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2010-10-19 09:55:39 AM  
Oh quit your biatching. No one is forcing you to work there. If you're THAT unhappy, go back to school, find another job, but stop your farking whining. You're a skill-less worker acting like you deserve something special just because you're such a gosh-darn cool person.

I'm sorry you don't work at Google or Pixar. Life is hard, grow the hell up.
 
2010-10-19 09:57:36 AM  
Maybe they should have thought it through before they dropped out of high school
 
2010-10-19 10:07:17 AM  
Elvis_Bogart: Oh quit your biatching. No one is forcing you to work there. If you're THAT unhappy, go back to school, find another job, but stop your farking whining. You're a skill-less worker acting like you deserve something special just because you're such a gosh-darn cool person.

I'm sorry you don't work at Google or Pixar. Life is hard, grow the hell up.


Spoken like a true Fark IndependentTM
 
2010-10-19 10:27:43 AM  
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2010-10-19 10:38:08 AM  
Paging Joe Peacock to thread #5699349. Paging Joe Peacock...
 
2010-10-19 10:49:38 AM  
I don't know what it is, but I love retail horror stories. Not so much the shiatty company stories, but, man, do I love bad customer stories.

Customers changing in the store and leaving their old clothes on the rack? Women leaving tampons in the dressing room? People trying to get their money back for food they've eaten? I LOVE THIS STUFF!
 
2010-10-19 10:55:55 AM  
Elvis_Bogart: Oh quit your biatching. No one is forcing you to work there. If you're THAT unhappy, go back to school, find another job, but stop your farking whining. You're a skill-less worker acting like you deserve something special just because you're such a gosh-darn cool person.


Several years ago a good friend and co-worker of mine was putting the feelers out to see what other jobs and salaries were available for Senior Developers. She got a hit from a Wal-Mart recruiter to come work out at Wal-Mart corporate as a programmer. They flew her out there and spent a day showing her the company and surrounding area. They wanted to hire her so bad they offered her husband (also a developer) the same job and offered to pay for their moving expenses. Unfortunately, they wanted to pay her (a very experienced and knowledgeable developer/project manager) almost entry-level pay to work in a video monitored cube farm. The job was complete with shiatty benefits (little time off or sick days, crappy medical). They would not budge on any of this and acted offended when she turned the offer down.

So, yeah. If you work some menial low-end job and are constantly biatching about it, that's one thing. But you can't deny that Wal-Mart is a shiatty company. They could make their work environment less shiatty with minimal effort and little to no cost - as if the cost of improving working conditions wouldn't be a drop in the bucket for them - and it would probably be better for the company as a whole. You have to ask, why don't they do such a thing? I can only think of one or two answers.
 
2010-10-19 11:09:15 AM  
www.familycomputerusa.com

i've got 2 words for them. learn to farkin' type.
 
2010-10-19 11:10:51 AM  
Elvis_Bogart: Oh quit your biatching. No one is forcing you to work there. If you're THAT unhappy, go back to school, find another job, but stop your farking whining. You're a skill-less worker acting like you deserve something special just because you're such a gosh-darn cool person.

I'm sorry you don't work at Google or Pixar. Life is hard, grow the hell up.


You mean "special" things like sick days and overtime pay. Yeah what a bunch of greedy entitled bastards.
 
2010-10-19 11:11:24 AM  
Elvis_Bogart: I'm sorry you don't work at Google or Pixar. Life is hard, grow the hell up.

I say the same thing to all those unemployed people out there too!
Stop blaming Obama and the government and pull them bootstraps up!

America, love it or leave it!
 
2010-10-19 11:12:54 AM  
Rev.K: Spoken like a true Fark IndependentTM

Or LineNoise
 
2010-10-19 11:12:58 AM  
JerseyTim: Customers changing in the store and leaving their old clothes on the rack? Women leaving tampons in the dressing room? People trying to get their money back for food they've eaten? I LOVE THIS STUFF!

Same. It's something more than the desire to feel superior to someone else. I can't quite put my finger on it. Probably because I've never worked retail.
 
2010-10-19 11:13:38 AM  
I read a number of those, and I can safely say to them, SUCK IT UP.
 
2010-10-19 11:13:47 AM  
I hate going to Walmart but I love the prices. I hate how they always move things around. Need medicine for your sick kid? The pharmacy might have it but it is most likely somewhere in the food section. I remember where it is! Oh wait, that was last week, it won't be there this week. Now I have to wander the aisles looking for the medicine only to find it next to the washing machine detergent. That makes complete sense.
 
2010-10-19 11:15:40 AM  
Stanfan114: I read a number of those, and I can safely say to them, SUCK IT UP.

Is that what you say to your hooker?
 
