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WHAT I HATE ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I KNOW! YOU ARE ALL GOING TO TELL ME I AM A MAJOR "BAH HUMBUG!" NOT TRUE. WHAT I HATE ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS IS THE TOTAL LACK OF CONTROL. IT'S ALMOST LIKE EVERYONE FORGETS THAT THERE ARE STILL JOBS TO GO TO, STILL CLEANING TO BE DONE, STILL SICK FRIENDS YOU NEED TO SPEND TIME WITH (WHILE YOU CAN) AND STILL A BUDGET TO STAY WITHIN. BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, I HATE WHAT THE HOLIDAYS DO TO PEOPLE.

IT ISN'T EVEN THANKSGIVING YET AND I ACTUALLY HAD SOMEONE YELL AT ME IN THE GROCERY STORE FOR TAKING THE LAST BOX OF DULCE DE LECHE CHEERIOS OFF THE SHELF. SHE HAD 4 KIDS HANGING OFF THE CART - ALL SCREAMING ABOUT WANTING TO GO TO TOYS R US - AND I HAD TO STOP (BLOCKING THE AISLE WITH MY RIDING CART) TO EXPLAIN TO HER THAT IT IS ALL MY HUSBAND WILL EAT SINCE HE IS ON CHEMO FOR HIS CANCER. SHE HAD NOTHING BUT JUNK FOOD IN HER OVER-FLOWING CART. ALL HER KIDS WERE FAT AND SHE LOOKED LIKE SHE HADN'T HAD A SHOWER IN WEEKS.

I GET TO THE CHECK-OUT AND SOME WOMAN IS YELLING ABOUT "PRICE MATCHING" ON A TURKEY. "WAL MART DOES IT, WHY CAN'T YOU?" SO SHE THEN TELLS HIM SHE DOESN'T WANT THE DAMN TURKEY. I KNOW THERE IS ALWAYS A LITTLE ROOM UNDER THE COUNTER FOR THINGS THAT SOMEONE HAS CHANGED THEIR MIND ABOUT, BUT WHERE WAS THIS GUY SUPPOSED TO PUT A 20 POUND TURKEY? SO OF COURSE, HE HAD TO CALL SOMEONE FROM THE MEAT DEPARTMENT, TO COME AND GET IT.

IT TOOK NEARLY 10 MINUTES FOR SOMEONE TO FINALLY COME UP. THERE ARE 16 CHECK OUTS IN THIS STORE. 3 WERE OPEN. I SUGGESTED THAT HE MAY WANT TO PAGE HIS MANAGER TO OPEN ANOTHER REGISTER. I WAS INFORMED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD THIS YEAR, THAT THEY CANNOT PAGE MANAGEMENT UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. THERE HAD BEEN CUT-BACKS AT THE STORE AND IF THE MANAGER LEAVES THE SERVICE DESK, THAT LEAVES IT UN-MANNED. WHAT? DO THEY NOT HAVE ASSISTANT MANAGERS?

THEN I HAD TO STOP AT (HEAVEN HELP US ALL) THE DREADED WAL MART. OMG! IS THERE NOT A SINGLE PERSON LEFT ON THIS EARTH STILL IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS? TWO WOMEN ARE FIGHTING OVER A CHILDREN'S HAT. IT WAS KIND OF CUTE BUT THEY WERE PULLING SO HARD ON IT THAT IT WAS LOSING IT'S SHAPE! I MADE IT TO THE ELECTRONICS DEPARTMENT WHERE THEY HAD ONLY ONE CLERK, VERY BUSY HELPING SOMEONE LOOKING AT A LARGE SCREEN TV. MEANWHILE, I AM WATCHING 2 TEENAGERS PACK THEIR JACKETS WITH AS MANY DVD'S AS THEY CAN HOLD. WHAT DO I DO? I HAD MY CELL PHONE IN MY POCKET BUT DID NOT HAVE THE WAL-MART PHONE NUMBER. BUT! I DID NOTICE A PHONE NEAR THE AREA WHERE YOU FILL OUT YOUR EXTENDED WARRANTY PAPERS ON LARGE ITEMS.

