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Monday, September 30, 2013

A Walmart to Oneself.


After this last weekend, when the Walmart was full of pushing, shoving people I decided not to go during the day anymore. At least not until the tourist season is over and population returns to manageable levels. So today I got up at 4:00 a.m. and went to Walmart.  Behold!   I had the whole place to myself. No crowds, no little carts buzzing around and blocking the aisles.  No octogenarians standing in little groups of 4 or more in the middle of the aisles.

I went in, got what I wanted, looked around, and went right to a register and paid.  I may never go to Walmart in daylight again.  In fact, I may become a pseudo vampire, living by night and sleeping by day.


30 comments:

  1. That maneuver used to work well for the Walmart South of me but not the one West as that was a college town. Then it seemed enough people figured out the late night walmart trip that even though the isles were still relatively open at the Southern store it still took about the same amount of time to get through the checkout.

    Also don't ever go at Midnight on the last day of the month.

    Really, don't.

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    1. EBT/Food stamp card get refilled at midnight on the last day of the month.

      The rise in traffic at that time in the local walmart was so noticeable I had to research why and that was the answer I came up with.

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    2. That's kind of sad. It means a lot of homes must have no food in the larder.

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  2. Yea when i go , I like to go in the morning hours as well, less ignorant people.

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    1. This past weekend nearly finished me. I don't handle crowds well.

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  3. Sunday morning before the drunks get up ,and before the God squad gets out of church is my prime time for China-mart and grocery shopping.

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  4. That's a good time. But as you say, God help you if you are there when church lets out. People go to a restaurant for Sunday dinner then to Wal-Mart.

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  5. You think that time is good, the Walmart we shopped at was just down the road from Disney World. Oh yea need I say more. Folks coming in from overseas are all screwed up time wise. Their is always a few Disney Cast member's (employees) shopping after the parks close. The Walmart we go to now seems like a ghost town compared to our old Walmart. With school open now during the week its moms with the little ones and that's worse then a butt load of seniors.

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    1. I'm not really very good in close proximity to large numbers of people. I usually endure the mobs at the store because my wife really enjoys shopping there. Sometimes I go sit out on the bench in front of the store when I get too aggravated. I am past 60, but I try really hard not to do some of the more annoying things older people do. I don't block the aisles, I don't latch on to strangers and discuss my medicine with them, that sort of thing. But since all old people seem to do that, it may be like quicksand, you can struggle but you are still going to sink in the end.

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  6. You know, Wallyworld just isn't fun unless there are the usual freaks to gawk at. I Sure get a kick out of the "People of Wallmart" pictures that friends send to my e-mail. If you become a vampire we may even see you in those pictures perhaps?

    Cheers
    --Troy

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    1. I know the pictures you are talking about. They make me shudder just to think about some of the ones I've seen. Now that you mention it, I could dress up like a vampire in full regalia and not hold a candle to some of the freaks that I've seen on the internet who were photographed at Walmart.

      Since Walmart came here, they imported a lot of their workers to start the store up, and some of them stand out a bit in the mountains. Pink hair is not usual here, nor are silver rings through your nose, but some of the new residents have them now.

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  7. I would stop about 6 AM on my way to work if we had to bring in donuts or snacks. Same thing, no one shopping.

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    1. I actually had a good time. I was up and in town long before the sun came up, so I got to see the sunrise from a good viewpoint because I drove up to the top of one of the mountains on the way back from town.

      When I was working, no one ever brought in snacks. But department heads had to eat lunch with the owner every day. On the one hand, you got a free lunch every day, on the other, he spent all the lunch time talking about how he hosed people to make money, and tricked people, etc. So you got the lunch but were too nauseated to eat it most of the time.

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  8. The older I get the less tolerant I am of crowds anywhere. They make me really uncomfortable. Mrs. Paladin will wade right in there elbow to elbow.

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    1. My wife doesn't get fussed by crowds either. I have some kind of issue with being surrounded by people I don't know. I suppose it's better than being a serial killer or something like that , though.

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  9. That's great if you can get up that early. It's even slower around 9 pm to.

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    1. Getting up early has never been a problem for me. I like to watch the sunrise. It's getting to sleep that's hard.

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  10. The world is a different place at 4am.

