1. Every handicapped parking space is taken, most of which do not have a handicapped parking permit.
2. Buggies have congregated in the few other empty parking spots, but the buggy collectors only seem to be concerned with the buggies near mini skirt girls.
3. Wal-Mart traffic does not seem to understand that those yellow lines in front of the store means to yield to pedestrians. Target makes it real simple with a big red STOP sign.
4. Wal-Mart shoppers seem clueless that “entrance” and “exit” posted above the doors should direct traffic flow.
5. The people greeter stands there like a zombie as I enter. You can not get so much as a “how are you.” And, God forbid they strain a bit to push a buggy toward you….they might have to take a sick day.
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6. Don’t dare ask an employee where something is. If they bother to acknowledge you at all, they give you a bewildered look and an I don’t know shrug.
7. I know the first place that I would look for the gift boxes of candy is in the jewelry dept. I wouldn’t dare go down the candy aisle to look for candy! I would definitely know that straws would be hanging next to the milk cooler….not aside the plastic cup, plates, forks, etc..
8. What is so hard about just putting a price on something? I really don’t want to lug ten rolls of paper towels to a price scanner to see which are the cheapest….not that it will do me any good since the price check scanner is usually “out of order.”
9. Wal-Mart Rollbacks? Ehh, more like a roll twinge. If you are going to tout mark downs, then really mark it down. Don’t go from $5.00 to $4.98 and act as though you’ve done me some favor. Some genius decided to mark all the Kit-Kats down from .50 cents to .49 cents last week. I pity the employee that had to move all those candy bars from the register to the mark down aisle over a penny.
10. Medicine is never actually ready when the automated refill line tells me it will be ready. After I stand in the pharmacy line 30 minutes, I’m told that it isn’t “quite ready yet, but they are working on it.”
11. Don’t even think about perusing the products on the shelf. An employee quickly arrives to all but push you out of the way to “straighten” the shelves. It might be prudent for them to let folks figure out what they want to buy….since that is kind of where the paychecks come from.
12. There are 28 or so registers, but only 6 manned. 10 buggies are lining up each register. Meanwhile, several managers are surveying the situation. By the time they figure out to open the other registers , I will probably be at home recuperating from the trip by savoring my Häagen-Dazs chocolate on chocolate bar.
13. It is always wise to put all the tobacco products at just one register. That wouldn’t cause a traffic jam or anything.
14. Pop quiz hotshot- I am still unloading groceries, the conveyer belt is full, and you have run out of bagging space….what would you do? A) Look at the customer with an infant and child in a wheelchair to go get another buggy. -OR- B) Get, or call someone to get, another buggy. I think even Keanu Reeves could figure out that the answer is not A.
15. Now, I am not a rocket scientist or anything, but frozen foods and cold foods are labeled as such because they are supposed to stay frozen or cold until consumed. It really makes me think twice about the frozen goods in my buggy when I see a frozen pizza in a restock buggy as I go to the bathroom on arrival and then still see that same pizza sitting there two hours later when I am checking out.
16. As I exit, the zombie people greeter from earlier has magically transformed into a piranha. She attacks me for a sales ticket on a $7.00 bag of dog food, albeit underneath $200.00 dollars worth of bagged Wal-Mart groceries. Yes, I am going to steal a $7.00 bag of dog food after paying for all these bagged groceries~
Despite all the reasons I hate going to Wal-Mart, I find myself going back. I do think the idea of getting everything you need from one store is great. Having a handicapped child and a newborn would make it very difficult to load and unload at several stores, pharmacy, butcher, etc.. However, I think that Wal-Mart has gotten a little too big for their boxer shorts. They know that they have a monopoly on this appealing niche market, and that comfort has obviously made them lax on customer service.