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May 31, 2006

Something you don't see every day

My faith in Wal-Mart may have been restored a little bit.

Went there yesterday to purchase a couple of items on which to munch for lunch.  (Yeah, I know - but they were the only store around where I happened to be.)  Came to the 20-items-or-less checkout to pay.

In front of me:  a young black woman with a scowl on her face...and the bimbo in front of her, who had 40  items in her basket if she had one.

(I hesitate to point out here that the bimbo looked very much like an illegal.  Would not have surprised me had that been the case...but I digress.)

Apparently the young black woman had complained to management about the situation.  "For all the good that's  gonna do her", I thought...

...until another cashier relieved she who had  been going to allow the 40+ items, and politely informed the illegal bimbo that she needed to find another line.

(Insert stares of wide-eyed disbelief here.    )

First store I've ever been to in my life that actually cared enough about its other  customers to enforce an item limit in the express line.

Thanks, Wal-Mart.  Maybe you're not all a bunch of morons, after all.

Posted by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant at May 31, 2006 05:35 AM

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That's actually not surprising. One of my dawughters worked for Walmart for a while. The policy is that they can only correct the 20 items or less rule if another customer complains. Why this is, I am not certain, but that is the rul. In this case, a customer complained, and the Store took action. The moral? Complain.

BTW, Said daughter who worked at Walmart? She started at well above minumum wage. Moral? The labor shmucks are clueless.

Posted by: David Hartung at May 31, 2006 06:51 AM

The WallyWorlds here in the Hill Country (barring Austin, where they're like reeking human zoos,) tend to enforce their 20-item rule. In fact they break a lot of the stereotypes that have sprung up around the franchise. And the jobs--even the part-time ones--pay well enough that I've entertained the thought of dropping them an app when Zane starts school.

The labor whiners are just jealous of ol' Sam Walton's success, if you ask me...


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at May 31, 2006 09:25 AM

I'm stucking funned!
Most places just let 'em get away with it. I usually make smart-assed comments to the cashiers, such as "Damned shame when grown people can't count to 20, isn't it?" I usually get some grouchy expressions, but at 5'10", 195, tattooed, mid-back-length hair, biker jacket, etc., folks tend to leave me alone. Truth is, I'm really a nice guy. I just don't look it.

Posted by: Tennessee Budd at May 31, 2006 11:14 AM

Nice to hear that rules can still mean something for those who are not white.

Posted by: Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur at May 31, 2006 02:36 PM

Walmart up here isnt that good. one of our managers from copps had to return something and was given teh run around.

I however, work expresslane. If i have had no express orders, ill take a big one if and only if we are swamped *seeing as how i can change my lane status on the fly&: however, i have learned to watch the customers at the end of the lines and will snd those away who have more.

Posted by: LC Krondax at June 3, 2006 02:22 AM