2010-10-19 11:16:41 AM  
"I worked at a walmart tire and lube center in Texas for 11 months before I had to quit before I lost my mind. Not only do the sell to the shadiest people you can think of, they hire them too.(not me)... Now I'm not gonna lie and say I didn't get down on some of this 5finger merchandise. They stored their cd players, speakers, gps', and other goods of this nature under the stairs in our shop with a heavily locked door. We simply put the broom stick in between the stairs and "fished" out what we wanted and pushed it under the last stair, then when we changed our oil for free, just dropped the merchandise in our vehicles..."

Uh... "I'm not one of those shady people. I just steal stuff."
 
2010-10-19 11:18:56 AM  
working for wal-mart has sucked since sam walton died. i worked there during that time, and it was pretty much an OVERNIGHT very noticable change when david glass took over! but, most retail environments suck. target was a bit better, but still a retail gig none-the-less. no overtime pay? well, if you HAPPEN to get lucky enough to be approved overtime at ANY of the big companies, you do get time & 1/2...it's a law...but no one is entitled to overtime work ANYWHERE...some places just happen to give it.

FTA:"Then there's the customers. Adults usually acted like spoiled brats when they didn't hear what they wanted to. Parents were almost non-existant, instead adults came in with their offspring, whom they couldnt, and wouldn't, control. I think 60 - 80% of them were illiterate, because we had to tackle people on a daily basis before they went through the emergency exits and set off ear splitting alarms. People would drive through areas that were taped off, and park in areas that had blatant 'no parking' signs. They'd smoke right in front of 'no smoking' signs, and always try to bring their non-assistant animals in."

i can guarantee you that if ANYONE working for walmart, target, etc TACKLED anyone for any reason what-so-ever, that employee was IMMEDIATELY an ex-employee, and most likely jailed and sued!

i worked security at target and we were told under NO circumstances do you grab someone, and you can only stop them for detainment if you visually saw them attempt to walk out with an unpaid item, and even then if they were out the store it was all but impossible to get them
 
2010-10-19 11:21:05 AM  
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2010-10-19 11:21:59 AM  
Dear Lord almighty am I glad that I work in a job where I don't have to deal with the great masses. We make science instrumentation, so even the most abusive of my customers are people who are high enough on the food chain to have been trusted with $20K of equipment and a phone.

I don't know how walmart floor workers don't go postal every day of the week.
 
2010-10-19 11:22:29 AM  
i have not so much as walked into a Walmart in at least 6 months. They have nothing that I can't get somewhere else, and even on my brokest day I'm the kind of person who would rather spend a few more pennies to get what I like than dig all the way to the back of the bottom shelf for something just becuase its "cheaper." And in the case of walmart, what I like is not feeding their corporate machine.
 
2010-10-19 11:22:36 AM  
Catran: Stanfan114: I read a number of those, and I can safely say to them, SUCK IT UP.

Is that what you say to your hooker?


Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.
 
2010-10-19 11:23:15 AM  
Ahh, the biweekly SEIU/Teamster WalMart propaganda. Yawn.
 
2010-10-19 11:23:53 AM  
FishyFred: JerseyTim: Customers changing in the store and leaving their old clothes on the rack? Women leaving tampons in the dressing room? People trying to get their money back for food they've eaten? I LOVE THIS STUFF!

Same. It's something more than the desire to feel superior to someone else. I can't quite put my finger on it. Probably because I've never worked retail.


I think it's because I'm totally fascinated by this type of passive-aggressive anti-social behavior. Is that the right term?

I've never worked retail, either. I tell my wife I want to get a weekend job, partly to pay the bills, but also because I want to see some of this firsthand.
 
2010-10-19 11:24:27 AM  
Elvis_Bogart: I'm sorry you don't work at Google or Pixar. Life is hard, grow the hell up.

Nice trollage. You're definitely gonna get a lot of bites.

7/10.

/I work at both Google and Pixar, so I'm getting a kick out of your replies.
//I'm CEO's in fact
 
2010-10-19 11:27:12 AM  
These read like they were written by 5th graders....
 
2010-10-19 11:28:32 AM  
bungle_jr: no overtime pay? well, if you HAPPEN to get lucky enough to be approved overtime at ANY of the big companies, you do get time & 1/2...it's a law...but no one is entitled to overtime work ANYWHERE...some places just happen to give it.

I'm lucky. For the shift I work, I'm implicitly approved for overtime due to the unpredictable nature of my job. Unfortunately, sometimes that means I go home a little early occasionally, too.
 
2010-10-19 11:31:00 AM  
Honest Bender: This read likes their written bi 5tH grader....

ftfy, kthnx
 
2010-10-19 11:31:15 AM  
On top of everything else, skirt-lifters in the parking lots.
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2010-10-19 11:32:41 AM  
So, after reading this article, I've come to learn that Walmart is no different than any other job I've had, except they get above minimum wage and health benefits.

