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The Rant: A Monday Morning View - Walmart

Updated on February 22, 2013
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Few people hate shopping more than I do. Making a list of what I need is easy but I have to force myself to do the shopping. A recent trip to Walmart confirmed my hatred for shopping and the Walmart cashiers (or lack of) is the inspiration for this Monday Morning Rant.


Let's talk about Walmart, the corporation for a moment. A quick visit to the corporate web site didn't reveal anything earth shattering. Walmart leadership boasts that they provide service to their customers in 27 countries. They boast fiscal year sales for 02012 of approximately $444 billion, And, they claim to employ 2.2 million associates worldwide.

A Bit of Walmart Trivia

  • Mr. Sam (Sam Walton) opened his first retail store, a dime store, in 1950. He was 32 years old.
  • The first Walmart opened in 1962 in Arkansas. Mr. Sam was 44 years old.
  • Mr. Sam is credited (by the company website) as believing that lower prices help people live better.
  • Mr. Sam died in 1992 shortly after receiving the Medal Of Freedom.
  • In the early 1990s, Walmart wanted to bulldoze a large sacred burial mound they said was blocking the motorist's view of their store in Paso Robles, California. The attempt was blocked by the Chumash and Salinan Indian nations.
  • In 1998, Walmart built a Super Center in Nashville, Tennessee on an ancient Native American site containing dozens of graves and a pre-Columbian village. Protesters tried to prevent the grave desecration but the court ruled in favor of Walmart. Excavation of native graves began in February 1998 and the remains of 154
    individuals were taken from their graves.
  • In 2004, Walmart began building a Sam's Club in Hawaii. They unearthed the remains of 64 natives buried there. In 2007, those remains still sat in a box in a trailer underneath a parking ramp, waiting to be repatriated.
  • In 2005, Walmart paid $11 million in fines to avoid criminal charges for hiring illegal immigrants to perform janitorial services.
  • In 2012, 500 women Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina filed a suit against Walmart for sex discrimination, claiming Walmart favors men over women for pay raises and promotions.

The list goes on but clearly demonstrates that Walmart has little regard for the living or the dead as long as money can be made.

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Some Good Things From Walmart

Fighting Hunger Together

A $2 billion Walmart initiative to end hunger in America. By the end of 2015, Walmart plans to:

  • Donate more than 1.1 billion pounds of food.
  • Award $250 million in grants to support hunger relief organizations
  • Mobilize Walmart associates and customers to get involved in ending hunger.

Breakfast in the Classroom

In Prince George's County, Maryland, 80% of the students at Port Towns Elementary School live below the poverty level. Walmart provides a healthy breakfast every day for every student.


Sustainability Goals

Walmart has set three goals for environmental sustainability:

  • 100% dependence on clean energy (currently 22%)
  • Zero waste (currently 80% of Walmart waste is recycled)
  • Support local farmers and provide healthy food (currently 10% of Walmart produce is purchased locally)

What about the rant?

Okay, you asked for it.


I live in a city with a population of approximately 100,000 people. We have four (4) Walmart Stores and a Sam's Club within a twenty mile radius. Four! On my recent visit to the Walmart closest to my home the parking lot was less than full. A lot less than full and yes, it's a Walmart Super Center.

After making a quick run through to pick up the four or five items I needed, I made my way back to the front of the store. Although I didn't actually count them, there appeared to be at least twelve check out counters. Three (3) were open and there was one that had no one in line. Can you guess which one I chose?


The Walmart cashier never spoke, even though I offered a friendly "hello" as I placed my items on the conveyor belt. In fact, he never looked up to even physically acknowledge me. Now, I can be a real ass when I want to be so I said to him "How's your day going?" Again, no response. So, I processed my purchase using my debit card and before I could finish the transaction, this less-than-friendly customer service person tossed my bag of items across the counter into my shopping cart while reaching into his pocket for his smart phone.

For a moment I was tempted to head for the customer service counter and ask for the manager. But then, I realized this experience was no different than any of my other rare visits to this store. Telling myself that my complaint would not result in any positive change, I walked out, vowing not to shop there again.

So, Mr. Sam, I have some questions, even though you're dead and gone?

  1. Why are there four of your stores in my area when there doesn't seem to be enough business to support them.
  2. Why do your stores need so many check out counters if they aren't going to be used?
  3. How sustainable are your stores if they are using all that electricity to stay open 24 hours a day with so few clerks actually doing anything?
  4. Where is the great customer service that you built your reputation on and still promise to provide?

