Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The root of all evil

I really, really dislike Wal*Mart. I won't elaborate too much on the subject because I know that a lot of people like it, or at least shop there for low prices, or are indifferent. Just give me a few paragraphs and I'll be done.

I hadn't been there for a couple of years until recently. My sister Teresa, bless her heart, purchased a gift for Miriam's birthday at Wal*Mart but I ended up having to return it. I put off going for as long as possible but finally, I packed up the toy (it was a SeeNSay) and made the trip to our local store.

On the way there, I tried to tell myself that Wal*Mart probably wasn't as bad as I remembered it being, that maybe the intervening years since my last visit had sharpened my dislike for it undeservedly.

I got there and did what I needed to do. And realized that my dislike for that store is as warranted as ever. Sorry, folks. I tried. I will remain an enemy of Wal*Mart until further notice (don't hold your breath).

On the same subject, check out this email I got from my mom. I'll quote the words as they were written by the original sender, a cousin of hers:

We had a going away party yesterday for a lady at our Durham claims office. One of the supervisors called a Wal-Mart and ordered the cake.

He told them to write "Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that write "We will miss you".

As the picture shows, it didn't quite turn out right.



This would be hilarious if it weren't, at the same time, extremely unsettling.

13 comments:

Crissy Bear said...

I think some of the Wal-Mart hatred is related to Arizona/Utah. I remember I would never go to Wal-Mart when I lived in Arizona. It was dirty, cluttered, disorganized and lots of scary people worked/shopped there. Then I moved to Provo and most of my roommates shopped there so I had to hitch a ride. While I liked the good prices once again it was cluttered and disorganized and I swear the Orem Wal-Mart is the worst when it comes to being overcrowded. Ick. Now I live in a city of less then 80,000 people and we have three supper Wal-Marts. Yes three. The oldest one is probably six years old. The other two were built last year. (In case you are wondering we also have a Sams...does that seem like overkill to anyone else?) I find now I don't hate it nearly as much as I used to. If we had a Costco and Farmer Joes maybe I could afford to but we don't. Instead we have Strawberry Fields. I used to shop there but then I realized that my Fig Newmans and Yogos were half the price at Wal-Mart. They also carried the cane sugar and the organic wheat flour I like. So maybe someday I'll be the Strawberry Field's girl again but that will have to wait until we aren't trying to live on a very small graduate stipend or Costco and Farmer Joes decide to get on the ball.

sarah said...

i think it's funny, no offense. and the newer idaho falls one seems quite organized to me

Nancy said...

Wow--that's awesome. My sister had a similar experience at Wal-Mart.

Aren't they just a neat store?

Liz Johnson said...

I'm with you. I absolutely hate Walmart. And that cake is HILARIOUS. That, my friends, is the future of society. Yaaaay.

The Ensign's said...

That's funny. I understand about the Wal-mart thing though. However I still shop there. I have to set my standards very low when it comes to customer service, instock items, enough cashiers, ect. Otherwise I'd probably end up having to avoid it like yourself.

Bridget said...

Crystal, I hate it when WM is the only place that has something. Fortunately, that doesn't happen very often, but when it does...

Sarah and Janae, if it were only a matter of the things you mentioned, then I wouldn't shop at Target, either, as a matter of principle. But it's so much more than just crappy service and filthy conditions. Watch Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, being sure to take everything they say with a grain of salt, and then decide.

Every time I see that cake I just laugh and laugh. And then shudder.

Shannan said...

Okay - that cake is too classic.

I'm officially forbidden by the family's bread winner to shop at the "W" store, as we call it in our family because my husband is in upper managment for Costco and since Walmart owns Sam's Club and that is costco's direct competitor, I can't spend our hard earned dollars at the competition. All that to be said, I saw that documentary you described and as a matter of principle I decided a while ago to stop sneaking into walmart jsut for that $1 tube of toothpaste or $3 pair of socks.
I've lived in about 6 different U.S. states and why is it that in every single walmart, no matter what location it is in the country, all the WT of society shops there? I've seen lots of kid slapping, hairy and dirty tank-top wearing people, and rudeness at that "W" store. I'll take Target anyday.

Jen said...

You should move here...getting a walmart built in Massachusetts is about as easy as getting BYU to serve diet coke...If I were to head to my "local" walmart, I could choose from two: one that's 25 minutes away or one that's 35 minutes away (and in another state)...

Target, on the other hand, is only 5 minutes down the road...HA.

Bridget said...

Shannan, you said what I was afraid to (about the kinds of stuff you see at Wal*Mart). I'm glad you did. Because, WOW.

Jen, part of my antipathy towards this particular store might also come from the fact that Portland, Oregon (where I grew up) is like your area in that it's almost impossible to get a Wal*Mart there. I didn't even know what Wal*Mart was until we were visiting family in Arizona when I was 12 or 13.

Jeremy Palmer said...

almart doesn't have to be like it is. It could pay its employees more. It could provide better benefits. It could stop existing. All of these options would be fine with me.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Walmart has had to give up & slink away into the night at least 3 times here in our area of Western Oregon, because residents absolutely won't allow one to be built. And that is perfectly fine w/ me, except for one thing: Walmart would give my disabled son a job. No one else will. And for that one reason only, I am sorry that the nearest Walmart is many miles distant.

Mikael said...

NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is way too funny!!! I actually was a fan of walmart in Provo and Las Vegas, but not in Oregon.

momj said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh I think it IS hilarious. ok, and unsettling. It reminds me of a time that I bought a WREATH at Big Lots. For some reason the machines weren't working and the boy actually had to write me a receipt by hand?! and he wrote:
REEF
It really freaked me out! and then it made me sad. I have not gotten over it. It's funny in a not hilarious way...but THAT CAKE! OH MY!

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