Why WalMart Sucks

Chris O'Donnell explains why he doesn't like WalMart. I agree with him. I am not against them in principle like some of the lefties, I just think the store is messy, customer service is poor, and you have to park a mile away. I'd rather pay 10% more and have a pleasant shopping experience. I'm just not that price sensitive.

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  1. Stacy's Gravatar Comment by Stacy on April 17th, 2007 at 10:02 am

    I have a quite lengthy account on my blog about my experience with Walmart over the past 2 days. I hate Walmart.

    http://ieatsnowmanpoop.blogspot.com/2007/04/i-hate-walmart.html
    http://ieatsnowmanpoop.blogspot.com/2007/04/i-beat-walmart-i-won.html

    It is way to long to post as a comment. It lasted 2 days. I hate walmart. I think I mentioned that but I do.

  2. Tammy's Gravatar Comment by Tammy on December 11th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    My 3 HUGE issues with Walmart are; I go to Walmart in Jacksonville, Florida,on 103rd street with my daughter at 7:30 at night. I walk into the store through the Food Center Entrance and there are no grocery carts. We walked across the front of the store and still no carts. We walk back outside through the other entrance, and not being surprised there still are no carts. I asked the Walmart Greeter if I had to walk out into the parking lot and find my own cart. She told me yes. (Wow!) I told her I thought it was ridiculous that I had to walk around a parking lot, with my daughter, at night, to locate a cart so I could shop at the store. She told me that she thought it was ridiculous too. I asked her, why dont you do something about it and she just shrubbed her shoulders. How can Walmart think this is safe for women and children or anyone to be walking around a parking lot at night for a freakin buggy to shop in their store. I know they are a big corporate company-blah,blah,blah- and Im sure their CEO isnt concerened about this, just like supplying insurance for people that bust their butts working for them, but I feel, if you want people to shop in your store, you should take t safety, customer service, and cleanliness issues serious. Unfortunately, people would rather run their mouth about hating Walmart and then they turn around and still shop there. I told the Door Greeter that I wasnt going to search for a cart and I would spend my money somewhere else. My daughter and I left and went to KMart. The other issue I have with Walmart is their bathrooms. I WOULD RATHER USE A PORTABLE POTTY AT THE FAIR INSTEAD OF A BATHROOM AT WALMART!!!! This same Walmart has the GROSSES bathrooms I have ever been in!!! I went to the Photo Department and asked for a manager. The manager came out and I told him the same thing I just wrote. He said he would handle it. When I left the store 30 min. after speaking with him, I ran into the bathroom to see if it was cleaned up, IT WASNT!!! What is the deal with these people!!?? Is it laziness or just the quality of people they hire due to how Walmart makes them salve so they just screw the customers by not following regulations?? And to no surprise, the lines. It takes longer to pay for your stuff then it does to drive to the store and go inside and get what you want. You always see people walking around with their stupid little blue vest on, but you never see too many of them really doing something..?? How does that work??…Well, I promise you, Walmart is out of my list of places to shop at now. I will take my business to Target and KMart, pay my 10 to 15 percent higher and have a much nicer shopping experience. I just wish that other people would take this stand too, and maybe, just maybe Walmart would change something…..yeah, hell will freeze over before that happens. But, it was a nice thought for a second.

  3. caress boyd's Gravatar Comment by caress boyd on December 18th, 2007 at 7:50 am

    There is nothing really worng with shopping at walmart it is a good way of saving money and time to buy and save upon your and childrend prefer there things from Wal-Mart.

  4. Wendi's Gravatar Comment by Wendi on December 21st, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    I actually worked for a walmart here in Texas, 2 actually. The experience wasnt the best job I have ever had, but I did make some good friends. The complaint I have is… my fiancee and 2 other friends were scheduled off Christmas eve as a reg day off… then they were all off Christmas night. Well… the store mgr has changed their schedules, despite plans with families, so they can stock and set the store. They have to go in to work at 10pm and now have split days off. That in all honesty really sucks!!!

  5. Brenda's Gravatar Comment by Brenda on June 13th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I have worked for wal mart and I wasn’t treated like a person. luckly i got sick and couldn’t work there any more. i don’t like shopping there either. but the small town i live in has only a walmart. the other stores around is about fifty miles away so all we have is walmart. so the people here is stuck with walmart. there is never anyone around when you need help. just today i went in to pick up a refill on some medicine. i was told it was to soon to fill that medicine. I told them that i didn’t get a three month refill the last time i had it filled. they wanted to disagree with me. i made a scene right there and they finally gave me enough to last me for a month and half which it should have been. believe me if i had somewhere else to go i would

  6. Nigel Pennyfinger's Gravatar Comment by Nigel Pennyfinger on July 26th, 2008 at 2:40 am

    I think that people need to come together as a community to rid ourselves of the walmart menace. The question then becomes, how do we get rid of the walmart in our town? The only way I am aware of that worked was a serious drive among the staff to unionize. This happened in Quebec, the staff was determined to unionize – walmart packed up and left town! Infiltrate and unionize! Also, I think that it might help if a movement developed where ordinary members of the public flipped the bird to anyone seen doing business with wallyworld.

