Attention Shoppers: Here Are the Rules on How to Behave in and at Walmart!

We ALL Contribute to the Environment in Which We Live and Shop:

Walmart gets a bad rap with the general public. If you have been inside one recently, you will quickly notice it is a vulgar demonstration of the worst example of human behavior known to man. Critics are quick to target rude Associates and Employees as the cause of the breakdown in civility beyond the blue and white sign. However, after spending my fair share of time as a shopper, it is no wonder why Associates are less then cheery in their work.

Rude behavior is bad for everyone. It hurts sales, hardens Associates, makes everyone less cooperative, and contributes to a negative outlook on humanity in general. Sadly, human beings need rules of how to conduct themselves in Walmart and the public in general to improve this necessary experience for everyone.

THE RULES:

  • 20 Items or less MEANS 20 items or less! Getting into the express lane with 21 items, forgivable.. getting into the express lane with 50 items.. HEINOUS.
  • When you are shopping.. don't leave your cart in the middle of the isle. Don't park your cart on one side to block the other while pretending not to notice there are 10 people trying to get by you. Sure, you may be "special", but you are not the only Walmart shopper.
  • We all run into friends and family in Walmart from time to time. If you have a family reunion, don't do it in the middle of isles or major intersections. Move it to a less crowded area of the store.
  • If someone is selecting an item in the area you would like to shop from.. wait your turn. Do not reach across strangers with your donkey breath and body odor. It is incredibly rude to violate the personal space of others, even if you think your shopping needs are more urgent than other shoppers.
  • Would the five extra steps it take to return your cart to the proper return area really kill you? Your laziness drives up prices for all of us.
  • Walmart is not a playground for your sticky children to run rampant. No one finds it "cute" but a negative reflection on the parents.
  • Some people bring the entire extended family to shop at Walmart. Families and groups of four or more would be kind to walk in single file.
  • Walmart does offer restrooms to their customers free of charge. Considerate shoppers would be kind to remember this rather than passing gas in the isles. No one thinks your toxic emissions are funny.
  • Clothes are not optional at Walmart- they are required. No one wants to see your butt crack and other body parts.
  • Enter Walmart under the sign that says "Enter". Exit Walmart under the sign that says "Exit". While it sounds simple, do not be so surprised when people give you dirty looks while you block all incoming shoppers with your full cart.
  • And the most volatile of all... The worst display of bad behavior in Walmart is watching you beat your child senseless and yell at it for crying. YOU brought the child to the store tired and hungry.

Walmart and society would be a much better place in general if shoppers would be respectful of each other and remember these simple rules of civility. We all contribute to the enviornment in which we live.

Feel free to leave your comments and share your Walmart Horror Stories!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

LOL! Orlando has many theme parks but I have the most fun at a Walmart! Free parking, no admission, cheap prices and unlimited entertainment! WallyWorld Rules!!!


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....if I had the choice to shop at Wal*Mart for free or stay at home with the delectable Tammy - Joseph/Lord de Cross - what do you think I would do? lol

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okay Miss T - see you on Facebook with your new hub with a direct link back here and I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Day with your family


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Be nice if the loudspeaker at the store would say "Attention K-Mart shoppers..." and then read off your helpful list. Voting this Up and Useful.


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ejacksonberg 4 years ago from Arizona

Oh how hysterical! Funny that all of those rules are so true and sorry that so few know or abide by them. One would think that common sense would dictate proper behavior out in public. Maybe that is what concerns me the most. You listed things that everyone should know but do not! And make a comment to the rude shopper with 50 things in the 20 item express line and you will see some really bad behavior take place. The Walmart employees can't say anything to them, but I can! And do.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

LOL Tammy - thanks for a huge chuckle:) lol It kills me to go shopping for just these reasons! You mean - that lady that stands in the middle of the isle chatting on her phone while everyone turns around is at your WalMart too??? She gets around! Hilarious!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Funny Sunshine. My kids and I always made it "bearable" by seeing how many enema kits they could sneak into old people's carts.. Opps.. should write that down as a rule. :) Thanks for the read!


