Wal-Mart used to be one of my favorite stores. During college my roommates and I would hit the 24 hour Wal-Mart and load up on anything from clothes to school supplies. My sister and I used to go and buy paint, fabric, frames and more and completely redo a room for under $100. Those days are sadly gone. Wal-Mart is somewhere I avoid now and it was not hard to find ten reasons not to shop there. The difficult part was choosing which ten reasons I should go with.
1. Pour Customer Service: Sadly over the years Wal-Mart has become one of the worst customer service experiences I have ever had. If I were to list all of my bad experiences, you would quit reading long before I was finished writing. Specifically though, the worst example of customer service I ever had was when a cashier closed the lane I was patiently waiting to check out in. After everyone left the lane she reopened for her family. Nice.
2. Terribly Wages: I can’t say that I actually blame the cashiers or employees in general for their lack of customer service. The job pays terribly. Most for the employees only make an average of $8 an hour, which probably makes it impossible for them to even shop at Wal-Mart themselves.
3. Lack of English Speaking Employees: I am all about people from all over the world living and working together, but when you are asking for a game for your play station that can only be retrieved out of a locked case, you need someone who can speak at least minimal English.
4. A new Wal-Mart is built every week- Statistics show that Wal-Mart is basically taking over the world. With this rapid growth and progress you should at least think you might stumble upon one that was clean and organized. Not the case in any of the Wal-Marts I have shopped in Cincinnati, Greenwood, South Carolina, Atlanta, or Illinois.
5. Crime: I have shopped at two Wal-Marts, specifically in Atlanta and in Cincinnati that have both suffered from repeated gunshots, deaths, and injuries in their parking lot. Both resorted to security guards driving the parking lot even in day light hours. I need to save money as much as the next guy, but I can do that if I am dead.
6. Too Crowded: More than the crime, what finally sent me over the edge of no return were the enormous crowds in Wal-Mart. Specifically in Atlanta they seem to be a stomping ground for groups of people to meander, wander, and generally loaf about. Isles crowded with mindless people blindly gazing at electronics, never actually asking to get one out of the case is the worst. I am actually there to buy something and can’t even get near enough to buy what I came for.
7. Low product quality: I love a good deal, but if that means poor and low quality products then count me out. As a child my favorite salsa in the world was Sam’s Choice salsa sold at Wal-Mart. Over the years this item grew worse in quality and eventually disappeared. What happened to the good quality products from fifteen years ago?
8. Health Care: Employees that work for Wal-Mart cannot even afford the company offered health care on their low salary. They instead rely on government help, which is coming out of the rest of the world’s taxes.
9. Filthy Stores: Possibly you don’t even need me to explain this one, but unfortunately I have seen all sorts of disgusting health risks at many a super Wal-Mart. Specifically the grossest would be the large 3-pound pack of ground beef that was oozing out on the floor of the Wal-Mart located in Brunswick, Georgia. I will never go back to Wal-Mart again.
10. Disorganization: Again I must refer to the Wal-Mart in Brunswick, Georgia. I was there to buy groceries for a large family vacation. I entered through the produce section with my large empty cart and was greeted with aisles that were impassible due to the crates and carts of produce that had been rolled willy nilly into the aisles and left there for customers to pick through. This was not one item, but many. Specifically, corn, watermelons, apples, and carts of lettuce were everywhere. Product had fallen on the ground and were completely wasted. I can’t believe I even made it to the meat section to see the ground beef on the floor. I must have been temporarily insane. At least after I saw the meat on the floor I left my cart in the aisle and vacated Wal-Mart never to return.