*Disclaimer* If you are a hardcore Wal-Mart lover, you may not want to read on. These are all my opinions..don’t be offended! These experiences are not particular to every Wal-Mart, but have happened to me at my local Wal-Mart *
Wal-mart. So many things to say about the place. I
love hate Wal-Mart…maybe it is better worded – I love to hate Wal-mart? I really despise Wal-mart…but yet I still go there. Can anyone relate to this? Every time I dare to venture into Wal-mart, I take a deep breath and give myself a mental pep talk – “You can do this. Just get in, get out. It can be a really quick trip. I will bring my list..so I know EXACTLY what to get..” *insert deep breath once more. grab cart. power walk through the doors like a woman on a mission.*
This is me pretty much every single time I go to Wal-Mart. It is never an exciting announcement in my home. I tell my husband like it’s a chore, because it is – “I have to go to Wal-Mart..” I say, with my eyes downcast, hoping he will offer to take my place like Katniss from The Hunger Games – “I volunteer as tribute!” This rarely happens though, so off I go.
Target? Now, you all know how I feel about Target. When I go to Target, my husband knows I will not be back for a very long time. Its Target after all, home of the ridiculously cute dresses…wonderfully versatile shoe section, and absolutely adorbs home section. Duh, I will be out for hours. Do NOT wait for me. I usually make the trip to my beloved Target after the babies have gone down for the night, so that there is no pressure to return back home within a reasonable time.
But Wal-Mart? NO. Today I had to go to Wal-Mart and it was horrendous. I only had a few items and I needed formula (which they have behind the register because so many people steal it) so I had to wait in a specific line. I got into the line and there were about 482940 in line. When it was
finally my turn, the cashier acted like I handed her a small green alien when I gave her coupons. Because she was unfamiliar with coupons (????), it became an entire ordeal. A supervisor had to be called in and what was supposed to be a short experience took me an eternity. I only had two coupons. One was a formula check and the other a coupon for the formula.
Anyway…why do I dislike Wal-Mart so much? Here we go!
1. We always have the WEIRDEST experiences here.
– One time my husband and I were purchasing different items, including house items, soaps, etc. When we went to check out, our cashier started putting our items through. When he got to the scented items however, he proceeded to uncap them and SMELL them. YES! ALL OF THEM. My husband and I stared at him and at each other in disbelief (is this really happening? our eyes questioned..) and he told us, “Sorry – I just have to smell everything that has a scent.” UM – WHAT?! He then proceeded to ring everything through (while smelling everything) as if it were perfectly normal.
– When we were pushing our cart to the car, a guy approached us with a book bag and asked us, “Would you like to buy some perfume/cologne?” We stared at him and he said, “From my bag.” Um, we will pass.
2. There are always a million people in line, and only two registers open.
WHY OH WHY. For the love of everything good, why do you do this to me Wal-Mart? You know it is the first of the month. You know that this place is filled to the brim. Please…I beg of you…open up every possible register.
3. It is a hangout spot at night.
For some reason, people in my town love to hang out at Wal-Mart at night. Perhaps this speaks to the fact that there is truly nothing to do in my town (there is nothing – we had a bowling alley but its competitors burned it down)..but either way, it is frustrating when one is actually going to Wal-Mart with a purpose and not to “chill” with my friends.
4. After 9 pm, all of the aisles are pretty much impossible to navigate.
Because of stocking, many of the aisles are clogged up to the brim. This is frustrating. I just…want…my apple juice. I can’t climb over the mountain with my cart.
5. It is insanely messy.
It usually looks like a tornado has completely destroyed it. I try not to be that person that just throws unwanted items in the wrong aisle. Apparently, other people don’t care.
6. People feel this is a pajama wearing environment.
In my town, it seems the uniform to wear on a trip to Wal-Mart is pajamas. Even slippers! This is maddening to me. Please…at least throw on a pair of sweats, but pajamas and slippers? My eyes can’t handle this. It physically pains me. I can’t.
7. I can never go to Wal-Mart without running into everyone and their mom.
When I go to Wal-Mart, I have to be prepared to run into people. Not just one person, but TONS of people. Students, friends, family…anyone that I know, I will likely see at Wal-Mart. Sometimes this is wonderful (like a few weeks ago when I ran into a former student’s mother and we were able to catch up. I LOVED this particular student and was able to connect so that we can keep in contact..she’s in high school now and quite lovely!)..but other times, it turns what is supposed to be a 20 minute run into an hour long experience. It also means, I better look decent. I WILL see someone I know. lol.
So why on earth do I shop here at times?!! That is such a good question. I prefer Target any day. But let me give you my reasons.
1. Our local Wal-Mart is open 24/7.
This can be convenient when we really need something at a weird time.
2. It’s so darn cheap.
It’s hard to beat some of the prices at Wal-Mart.
….and that’s basically where it ends. It’s cheap, it’s always open. The end.
Side note – I have yet to bring the boys to Wal-Mart. I’m not sure if I can muster the courage to do so. Now ask me how many times I have taken them to Target. lol 🙂