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey Tammy, I haven't a clue what you're talking about with this hub, except for the clothing is optional. All the rest I've not run across in my local WalMart stores. I have two them in my area, one in my hometown and another in adjacent city, both of which I shop quite often. However, with that said, you did make me laugh. LOL! :) Thank you for sharing.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Epi.. as always. I prefer going to the dentist better than Walmart.. Are people this rude in Canada?


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Alcosin.. that would be wonderful. Attention shoppers, the next idiot who picks a wedgie in isle 4 will be banned from the store.. LOL.. that would be great!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi there ejackson.. It is sickening how rude people can be. The poor cashiers can't say anything, but everyone blames them for it. I don't think any of the behavior will change until we start calling people out on it. Thanks for reading!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I hope you all will add ejacksonberg and ejackson, add everyone here. She is brand new to hub pages, writing like a pro, and very sweet. Plus, she can tell you how to catch crabs.. lol... :) This is the best bunch of writers you will meet here on hubpages ejackson! We are glad you joined!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yes Real Housewife!! And she is about 400 lbs., wearing spandex, and beating her children. We DO shop at the same Walmart.. :) Thank you for the read RHW..


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Our Wal Marts are quite entertaining and maybe even a bit scary - especially after midnight! What's with the pajama pants and slippers? This is becoming a common shopping wardrobe choice in our area. I can't stand it!

'donkey breath' LOL

Great hub and excellent tips! Great hub!

Voted up and across!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Really Casgil????? Is that sarcasm? You need to watch the "People of Walmart." It may be the area you live in. I have encountered this behavior in the North and the South. You must live in a polite neighborhood or where there are distingushed elderly people who don't act like this. Thanks for the read my friend.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Ms. Olive. Congratulations on being in the top 10 best hubbers of the year!! I have seen the slippers, pajamas (very popular here in NC), rollers, shower caps, shirtless, and even Halloween costumes. You never know what you may find! Thanks for the read!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

These rules need to be posted in every WalMart in every state...don't know how many times in just this past month that I have seen most of these things happen in Wally World...made me laugh!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Justateacher! I am going to start video taping my excursions for a video journal. I feel bad for the people who work there. Thanks for reading!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Tammy,

This was laugh-out-loud funny! I had an intellectual discussion with my boyfriend a few days ago regarding Wal*Mart vs. Target. We sometimes go to both stores during the same shopping trip since they're only a few blocks apart. We disagreed about which store we liked the best.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Daisy.. I do that too. Target is "pretty" but you can't get all the things you need there. I love their toys and kids clothes. I wish they had more and I would ditch Walmart. I appreciate you stopping and reading!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Oh the life of a walmart shopper. This is just way to funny! I have seen it all in walmart... and maybe even broke a rule or two. I will try better tomorrow to exit out of the exit side instead of the enter... now if only the people entering would just get out of the way. Funny hub... sad that it is all too true! LOL


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Barbergirl.. The holiday shopping really got to me. I got cropdusted about 10 times, even in Best Buy and there were no teenagers around. People have lost their minds. I appreciate the read!


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Windclimber 4 years ago from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay

"Sticky" children? One word, complete image! Good job.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading Windclimber. We can see it all in Walmart!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I refuse to go to Walmart unless I am truly desperate. I hate their parking lots, the exit door is on the wrong side, the cashiers are rude and un-helpful. I could go on and on. I can't say that I have ever had one good experience at a Walmart. I don't understand why people shop there.

I do agree that there are some really strange and 'sticky' people (as well as children) that put on a free show while you shop. Maybe that is the attraction?


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sabrani44 4 years ago

Great hub, gave me a good laugh. I am still so surprised to see how many people enter from the exit door and exit from the enter door. Heck, I even do it myself sometimes, by accident of course.