I'm no economist but even I have enough sense to know you can't operate a store than big with what I witnessed. It can't be possible to maintain so much inventory and burn a ton of electricity 24 hours a day, when you only need three unfriendly clerks to conduct the store's business. Can you?

Will I be back. Probably. If nothing else, you are convenient and I don't have to fight a crowd to make my few small purchases. Do I care if your cashiers aren't friendly? Yes, I do, but my life won't stop because they ignore me. And in case you're wondering Mr. Sam, yes, I do feel guilty that I didn't complain to the manager. I shouldn't be writing this without confronting the situation in person. So, since I have a great memory and could pick that Walmart cashier out of a line-up, I'll be back, just like I said I would and when I am, I'm going to rat that rude little sucker out to your manager.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Loved this and I like the face that you did bad and good....We have two Walmarts where we live and the one I go to occasionally is always busy. I do wonder why all the checkout counters??? Never thought about that. Good research on the man and his business. Voting up++++ and sharing on facebook.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I won't shop at Walmart. I was in a store once and I have never returned. Rude people...made in China....and on and on we go. I have no respect for the corporation and that's just the way it is.

    And that's the end of my rant. :)

    love it, love you, and hugs coming your way

    bill

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    Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

    I feel your pain. I actually lost my temper with one Walmart "associate" that actually tossed my cantaloupe into the grocery bag ON TOP OF MY BREAD. I never lose my temper like that but I really let her have it. I did apologize for acting like an untrained gorilla, but I also had a talk with the manager.

    I think we have a right to be treated at least decently when we're giving out hard-earned money over for the things we need. Yes, these people are working for usually minimum wage and yes, they're probably asked to do a lot for the money they earn, but I've worked for minimum before and I never treated anyone like that. Unfortunately, it's not just Walmart, it's everywhere.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Carol. There are good and bad in everything so I thought it best to talk about it. There is no excuse for poor customer service though, not in today's world. With so many people looking for work, someone wants that job that will do it well. Thanks for reading, voting, and sharing. Mr. Sam will probably haunt my dreams tonight.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey Bill. I thought I'd find your support on this one. :-) Rant on, rant on. I love it when you rant, you know.

    Hugs back atcha.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Georgie!!!! Where have you been? I've missed you. You are so right about it not just being Walmart. I picked on them because I really don't understand why there are so many stores in my area with so many check outs and so few customers. It's just plain crazy. Thanks for the visit. Hope you are well. And, Merry Christmas to ya!

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    Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

    I've been around, and not. LOL. I've been trying to find some of those elusive dollars for Christmas presents - my dang roommates have five kids!

    Our Walmart in Hornell, NY, the only one in about a 45 mile radius, almost always has a massive number of checkouts open and I never have to wait. Most of the cashiers are really nice, even if they're overworked. This one isn't a Super-Walmart, they don't have produce or fresh meat, but they pretty much have enough stuff I DON'T need to get most of my money! ;)

    I miss my "green" Walmart in Waynesboro, VA. They had skylights and everything and the people were super-friendly. That is, however, where the "cantaloupe incident" happened!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Georgie, I hear ya about the elusive dollars. Wasn't Waynesboro a nice place to live? My Mom was raised there but left when she was 12. I love it up in the valley.

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    Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

    I did love Waynesboro. It was small enough not to feel like a city, but big enough that I could get whatever I needed without having to drive for it. I moved away in 2008, but my brother till lives there. He says it's starting to sprawl, which does make me a little sad.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh yes, like everything else it is growing but nothing will ever take away the mountains surrounding it and that is what I love most.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    There are no Walmarts in SF. But I will be happy to lend you my mother's boyfriend. He has metal in his skull which really disrupts the Walmart in Las Vegas. It's really funny.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MH, you are too funny and sometimes - twisted. lol I think I'll let your mother keep her boyfriend and just put a file in my pocket. Silly man.

