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2012-09-04 07:46:23 AM  
So, *grocery* stores - which have a general cross section of the population as their customer base - have found the savings in labor is overwhelmed by the increase in theft... but the crowd at *Warmart* isn't going to have that issue?
 
2012-09-04 07:48:24 AM  
I don't know why so many hate these places. I have never had a problem. Granted I only see them when on hols and don't live with them, but what's so wrong? Everything under one roof - has to be a good thing doesn't it?
 
2012-09-04 08:12:03 AM  
You just have to learn when to avoid Walmart. A good time to avoid Wal-Mart is when the state of Virginia refills the EBT cards. People line up across the parking lot waiting for the second their benefits card is refilled. I wouldn't bank on their customers learning how to scan their own items either. Most of those people can't even grasp the concept of birth control.
/Just avoid Walmart altogether
//like I do
 
2012-09-04 08:25:30 AM  
Hmm the key to shorter lines would be actually have checkers manning more than three of them at any given time.

The local store pulled the self-check after a year or so. Bastards

I was in Home Depot this weekend and they had the option to use PayPal on their registers. I can't figure out how that would be better than just using a debit/credit card.
 
2012-09-04 08:35:15 AM  
A business' ideal situation would be a 100% automated store with no employees of any kind. As you park in the parking lot, RFID scanners locate your credit card information and immediately place a hold charge on your account - this way they can start earning interest on money you haven't quite spent yet. The amount would vary based on the trunk capacity and model year of your vehicle. Having children in tow or wearing clothing that will not get you arrested on most public streets will also increase the amount of the hold.

And yet somehow people will still find a way to keep you from quickly leaving with the one item you ran in there to get.
 
2012-09-04 08:35:40 AM  
Wow another thread were the hipsters of fark will bad mouth Wal-Mart.
 
kab
2012-09-04 08:36:53 AM  
I already spend zero time in these godforsaken stores.
 
2012-09-04 08:49:00 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Wow another thread were the hipsters of fark will bad mouth Wal-Mart.


I was badmouthing Walmart back befgore you ever heard of anyone doing it, before it became mainstream.
 
2012-09-04 08:51:50 AM  
Mandate facial recognition, finger prints, and attach to the cattle an RFID equipped "credit card" tag. Then they can graze through the aisles with their calves in tow. When their cart is full of RFID tagged items, they need only to leave through specially designed chute that will read all the back to they placed into their cart, and estimate the amount of food the little bastard calves ate on the way through. After that, it's back to their holding pens in the outside world comforted by their 42" flatscreen TV and refridgerators.
 
2012-09-04 08:56:35 AM  

Fizpez: A business' ideal situation would be a 100% automated store with no employees of any kind. As you park in the parking lot, RFID scanners locate your credit card information and immediately place a hold charge on your account - this way they can start earning interest on money you haven't quite spent yet. The amount would vary based on the trunk capacity and model year of your vehicle. Having children in tow or wearing clothing that will not get you arrested on most public streets will also increase the amount of the hold.

And yet somehow people will still find a way to keep you from quickly leaving with the one item you ran in there to get.


That is not the ideal business situation.

See, they still are spending money on land, facilities, power and inventory.

The most ideal situation is where they can just bill you because fark you, that's why.
 
2012-09-04 09:14:18 AM  
Well after observing the type of people shop at walmart, they obvously all have smartphones and would never try to take advantage of the system.

The only reason walmart is doing this is to spend less money on labor for check out stands.

Sorta gay isn't it?
 
2012-09-04 09:18:26 AM  

BizarreMan:
I was in Home Depot this weekend and they had the option to use PayPal on their registers. I can't figure out how that would be better than just using a debit/credit card.


I could see this as a good thing on those days where I arrive at the checkout and suddenly realize I forgot my wallet like a moron.
Other than that it seems like either many extra steps for nothing or e-mail mining.
 
2012-09-04 09:18:44 AM  

BizarreMan: I was in Home Depot this weekend and they had the option to use PayPal on their registers. I can't figure out how that would be better than just using a debit/credit card.