Love your hubs, keep up the great work.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

This should be posted on all entrance doors to Wal-Marts nationwide. I especially like the ones about chidren and about being decently covered. Thank you for the great thoughts on something we all have to deal with.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I agree Austinstar. It is like there is a subliminal message at the front door that says.. "leave your common sense, clothing, manners, values, and civility at the door." I don't get it either. Perhaps people who regualary shop there have a psychological feeling of owning the place.. Scary!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

sabriani44,

I think austinstar is right.. the exits and the entrances seem to be on the wrong sides. It seems to be more of a problem going in than it does going out. All stores are designed to make you want to spend more.. but I still don't get it. Thanks for reading!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

poetvix,

Thanks for your comment! I don't think this is too much to ask of anyone. Perhaps the store makes people feel "to welcome".. lol!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

This was too funny till the last rule. The Walmarts around here are pretty well behaved and the employees are generally helpful and friendly-especially the check-out people. Anyway that last rule does happen on occasion and makes one want to cringe, that and the toxic emissions!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Alastar. Congratulations for making the top 10 best new writers for the year. I will e you about the page I want to do. :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Hahah!! You said donkey breath and body odor :) Your hub made me laugh. One of my favorite places to people-watch is WalMart - you can always expect the unexpected.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

And Ardie.. I was trying to say it as nice as I could too. Darn these requirements.. :) Thank you for reading!


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rockinjoe 4 years ago from Standing right behind you!

Very Funny-and very true. I wish I had written this hub!

Voted up


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you RockinJoe! Thanks for reading it!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Interesting hub topic. I think rude behavior can be found in any public area, unfortunately. It isn't exclusive to Wal-Mart. :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

This is a good point Denise Handlon. Society is definaltey going downhill. Thanks for your comment!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, awesome, and funny Tammy. A much needed laugh. It is amazing because WalMart attracts all walks of life. Every time I go there, there is always someone that makes this list. It never fails. Will be on the lookout next time I go for sure now:)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Lyric Writer,

It is a madhouse.. Where I live now there are many obvious crossdressers in Walmart. It is never a boring trip!


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Right on target Tammy with all of your comments. We see them every time we shop at Walmart. My wife gets really angry with people who leave their carts in parking places, even in the trafficway, and up against cars. Great job.

Robert


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Mr. Robert,

Good to see you.. It is a sad state of affairs at Walmart. Almost every time I am there I watch people shove cars to the side and they are standing a mere five steps from the return. I appreciate your visit!


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craftdrawer 4 years ago

So funny but unfortunately So true on some counts!!!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Craftdrawer!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is so brilliant in so many ways. I want to post this up at every Wal-Mart there is. But I have to include people not using their cell phones as a way to make an impromptu list. This includes calling, texting, surfing the web, or whatever. If you don't know what to buy then go home and make a list. I hate when someone's like: "Hey what kind of chicken do you want for Sunday?" Make a list! Okay before I get to Kanye on this, I'll stop. Awesome hub!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Tammy,

This was great! I admit that I love Walmart. I can go in there with no make-up, etc., and feel right at home. I always have full clothing on though! Did you see that article written by a previous worker at WalMart recently. I have to find it and send it to you. Fun hub!

Sharyn


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Tammy you hit the nail on the head with this hysterical and so true hub. I avoid Walmart on Friday evening and the weekends. It has become unbearable. Summertime is a real horror show. Very overweight people in tank tops and short shorts!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Sharyn,

I don't dress up or put makeup on to go to Walmart either. There are many women who do that as if they are trying to meet guys.. lol.. I haven't seen the article, but I am sure it is very interesting. People like to blame all of Walmart's problems on the employees, but as someone who has worked in retail, people expect too much of them. Anyone who has had to clean a public bathroom would probably agree! Thank you for taking the time to comment. It is always good to see you!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Gypsy,

Thank you for stopping by! Walmart can be a real horror show. I have seen these people. They look like elephants stuffed in a sausage casing.. lol..


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

i never shop at walmart and it's getting to the point where I won't shop at winco anymore either. People are rude, they like to stop in the middle of the aisle for no reason, they bring children and the children scream, so much wrong with shopping...


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

The pic says it all and I do shop WalMart anyway. In the process, I have been driven insane on more than one occasion and regain sanity only after leaving.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

PDX.. I agree with you.. it is being such a hassle. We have a Lowe's food store here in NC. You submit your shopping list to them online, drive up, and they put your selected groceries in the cart.. This is becoming very tempting! Thank you so much for reading!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Express,

It is sad but true.. I am not a big crowd person so I try to shop in Walmart on Monday afternoons. I avoid Walmart and malls on weekends. It helps! I appreciate the read! Thank you!


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princesswithapen 4 years ago

I have worked in retail in the past so I can relate to most of the things you've mentioned from a customer's and that of a store employee's point of view. I agree with the gist of your hub - people should be more considerate while shopping in supermarkets in general. Nice hub!

Princesswithapen


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Princess! I worked a bit in retail over a holiday season. Grown people used the bathroom in the dressing rooms. (There were bathrooms). Never again. I feel for people who work in retail! I appreciate the read.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hi Tammy- Great Hub and Great Rules. What a commentary on our society that we have to tell people not to do certain things, that our grandparents "knew" not to do in public. I am sure that retail employees everywhere appreciate your efforts.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Phdast7,

Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope retail employees appreciate it. I think they are subject to some horrible conditions. So much went with the generation of our Grandparents. I think you made an excellent correlation between their values and current state of our society. I so miss those values too. I appreciate you leaving such a thoughtful comment.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

that's what i do with costco, Tammy


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

You use the dressing rooms as bathrooms PDX?


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teachertalking1 4 years ago

Very funny - I have such a love/hate relationship with that place! I love the idea of Walmart announcing your Walmart Etiquette! Thanks for sharing!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for your comment teachertalking1. As bad as it is to shop there, their prices make it impossible to go eleswhere. Thanks!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

Tammy, these rules should be posted at the door of every Walmart. I love that you mention the Enter/Exit strategy: enter where it says Enter and exit under Exit. I'm starting to think that our country's illiteracy problem is much more out of hand than we think....

Voted up and sharing!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Wonder what it is that brings out the worst in people at Walmart? (Of course there are other places but none so consistent as Walmart.) Your list was a hoot. I pity Cagsil if he really hasn't witnessed any of these. Maybe he needs to go shopping after 11:00 p.m. - it's a treat beyond compare (that's sarcasm). Voted up. Thanks for SHARING.


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

Loved this one! Thank you for sharing! :)


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Must be something like leading horses to water .... You can lead shoppers to the signs, but you really can't make them follow the instructions - we live in hope :D


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Practical Mommy,

The last time I was in a Walmart I noticed that the exit and entrance problem is actually Walmart's fault. Shopping carts are retrieved by the entrance and also returned to the entrance. This is one reason why so many people exit out of the entrance. But, many people still do this regardless of whether or not they have a cart. Walmart is insane. Thanks so much for the visit!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Tillsontitan,

I am not sure what does it. The best I can come up with is perhaps people have a feeling of ownship in their Walmarts. Or, everyone is on crack. Thanks for bringing your sense of humor and for SHARING!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks rlaha! I appreciate the read!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Red Elf,

I think Walmart should award stickers to visitors as they leave that say, "I behaved in Walmart today" instead of getting one on the way in. Prizes and incentives may save us all. Thanks so much for your visit!


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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB

Too true!!!


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

I agree with tammyswallow about the "good" stickers :)).


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks IsadoraPandora!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Positive reinforcement rlaha!


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

:) Yes!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Uh-oh! I didn't realize you already had a Walmart hub. I just wrote one about Walmart etiquette. Looks like we both have the same issues at Walmart. What is going on with Walmart shoppers? It is crazy! Voted up!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

YOU ARE GREAT, AND SO IS YOUR HUB!!!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks iamaduraleigh! I appreciate your visit and kindness.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Your hub is always worth a visit!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

You are the best iamaurdraleigh. I am so glad I met you.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Tammy, I'm a man. The world is my bathroom


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yikes! Do all men do this? I must know PDX! :)


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

LOL at PDX: Really?

@Tammyswallow: I really need to know too!! :))


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

You need to follow PDX Rlaha. You just never know what he will say next. :) Thanks for your comment.


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

I just did :) Wow! Thanks!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

tammy, yes. they do. it's a gift


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Funny, but every bit the truth!! I think we have all experienced these "violators." Hopefully, we have not been them.

Votes across and shared. :-) Great Hub - I won't share my story of the extremely large woman in short, short shorts with Sponge Bob Square Pants spanning the entire backside... or about her yelling at her little girl. I would not have wanted the attention...


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Uh--yeah. If I was more well-to-do, I'd avoid the place like the plague. However, on our budget, I have little choice but to shop there for certain items.

Not food, though--their food prices are HIGHER than we pay at WinCo Foods, and Wally-World is further away, anyhow.

I have been run into more than once by rude EMPLOYEES who think that their need to get to the back of the store for their break, or to dump the trash sack they're carrying outweighs the customer's need to keep their balance and stay on their feet! And they do it as if you're invisible, with not so much as a backward glance or an "excuse me."

As far as the restrooms go--I'm sorry, but "passing gas" is a fact of life--and it gets worse as you grow older, and the older you get, the less you are able to control or "hold it." You appear still quite young--your turn will come... ;-)

These stores are huge, and by the time you could navigate the crowds to the other end of the store, (especially if you are elderly or motion-impaired), it's going to be too late. (Because, according to 'Murphy's Law,' the other end of the store is ALWAYS where the restrooms will be.) These events do not make appointments. The best you can do is have the decency to apologize.

Otherwise, your points are all right-on. Voted up, and I wish I could print it out and stand at the entrance to hand a copy to everyone coming in the door!


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Fullerman5000 4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

I can't tell you how frustrating it is when I leave the vision center to grab a drink or a snack and someone has like a cart full of crap at the 20 items or less isle. Its there for a reason. I can so relate to this hub. great job


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is awesome, sad and true! Thanks for the laughs Tammy, I always enjoy your wit!

Oh, Out here in California, those people in the pajamas and slippers are everyware!

Voted UP!


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

I just got back from Walmart and thankfully everyone behaved themselves perfectly (they must have already read your hub!). Thanks for the laughs, Tammy - I'm sharing this with everyone!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yikes Sholland10! Spongebob.. Nice mental picture. :) Thanks for sharing and for visiting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for the heads up Ms. Lizzy.. LOL! I often shop in Walmart in the back of the store with the toys. If you aren't careful, you will get trampled by the stampeed of employees eagerly darting away for a break. Geesh! Thanks so much for sharing and for always bringing your wonderful sense of humor. You crack me up!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for sharing Fullerman5000. It is just really rude. It makes people late for work and appointments. I wouldn't want all the dirty looks.. :) Thanks so much for your read and comment.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

That must be the California way of life Curiad. Perhaps California is on to something. :) Thanks for your response.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Perhaps the message is spreading Cloverleaf! I hope so. The Walmart I go to now is full of elderly people. They are very polite. I could write a novel about bad manners from where I lived in SC. Thanks for the visit!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I love the part about "don't reach in front of someone to get what you need with your body odor and dragon breath" - that is classic. There is nothing, NOTHING that makes me want to slap someone more than utter rudeness and courtesy. Oh, and scratching your butt should be another rule, hahaha. I've seen that in my local Wal-Mart. LOL! Voted up!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Oh-so-true! I've seen every single one of these examples! Very funny hub - painful to read in places, but hilarious. Voted up, useful and funny.


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Uninvited Writer 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Thankfully, it doesn't seem so bad in Canada. However, I usually avoid the worst crowds. I live across the street from a mall with a WalMart and usually visit before 8 am.


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albertsj 4 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

Tammy, I this was hysterical! I so agree with you on all. Sadly this isn't exclusive to just Walmart. Were people raised in the wild? I don't get it. And any time they do these, terribly insensative acts, they pretend to be obvlious to it. Excellent hub! Voting up, and funny.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

LOL - love the hub and sadly SO true. This is why I no longer will go to WalMart and thankfully hubby will go instead. I just had a friend comment the other day after being at WalMart ... "what bridge or cave did these guys crawl out from?"


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Tammy,

Thanks for making me laugh--and I have seen some terrible dress codes on some people.

My worst experience at Walmart was when this elderly man was walking around the store, carrying his false teeth in his hand. And it always happens to me--he asked me if I knew where the teeth glue was--and could I help him find it.

I did not know, but I found out for him, and I showed him everything Walmart had available--and I read the instructions to him.

My sister said it would only happen to me--and the strangest things do seem to happen to me, she said I was too nice.

Thanks for the laugh--great writing---donkey and all.

Bobbi


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks CClitgirl! Yes.. I agree.. scratching one's butt and picking wedgies are another thing people do in Walmart. Thanks for the humor and mental pictures. I love it!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Marcy. I wonder if it is legal to carry a video camera in Walmart for a documentary? :) Thanks for your visit!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

That is the best time to go to Walmart Univited Writer. I love having the store almost to myself. Thanks so much for your comment.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

It is a scary world albertsj. Sad but true. Thanks for your visit.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kris! I don't know why, but Walmart is an example of society at its worst. I can only surmize that people feel ownership of Walmart, but if that is the case, it would be terrible to visit some people's homes. Thanks for the visit.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

OMG PurvisBobby! I bet it is because you have such a kind face. I imagine you are a nice person. That is a cute story. Thanks for sharing!


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CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

Loved the hub, wished those that need to see it would by some amazing chance actually stumble on here, read the rules and be better shoppers the next time they go to mecca of shopping that is walmart. Thanks for saying what what everyone else is thinking!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks CZCZCZ.. It would be awesome if that happened, but those who need the most help rarely see themselves in such things. We can only hope for the best. It is a pleasure to meet you and thank you for leaving a comment.


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Shinkicker 4 years ago from Scotland

Thanks for an entertaining Hub Tammy. All the reasons are there why I hate supermarkets and malls. Give me home delivery and internet shopping every time.

Voted up


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Me too Shinkicker!!


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Sadie14 4 years ago from U.S.

Haha! I know exactly what you are talking about! If only all of the people in my area would read this hub!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Sadie14. I think we should petetion to get this added to all doors of Walmart. LOL!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

Priceless! I never laughed so hard...but sadly this is all very true. Start the petition, I'm in. Voted up! Also bookmarked, to remind myself what I am in store for during my next trip to Wally World. I may change my mind and stay home.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hello Tammy ~ Looks like I'm the last one to join in the laughter. Why do you shop at Wal-mart? Just to find material for your comedy act? It's working quite well. Actually, I thought this was to be a serious piece when I read the title. Then, as I began to read, the corners of my lips started to turn up and a giggle sprang forth as I read bulleted each item on the shopping list.

Well, I must miss all the fun, since I don't shop there at all. I hear they expanded our local store to the double-wide humungous size with the food section so you can really get lost in there.

Very much enjoyed the fun and laughter and the additional comments, especially from Alocsin with the loud-speaker and Miss Olive watching the people in the PJs and slippers at night. That's what I call dressing down. Well, golly-gee, this sounds so entertaining I may take a stroll one night. Blessings, Debby


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for your humor HubTub!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL DebbyBruck! I guess it is the low prices and everything in one spot. I don't go on weekends. The super centers are getting so large that it can be quite a trek from one end of the store to the other. I have to pack bottled water and granola bars when I shop there. LOL.. Thanks for taking the time to leave such a wonderful comment!


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emilybee 4 years ago

LOVE IT because it's all so true! Particularly love the picture of the woman with her shirt messed up and the look of complete confusion on her face! Good ol' Wally World...I love Wally World but sometimes I hate going there merely because of the clientele. Voted up!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting emilybee!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Tammy, I believe this trend is becoming a rule rather than an exception. Though we don't have an exclusively owned Walmart in India,(Best Price store here is an Airtel-Walmart collaboration) it does happen here too and I guess most of the time. Has the effect filtered down out here?!!

Well, enjoyed reading. A sad state of affairs though.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow Rajan, it is a worldwide epidemic. I think everyone will soon do all their shopping online. It is a sad state of affairs. Thanks for your visit!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

seriously, your hub needs US wide attention Tammy. CA also suffers in the above and these rules should be pinned outside their stores.

voted up indeed as interesting and funny :) Sharing it across!


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tapasrecipe 4 years ago from Spanish tapas land

Hi Tammy, this is funny, in Europe we have stores called Lidl which I use because the prices for basic stock items are good but it does sound like your Walmart stores, i really have to brace myself for going shopping there. lol

Take care Carrie ;-)


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wewillmake 4 years ago from kerala-INDIA

i don't think everyone follow these rules...


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG, Tammy, dear...I don't think anyone appreciates comedy any more than I do....but, I'll tell you what...When I read your list of rules, I felt myself feeling very serious and disgusted....because every last thing you listed is in fact, the way it is. Wal*Mart may be the worst offender, but it really is everywhere.

