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There was a video of a biatch grabbing a box out of a toddler's hands. No shame... No shame...Angry
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Originally posted by sgtrock21 sgtrock21 wrote:

There was a video of a biatch grabbing a box out of a toddler's hands. No shame... No shame...Angry

I saw that and thought the same thing.

Then I found out that the box in the kid's hands contained a vegetable steamer.

What was the little kid going to do with a vegetable steamer you might ask?

Absolutely nothing.... other than help his mother by carrying  it to the cash register where, after buying as many as she could get her hands on, she'd probably sell them either on eBay, craigslist or at some local flea market, for twice what she paid.

So after that, I felt no sympathy for the kid or his mother.

And I hope somebody else came along and snagged it while the woman and the kid's mother were rolling around on the floor fighting like animals.




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I don't mean to resurrect an old thread, it might be frowned upon around these parts, but since we're discussing Black Friday [Black Thanksgiving] in here, I figured I'd put in my experience.

I came back this September to work for Wal-Mart again. Of course, I had to work Thanksgiving, which I expected. I worked 11AM-8PM that night, and to tell you the truth, the crowd was very slim. I've heard from my superiors that our store has been doing worse and worse in sales on Black Thanksgiving for the past three years, and it is mostly this way company-wide at this point. A lot of people are speculating that they may give up on the Thanksgiving sales soon and move it back to Black Friday, or shift it entirely to online sales.

But yeah, the crowd was very small, kind of like an average busy Friday night at my store. No fights, no yelling and screaming, nobody got trampled, etc. The general feeling throughout the store was: "Why the f**k are we here today?"

We have had a ton of Black Friday merchandise left, and we're just now selling out the remainder of it. Our backroom is jammed up by all of this freight that has no place to go. So I think we may be seeing the death of the Thanksgiving sale, because the suits and ties will likely figure they'll get a better response on Friday.

I'm pretty anti-consumerist myself, I hate this mentality of buying sh*t you don't need and then throwing it away when it becomes outdated, or whenever it breaks, since it's all made in China by slave-labor with no quality control. I hate the fact that they outsourced all of the manufacturing jobs to help feed their greed. But I wouldn't resent so much having to work on the biggest consumerist greedhead cesspool day of the year if it didn't take over my Thanksgiving, too.
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^  Hey, we can commiserate!
 
They changed my schedule the day before Thanksgiving (my day off), but failed to tell me.  So I went in my usual time (5am), and ended up working an extra shift.  So I worked Thanksgiving day from 5am till midnight, went home and slept for a few hours, and then got up for my usual Friday shift.  I lost out on a good Thanksgiving dinner (though Walmart had food catered for us), but kinda got a kick out of the whole thing, though.  The world of retail is new to me.
 
We have a lot of our Christmas stuff outside in containers.
 
 
 
 
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The "regular" