customer, whose bags were filled & in her cart, looked at the checker & said “I’ll call you later!“. There were three people between that woman & me... and yet these two found it necessary to discuss private matters while others waited!  

Usually when I’m in WalMart (did I mention that I’m really starting to dislike WalMart?) it’s full of single moms (and sometime young couples) with at least two little ones - one in the cart & the other hanging off it - both of them wailing at the tops of their little lungs because they can’t have Fruity Pebbles or some toy. Small children who are not in carts are usually being jerked out of the way of another’s cart but according to the parent of said child, it’s the fault of the other person - not their child! Some day I fully expect to hear over the loud speaker: “WalMart Shoppers! For your shopping pleasure we‘re featuring screaming children in Aisle 8... that’s right... the cereal aisle is where you’ll hear the latest rendition of ‘why can’t I have it‘, ‘you can’t have it, this one’s mine’ and ‘NO... I don’t wanna ride in the cart‘!” Maybe they should have closed cameras & show little clips of screaming children & even worse behaving parents (because they allow their children to act the way they do) on those televisions they have hanging from the ceilings! Then there are the hygiene deficient people who ALWAYS seem to be right in front of you while standing in line to check out. Or the ones who run into someone they “haven’t seen in years” and block aisle traffic from both directions! And of course the ever present Grocery Ad Watcher & Coupon Queen! These are the ones who take LOTS of extra time checking out because they have to show the checker the competition’s grocery ad to get the “best price” or they’ve clipped a coupon for every item in their cart... and no one bothers to tell the people behind them that it’s going to be a while! There should be a special lane for these people!  

I’m at the point where I don’t care if I CAN save money shopping at WalMart. It’s not good for my mood or my sanity!



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      Inakika wrote Jan 11, 2009
    • Marcy, girl, this is hilarious!
      I live in Louisiana (I’m from California) and down here they think Walmart is for “visiting“. They will hog up a whole aisle just to talk, cutting their eyes at you if you dare to try and pass through. I have had some of the same experiences you have had, including the checker that will chit chat with her girlfriend about what they are cooking for supper and how many deer their husbands killed last night.
      Personally, I get a chuckle out of it, I have learned a whole different way of life being here in CenLa (Central Louisiana)



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Jan 11, 2009
    • LOL I am with ya all the way! Sadly, we don’t have options in our little town. But it isn’t a Super either so groceries are bought at the grocery store. The BIG thing that drives me insane is that just a few years ago they touted ‘made in the USA’ - now you can’t find a SINGLE thing made in the US there - China is plastered all over everything. I can’t remember what I bought that I was bragging was ‘made in the US’ - until I read the finer print. The original manufacturing warehouse is in the US - and distributed from there, but alas, the item itself was made in CHINA. Ugh!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 11, 2009
    • Talking about MIC (Made in China); imagine when I were visiting home, I needed to bring souvenir from here to there.  I needed to chop off every label first because all were made in China!  Even though they could not possible get it over there, still it does not look good for me to bring stuff from US that is MIC.  

      Also your story reminded me of Walter in Jeff Dunham’s puppet show.  Walter, a grump puppet retired and wanted to be a greeter at Walmart, Jeff asked what would you say Walter and Walter said:

      “Get you sh-t and get the f—k out of here!” tongue out



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Jan 11, 2009
    • I have been trying to avoid it lately, unless I need a lot. It truly is a debate in your head-do I save my sanity, or save $$?

      And no kidding, buying more than what’s on your list!



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      Inakika wrote Jan 11, 2009
    • One of my sons works at Walmart and I love getting that discount of his, especially during the holidays! They get an extra discount during the month of December! WOO HOO!



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      Marcy wrote Jan 12, 2009
    • I was apprehensive to read your comments... but it seems that many of you have had similar experiences.  Our town now has THREE SUPER WALMARTS - the newer two are much less congested & I try to shop there if I have to shop at WalMart.  I would have NO problem going to the office supply store or a sporting goods store to buy things grocery stores don’t carry. My husband is actually the one who LOVES WalMart. I am MORE than happy to shop for clothes at thrift stores so that’s not an issue.  I’ve looked at some of the quality of the clothes @ WalMart... and have not been impressed and the buyers are obviously under 30 & think the rest of the world should dress that way!  Ugh!

      The Made In China (or any other country) has been an issue... but seemingly unavoidable unless one shops several stores & reads every label!  

      Thanks for letting me blow off some steam!  I feel better now... but it’s gonna be a while before I go back to WalMart.



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