Better? For whom? You? HAHAHAHAAH
 
2012-09-04 09:27:11 AM  

colinspooky: I don't know why so many hate these places. I have never had a problem. Granted I only see them when on hols and don't live with them, but what's so wrong? Everything under one roof - has to be a good thing doesn't it?


Most (not all, but most) Walmart stores just seem to be, I dunno, just sorta "eh" - like a feeling of blahness when I'm in there. They (usually) aren't horrible by any means, but the lighting isn't great (not "poorly lit", but not "brightly lit", either), and the floors and shelves tend to not be the cleanest (not filthy, either, though). Sorta like when you visit that one person's home who isn't a particularly good housekeeper, but they at least manage to straighten up the place somewhat before their friends come over. The items inside, even those of the usually-really-good brands, is of questionable quality, because Walmart forces suppliers to cut costs enough that said suppliers often create a separate production line just for Walmart (with worse materials and quality control). The workers there, partially because of Walmart's pay scale, benefits, and hiring practices, tend to "just be there" - not particularly helpful or cheerful, but not necessarily surly or resentful or whatever.

Of course, the biggest problem might be the quality of the customers. For whatever reason, even in nicer areas, the Walmart clientele seems to draw from the lower end of the scale. There's a reason that the People of Walmart site exists.
 
2012-09-04 09:36:53 AM  
Have to agree with all of that Joe
 
2012-09-04 09:47:57 AM  
I have to agree with most of that Joe. Some of the products they carry aren't designed to be exclusive to Wal-Mart, and are there more to allow Wal-Mart to carry more stuff.

I know Hasboro doesn't give them a major discount for most of their stuff, so they generally just chop a penny off prices for the same product. Some of the other stuff is absolute junk. Wal-Mart is just a place to get some stuff, and avoid some stuff.

/The best time is generally about 4-5 AM when the normals are all asleep.
 
2012-09-04 09:54:45 AM  
If management keeps decent staffing the floors look decent to good at the local store. When they pull maintenance away for other things like helping with cardboard or stocking the shelves then the cleanliness starts to notably suffer because that can leave only 2 or 3 people and deep cleaning is the first to go, and quite possibly a full scrub of the floor. 2 people is enough for "good enough" but not that good in the cleaner and dryer summer months.
In this case I am talking about a store with a concrete floor and the thin wooden laminate for the islands, no personal experience with the floors that have tiles aside from the Aircraft Carrier Mess decks years ago and that would not be a proper comparison at all.
 
2012-09-04 09:56:36 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Wow another thread were the hipsters of fark will bad mouth Wal-Mart.


Wait, are you a hipster if you don't bad-mouth it, but just don't shop there?

/haven't stepped in one for almost 5 years
//level of difficulty....I live in a rural area
 
2012-09-04 10:08:12 AM  

Land Ark: BizarreMan:
I was in Home Depot this weekend and they had the option to use PayPal on their registers. I can't figure out how that would be better than just using a debit/credit card.

I could see this as a good thing on those days where I arrive at the checkout and suddenly realize I forgot my wallet like a moron.
Other than that it seems like either many extra steps for nothing or e-mail mining.



As a small business owner who uses PayPal to process my credit card payments, I can see it being useful to the small contractor who uses it for the same reason, also it gives PayPal a reason to act as your "bank" and hold your money longer.
 
2012-09-04 10:17:56 AM  
I think Wal-Mart needs to slow down on the technology and actually train their staff like they used to. My local Wal-Mart used to be well staffed and managed. Now everytime I go in there are more employees standing in my way than working.
 
2012-09-04 11:10:06 AM  
Hopefully it will get the customers out quicker
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2012-09-04 11:14:28 AM  
Odd, they claim they want to increase the number of self-checkouts but the brand spanking new Walmart near me has NO self-checkout lanes, which is why I go to the one on the other side of town.
 
