Five reasons to bag buying groceries at Walmart

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This could be you.
2. You never know if you're gonna end up on that "People of Walmart" website.

We've all heard about the website that shows photos of folks shopping at Walmart, all snapped camera-phone wielding dicks who seem to have an unusual knack for catching people picking their noses, digging up in their crotches, wearing stained Looney Tunes T-shirts and holey, ass-crack revealing sweat pants.

I'm always in abject fear of being caught in a random photo while shopping at Walmart, even if I'm not dressed inappropriately for the venue or touching any part of my genitals.

Seriously -- it's embarrassing enough to be caught shopping at Wally's without the added paranoia of having to wear sunglasses and a hoodie, and to be on the lookout for self-appointed TMZ wannabes jumping out at me from behind breakfast cereal displays. And although Walmart is not exactly the runway at Dolce & Gabbana, I don't know anyone who actually gets dressed up to shop there, and I don't want my jammie-jams-sporting ass being used to publically humiliate me. If I wanted that kind of exposure, I'd get drunk on Ultimate Long Islands at TGI Friday's and take off my shirt again.

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The walking dead.
1. The customer service at Walmart makes me want to take up a life of crime.

The greeters greet when they feel like it; the cashiers are haggard, have bloodshot eyes and exhibit textbook signs of bi-polar disorder; the customer-service employees are screeching harpies whose parents never loved them; the stockers are so stoned that Snoop Dogg looks at 'em and says "Dayum..." and if there are actual managers that work at Walmart, I've never seen one.

Friendly, competent, customer-service oriented Walmart employees are an urban myth up there with unicorns, magical elves and low-cost loft rentals downtown. I admit I can be a crusty, jaded misanthrope when it comes to large crowds of strange people, but Walmart employees make me look like Miley Cyrus. They look miserable and seem to really resent people shopping in the store at that pays them.

It makes me think of all the things I would do to avoid the crushing fate of ending up where they are. I'd rob banks wearing a Halloween mask, sell plasma until I am so dehydrated I can't urinate, even slap on some fishnets and sell my kibbles & bits to avoid working at Walmart.

But while I can bitch about the customer service being hellishly bad, I actually feel sorry for the folks who work at Walmart. It might have popular merchandise and groceries for low-low prices, but it also has low-low pay and even lower morale. While other chains like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Sprouts and even King Soopers have higher prices, at least their workers are friendly and engaged -- and I'm willing to pay a little more for that.





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Faycless
Faycless

Didnt I just read this article 2 weeks ago?

Moose Brown
Moose Brown

as much as i cant stand wal mart these are pretty crappy reasons. there are many better ones.

Chris Cater
Chris Cater

@Janeen, might I recommend an 8$ an hour job at WaL-Mart? Grow your own folks!

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

I work for one of their competitors so I don't but I try to avoid them at all costs. I shop locally whenever possible.

Mike Bailey
Mike Bailey

Support local business. It's not about buying (or not buying) the shitty food at wal mart. It's about lifting up the community you live in

Chrissy Burgell
Chrissy Burgell

While I agree, don't go fooling yourself into thinking that Whole Foods doesn't try to mislead you, too.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Safeway, Walmart buys lower quality products so thus the cheaper the price.

Janeen Sharbono
Janeen Sharbono

I do shop at Wal Mart for paper products and such but never produce or meat. I agree they are bad. But being unemployed for as long as I have, I need to shop cheap for certain things. Also the greeter and employees at the one I go to are very pleasant.

Beth Harris
Beth Harris

Sprouts or King Soopers. Farmer's markets when available.

Julie Barrickman
Julie Barrickman

Sprouts and Whole Foods. Industrialized and misleading food labels aren't my thing. Garbage in, garbage out just look around.

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

The Vitamin Cottage. A good reason not to buy food at Walmart would be that they don't sell "real" food. Gogurt is NOT food people.

Skinney85
Skinney85

Out of absolute desperation straight out of college and strapped with student loans I myself have worked at Wally World  as a cashier for  $8/hr for 28hrs a week. Store management treated just about everyone terrible, there was a 75% turnover rate and in turn gave us no incentive to go above and beyond for the customers who were pretty dismal themselves. Wholefoods may not be too much better but they have great health benefits and you at least get a reasonable discount on great food versus the 10% we got on already cheap chemical laden shit.

gftw
gftw

lol, jennstir iz ppl of walmart.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Spot on with your assessment of Walmart, Jenn, however Whole Foods isn't exactly the poster child of treating employees well.  Here is a link to an interesting site that details, among other issues, some of their shortcommings: http://michaelbluejay.com/misc/wholefoods.html  (*Note the section on LABOR*)

Here is some good stuff on what goes on at King Soopers: http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/king-soopers-colorado-c392899.html

Sprouts isn't that much better: http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Sprouts-Farmers-Markets/reviews


Julie Raines
Julie Raines

I try to never shop at Wally World, but on the rare occasions I have, the store in Broomfield next to Flatirons Mall is pretty decent.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Moose Brown And what would those better reasons be?

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Chrissy Burgell I believe that. But Holy Foods is better at misleading. And having those zucchini muffins that I want.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Stephen At Half Aspen You can't beat the all-you-can eat free chili at the nacho station.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Naomi Wolinsky GoGurts would be better if they came in flavors that weren't gross.

NWDenver
NWDenver

@Skinney85 The most surprising part of your story is that you were paid $8/hr.  That seems like an awful lot for WM to be paying.  I thought they only paid the minimum required by law.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@gftw Where you been, man? I've actually missed you! I thought you wuz ded!

Skinney85
Skinney85

@BackOffImStarving Glassdoor.com is another website that has accurate current and former employee reviews of most publicly traded companies

gftw
gftw

@jenna-furrr It's taken me all this time to figure out how 2 use ur new complimicated commenting system.

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