Cleaning up disgusting shiat? Check
Working 39.5 hours a week? Check
Being given breaks an hour late? Lucky! At least you got one!
Retarded hiring/training process, watching ridiculous videos? Check

And so on and so on.

Suck it up. Don't like it, go somewhere else that accepts high school dropouts. Just be prepared for it to be the same if not worse.
 
2010-10-19 11:32:49 AM  
Doesn't sound so different from my job working in another retail giant's backroom.

I'm pretty sure all retail jobs suck, but you only hear the people at Walmart biatch about it.
 
2010-10-19 11:33:54 AM  
Maybe these people should have paid attention in school instead of smoking week and give hand jobs under the bleachers. Then maybe they would amount to something and I wouldn't have to listen about how oppressed they are for having to live with their life choices.
 
2010-10-19 11:34:04 AM  
Be thankful you uneducated paint huffing meth heads can get a job. It's called goddam WORK, not "happy play time". Now stop your crying and get your asses back to work.

I miss being a supervisor.
 
2010-10-19 11:34:36 AM  
My sister works at Walmart as a cashier and says that it's the best job she's ever had.

/not kidding.
 
2010-10-19 11:35:03 AM  
Honest Bender: These read like they were written by 5th graders....

5th grade education sounds about right to me.

And yeah, Sam Walton would be rolling over in his grave. I thought the idea was to promote American made goods to Americans...
 
2010-10-19 11:36:14 AM  
wotnartd: Doesn't sound so different from my job working in another retail giant's backroom.

I'm pretty sure all retail jobs suck, but you only hear the people at Walmart biatch about it.


Only because there are more of them. I've yet to hear of any retail employees who didn't biatch about their jobs in the break room.

I worked at wal-mart one summer. It wasn't a bad job, if it had been closer to school I'd have probably worked for them through the remainder of college. But I did leave every lunch, because I couldn't stand listening to the other employees in the break room.
 
2010-10-19 11:38:29 AM  
Hmm, I don't know. All these horror stories pretty much sound like any retail company. Customer biatching at you about policies? The management will always come over and give the customer whatever they want. Price matching? Just tell us a price and we will put it into the computer (assuming of course it isn't like "Lowe's has this fridge for $5 today! But if you say "Lowe's has this fridge for $100 off!" not a big deal). Customers always act like entitled children demanding they be treated like royalty and that the employees should be spit shining their shoes with a big grin on their faces. Also in most retail places, the management is crappy and treats employees like crap.

I worked at Best Buy, Target, and Kohl's...and all of them were like these horror stories. I just figured that is the way retail goes.

Also, I've know about the register thing forever. If I ever go into Walmart (once every two years just about) I always check out at the Auto Center because no one is ever there. Granted, I only ever buy one or two items, but still it is way easier than dealing with the 15-person long lines up front.
 
2010-10-19 11:38:35 AM  
CWeinerWV: Suck it up. Don't like it, go somewhere else that accepts high school dropouts. Just be prepared for it to be the same if not worse.

Really? Wouldn't it better to fight for changes?
 
2010-10-19 11:39:25 AM  
I chuckled when the tranny said, "they were getting on my ass."
/not sure if he was being cheeky, but i chuckled nonetheless
 
2010-10-19 11:40:32 AM  
meh.. growing up I worked at Superfresh (food), Jamesway (department store), West Coast Video( uh, video).. all retail jobs suck. Most people are cool, but there's always a bunch of assholes you have to deal with every day that ruin it for everyone else. Walmart, however, seems to attract the worst of the worst.

luckily, these were all highschool/college jobs.
 
2010-10-19 11:41:03 AM  
Just about everywhere anyone works sucks in some form. It's life.
 
2010-10-19 11:41:07 AM  
I worked at Wal-Mart for almost a year and can definitely attest to all the negatives that were posted. I specifically remember not just a lecture about how bad unions are, but at least two videos as well. I'm sitting there, as a history major

LOL
 
2010-10-19 11:41:27 AM  
"You get an employee discount of 10%, but it doesn't even go toward what your family needs the most: food."

This is because the margin on food is generally less than 8%. More like 4-5%. You do the math.
 
2010-10-19 11:42:36 AM  
ConConHead: Honest Bender: These read like they were written by 5th graders....

5th grade education sounds about right to me.

And yeah, Sam Walton would be rolling over in his grave. I thought the idea was to promote American made goods to Americans...


Do you think Wal-mart gives a rats ass where stuff they sell is made? Most Americans won't pay the premium necessary to buy American made stuff (they'll pay about 10% more for American made items, but it costs about 20-25% more to make them here).
 