2012-09-04 11:14:50 AM  

colinspooky: I don't know why so many hate these places. I have never had a problem. Granted I only see them when on hols and don't live with them, but what's so wrong? Everything under one roof - has to be a good thing doesn't it?


They aren't Union jobs. That's why you see all of the hate from the piece of shiat Leftists.
 
2012-09-04 11:17:46 AM  
Have Farkers ever considered shopping at the WalMarts in the zip codes where the average income is $70,000+? Maybe the customers aren't WalMart's fault.

/WalMart nearest me is nice, clean, well lit, with well groomed and behaved families from diverse backgrounds as customers
 
2012-09-04 11:18:03 AM  

Crude: colinspooky: I don't know why so many hate these places. I have never had a problem. Granted I only see them when on hols and don't live with them, but what's so wrong? Everything under one roof - has to be a good thing doesn't it?

They aren't Union jobs. That's why you see all of the hate from the piece of shiat Leftists.


The fact that they exploit their workers and offer little to no benefits is beside the point. The fact that they aren't union just sends me into a tizzy!
 
2012-09-04 11:28:15 AM  

FarkedOver: Crude: colinspooky: I don't know why so many hate these places. I have never had a problem. Granted I only see them when on hols and don't live with them, but what's so wrong? Everything under one roof - has to be a good thing doesn't it?

They aren't Union jobs. That's why you see all of the hate from the piece of shiat Leftists.

The fact that they exploit their workers and offer little to no benefits is beside the point. The fact that they aren't union just sends me into a tizzy!


Um when did they stop offering benefits? Hr dropped the ball telling us about that. Never been abused either
 
2012-09-04 11:29:23 AM  

soopey: Mandate facial recognition, finger prints, and attach to the cattle an RFID equipped "credit card" tag. Then they can graze through the aisles with their calves in tow. When their cart is full of RFID tagged items, they need only to leave through specially designed chute that will read all the back to they placed into their cart, and estimate the amount of food the little bastard calves ate on the way through. After that, it's back to their holding pens in the outside world comforted by their 42" flatscreen TV and refridgerators.


You sound elitist and bitter that - no matter what you do - you can't get any pussy.
 
2012-09-04 11:33:21 AM  
Why do the big companies think that everyone on the planet has a smartphone and it's the only way to go?
I couldn't care less about a smartphone and am quite content with my dumb cellphone. Sorry, I don't have the need to text, tweet, e-mail, surf the internet, and be a cool hipster 24-7.
/yep, get off my lawn punk
 
2012-09-04 11:35:24 AM  
What's a number less than zero?
 
2012-09-04 11:45:57 AM  

Joe_diGriz: colinspooky: I don't know why so many hate these places. I have never had a problem. Granted I only see them when on hols and don't live with them, but what's so wrong? Everything under one roof - has to be a good thing doesn't it?

Most (not all, but most) Walmart stores just seem to be, I dunno, just sorta "eh" - like a feeling of blahness when I'm in there. They (usually) aren't horrible by any means, but the lighting isn't great (not "poorly lit", but not "brightly lit", either), and the floors and shelves tend to not be the cleanest (not filthy, either, though). Sorta like when you visit that one person's home who isn't a particularly good housekeeper, but they at least manage to straighten up the place somewhat before their friends come over. The items inside, even those of the usually-really-good brands, is of questionable quality, because Walmart forces suppliers to cut costs enough that said suppliers often create a separate production line just for Walmart (with worse materials and quality control). The workers there, partially because of Walmart's pay scale, benefits, and hiring practices, tend to "just be there" - not particularly helpful or cheerful, but not necessarily surly or resentful or whatever.

Of course, the biggest problem might be the quality of the customers. For whatever reason, even in nicer areas, the Walmart clientele seems to draw from the lower end of the scale. There's a reason that the People of Walmart site exists.


Walmart haters all seem to have the same irrational hangups. Something in their water?

>>>>because Walmart forces suppliers to cut costs enough that said suppliers often create a separate production line just for Walmart (with worse materials and quality control).

