reply to post by mblahnikluver
I think most of the problem is that the main company simply doesn't care, and they don't train their people to care. If someone has a good
experience, it's because their local employees are of a better quality than in most of their stores!
When we lived in Florida, I had some ridiculous experiences with the Walmart closest to us. We lived in a fairly decent area, with nice homes, and so
forth. Not "upscale", but above average. The Walmart that was close was horrible, though! Being a night person, I would frequently shop fairly
late. Thus, a close, 24-hour store was convenient. Not this one, though! The guys doing the stocking would almost run you down with those pallet
movers, and actually act as though you didn't have a right to be "in their way". I actually had to tell them I was NOT moving, because I was
shopping on that aisle, and they could wait. I had moved three times already, in literally under a minute and a half. That was one issue.
Another was, the store was NEVER clean. Like, ever. Late at night, too, they had whole sections blocked off to "clean floors". Seems all of them
do that. Strange, how the 24-hour grocery store here manages to buff their floors, which are always spotless, without closing off a third of the
The real kicker was the night I went to buy my husband a watch. His birthday was the next day, and we had to wait till payday to get the one I
wanted. So, I go in at night, about 10:30 or so. I knew exactly what I wanted, and asked the store manager on duty if he could open the case, and
walk the watch to the front so I could buy it. The guy flat out refused, claiming he "didn't have keys". I knew that wasn't true, because I had
seen him open it before for an employee to replace a returned item one night. Furious, I headed to what was called the "ghetto-mart", another
Walmart in a not-so-good area. There, I was greeted nicely, and had no problem at all getting the watch, having it brought to the front to ring up,
and even got a nice smile and farewell from the manager that helped. The closer Walmart never saw me again.
Where we are now, I rarely go, unless it's some item that is FAR cheaper there, or that I can't wait for another place to be open for. I got tired
of them deciding what brands and package sizes I was allowed to buy, dropping tons of things I had bought in the past, and the overall poor quality of
virtually all their "fresh" foods. Even something like blank DVDs, I won't buy there, because they sell ONE brand only. One. The people at the
Target couldn't believe it when I told them about that. In many cases, the Walmarts stock the cheapest quality items they can, and won't carry
Their stores certainly aren't what they used to be!