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  •  Nasty employees (4+ / 0-)

    That is another reason I do not go to Wal-Mart in my area; they apparently do not care about their employees' appearance or hygiene.

    On one visit, one girl working the checkout had such a low-cut t-shirt that I thought her breasts were going to fall out when she bent over to place items in the bag. Really gross.

    •  When you pay peanuts, you end up hiring (2+ / 0-)
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      Maybe your experience with that checkout girl is actually part of a new marketing strategy. Give customers a free titty show on the way out.

      You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment.

      by MikePhoenix on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 05:52:28 PM PDT

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      •  I'll probably get HR'd for typing this (0+ / 0-)

        But some people look better fully clothed. Seeing them expose too much skin is a turn-off, not a turn on.

        Come to think about it, most people look better fully clothed. And I freely admit I'm one of those people.

    •  Even that won't make me step foot in the joint... (3+ / 0-)
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      But went by a drive-through coffee shack in Tacoma WA that advertised bikini clad servers. Expressed a desire for a Venti but wife was concerned about my blood pressure.

    •  as WASPY as possible (2+ / 0-)
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      This is also why in some markets Whole Foods is a much less well run place. They tend to hire people who project a corporate image of conformity.  I recall when they would hire competent people.  One, a manager who kept the store running flawlessly, was scary to some people but excellent.

      I also saw this at Target when my friends and I were looking for jobs 20 years ago.  They definitely preferred people who looked like svelte Minnesota residents.

      The basic problem with Walmart and most retail establishments is they hire people at very low pay and don't reward competence. I have seen this over and over again as young people I know tell me they have worked their way up to manager and compensation has not increased significantly.

      Even with a higher minimum wage, if compentency is not rewarded and built, we are going to continue to have horrible service.

      She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

      by lowt on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 07:01:49 PM PDT

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    •  Sometimes my coworkers don't have running water (7+ / 0-)

      Or they may have water but not power. We had a guy who rode his bike to work every day in under an hour; what's amazing about that is that I took him home once right before a big storm, and it took me almost an hour to DRIVE to his trailer. But all of his work shirts were tattered and had holes, he had terrible teeth, I'm pretty sure he cut his hair with scissors, and he always smelled like kitty litter and taco meat. (A coworker who claimed to have actually been inside his trailer said that he used the bathtub as the litterbox since he had so many cats.) Which got me thinking: crazy cat people LOVE their cats, and when they leave those cats, they usually like to leave lights or TVs on or something, right? When I took him home that one time, his trailer was dark.

      Other than the smell, which I admit was really, gag-inducingly bad sometimes, he was a really nice guy. He was polite, very helpful and respectful, he'd do whatever you asked, he could pull ridiculously heavy loads and never got tired, and he was even one of the few who made it to work during Ice Storm '09. On his bicycle. I have huge respect for that. (I'm also angry that that doesn't seem to count for anything, as apparently he's been missing too much work lately and has gotten fired.)

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