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(Winona Daily News)   Wal-Mart employees are supposed to greet you and smile if you come within 10 feet of them   ( divider line
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2004-11-19 06:20:10 PM  
I used to work at walmart, before I was a profesional computer geek. They treated their employees so horribly that now, years after I quit, I still don't shop there. I refuse to out of protest of thier unethical business practices and thier censorship decisions.
2004-11-19 06:21:06 PM  
This sounds like a game... but not quite as amusing as Circuit City run throughs: See how many laps around the store you can do without being asked if you need any help.

I don't think I've made it above 2.
2004-11-19 06:21:10 PM  
That rule came into effect more than ten years ago.

/another former 'Wally World' employee.
2004-11-19 06:22:17 PM  
Sounds like a game to play at The GAP. Try to walk from the front of the store to the back and then out the front again without being "helped" by an employee.
2004-11-19 06:22:19 PM  
I try not to shop there, but I can save like $.06 cents on dishwashing soap.

It a power that keeps bringing me back
2004-11-19 06:25:33 PM  
How long till we get the first southpark qoute in this thread?
2004-11-19 06:32:49 PM  
Within 10 feet of their face, or their perimeter? Hmm? Come on. You guys are with me here, right?
2004-11-19 06:33:28 PM  

Noticed the same thing about Circut City myself. I imagine that you get yelled at if you talk to a customer too long.
2004-11-19 06:37:47 PM  
It's really like that at alot of retail stores. The perimeter might change a little bit, from 10-15 ft. say, but it's pretty much all the same.
And I don't shop at Circuit City anymore. I get followed around like a shoplifter, but no one ever asks me if I need help.
2004-11-19 06:39:04 PM  
good, I'm bringing my measuring tape.
2004-11-19 06:39:40 PM  
I'm a current wally world employee and I tell customers to fark off and leave me a lone, also callin in sick tonight
2004-11-19 06:40:12 PM  
In other news, walmart shelfs are devoid of tape measures.
2004-11-19 06:40:41 PM  
hate that farking place
2004-11-19 06:45:17 PM  
I'd rather they didn't.
2004-11-19 06:45:21 PM  
bigpete53 -

That I can deal with. I just say "No, thanks. I'm fine." And they usually just leave you alone.

What I really hate is when you try something on and within milliseconds there's some teenager there to tell you how handsome you look. That even happened once with my girlfriend present (which, I have to admit, was sorta fun - I do love her but she's scary when she's jealous).
2004-11-19 06:50:46 PM  
2004-11-19 06:56:16 PM  
walmart is creepy. all the random shoppers are creepy.
must destroy the heart of walmart.
2004-11-19 07:03:44 PM  
same at staples. they really pushed that 10 foot rule. most of us ignored it. but still.
2004-11-19 07:12:30 PM  
Is THAT what they're saying? I always feel bad because I can never understand them through the accents.
2004-11-19 07:15:13 PM  
I knew it was a cult. Did you ever have a Wal-mart flavored Icee?
2004-11-19 07:15:25 PM  
Hah awsome, just like some kind of scripted AI event.

Employees behaving just like AI villagers in a RPG, it'll be easier to find the exploits.
2004-11-19 07:18:17 PM  
Eric Hexagon,

I thought about asking one their JOB, NAME, and HEALTH but stopped. I knew their job and could look at their tag for their name. And health... Out in the midwest it's pretty easy to guess that too....
2004-11-19 07:18:31 PM  
WalMart just has a *smell*, you know? A weird combination of popcorn, dish soap, old people, cheap plastic crap from China, shiatty / pissy diapers, and low, low prices.
2004-11-19 07:19:02 PM  
i was shopping at walmart once for various and sundry items when i was in college. I asked this kid where something was, and he says "sorry, I'm on my break right now," and walks away. I was too dumbstruck to give him the ass-kicking he so sorely deserved, and i don't think i've shopped there since. viva fred meyer!
2004-11-19 07:19:52 PM  
Well...they don't. It ain't Disneyland.
2004-11-19 07:20:25 PM  
sure there are people from out of town in the winona walmart ...because half the farking population of winona is college students from out of town.
2004-11-19 07:21:01 PM  
I don't care if it's WalMart or any other store, that much attention from employees drives me crazy!
2004-11-19 07:21:12 PM  
Best Buy has the 10 foot/30 second rule. I don't get the 30 second rule because people walk at different speeds.

I also try to stay 11 feet away from people. It's a hoot. They take a step forward, i go one back.

