A JOURNEY INTO WALMART IN SALINA, KS (or anywhere)

  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 03, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
    So I'm on the phone with my bf tonight.. .and he relates he most recent venture into the "super Walmart" in Salina. Nothing "super" and nothing unusual. Its rare that he goes in there. It was 36 degrees in Salina and he
    told about the "large overweight" people there wearing a sweat jacket, shorts and flip flops. He was in the process of purchasing what he needed
    (and not happy that Target didn't carry it) and witnessed a shouting brawl between two women at the checkout, one that called the other a "whore" because she thought the other had cut in line.

    As he headed out the door, a security officer had hauled a shoplifter back into the store and he caught wind of the shoplifter telling the security officer,
    "Fu&* you man, you'll have to prove it".

    Not to pick on Walmart specifically (however I hate the place), but what have you witnessed when out shopping thats pretty over the top???
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Mar 03, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    Watch Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, http://www.walmartmovie.com/, and never shop there again!


    Um, yeah, I hate seeing mothers (or fathers, but not usually) being really nasty to their kids. That's always the worst. I vow that I would never scream at my child in a public place.
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    Mar 03, 2009 5:04 AM GMT
    I have often thought that , if Hell exists, I imagine it to be similar to Wal-mart.
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    Mar 03, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    My dad refers to Wal-mart as "Wally World" and states "Its a fine place to watch overweight women in spandex beating their kids." I love Targets, and will shop their over wal-marts, even if it cost more, just because it is so much nicer.
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    Mar 03, 2009 5:24 AM GMT
    I think this is a journey into walmart anytown...
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    Mar 03, 2009 6:01 AM GMT
    According to the paper, we recently had a 36 year old guy and his 19 year old son arrested for molesting the same woman. Together. I guess the son is just a slow starter.

    At least they weren't relatives of mine. This time.

    Just another day in the trailer park.
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    Mar 03, 2009 6:04 AM GMT
    scottycdn saidI think this is a journey into walmart anytown...



    I was the first person to set foot in a Target....and live to tell my friends that it was OK to shop there. Now 20 years later I walk into Walmart (since Target seems so brain dead) and see goth dudes buying stuff. Its like Dickies clothing .... so unfashionably that its fashionable.
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    Mar 03, 2009 6:25 AM GMT
    Its a regula' jungle in those wal-marts .. around christmas I think someone got shot over a 49.00 dvd player .. my ex said he hid under a clothes rack! Or maybe someone just pulled a gun .. can't remember icon_lol.gif

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    Mar 03, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
    Just give me a checker who speaks American English.
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    Mar 03, 2009 6:53 AM GMT
    well growing up in a home that hates Walmart and all it stands for I have only been in at my own personal risk. I happened to that day find a woman unclogging the water fountain with a plunger, screaming obese children running through the camera area, and a black guy giving his girlfriend braids in the return line. It is always extremely warm so i like to say that I am walking into hell whenever I enter. LOL
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    Mar 03, 2009 6:59 AM GMT
    NiCkWoLf saidwell growing up in a home that hates Walmart and all it stands for I have only been in at my own personal risk. I happened to that day find a woman unclogging the water fountain with a plunger, screaming obese children running through the camera area, and a black guy giving his girlfriend braids in the return line. It is always extremely warm so i like to say that I am walking into hell whenever I enter. LOL



    People pay 10 bucks or more to watch shock, horror, disfunctional people movies. At Walmart you can experince it for real and free.. and a bag a popcorn does not cost $6.50 there.
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    Mar 03, 2009 7:08 AM GMT
    I grew up with cool little markets, drugstores, hardware stores, bakeries, good delis, fish and meat markets, cheese shops and all kinds of great stores in and out of San Francisco. I have never set foot in a Walmart, K-mart, Sam's Club, Gemco, or anyplace like them. I resent how these big box zoos have driven some small proprietors out of business. I've lived just fine for 50 years without Walmart.......I wish we gay guys could drive them out of the country.
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    Mar 03, 2009 8:24 AM GMT
    muscles4muscles saidI have often thought that , if Hell exists, I imagine it to be similar to Wal-mart.


    So true man.
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    Mar 03, 2009 9:02 AM GMT
    Wal*Mart is anti-gay and anti-union, which is reason enough not to shop there. But as for the actual experience, which I've had only a few times when accompanying others who insisted on shopping there, the majority of their customers are pure scum, the dregs of society. If you want to associate with that, and give your money to a gay-hostile company, fine, but then don't expect to have any respect or credibility among decent people.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 03, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
    Hickeris said, "I love Targets, and will shop their over wal-marts, even if it cost more, just because it is so much nicer."


    Same here!