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    Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

    Walmart is the biggest alligator in the swamp and so their attitude matches their position in the "big store lineup." The years I worked as a paralegal showed me what "the biggest alligator" is capable of. Walmart employees, hurt on the job, have about as much chance as a snowball in hell of Walmart compensating them for injuries that impact the rest of their lives. Walmart has a plethora of lawyers that specialize in creating mounds of paper every time Walmart is sued and I've never seen an employee win a case against them -- even when Walmart's negligence was glaringly apparent. Big business can treat the common citizen AND their employees anyway they want -- and get away with it. Fact is, there's probably no one on earth that despises Walmart more than their "associates" -- unless it's me! Great Hub and super read! Best/Sis

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Angela! Although I knew of Walmart's reputation, I was still stunned at the research that showed so many suits filed against them. The more I looked, the more I understood. Recognizing how powerful their legal team is, I thought I would stick to my personal experience rather than face a defamation suit. lol I'm so glad you weighed in. Now I have a collaborator. :-)

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    Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

    Nice rant! Are you sure you weren't in the self-checkout line? Maybe he was just a stalker....Also, if he pulled out his smart phone I'm guessing he was another one of those highly motivated teens or college students, who would rather be anywhere else but here! Too bad! I do like the fact that you asked him "How's your day going?" That really cracked me up!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey mpropp. You made my day. I share your affection for this new generation of robots. lol My Dad taught me that trick about continuing a conversation when the person you've greeted doesn't speak. If nothing else, it makes you walk away feeling like you had the last word. :-)

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    Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Walmart doesn't treat its employees well, Linda. There was a big stink a few years back about the contract their older "greeters" were reported to have to sign in order to be hired that included Walmarts rights to secret life insurance policies. Recently, a factory fire in Bangladesh that killed over 100 workers making clothing for Walmart was reportedly due to an inadequate number of fire escapes. Try explaining Sam Walton's mission statement of trying to help people live better lives to the families of those human beings that died in a factory fire earning slave labor wages.

    I'm with you, Linda. You're not ranting, you're telling it like it is.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Amy, I knew about the fire but not about the older workers contract. Doesn't it just make you cringe? I may never enter another Walmart. Thanks for sharing that. I hope this one gets a million readers. lol

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, years ago I saw an expose on TV about the little girls who are hired overseas to work in Walmart factories. They are felt up before they get on the assembly line and then again when the 14 hour day is over. These are little girls ages 9-14! Their wages are way below what is paid over here. They are treated with no respect and are taken advantage of tremendously! It's deplorable to say the least.

    Ever since I saw that documentary, I absolutely refuse to set foot in Walmart!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, that place makes me crazy. It has the worst record for human rights of any place on the planet, I think.

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    Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Excellent Hub providing the positive and the negative. Very well-written. I don't shop at Walmart. It is convenient and the prices are low, but they are low because 80% of what they sell is made "elsewhere" (not in the US). They are not strengthening the American economy.

    BTW, there is no excuse for rude behavior like the cashier exhibited, but it might help to keep in mind that many Walmart employees are terribly underpaid, many have no insurance benefits, etc. There are some serious problems and abuses practiced by the corporation and I am sure Sam is turning in his grave. Sharing.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Teresa. Thanks for the visit and for the compliments. I rarely shop Walmart for the same reasons you've stated. As for the rude behavior, even low wages and no benefits are no excuse in my opinion. I have been unemployed since April with no income. It doesn't give me the right to be rude and, in today's economy, that clerk should be happy to have a job. Not worries though, I won't be going back. :-)

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    Aldene Fredenburg 4 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

    I'm not sure I'd worry too much about the employee's behavior. He was under no obligation to make small talk, just check out your purchases, bag your items and take your money, which he did. Maybe he didn't get much sleep the night before; maybe he was nursing a cold; who knows? Save the complaints to customer service for those who don't do their jobs, not for someone who doesn't chat you up while he waits on you.

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    I've been boycotting WalMart for years for the reasons mentioned by pdhast7. I recall when Sam Walton was "in charge" of the WalMart chain. There were always large signs in the front of each store claiming "We Buy American!" Sadly, that changed when his greedy heirs came into control and began stocking WalMart almost exclusively with cheap goods made mostly in China by exploited workers.

    Unfortunately, many small towns across America have few choices for shopping, and WalMart usually has the cheapest prices. Families who are struggling in this poor economy shop there to stretch their dollars as far as possible. These stores are staffed by people who can't find other jobs, either because jobs are scarce where they live (a situation contributed to by WalMart), or because they lack skills to command better jobs.

    These issues keep WalMart raking in the $$$ and continuing both their negative merchandising and employment practices.

