Friday, March 6, 2009

The Wal-Mart Social Club.

Last night I was working in the dairy department. I went to the cooler to get some freight to work and two couples were standing by one of the meat cases, talking. 45 minutes later the meat and produce truck showed up. I had 6 pallets of produce that I had to pull up to the produce area. To get there you have to pull the pallets out of the back to get to produce. When I came out of the doors I almost ran over one of the guys. They were still there talking. After I got all six pallets to produce, they still hadn't left. Personally, if I am going to talk to someone in any store it is going to be at most a five minute conversation. There is no way I will stand around for over an hour talking to anyone. I may not have much of a life outside of work, but I have more than that.

To make it worse, both couples had been shopping. One had a gallon of milk in their cart, the other had some meat and frozen foods. For the milk, it will go bad before the expiration date. The meat and frozen could make them sick. Of course if that happens, it is Wal-Mart's fault. When shopping, a lot of people don't take that into consideration. I have seen a few people get their groceries, then go shopping in the general merchandise part of the store. It would do no good to point it out to them. You just smile and go on.
Travis is much smarter than I am. Lightning is static electricity.
Today's question is Grade 3/American History.

What is the name for the type of brick used by the Pueblo people?
I knew this one. 43-12.


Volly said...

Oh, yuck. My other favorite (not!!) is when you're standing on the checkout line for the usual century or two, and you see all the perishable items that customers have taken out of their carts while they're waiting (and waiting, and...) because they realized they probably didn't have enough money to cover them. Sirloin steak tucked among the Soap Opera Digests is typical. I always wonder if employees simply put it back in the meat case. Which is why I try to take a package of meat from the bottom, if there is one. And shopping general merchandise AFTER groceries. That's just disorganized thinking. In all fairness, though, grocery stores including Wal-mart always seem to put milk at the opposite end or corner of the store from the checkout line. You get to it last, and then have to go all the way back through the store to check out.

Howard, you understand that we expect YOU to address all these problems for us now!
...hope your work day is good!

Howard Bagby said...

I'll get right on that, Volly. They always listen when I talk. Hey, if you are going to dream, dream big. I will do some research on store designs and blog about in a few days. I have read about some changes and I want to get my facts straight.

The only time we will put anything perishable back is when the customer decides not to purchase it and we go get it at that time. Otherwise it is written off. If there is any doubt we toss it.