LIKE AN IDIOT, I PICK UP THE PHONE. "SERVICE DESK", I HEAR. "I'M NOT SURE HOW TO DO THIS, BUT I AM IN THE ELECTRONICS DEPARTMENT WHERE YOUR CLERK IS HELPING SOME PEOPLE WITH A LARGE SCREEN TV AND THERE ARE TWO KIDS THAT ARE STEALING YOU BLIND IN DVD'S." SHE SAYS, "WHO IS THIS?" DUH! WHAT THE HECK DO YOU CARE WHO IT IS? ARE YOU SENDING SECURITY OR NOT? "I TELL HER MY NAME AND PROCEED TO DESCRIBE THE KIDS SO THEY CAN GRAB THEM AT ONE OF THE TWO DOORS. "HOW DO YOU SPELL THAT" SHE ASKS ME. WHAT? "HOW DO YOU SPELL WHAT?" I ASK HER. "YOUR NAME." WHAT! NOW THE KIDS ARE MOVING TOWARD THE DOOR - ONE GOING IN EACH DIRECTION. I TELL HER TO GET SOMEONE FROM SECURITY TO EACH DOOR AND DESCRIBE THE KIDS AGAIN. "CAN YOU HOLD PLEASE?"

I WAIT AND WAIT AND WAIT. I LOOK AT MY WATCH. 7 MINUTES HAVE PASSED. THE CLERK THAT WAS HELPING THE OTHER PEOPLE SEES ME ON THE PHONE AND COMES OVER AND SAYS, "MAAM, YOU CAN'T USE THAT PHONE." I TELL HIM ABOUT THE KIDS AND THE DVD'S AND THAT I AM ON HOLD WHILE THE GIRL FROM THE SERVICE DESK CALLS SECURITY. HE ACTUALLY SAYS, "OH SH&%!" OH MAN! I AM TOAST!" I AM STILL ON HOLD. 10 MINUTES HAVE NOW PASSED. THE CLERK IS FREAKING OUT BUT NOT DOING ANYTHING BUT CUSS WHEN THE PERSON FROM THE SERVICE DESK COMES BACK ON AND SAYS "SERVICE DESK". WHAT! I HAVE TO START THIS WHOLE THING AGAIN?

SO I HANG UP AND GIVE THE CLERK A DESCRIPTION OF THE KIDS. HE PICKS UP HIS TWO WAY RADIO AND CALLS SECURITY AND GUESS WHERE THEY ARE - OUT ON THE LOADING DOCK HELPING WITH THE HUMUNGOUS TV THOSE PEOPLE BOUGHT! THIS IS A JOB FOR SECURITY? APPARENTLY IT IS THIS YEAR AS THE WAL MART EMPLOYEES ARE STAGING A WALK OUT FOR BLACK FRIDAY SO THE TOP UNION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AND THEY ARE ALL VERY SHORT HANDED.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE THAT WANTS TO SHOP WAL MART ON BLACK FRIDAY! ON MY WAY OUT OF THE STORE, I WENT TO PARK MY RIDING CART AND TWO LADIES STARTED TO FIGHT OVER IT. ONE SMACKED THE OTHER ONE WITH HER CANE! I FEEL TERRIBLE. THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. BUT OUR WAL MART - HUGE THAT IT IS - HAS ONLY 3 RIDING CARTS. TWO OF THEM STOP ABOUT EVERY 20 FEET AND ONE IS BRAND NEW. I HAD THE NEW ONE. WHERE THE OTHER TWO WERE I HAD NO IDEA. IF IT'S THIS BAD NOW, WHAT IS IT GOING TO BE LIKE AFTER THURSDAY?

