Saturday, February 13, 2010

People Of Wal-Mart.

You have all seen the site, People of Wal-Mart, right? The one where people take photos of the outrageous and insanely stupid shit they see in their local wall to wall mart and put it on the Internet for everyone to see? Yeah, that place. Well, HHH and I went to Wal-Mart today, and though we have seen some pretty stupid stuff there, I have to say it is the intelligence of the average person there that really gets to me. Like the guy who just has to have that box of beer on the bottom of the stack, or the moron who sends their young kids to play alone in the electronics department and hassle everyone else while they run off to shop for panties or some other crap. Yeah, those brain surgeons deserve an award, but HHH and I really met one today who took the cake for me!

See, we had a little shopping to do and because it was Saturday, everyone else was there at the Wal-Mart shopping too. That was our first mistake. Still, we had left the kids at home playing Wii, so we figured we'd get in, get done, and get out with as little hassle as possible. Nope. Oh, the shopping went fast enough, but it was the check out that was a nightmare. We like to use the self checkout. It is faster that the actual people checkout. We like fast and easy. (Hell, I know HHH likes fast and easy, he married me!) So we get up to the check out and of course it is packed out the ass. Old people and tourists as far as the eye can see. We get over to self check out and there is this old lady standing in what we thought was a line to the right of us, so HHH maneuvers over to a line to the front and the left. Suddenly, this old lady screeches in a huffy voice, "EXCUSE ME!! There is a line here and we are all taking turns going to what ever checkout finishes next." Um.... no. That isn't how it works. You pick a register, get in line, and wait your turn that way. HHH and I both tell this woman we didn't know she was in any line since she was basically in the middle of 4 registers blocking the whole shebang. She starts huffing and puffing, looking like a fancy chicken getting it's feathers ruffled. We go back to the "line" she swears is there and end up going to the register we would have been at anyway and as we start to put our groceries on the counter, we hear her sputter, "This is why I hate Wal-Mart!"



I didn't get it. Why block 4 lanes of check out because you can't commit to just one? That lady has issues. We checked out and bagged and left before she even got 3 things rung up from her cart. And to top it all off, she wouldn't put her purchases in the bags, just kept dumping them back in the cart so the machine kept stopping and saying, "Please place item in the bagging area." 500 times. Tubby the check out Tender kept having to lumber over to her to reset the machine and I swear he was muttering "Eat that bitch!" under his breath the last time he waddled by. We left before he could make her an afternoon snack.

So that's my People of Wal-Mart story. So much fun to go shopping there. So, what's your Wal-Mart story??


Karl said...

Gah, I hate people sometimes. I wouldn't have been able to keep my mouth shut. Walmart may be cheap, but I still kinda hate it. Even if I'm forced to go sometimes. In Sebring, it's the Center of the Universe.

Ren said...

I've seen the same behavior -- one line for the four self-checkouts -- and haven't had a problem with it. One line is more efficient (cf. banks, counter-service restaurants, anywhere where you take a number) as long as space isn't an issue. Typically, there aren't many people waiting for the self-checkouts, so space usually isn't a problem. And, as you experienced, you didn't have to wait any longer for a register due to the single line.

None of this excuses her other behavior, of course. :-)