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So I went to Walmart.

 
 
Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 07:27 pm
I'm someone who donated to a fight against Walmart landing in my town in a prime spot. Not much, but what I had to give. We did not want them in the primo place in the area. Horrible idea. We won.

Years later I'm past money trouble into needing food, and I went to Walmart here in west Albuquerque.

I've only been to Walmart twice before - once getting off a highway, getting a coffee at a starbucks and then going over to walmart to get some music, since I was dying re the radio. That was in Salinas. The other time, with Diane for a few minutes. Oh, and then, checking out the eyeglasses - none so complicated as mine. So I lied, it was three times.

Interesting experience. I was there yesterday approaching two hours.

First of all, the people were not the piggies shown at some length on a2k earlier. They were the same people at Brooks and Albertsons. Maybe not quite like at the upscale trio, WFoods, TJoes, Sunflower. But none of the people showed their asses.

Next, I am now wary of going in and out of the place. My left eye isn't up to snuff and even when it was I've long time poor peripheral vision. On the other hand, I've had relatively good life long reaction, based on how I look around more than most.

But this place had people racing. I now take that as a function of the vast space and people's need to move. But approaching the doors was like - I don't know what to say - seeing darters zooming. I was lucky I wasn't run over. I could hardly believe the speed they went by me. I'm no powderpuff, they were charging. And that was to get into the store.



Follow up post in a few minutes.


 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 07:43 pm
I got in the door, relative peace. Tried to figure out the place.

Again took people as plenty normal.

Except.. except, some seemed to zoom.
It's a big space to get from here to there.
and some needed to zoom around corners
without looking.

It's odd, in that I'm starting to be open to walmart, and
find I'm a natural victim there, just navigating.

Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 07:45 pm
@ossobuco,
they have scooter carts. I get one for smoky when we go play at wally's.

mebbe you would do well to have a battery powered vehicle to protect you from zoomers...
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 07:54 pm
@Rockhead,
Oy vey, but I see your point. Criminy.

On the other hand, why does a somewhat able bodied person need a cart protection in a store? I waltz around Albertsons.

As an addendum, I don't think walmart needs to be the speed aisle of the grocery universe, they just need new designers.

Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 07:56 pm
@ossobuco,
maybe you should get a reflective triangle sweater to wear when you go there...
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 07:57 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:
some seemed to zoom.


I think Walmart is meant for zooming. Get in, get stuff, get out. Not a leisurely browsing kinda store, where they are going to tempt someone with a nice cheese sample.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 08:01 pm
@ehBeth,
it's certainly not someplace I go for ambiance.

it reeks of the bones of dead small businesses.

and their clerks can't count...
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 08:04 pm
@Rockhead,
Eh. A few people came out of the doors at increasing speed. If I needed a triangle so did others.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 08:08 pm
@ehBeth,
I picked that up.. at a time when I was seriously checking out the store, that I didn't just hate.

I ******* never stop for cheese samples.

On zooming, I watched a woman zoom her cart out of the blue into space. Don't just diss my observations, please.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 08:11 pm
@ehBeth,
There is zooming and zooming. Some of what I watched was bizarre. Some was ordinary zooming.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 08:11 pm
@ossobuco,
ah
this is just for your observations
n/p

g'nite
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 08:12 pm
@ehBeth,
what does that mean?
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 08:30 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:
I got in the door, relative peace. Tried to figure out the place.

Again took people as plenty normal.

Except.. except, some seemed to zoom.
I noticed that of the natives of Macau, in casinos.
( No casinos in Hong Kong, so u had to take a hydrofoil to Macau. )





David
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 08:33 pm
I suppose I'll elaborate.

Some people coming out of the store dawdle and some progress normally and some zoom - in my experience, and some are neo lightening bolts. In the this case, all bolts.

Entering the store can involve aiming. I felt lucky none of them hit me, it was four lightening bolts.

My vision isn't the greatest, but I usually have no trouble entering a grocery store.

I found the store within interesting - as said, I stayed near two hours. People were normal in contrast to some past stuff I've read re walmart. However, there was the odd bizarro cart zinger and aisle romper..

and several nice folk.

But the speed at the doors was a difficulty.


Aside from just whining, I look at this as how to improve things.
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 08:58 pm
@ossobuco,
WALMART ?
no , thanks !
haven't had to go near the place in a few years ( not saying i'll NEVER go there )
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 09:20 pm
Aside from the polite hamburgboy, the mocking is fairly depressing. I'm interested in the patterns.

I think myself that for the store there should be a clear entrance area away from an exit area. Not a big deal. But I've not observed enough. Maybe my own experience was not one of the usual. (hard for me to imagine not happening off and on)
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 09:28 pm
@ossobuco,
You spent 2 hours in a Wal-Mart? 2 hours?
A priest once gave me 4 Our Father's and 6 Hail Mary's as penance after I had more then my normal number of sins one week. 2 hours in Wal-Mart tops that by a bunch.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 09:55 pm
@realjohnboy,
Well, it's a huge place. Took me near a half hour to find the light bulbs, and then there wasn't what I was looking for. Still, getting to know the place.

There were, of course, a lot of aisles of halloween (I shiver for my own reasons), but as I wandered around I got it. Except for the soy milk in the potato chip aisle.

There were some workers around and to a person, they were open and friendly. On the other hand, I am too.
I know from phony friendly (safeway, don't get me started).

I bought stuff and saved a great deal of money. My income is very low and this matters. I'd guess it was 2/3 or less re my regular expense. They also had stuff my closest/cheapest ordinary store doesn't (re tinned fish). The fresh garlic was better, and produce better generally than my more nearby store.

I'll have to ascertain the place's quietest hours, daytime, lest I be run over going in the door and out of it.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 10:03 pm
@ossobuco,
I shop wally's a lot at 3 am.

it's really quiet then. but they only keep one register open, and you gotta walk all the way back and forth so they can watch that you're not stealin'...
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2011 10:05 pm
@realjohnboy,
Johnboy, what ever did you do to deserve that? (she kids)
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