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    1. It absolutely is. It's a lot better place. You don't have to wait in line. There is no traffic. Everything looks clean and orderly. I like nights better than days.

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  11. I love shopping between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am, much less noise, but the people stocking up shelves do get in the way. Also, nut jobs are out more often.

    I had a kid try to hustle me to 'lend' him some money. I'm cool with a few bucks (whats that in the grand scheme of things) so I walk to the register.

    "How much do you need?"

    "$20.00"

    "All of it?"

    "Yeah"

    "I'm not giving you anything" and started walking off.

    "Ah c'mon bro' (hey, don't bro me if you don't know me, okay, strike 2). We both walked away p.o.d, what the hell gets into kids nowadays. It later occurred to me that the kids plan was to go to Wal Mart at 4:00 in the morning and ask someone to pay for his stuff. That was his plan? His VERY best plan ? Idiot!

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    1. The only time I ever gave anyone money was down in Florida. There was this guy standing at an intersection, and he had his wife and a little baby with him. He had a sign that said "please help." My wife said to pull over and she gave him $20.00 out of her vacation money. I asked her why she did that, and she said it was her money and she could do what she wanted with it, which was true. I know the guy was running a con but I think it was the baby that hooked my wife. She is usually very practical.

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  12. Yes, the wackos are definitely out that late.

    When I worked in retail pharmacy in Naples, Florida years ago, I regularly had the night shift at the 24hr stores . The store was just down the street from a "halfway house" and late at night it wasn't unusual to have visitors from this place. Aside from many of them having mental illnesses, some of them could be violent as well. And it was always worse during a full moon.

    One night we had one of them in the restroom. We already had been warned by the police that they were on the lookout for one of them guys. This fellow had the misfortune of being mistaken for the one they were looking for. A call was made and this fellow was soon hauled out by the SWAT team. I was working that night and it made a definite impression on how I viewed such people.

    We weren't allowed to carry guns, so I went and got a stick (about 2 ft long) that fit a toilet plunger and carried it with me everywhere I went. The store manager wasn't very happy with that, but after I reminded him of the SWAT incident he shut up begrudgingly.

    This is the same company, that up north, recently had a late night attempted armed robbery. The pharmacist was forced to use his gun to defend himself and his customers.

    They fired this pharmacist for that.

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    1. That stuff happens a lot. I read about a pizza delivery guy who got fired for protecting himself against being boosted by pulling a pistol. All I can say is I'd rather be fired than dead.

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  13. What a great idea Harry, not sure I could get up that early though. When I have to, I prefer to go later at night or earlier in the day but definitely not 4am! I dislike the hoards of people in the shops too, I would rather stay home..

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  14. Tania, it's really nice out that early in the morning. Probably going in the evening would be just about as good though in terms of avoiding the mob scenes. I go to town once in awhile for this or that, and sometimes just because I am bored up here on the mountain.

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  15. Clever move :)

    And you're reducing your gas consumption through not having to compete with other traffic whilst looking for a parking spot LOL

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    1. Dani, I always have to park way out at the edge of the lot because I usually drive my F250 and it needs two parking spots. If you park it close to the store people get mad, so I just concede the issue and walk from the edge of the lot. :-) I need to save fuel though, because my truck gets 10 to 12 mpg in the mountains.

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  16. Haeey,
    I always go to WM between 11 pm and 4 am, but I stay up to do it. I do not have to deal with red lights because most are set for blinking yellow that time of the day/night. I do not have to deal with traffic, finding a handicapped space to park, or an electric scooter. All this saves me gas.

    I also do not have to deal with dirty looks because I am in the electric scooter. There are no family reunions being held in the aisles. I cannot figure why people with a cart will block an aisle three carts wide by stopping their cart crooked and then bending over for hours getting something. I am polite with my scooter but people pushing carts are sometimes resentful and rude. So, the aisles are clear for me.

    However, on Friday night teens from 12 to 20 (I know) are let out to roam. They push each other at high rates of speed in the carts, destroy merchandise, and generally are a bunch of hooligans. The store management does not care. One kid had another kid in a cart and pushed it into me causing damage to my neck. So, I suppose WM will pay to treat me.

    The crowds do not bother me at all. Rude people do. Kids are treated so "special" by their parents that parents had rather yell at me than their brats.

    I like WM in the wee hours of the morning for many reasons.

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