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN? IS IT THE ECONOMY, LACK OF TIME FOR SHOPPING, TOO MANY PARTIES TO PREPARE FOR, OUT OF WORK FAMILY MEMBERS; WHAT? WHATEVER IT IS, I THINK I'LL GO TO BED AND GET UP THE SECOND WEEK IN JANUARY. BY THEN MOST OF THE RETURNS SHOULD BE DONE AND THERE MAY STILL BE A CRUST OF BREAD LEFT IN THE STORES. THAT IS, IF HOSTESS DOESN'T GO BANKRUPT LIKE THEY SAY THEY ARE.

ERIN

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RAINBOW_LADY 11/24/2012 4:08AM

  Wow! What a crazy time Thanksgiving is out there in the States. We don't celebrate it in England but I can only compare it to the craziness of Christmas here.
Glad you survived to tell the tale!
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JAOTAO 11/23/2012 8:41AM

    How terrible! While I think your story could happen at any store, I refuse to set foot in Walmart. I don't like the energy of the store or a lot of the people who shop there. I prefer to go to a more positive environment or shop online. Hope you are feeling better today.

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EATVEGAN 11/23/2012 2:05AM

    I go to WalMart all the time. There is one less than 2 blocks from my home. I often have to wait in line as they don't have enough checkers. And they rearrange things and hide things as soon as I get used to where they are, but other than that, no problems. And this is supposed to be in a bad neighborhood.
Additionally, my daughter is shopping for a small appliance that is on sale at Target for $199 but with 10% off. At Walmart it is $139. It's always smart to shop around, but don't count Walmart out.
Sorry you had a terrible day.

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JILL313 11/22/2012 10:41PM

    I dislike Walmart and never go there and now glad more than ever I don't. I strongly prefer Target and supposedly their prices and quality are better. I'm not going to any store to buy Christmas gifts as it's far easier to do shopping online in the comfort of my own home. I also hate it when people go overboard with money they don't have to buy those special gifts. They're still paying on them at the next Christmas. If I were you I'd shop online or at least avoid Walmart. Take good care.

Hugs,

Jill

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BELDONDOG1 11/20/2012 10:29PM

    Erin, I hope this blog gets picked up so everyone can read it!! Yes, you did have a horrible day--BUT, just think of the woman with all the kids hanging all over the cart-would you rather be her? I'd say no. Or the two ladies in the parking lot fighting over your cart. I'm sorry, but I loved that part! Now would you like to have been one of those two. I'd say no. Or the clerk that will probably get his butt chewed out, security guards being in the wrong place and the 'crazy' lady on the phone? Again, I'd say no. So Erin, my dear, just be happy that you are you--you tried to help--and no one seemed to care but you. So just remember one thing from all of this--STAY OUT OF WALMART!! ((hugs)) Noel

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MILLISMA 11/20/2012 9:39PM

    ERIN, I NOTICED THAT FOLKS WERE EVEN DRIVING EXTRA CRAZY WHILE I WAS TRAVELING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN ME AND PA. YOU'RE RIGHT, THE HOLIDAYS SEEM TO BRING OUT THE WORST IN PEOPLE. I REFUSE TO GO NEAR THE STORES ON BLACK FRIDAY.

YOU REALLY HAD A TERRIBLE DAY BUT I LIKE YOUR IDEA ABOUT GOING TO BED AND WAKING UP IN JANUARY!!!!

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

HUGS....MARY ANNE

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MILLISMA 11/20/2012 9:39PM

    ERIN, I NOTICED THAT FOLKS WERE EVEN DRIVING EXTRA CRAZY WHILE I WAS TRAVELING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN ME AND PA. YOU'RE RIGHT, THE HOLIDAYS SEEM TO BRING OUT THE WORST IN PEOPLE. I REFUSE TO GO NEAR THE STORES ON BLACK FRIDAY.

YOU REALLY HAD A TERRIBLE DAY BUT I LIKE YOUR IDEA ABOUT GOING TO BED AND WAKING UP IN JANUARY!!!!

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

HUGS....MARY ANNE

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NANNABLACK 11/20/2012 5:12PM

    OMG. WOW. I think I would have gone home after the first yelling. That was horrible for you.

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