It's called consumer choice. Sorry it bothers you. I've bought electric grills there knowing full well that they have a limited life expectancy? Why? Because the expected life and replacement cost (factoring in free exchanges) is better than throwing the dice at one of those upscale BBQ specialty stores or Nordies where the prices are inflated.

>>>>The workers there, partially because of Walmart's pay scale, benefits, and hiring practices,

This one I really don't get. People whine and moan that Walmart often pays minimum wage and that employees often have to supplement their wages with state assistance. News flash: this is exactly the situation with any other retail store, regardless of size. What? You think that Joe's Sporting Goods pays sales clerks $25 per hour?

But don't let me interfere with the manic masturbation fest.

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-09-04 11:56:09 AM  

cig-mkr: Why do the big companies think that everyone on the planet has a smartphone and it's the only way to go?
I couldn't care less about a smartphone and am quite content with my dumb cellphone. Sorry, I don't have the need to text, tweet, e-mail, surf the internet, and be a cool hipster 24-7.
/yep, get off my lawn punk


Wait, so somebody up thread said I was a hipster because I don't shop at Wal-Mart....and now you are saying I am not one because I don't have a smartphone?

/my head hurts
 
2012-09-04 12:05:18 PM  

BizarreMan: Hmm the key to shorter lines would be actually have checkers manning more than three of them at any given time.


THIS, so much farking this. In NE Dallas, there's a Wal-Mart that has two lines open from the hours of 8PM-6AM, and the wait to checkout is at least 5 people deep at a minimum. That part of town NEVER sleeps. And these are usually the crackpots that will argue the price of everything, having the clerk take off items only to readd them a minute later, and then have four different forms of payment.

The local store pulled the self-check after a year or so. Bastards

The Wal-Mart mentioned above had them removed a long time ago because people were gaming the system by scanning maybe half their purchases and walking out without paying for the rest, so I hear.
 
2012-09-04 12:06:05 PM  

Burr: cig-mkr: Why do the big companies think that everyone on the planet has a smartphone and it's the only way to go?
I couldn't care less about a smartphone and am quite content with my dumb cellphone. Sorry, I don't have the need to text, tweet, e-mail, surf the internet, and be a cool hipster 24-7.
/yep, get off my lawn punk

Wait, so somebody up thread said I was a hipster because I don't shop at Wal-Mart....and now you are saying I am not one because I don't have a smartphone?

/my head hurts


Do you have a TV?
 
2012-09-04 12:19:15 PM  

Crude: colinspooky: I don't know why so many hate these places. I have never had a problem. Granted I only see them when on hols and don't live with them, but what's so wrong? Everything under one roof - has to be a good thing doesn't it?

They aren't Union jobs. That's why you see all of the hate from the piece of shiat Leftists.


Years ago, Walmart had dedicated meat cutters. When they tried to Unionize, they eliminated the meat cutter position by going to pre sliced, pre packaged meat.

http://www.workinglife.org/blogs/view_post.php?content_id=12768

But, no, it's the "Leftistis" that are pieces of shiat.
 
2012-09-04 12:33:01 PM  

the_rev: Mid_mo_mad_man: Wow another thread were the hipsters of fark will bad mouth Wal-Mart.

I was badmouthing Walmart back befgore you ever heard of anyone doing it, before it became mainstream.


I'm much cooler than you plebes, I shop at Wally World because it's cool not to.
 
2012-09-04 12:37:47 PM  

bookman:

You sound elitist and bitter that - no matter what you do - you can't get any pussy.


That's a little brutal. I was just trying to make a funny comparing all patrons of walmart to the highlights of "thepeopleofwalmart".

/7 - 9 AM on a Saturday or Sunday is the best time to go.
// Bonus points if you're just as hungover as the cashier.
 
2012-09-04 01:04:52 PM  

Burr: cig-mkr: Why do the big companies think that everyone on the planet has a smartphone and it's the only way to go?
I couldn't care less about a smartphone and am quite content with my dumb cellphone. Sorry, I don't have the need to text, tweet, e-mail, surf the internet, and be a cool hipster 24-7.
/yep, get off my lawn punk

Wait, so somebody up thread said I was a hipster because I don't shop at Wal-Mart....and now you are saying I am not one because I don't have a smartphone?