It can be quite funny the first or second time around...but after that, I begin to DREAD going shopping and encountering all the rudeness, craziness an "eye-sores."

Tammy....really? Does it not boggle one's mind when you see a sight that makes you think...."AND JUST WHAT THE HELL WAS SHE THINKING WHEN SHE GOT DRESSED & DECIDED TO GO OUT IN PUBLIC, TODAY??!!" Know what I mean, GF??

After reading some of the comments from our hub-friends....I just had a revelation....instead of "going with the theme" (not being concerned with make-up, hair, fashion, etc.)....Maybe we NORMAL folks should start dressing for the PROM...to shop at Wal*Mart!! Think we could start a NEW trend??!!..........Nah, not a chance.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

It is a world wide epidemic tapasrecipie! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I don't think so either wewillmake. Thanks for reading!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for your thoughtful comment fpherj48. I do think it is every where too. It makes it really difficult to go anywhere and take a child out and teach them to behave when everyone is so so rude. It ends up being a lesson on how not to behave in public. Thanks for stopping by with your unique sense of humor.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Oh, this is so funny. Also, so sad that Walmart really could use a list like this posted at all entrances, exits, and isles in Walmart. A little side note here - I stopped shopping at Walmart, though, not because of the shoppers, but because of the salespeople. The moment I walk into the store, a "secret" security guard is on my behind like white on rice - following me everywhere, peeking over displays, and so on. Not only is it distracting, it just creeps me out that they don't keep their distance while I'm shopping. I want to wear a special shirt when I go to Walmart that says, "Hey! I'm shopping here!" But, back to your hub… It is very enjoyable, and might I add, thorough and practical, too.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

MarleneB, I am glad you do not support Walmart anymore, especially if they do that to you. My sons are in their late teens and 20's and they have tattoos and piercings and they get treated like this also. This is an insulting way to treat someone who is helping to support your paycheck. That is bad business. Walmart hires many, many "secret shoppers" to shop in the store for the soul purpose of catching people stealing. I am pretty certain many of the hovering shoppers that invade our personal space are actually watchdogs. It is insane.

It is nice to meet you here on hubpages. I appreciate your thoughtful comment.

I am about done with them also.


K.K. 4 years ago

Isn't it amazing you continue to shop at Walmart ,or you would not be commenting. Yes they have wal mart police to keep you from stealing so has Nemine Marcus. I would rather see people doing stupid thing in wal mart than texting in their cars and killing people, and such inteligent folks texting on the street and walking into traffic, and walking into holes. playing stupid games on their i phones instead of talking to their neighbor where they might really learn something even if it just a new to fry an egg. Better any kind of social, life rather than an I Phone, now your only friend, that doesn't care .doesn't listen and more or less says go to blazes


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I live in a city of less than 20,000 people so my experience may not be typical. However, I have not noticed any problems shopping at Walmart. The personnel are polite and cooperative. The customers act about the same as other stores. When possible I try to shop early to avoid crowds. Voted up and shared.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I am glad for you dahoglund. Where I used to live Walmart was just insane. Thanks so much for reading!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Heya, Tammy. Hope you don't mind that I linked this hub with my new one about weird items at walmart in china. :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

..this is such a classic hub presentation Tammy that I had to return again to pay my respects and to tell you of a true story the first time that my mum and I met a people greeter and he asked if I needed help and I said oh no I will be alright and he eyed me suspiciously and said "You look like you need help" - lol lol - lake erie time 7:01pm


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epigramman 4 years ago

....and in dedication to this hub , Tammy, I wrote a new one called 15 insults from a Hostile People Greeter on a 15% off day for the Hard of Hearing .......


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks TToombs! I appreciate that. I can't wait to read it. I will link yours here also.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow Epi! I never realized that so many of the Walmart greeters were like this and sooo mischievous. I spoke with two elderly greeters one day. They said it was so much fun to watch so many people trying to steal bags and left behind items left in carts. They said for fun they found a dead cat in the parking lot so one of the employees bagged it and stuck it in a cart in front of the store so they could watch it. They said it was stolen within a half an hour. Someone picked it up and ran like they won the lottery. I think we really need to keep an eye on those greeters. :) I can't wait to read the Hostile Greeter hub!

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