/future employee of the year.
2004-11-19 07:21:36 PM  
walmart is full of fatty half-literates.
2004-11-19 07:21:50 PM  
that would bug the hell out of me anyways. I don't need a greeting when I go buy saline solution at 1:30am.
2004-11-19 07:23:38 PM  
You are at Walmart: Finish Beer and Enter Door.

You are inside Walmart: Put out lamp.

Your Lamp is out. It Is Dark: XYZZY

You are likely to be eaten by a grue or greeted by a walmart employee: Take out tape measurer.

The Walmart employee flees in terror. However, you are eaten by a grue. GAMEOVER.
2004-11-19 07:23:48 PM  
Test them.

Go up within 10 ft of all the Wal-Mart employees and see if they say hello.

Then......... LIE and tell the manager that a bunch of them didn't even greet you. Give names.

/feeling evil
2004-11-19 07:24:08 PM  
Cool, that article is in my wife's hometown newspaper.
2004-11-19 07:24:21 PM  
Used to work at the Home Office in Bentonville..
They are SERIOUS about that 10 foot rule..
You can be written up or terminated over it..

They even make their vendors do it..

Thank GOD they don't make the vendors do the Wal-Mart Cheer!!
2004-11-19 07:26:10 PM  
Hey, Wal-mart is great for mullet-spotting expeditions.
2004-11-19 07:26:14 PM  
So can I report them to their manager and watch a good firing if they don't? If so, I think I could shut both our local wal-marts down in under a month.

In other news, K-mart broke $100 a share. 12 to 18 months ago it was like $1. What I wouldn't give for a DeLorean and a Flux Capacitor.
2004-11-19 07:26:16 PM  
if i need help i'll ask. otherwise, leave me the hell alone and let me buy my tampons in peace.
2004-11-19 07:26:42 PM  
In grade school, to teach us about personal space, our teachers once made us wear hula hoops around our waists (fixed with a belt-like thingee) for a week. The point was, you couldn't get too close to other students because you were wearing the hula hoop.

Point being, I'm gonna get 11-foot hula hoop, fasten it around my waist, and go have a lot of fun at Wal*Mart.
2004-11-19 07:26:43 PM  
Sounds like a good reason not to.
2004-11-19 07:26:48 PM  
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2004-11-19 07:28:45 PM  
i being an employee of that hell-hole listed above can say that after the suits in california concerning working off the clock, can say that he didn't help you for good reason, if we get caught working off the clock, we could be written up, or even fired, they make a big deal about it, and treat everyone like shiat.
2004-11-19 07:28:47 PM  
reminds me of my favorite place in the world..Waffle soon as you walk in everyone says hello...

/ummm...waffle house...
2004-11-19 07:29:02 PM  
"WalMart just has a *smell*, you know? A weird combination of popcorn, dish soap, old people, cheap plastic crap from China, shiatty / pissy diapers, and low, low prices."

And chineese sweat shops
2004-11-19 07:29:12 PM  
We are the Wal-Mart...
2004-11-19 07:29:56 PM  
In other news, Wal-Mart employees begin carrying 10ft poles around to keep customers at bay.

New slogan: "If the associate is smiling, BACK AWAY! BACK AWAY NOW!"
2004-11-19 07:30:39 PM  
Just went to the wal-mart in Winona the other day. It's brand new, and as expected. It sucks.
2004-11-19 07:31:52 PM  
Speaking as a current wally world employee, I have never used the ten foot rule. Probably because I work third shift and the store is closed. I always try to get the hell out of there before the store opens so I don't have to be the happy wal-mart employee that they show on TV after they drug them.

/Business Degree...and all it got me was third shift at wal mart
2004-11-19 07:31:57 PM  

WalMart just has a *smell*, you know? A weird combination of popcorn, dish soap, old people, cheap plastic crap from China, shiatty / pissy diapers, and low, low prices.

Depends on what part of the store. They don't have anything on that metallic-stale-sweat stink I always find at Best Buy.
2004-11-19 07:32:11 PM  
I hate to say it (because I am going to get flamed) but Walmart is one of the best places I have worked at. If you want to find a place that treats their employee's like dirt, go to Sears (Now S-Mart). I was paid on commishion and I rarely made more than $6 an hour during the christmas season. (Their pay scale is really screwed up.) I was the 3rd best sales asociate they had. They then laid me off with 3 day's notice because of the crappy sales season. The kiss-off's got to keep their jobs, but they quit soon after because the wages where so low.

/Sears can die as far as I am conserned.
2004-11-19 07:33:13 PM  
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