  7. Terribletore's Gravatar Comment by Terribletore on August 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I have a disability and used their complimentary mobility cart. I barely got the cart back to the recharging area and before I could get it turned around and backed into the space, an employee came out barking at me to turn the cart around and plug it in to recharge. I have to move slowly because of arthritis and post polio syndrome, and she got very bossy and demanding. Fortunately, they’re not the only game in town and I will be shopping elsewhere. I can’t stand the whole business of greeters. I want to be left alone to get my stuff, get out of there and go on with my day without having to say hello to some complete stranger.

  8. beth's Gravatar Comment by beth on September 8th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    walmart indeed sucks big time, i work there i know. we work nights and work our asses off, for what? They push us, with there stupid walmart meeting, there stupid walmart cheer, i hate everything about walmart, when i am gone from there, kmart will get my business. Shame on walmart for treating there associates bad, and they do.

  9. Terribletore's Gravatar Comment by Terribletore on September 21st, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Speaking of their ‘cheer’, I was in Walmart one day when they were doing the cheer. I came up behind some of the employees, and when the boss shouted, What have you got” (the answer is to shout Walmart), I shouted ‘RIPOFF’. She freaked and thought one of her employees did it. They all got a dressing down. I went away, laughing my butt off.

  10. rose's Gravatar Comment by rose on October 9th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    If I can help unionise the over worked under paid employees and the one fired without merit contact me. I’m able to give alot of inside secrets.

  11. MrDel's Gravatar Comment by MrDel on November 18th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    There is enough physical proof that WalMart is Evil. Go to any place where there is a WalMart. At every location you will find that the little guys have been run out of buisnes. You WILL find many vacant office properties. Many shopping strips with over half of it for rent because who was there was put out of work. That is the physical evidence I speak of. To make things better it is not done by accident. It is a diliberate function of WalMart.

    Here is how it works. They scout out an area where there are plans to try and build a WalMart. They find out what the hot items are in the location. When the store finaly opens they slash the prices on all the hot items they discovered. Even if it means they lose profit in the sale. They know you will buy other things while you are in there. Eventualy WalMart gains full control of those hot items and the surrounding stores can no longer compete. As a result they lay down thier hat and close down. They are put out of buisness. Once that happens Walmart will then raise the prises on those select hot items since the compitition is now gone.

    Am I making that up? Have you ever been in a brand new WalMart right when it opened. There are great prices on the things you bought nearby. They are cheap. As time goes on you will notice those prices increase on some items. That price increase means that part of the compitition has been cut out by underselling what they sold before WalMart opened the doors.

    Even though this is a great buisness stratigy it puts many out of work. That is not fair and is Evil. If you shop at WalMart you are supporting thier practice. By buying something there you are saying you agree with putting surrounding buisnesses out of work along with all the Employees that lost thier jobs due to Buisnes closure. You are just as guilty as WalMart if you shop there.

    Still think I am making this up then go out there and see for yourself. All those places ment to contain buisnesses are mostly empty as you get closer to a Wal Mart. That alone is the proof to what I said.

    Not to mention WalMart treats thier employees like DOG DOO. Underpay and expect them to work hellasious hours. Looking at the statistics it shows Walmart has over a 70% turn arround. This means that over 70% of employees either quit or get fired within thier first year. That is proof to how they treat thier employees. Not to mention that they WILL be fired for comming to sites like this.

    You want to keep thing running unfair then shop at WalMart. If you want to try and fix thier damage then never step foot in a WalMart.

    WalMart will die eventualy. All big companies do. I just wish it was today. Target is catching up to them now.

    -Del

  12. Julie's Gravatar Comment by Julie on December 26th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I cannot believe the understaffing and poor customer relations that are apparently the common practice in my local Walmart store. Every time I go in there (which isn’t often), I find my self at the very least frustrated and disappointed, if not, livid by the time I am ready to actually walk out of the store. Between the lack of associates to offer assistance, the ridiculous wait time in the check-out lines, and my personal pet peeve, the self check-outs, I cannot remember a time that I had even a satisfactory shopping experience, let alone, a good one. Today was the icing on the cake! The day after Christmas and the store was, as usual, completely understaffed. Am I the only one who thinks that common sense would tell the management team that thousands of people receive Walmart gift cards for Christmas gifts and that the smart thing to do would be to staff accordingly for the week or two after the holiday?! There have been times when I have just left my cart full of items and gone to another store. I would not even have been in there today, except my children and I had received Walmart gift cards. I’ve said it before, but this time I mean it; unless I have received a gift card expressly for Walmart, I am done patronizing their stores! It took forever to be assisted in the electronic department, the 3 check-out lanes that were actually run by cashiers had lines longer than ever, the self check-out gave my daughter problems (and of course not an associate could be found to help), and to top it off the earrings I purchased will not even unclasp so that I can remove them from the back they come on. Now I HAVE to go back so that I can return the stinking earrings….ARGGHH! After that, though, I am DONE WITH WALMART!