/my head hurts


I guess that puts us in the same boat, I don't shop Wallyworld, nor do I have a smarty fone. That makes us unique individuals, rebels if you may.
 
2012-09-04 01:12:34 PM  

DubyaHater: You just have to learn when to avoid Walmart. A good time to avoid Wal-Mart is when the state of Virginia refills the EBT cards. People line up across the parking lot waiting for the second their benefits card is refilled. I wouldn't bank on their customers learning how to scan their own items either. Most of those people can't even grasp the concept of birth control.
/Just avoid Walmart altogether
//like I do


It's called Welfare Day. WinCo is also a nightmare on that day.

When you consider that the majority of old people cannot handle self checkouts how the hell do they expect the average WalMart shopper to be able to figure out how to use this technology? Most of them can't figure out how to dress like humans let alone use technology.
 
2012-09-04 03:13:48 PM  
On the bright side, that'll be fewer employees who require food stamps and other forms of public assistance while employed at WalMart. It'd be that much less of a burden on the local governments.

However, their shoppers will still howl about unemployment and blame it on the Democrats.
 
2012-09-04 06:10:23 PM  
Yes, automate retail is the next step in the Big Farking.
And this.

Because, you know, who needs even crappy wally world jobs, right?
Let's cut those puppies.
 
2012-09-04 09:03:33 PM  

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2012-09-04 11:14:50 AM
colinspooky: I don't know why so many hate these places. I have never had a problem. Granted I only see them when on hols and don't live with them, but what's so wrong? Everything under one roof - has to be a good thing doesn't it?

They aren't Union jobs. That's why you see all of the hate from the piece of shiat Leftists.


They put NO money back into the stores. The one second closest to me is only 5 years old and the carts are old and beat to shiat, the roof leaks, and the giant Wal-Mart sign over the doors has rotted away, causing an apparently 6 month construction project over both entrances.
And the roof still leaks.
BTW, Wally-World and Home Depot can shove their self help lines far into their large intestines.

Go to a Publix or WD or anywhere else basically, and the stores are clean, maintained and the carts don't need an alignment. Wal Mart sucks at every level.
 
2012-09-04 09:17:49 PM  
bookman:

>>>>The workers there, partially because of Walmart's pay scale, benefits, and hiring practices,

This one I really don't get. People whine and moan that Walmart often pays minimum wage and that employees often have to supplement their wages with state assistance. News flash: this is exactly the situation with any other retail store, regardless of size. What? You think that Joe's Sporting Goods pays sales clerks $25 per hour?

But don't let me interfere with the manic masturbation fest.


The depressing effect walmart has on local economies is well documented.

Link
http://www.ilsr.org/key-studies-walmart-and-bigbox-retail/
http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/17522/52/
http://bendoregonnews.blogspot.com/2011/02/walmart-bad-for-economy-re p ort.html


And walmart is not anti union, just anti union in side the US.
Chinese stores are unionized.
It's good enough for them, but not for us.

My own town was devastated by walmart. Locally owned stores that had been open for generations had to close. The entire downtown was left a ghost town and the "Town" shifted a couple of miles to the East when national chain restaurants and stores clustered around the walmart.
It is a trend you can see repeated everywhere the evil empire goes.
 
2012-09-04 10:43:08 PM  

beta_plus: Have Farkers ever considered shopping at the WalMarts in the zip codes where the average income is $70,000+? Maybe the customers aren't WalMart's fault.

/WalMart nearest me is nice, clean, well lit, with well groomed and behaved families from diverse backgrounds as customers


Then you're obviously in a Target, or, if groceries, a Publix.
 
2012-09-05 05:53:09 AM  
Two rules of shopping I live by:

1. Costco for the booze and free food samples.

2. Target for the MILFs.
 
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