Rev. Skarekroe: "If they are opposed to Walmart, why aren't they opposed to Target and Home Depot? I mean, if you don't want to live in that type of neighborhood, then don't move here," neighbor Dave Henry said.
dickfreckle: In New Orleans, most of these stores are relegated to the suburbs. I'm sort of torn on this. We have a sh*t-ton of chintzy T-shirt shops bordering the French Quarter, but we get up in arms when a big-box store wants to locate here. Getting the Wal-Mart even came down to them using some of the original bricks from the housing project it replaced. Upper-crust history buffs had to be placated, chiefly vocal among them being Anne Rice (funny, she loved this town so much she bailed for San Francisco).In NOLA many people don't drive (old city, laid in a grid, easy public transit, etc). Since Wal-Mart came, untold thousands of families can now get cheap back-to-school stuff and other needed items that previously required borrowing a car or taking a complicated series of transit transfers to the 'burbs, where there are no sidewalks and assholes throw beer bottles at you.Yeah, Wal-Mart is definitely evil. But who can deny the service they provide to communities, particularly poor ones? It might suck that Lulu at the corner food store might go out of business, but no one wants to pay $4 for a dozen eggs. The benefit to the community seems to outweigh the concerns about losing "character" in the city.After Katrina I went to Philly for a short time, mostly to de-stress and unplug from "Katrina fatigue." What struck me is the location of major stores like Macy's or whatever in the downtown area. That is supremely convenient and as far as I can tell didn't take anything from the character of the area. It's just a farking store, people, like Wal-Mart is. Since I left my vehicle in New Orleans, I'd have been screwed in Philly if not for the subway and centrally located big-box stores that sold me cheap sh*t.
Rev. Skarekroe: "If they are opposed to Walmart, why aren't they opposed to Target and Home Depot? I mean, if you don't want to live in that type of neighborhood, then don't move here," neighbor Dave Henry said.Because Wal-mart sucks in ways that Home Depot and Target don't?Also, the Target and Home Depot have only been there a few years. I'd wager a lot of people lived there long before those big box stores showed up.
FishyFred: I'm not sure which way I lean here. Target essentially IS Wal-Mart.
Hyperbolic Hyperbole: Well, Walmart is a threat to all of of those stores and then some. It sells damn near everything they offer and at a cheaper cost.Why go from 4-5 big market stores to just the one?
lacrossestar83: hit me up when they make a "People of Best Buy" or "People of Target" comedy website
The Dog Ate My Homework: Actually, I read recently that Target is now beating a lot of Wal-Mart's prices. And on top of that you can reduce your entire bill by 5% just by using a Target card. And you don't have to spend half an hour around a bunch of Wal-Mart shoppers.
super_grass: Home Depot, Target: Middle ClassWal-Mart: Working/Lower ClassNobody like poor people.
freewill: Target and Wal-Mart are functionally identical. They stock the same items from the same Chinese factories in slightly different packaging at nearly identical pricing. In fact, Target is often cheaper.The only difference is the decor. One tends to deter creepy trash the way classical music keeps punks out of parks.
Sticky Hands: "People of Target" would be mostly milfs.not exactly comedy, but absolutely worth a website.
super_grass: Target: Middle Class
BravadoGT: The Home Depot has only been there for a couple of years--but it moved from another Buckhead location about 1/2 mile away where it had been forever (at least 10 years that I remember). The location Walmart wants to use was an old KMart.
itsfullofstars: because "backfat" thats why[www.oddee.com image 450x281]
VTGremlin: Really?? What family making 200-250k a year or less shops at Target?
taxandspend: Target has things like 'The Shops,' limited run designer collections and other products that make it seem above the crest
sycraft: I can understand. For whatever reason Wal-mart just attracts the trashiest of the white trash, the dregs of society. I don't know why, near as I can tell Target's prices are about the same, however it is just how it goes. You go to the Target near my house, you see a real mix of people. No surprise, you can find neighbourhoods that have million dollar houses and some near ghettos, all within a few city blocks. So you see most everyone shop there. However anyone really sketchy they'll toss out.You go to a Walmart just a couple miles away, and it is white trash hell. Whole place smells like stale popcorn and urine, people are walking around in stained wife-beaters, kids run amuck, it is just crap.I don't know why Wal-mart is a magnet for that, but it really is. Hence I can understand people not wanting such a magnet near them.
12349876: itsfullofstars: because "backfat" thats why[www.oddee.com image 450x281]This one is way worse (PNSFW, fat lady with a plumber's crack)
Rev. Skarekroe: My dentist was in that K-Mart shopping center...
vegasj: VTGremlin: Really?? What family making 200-250k a year or less shops at Target?What family making $200,000-$250,000 a year is middle class?
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