2010-10-19 11:44:51 AM  
jackmalice: My sister works at Walmart as a cashier and says that it's the best job she's ever had.

/not kidding.


My sister worked at the Walmart in Placerville CA (anyone familiar with that part of CA would know that there are not a lot of choices for places of employment unless you want to commute into Sacramento). She is a very hard worker, and hurt herself in the warehouse. Long story short, they treated her like a criminal when she filed a worker's comp claim, and jacked her around for 3 years before she finally got an attorney (didn't want a big payout just wanted to get treated, get healthy, and get back to work). After the first letter from her attorney Walmart offered her $3,000 for her to shut up and go away. Her attorney smelled blood after that and she ended up with a $75,000 payout. But because she was not treated promptly and properly she's now classified as 75% disabled because of chronic pain from a destroyed disc in her neck. She'd rather have been treated and be healthy than have money in the bank and be in so much pain she can't function.

I avoid Walmart at all costs in protest. Might not make a difference but makes me feel better.
 
2010-10-19 11:45:09 AM  
The_Gallant_Gallstone: CWeinerWV: Suck it up. Don't like it, go somewhere else that accepts high school dropouts. Just be prepared for it to be the same if not worse.

Really? Wouldn't it better to fight for changes?


Depends on your goal. Me, I would say it's better to take that time and effort and spend it improving myself so I don't have to work at walmart.
 
2010-10-19 11:45:52 AM  
Honest Bender: These read like they were written by 5th graders....

At least it was written in english, a language no one speaks at my local store.
 
2010-10-19 11:45:59 AM  
FishyFred: JerseyTim: Customers changing in the store and leaving their old clothes on the rack? Women leaving tampons in the dressing room? People trying to get their money back for food they've eaten? I LOVE THIS STUFF!

Same. It's something more than the desire to feel superior to someone else. I can't quite put my finger on it. Probably because I've never worked retail.


Reaffirmation of a misanthropic worldview. It's just humorous for those of us who haven't worked retail, blood-curdling for those who have.
 
2010-10-19 11:46:33 AM  
MBooda: On top of everything else, skirt-lifters in the parking lots.

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That looks like a light pole with its bottom cover propped up by an ammo can. I don't know what a skirt lifter is, but I am pretty sure a GIS for it would make me happy. Really, what are you whining about? Did you ram your car into a light pole or something?
 
2010-10-19 11:48:37 AM  
freetomato: jackmalice: My sister works at Walmart as a cashier and says that it's the best job she's ever had.

/not kidding.

My sister worked at the Walmart in Placerville CA (anyone familiar with that part of CA would know that there are not a lot of choices for places of employment unless you want to commute into Sacramento). She is a very hard worker, and hurt herself in the warehouse. Long story short, they treated her like a criminal when she filed a worker's comp claim, and jacked her around for 3 years before she finally got an attorney (didn't want a big payout just wanted to get treated, get healthy, and get back to work). After the first letter from her attorney Walmart offered her $3,000 for her to shut up and go away. Her attorney smelled blood after that and she ended up with a $75,000 payout. But because she was not treated promptly and properly she's now classified as 75% disabled because of chronic pain from a destroyed disc in her neck. She'd rather have been treated and be healthy than have money in the bank and be in so much pain she can't function.

I avoid Walmart at all costs in protest. Might not make a difference but makes me feel better.


That's just Worker's Comp in general. Those asshats never want to pay out. My MIL hurt her back almost 4 years ago. She fell down some stairs working for an apartment complex. She's still fighting with them for a settlement. It should be soon, but here we are, 4 almost 5 years later.

And what we need, we get at Dillon's/Kroger or Walgreens. Walmart is an abomination to us.
 
2010-10-19 11:48:56 AM  
Whiners. My father worked for Wal-Mart for decades (worked his way up from stockman to store manager). I did it myself for a couple of years. Yeah, they expect more out of employees than the pay scale is appropriate for (and women aside from the bottom rungs of the ladder are paid less than their male counterparts). Other than that stuff, for people without degrees, there's a lot more opportunity there than in a lot of other fields and other companies. It's really not that bad at all. Much better than other things I would have been qualified for at the time. Like when I left Wal-Mart, I worked for nearly a decade as a waitress. No promotions. No insurance. No minimum wage protection (pretty much just tips afters the taxes were taken out on what would have been my $2.13 per hour). No breaks. No paid holidays. No paid vacations.

Wal-Mart was nicer in a lot of respects. Sure it's not a dream job. If you've got a college degree in a money making field or a lot of experience in a specialty or skilled trade, I don't recommend it. But if you don't, it's totally not a bad option.
 
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