    There's been a lot of publicity (and litigation) over WalMart's poor treatment of its employees. They don't pay reasonable wages or provide good benefits, yet I imagine the money they pay a cadre of corporate attorneys to protect them from accountability is a pretty steep figure.

    There's no excuse for rudeness to customers by a WalMart cashier or other employee, yet resentment by workers who fear losing their jobs if they complain to management tends to erupt in other ways, such as taking their frustrations out on customers. I'm not condoning that behavior, but think I can understand why it happens.

    From what I've read about "Mr. Sam", I don't think he would be happy about the WalMart of today, and he would likely be deeply ashamed of his greedy offspring.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jaye! I agree with you and think Mr. Sam would roll over in his grave if he could see what is happening. Before writing this one, I did some research and the volume of litigation against Walmart is staggering. I don't hve a job right now and money is really tight but I will apply some frugal techniques and shop elsewhere. It was interesting to look at the corporate structure. I'm sure there is a lot of fat at the top. :-)

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Excellent rant about the lack of human condition regarding customer service. I know how you feel, I wrote a similar hub. My main gripe is about the glorious United States Postal System. The postal service always gets me into a frenzy regarding losing my stuff, not delivering my items in a timely fashion, and best of all, rude service.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi gmwilliams. Thanks for stopping by. I share your frustration. Rudeness to customers should not be tolerated by any employer who wants to stay in business today.

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    Aldene Fredenburg 4 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

    I dunno; I've wondered at what seems to be a common trait among the Walmart cashiers that I've met of not engaging in small talk, but it never bothered me. Smashing loaves of bread with melons is definitely on my "do not do" list for cashiers, but silence? Not a problem for me. Maybe I have a bit of a different perspective; I spent some of my younger years as a cashier in various stores, and I know what a back-breaking, sore leg-producing, mind-numbing job it can be, so I have sympathy.

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    David 4 years ago from Northern California

    I have done a bunch of research into Walmart and the way they do business, I even put together a hub on it.

    Your "experience" is not an isolated incident and you were probably right in thinking that a complaint would fall on deaf ears.

    Having multiple stores is part of their business model, even if the stores are not profitable. The gamble is that they will eventually be the only game in town and they can charge you whatever they want because you will have no other shopping options.

    With that being said what really gets me is their structure that forces so many of their employees to get state assistance for food and health care because they monitor hours to keep employees from qualifying. This makes the state spend cash it doesn't have and the taxpayers then foot the bill so fat bonuses can be given in Arkansas.

    I would add a question #5 for Mr. Walton asking him how he feels about his company, now that his kids have let greed dictate how they do business.

    I actually go out of my way to not shop at Walmart because I know, at the end of the day, their low prices aren't really that low when the government assistance numbers are added in.

    Voted up and sharing.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello AMandenburg. Thank you for reading my rant. As a teen and young adult, I also worked in retail. I went home with the tired back ad sore feet too. The difference I guess is that neither my parents nor my employers tolerated rude behavior. Responding to a friendly greeting is just basic etiquette. No, I don't like my bread squashed either. But I like it even less when a zombie processes my transaction and can't wait to get me out of their line so they can check their text messages. Maybe that's just the tip of the iceburg of what's going wrong in our country.

    I appreciate your comment and your perspective. It is simply different from mine. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    adjkp25 - hello! Thanks for reading my rant. You can bet I won't be shopping at Walmart again after doing the research for this article. The volume of litigation was shocking. Yes, Mr. Sam must be grieving over what his greedy kids have done to his legacy.

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    Aldene Fredenburg 4 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

    I actually went to Target a couple days for the first time in years; I've never thought to do that because Walmart was so handy. But after the events of the past week I guess my tipping point was the guns that they sell in the sporting goods section. I'll shop at Target now rather than assuming that Walmart is the default.

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    holdmycoffee 4 years ago

    I already was guessing that Wal-Mart is bad, but now I am sure about it! I have recently learned the fact that a large portion of their employees have to apply for government help just to make ends meet! How unfair is this - work full time, yet not being able to afford medical care and food for your family. Executives from Wal-Mart actually encourage employees to go and apply for the low-income programs. Guess who pays for all of these? We do. While Wal-Mart gets away with paying less-then-livable wages.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    AMFredenburg, Target is a great alternative. I'm glad you mentioned it.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi holdmycoffee! Thanks for stopping by. I agree with you that it is criminal for Walmart to treat the employees so badly but it seems they have a history of that. I am apalled at everything I've learned about them.

