Oh yeah – you all got a job!!!
You just started working for Wal-Mart or for that matter in any other store with self-check-out stands. You know the wonderful self check out cashier stands? Don’t you? Oh yes, I can see you all nodding and I bet that at least 95% of you went thru them at least once. Convenience and/or curiosity pulled you into their lines.
I am now on a mission after I just visited our local Wal-Mart and found that they installed a HUGE area with at least 8 automated check stands. I was not to able to count them all because everybody who knows me, knows that I lost my usual German calm approach and this mean evil German temper took over.
So I took a nice stand in the middle of the crowd and started to talk very loud and I mean loud enough to get over every intercom conversation, cashier ringing and customer conversations. And as loud as I could speak without turning my voice into a screeching something I told them that
1. I refuse to work for Wal-Mart
2. I know that Wal-Mart is NOT paying you for checking and bagging your purchases yourself. Or did you see a rebate on the end of your transaction for all the work you have just done?
3. I will not take a paid job away from anyone and work the same job for free
4. I will do anything and everything that is needed not to sit in a town with even more unemployed brave and hard working citizens.
And as I was making my way to a check stand still occupied by a Wal-Mart employee, I saw puzzled faces, people who were wondering, even customers turning around and going to a NORMAL check out and idiots shaking their heads about my outburst.
On my way out I was stopped by cashiers who whispered “Thank you” and more brave Wal-Mart employees voicing a little bit louder the wish to find more customers like me.
Right here and then it was where I found my calling.
I was looking for the longest time where I could make a difference. Where I can take my rights and fight for a change! Where I can demonstrate that the time for companies who are running our country and everyone in it as if we would be mindless idiots is finally OVER.
My plan formed fast and conclusive in my head. I will get as fast as possible home, leave the act of putting the shopping away up to my hubby and sit down in front of my computer and will turn this pile of circuits into a weapon.
Step one - write a diary in the DailyKos and search for support. Hopefully finding out that I am not the only one who is as upset and that there are lots of people who finally want to make a change.
Step two - will use nearly the same words in an email campaign by soliciting friends, family, customers and purchasing email services (hope it is not to expensive - any suggestions?)
Step three – post this article with similar wording in every other available forum (oh yes - even FB) with suggestions for everybody how to behave and what to say if encountering self-check-out stands.
Step four – email to Wal-Mart and a few other stores who are known for the same practice and ask for answers (a copy of this email will be posted in a little while)
Step five – get fliers, stickers and stick buttons developed and find the cheapest way to make copies (I am open and in the desperate need for suggestions to lower costs - I plan on pitching copy companies too)
Step six – involve hubby to develop stickers, logos and picket signs
Step seven – set up campaign center in my living room to get the fliers, stickers and buttons sent to anybody and everybody America wide who wants to join me on this crusade.
Step eight – get America involved in a small change with a huge impact
Step nine – find numbers and facts about impact of self-check-out stands on economy and job loss
And believe me – I am ready – I am ready and fired up to go.
Who is with me? Who is as tired as me of ranting and raving and not being able to make an impact, to make even the slightest change? Who remembers the times when we went out on the streets to demonstrate and voice our opinions?
I know we won’t change the world in a day. I know that self check-outs are not a big deal to many people, but to anybody who is losing their job. It is a big deal to every small business owner (like me) who is wondering why buying power on main street is becoming smaller and smaller.
It is a big deal to every employee who got fired because somebody else is doing their job for free.
We have seen ample examples for that in the past 25 years (and longer) it is time to make a first small step towards a change.
This change will not take place as long as we stay quiet and just rattle and rave in our homes. I know that there are many, so much bigger issues out there but it is not in my power (besides the rattle and rave part) to actually change them. But to boycott every self-check-out in America is feasible.
Please join me in my crusade against self-check-outs!!! Please contact me if interessted to join and help here over DailyKos to receive additional contact information
Eliminate self-check-outs by informing every American. Informing and communicating goals and concerns to companies. Showing, educating transparent and publishing the impact of self-check-outs on our economy and the need of their removal for survival in an ever changing world wide market.
I am calling on everyone like me, who want to see a small change and who want to know that we can make a difference in a time where nothing seems to be moving.
I know it is possible to change this seemingly small issue with a huge impact if we all fight it together. My goal to have this change implemented is 1st. of November 2014 and earlier.
And I know that we will tackle together the next issue as soon as possible! This is a promise! Because after all – HOW TO YOU EAT A BIG ELEPHANT?!?