  13. Josh's Gravatar Comment by Josh on March 9th, 2010 at 2:14 pm
  14. loves2hummp's Gravatar Comment by loves2hummp on March 17th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I worked there my senior year. After my 3 months during my review I was told what a great job I was doing but when they were filling out my papers they were marking mediocre attributes. So I got a huge $.25 an hr raise. After working there 7 months I put in a notice that I needed a Fri. and Sat. off in 2 months since it was my graduation that weekend. well the week rolls up schedual comes out and no I didnt get them off but the suck ass other workers did and were being gawed at by the other workers when I asked wtf was going on they said they didnt get me notice. So Sat. when I was suppose to come to work they didnt get that notice I never came back. it’s been ten years ago and within a week of leaving I had a better job paying $3 more an hr and I have never worked for as crappy pay as that place again. And my story is leaving out a ton of other bs that went on while I was there. My best advice is if you can shop somewhere else even if it will cost a little bit more I would instead of supporting these assholes they care about no one or thing except money they try to make a good front but their really sweatshop pushers.

  15. bob's Gravatar Comment by bob on March 18th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    walmart must be doing something right because they are a juggernaut. i live far from the nearest walmart,i wish one was closer. They are open 24 hours often, they are cheaper than everyone else, and they have a liberal return policy. if your walmart is dirty,if the have no shopping carts, if the bathroom is dirty, u should go to the district manager. all those problems are because of bad management. yes,they kill local businesses, but actually ,thats not them,thats you buying their crap. if u hate them so much,dont go there. as far as employees, they are the largest private employer in the country. they actually have employees that have been there over 30 years.

  16. shelby's Gravatar Comment by shelby on July 11th, 2010 at 5:47 am

    they treat like their employees like crap. i know i’ve worked their for 4 years, and am willing to take a $4 pay cut back down to minimum wage just to get out of there! yeah, the pay might nice, for someone living where i do, but it’s soo not worth it for a place that where an employee does everything plus some, and recieves absolutly nothing in return, half the time not even a thank you.

  17. James S.'s Gravatar Comment by James S. on October 19th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I know from painful personal experiance that walmart does’nt care about you, me or anyone but thier own fat parisitic selves. They are vermin meant to be exterminated. Nothing more, nothing less!

  18. scoman's Gravatar Comment by scoman on November 25th, 2010 at 3:54 am

    I refuse to patronize wal-mart for over a year now. What I finally realized what wal-mart was all about when they remodeled a local store and added a food section. I thought it was kind of stupid because there are a dozen grocery stores in the area and one right next door to the wal-mart. Then the LIGHT come on to why wal-mart is in business. My attitude and outlook towards wal-mart is that wal-mart is in business to put everyone else out of business. Shop at the little local guys. Shopping at the so called speciality shops may cost a dollar or two more but these people have families to feed to. BUY AMERICAN if possible. Let wal-mart try to figure out what they have done wrong. We dont need stores that really don’t care about customers or employees. Corporate greed and the bottom line is the only is the only thing of importance to wal-mart.

  19. marle's Gravatar Comment by marle on November 30th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    I guess I don’t understand customers who criticize wal-mart employees about their attitude. I never expect them to be any other way then what they project. To me it’s like buying at an auto-mat. There not selling $50.00 scarves or $300.00 purses, $1,500.00 coats. They point the way I’m happy. Give me a smile or nasty look thats alright too. It’s rough stocking those auto-mats…..!

  20. Albert's Gravatar Comment by Albert on January 13th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    What is Walmart trying to do. They are cutting associates hours, combining departments for one dept. mgr. Can’t ever find anyone to help you. At check out you have to stand in line forever because they cut hours so they don’t have people for check out. I was in the store Dec. 23rd at 9pm, store was packed with Christmas shoppers, lines long because they only had 4 registers open. All they care about is there big salaries and big bonuses. Walmart cares less about there associates or customers.

  21. DMcfate's Gravatar Comment by DMcfate on January 27th, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I’m an MBA student doing a case study on Walmart and those of you who hit on the strategy of putting competition out of business are correct. IT was their foundational strategy to open in rural areas and then to be the low price leader. Mom and pop couldn’t compete and so went out of business. As there was no where else nearby to work, they could pay employees crap wages because they were the only game in town. They outsourced production to China in 05′ in order to get cheaper product and to put pressure on domestic suppliers to drive prices down for Walmart.
    The big question is…why do people (who have a choice) shop there? Walmart took a hit with the negative press and their sales have stagnated somewhat. If people continue to avoid shopping at Walmart, they will be forced to change their business practices. If consumers continue to shop there, well then, Walmart will keep doing what it does…..

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