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    movingout 4 years ago from Georgia

    When Sam Walton was alive there were stores within his store. You might own the jewelry, I the shoes, another the pharmacy, and so on. After his death, his heirs kicked us all out, and took over our businesses we worked hard for and along with the businesses, our customers! I will not shop there and haven't been in one in over 20 years! Very informative. Voted up!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi movingout! Thanks for the visit here today. The research for this article was a real eye opener and like you, I won't be shopping at Walmart again. If I had not already been convinced, an interview on CNN with a Walmart exec over the sale of assault weapons put the icing on the cake. Clearly, it's all about the dollar for the Walmart hierarchy. I'll give my money to the little guy and feel good about doing it.

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    theframjak 4 years ago from East Coast

    Great hub. My main complaint about Wal-Mart is the lack of cashiers. Sometimes I will go in before work at 6am to pick up one item only to find there is one register open with 6 other people in line that had the same idea. Frustrating to say the least. My wife and I have also nicknamed the greeters "the grumpers" because many don't even say hi. It's definitely a weird company.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello theframiak! lol I agree about the greeters too. The more I learn about Walmart and it's treatment of employees and customers, the more sure I am that I will never go back. Thanks for reading!

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    movingout 4 years ago from Georgia

    What also gets me is this straight talk business. So many worried about illegal immigrants. I guess they don't know that straight talk (better known as tracphone) is owned by Carlos Slim. The richest man in the world from Mexico! Guess where your money is going!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi movingout! Glad you brought that up. Hope lots of people read your comment.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Very good article showingcasing both avenues. Very interesting read my friend.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks shiningirisheyes. And...Merry Christmas!

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    Sueswan 4 years ago

    Hi Irc

    Enjoyed your rant. A friend of mine use to work at Walmart and told me there was always a high turn over in staff.

    In my opinion that rude cashier should be reported to the manager.

    I have shopped at Walmart but not on a regular basis.

    Voted up

    Have a great weekend.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Sueswan. Thanks for sharing my rant. The research for this hub unveiled many things about Walart's reputation that are unsavory with regard to the attitude of management. The more I read, the more determined I became not to shop there again. Thanks for the comment and the vote up. It is certainly appreciated.

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Wow. I always have mixed feelings regarding Wal-Mart. The company itself does some good, and it puts a lot of money into communities (especially right around the time it is built). But they are in the news periodically for negative reasons. I have been to some stores that look nice and provide good customer service, but others that are messy and slummy, and the employees are not very attentive. The main draw for many people are the low prices. But when service is that bad it's worth going elsewhere.

    That was a particularly rude cashier. It may not be the most pleasant job, but it isn't that bad. And when you get the job, you know what to expect. So they should at least have the courtesy to be friendly. I am offended when I am friendly to someone and they ignore me.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Kathryn. Thanks for reading this one. I too struggle with the balance of Walmart's low prices and their frequent negative actions. This cashier was blatantly rude though that I vowed never to return. I may have reacted a bit strongly but in today's world, anyone who has a job should e grateful.

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I don't think you reacted harshly. A store should not be rewarded for rudeness. Customer service should be the main focus of a store like that, because customers are what give them their paycheck. When I work in retail, I am usually happy to interact with customers in a positive day. And if they act like that in a job like that, it doesn't show that they would be able to handle a better one. Jobs these days are valuable, even small ones.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Kathryn, you are ver kind. Thanks for sharing my philosophy about customer service and the value of a job.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Linda.....as for WalMart? I can't let myself go there today. It will just get my blood to boiling. I have put my share of complaints in and it's just a temporary release.

    They are convenient....they usually have what we're looking for and their prices are less than most...so my bitch--ing just makes me feel better for the moment!

    I don't like their employee practices either.....they underpay and don't cover health insurances......another hub.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Paula, we are so much alike. lol I just learned that Amazon has a program that allows you to pay a yearly fee and they will ship to you with a same day delivery service. They even deliver perishables the same day. Who knew. I am thinking about giving it a try. I can't think of anything that I might shop for that Amazon doesn't carry and honestly, I hate to shop anyway. Bye, bye Walmart if this works out.

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