    My eyewitness story:

    I grew up in south Louisiana and racism is still prevalent. I was approaching our local IGA grocery store when a little black girl ran to the door and opened it for an elderly white lady. The black girl's mother came up from behind me berating her daughter and told her that "she wasn't put in this world to open the door for nobody!" Mer Keeeeyyaawww!
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    In Iowa, there's a Walmart every 20-30 miles. Here in Fairfield, before Walmart, we had a two dingy discount stores, Ben Franklin and Pamida. When Walmart opened, Ben Franklin closed immediately, and Pamida held out for a couple more years before closing. IMO, Walmart is far more pleasant than either Pamida or Ben Franklin, and I'm not the least bit bothered that Walmart put them out of business. Because Walmart is the only big-box store in town, the people who shop there are a cross-section of the entire population and not a concentration of any particular socioeconomic group. I've never witnessed anything unpleasant or over-the-top while shopping there.

    To shop at Target or K-Mart, I have to drive 30 miles to Ottumwa.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 03, 2009 2:02 PM GMT
    paradox said

    Because Walmart is the only big-box store in town, the people who shop there are a cross-section of the entire population and not a concentration of any particular socioeconomic group. I've never witnessed anything unpleasant or over-the-top while shopping there.



    Indeed a Paradox... LOL jk....

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    Mar 03, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    When I was in college in a rural town, Wal-Mart was a cross-section of the area ... college students, rural farmers, city folk ... it was actually quite "fashionable" to shop there.

    My views have changed considerably though since I live in a less-rural area now...

    And it's not just Wal-Mart that I dislike. In general:

    ** I prefer smaller, independently owned shops. Especially those in my neighborhood within walking distance
    ** I prefer stores that sell locally grown and/or produced products. I can't complain about my state's economy if I'm not actively supporting it
    ** I prefer places that sell smaller sizes. Bigger is not better - for my waistline, or for my laundry detergent bottle

    Target is the necessary evil in my big-box shopping excursions ... that said, they do carry Colorado produce and donate to local schools, so they fit nicely into my view of an "OK" place to shop.

    Sadly, I see the circus-style behavior Kansan speaks of all over - in the airport, at my local grocery, in the movie theatre, in the RJ forums (gasp!).

    Manners are just not placed at a premium in our society anymore.
  • Menergy_1

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    Mar 03, 2009 2:54 PM GMT
    A mother took her five-year-old son with her to the Walmart on a busy lunchtime.
    They got in line behind an obese woman who was wearing a business suit complete with
    pager.
    As they waited patiently,the little boy said loudly, "Boy, is she ever fat!"
    The mother bent down and whispered in the little boys ear to be quiet.
    A couple of minutes passed by and the little boy spread his hands as far as they
    would go and announced, "I'll bet her butt is this wide!"
    The fat woman turns around and glares at the little boy.
    Blushing, the mother told the little boy to be quiet and behave himself once again.
    After a brief lull, the large woman reached the front of the line.
    Just then, the woman's pager went off and emitted a beep, beep, beep noise.
    Horrified, the little boy yells out, "'Run for your life, she's backing up!!"


    (admittedly revised to be in a Walmart -- but you still get the humor and relevance, I hope) icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 03, 2009 2:57 PM GMT
    Sure, I could save $5 at Wally World, but my stress level has gone through the roof. Then I stop at the bar for a drink to relax. Bye-bye $5!!! I avoid Walmart like the plague.
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    Mar 03, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    Wal-Mart ruined rural Texas. These little towns shifted their culture wholesale from Main St. to the big box and parking lot on the outskirts. Visit any Saturday and see for yourself. See where all the cars are.

    What would your town be like if the default social meeting places were church and Wal-Mart? And with this captive audience, robbed of alternatives, what sort of cultural influences would best maximize shareholder value? Hmm.
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    Mar 03, 2009 5:15 PM GMT
    The worst company of all time.

    They closed a location in Canada where workers had voted to go unionized.
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    Mar 03, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    I went there twice in one week: both times there were multiple police cars surrounding one of the entrances, where several people were being arrested for shopliftingicon_eek.gif
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    Mar 03, 2009 10:43 PM GMT
    This whole religion of anti-walmart is sometimes interesting to watch, but it gets a little irritating. Personally, I don't have any use for most of the stuff they sell, and almost never go in there. But if a whole lot of people weren't voting for it with their feet, it wouldn't be there.

    There's one about 20 miles west of here that all the PC people hate. The problem is, all the local businesses that it supposedly "put out of businees" were already gone for years before WM moved there. The local wage-paying industries had all been eliminated and replaced by "eco-tourism." The down town area just has a row of high-priced tourist-fleecing stations. Before WM, it had gotten to the point that there was no place in town to buy either a pair of shoes or a power drill.

    The people who flip your burgers and wax your car don't have the option of flying down to Rodeo Drive to shop.

    Now there's a "super center" going in about 20 miles east of here, in a somewhat larger town. The anti-WM evangelists are packing all of the permit hearings and appealing everything. Again, I'm not sure exactly who it's supposed to put out of business. Basically, it's going to compete against K-mart and Kroeger. There aren't any Mom&Pop stores left.
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    Mar 04, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    Narrow aisles, crap merchandise and the bottom of the barrel of humanity for most of the shoppers at Wallyworld. Been there twice in 15 years, and nothing had changed. Last time was 5 years ago. No thanks! I'll stick with Target.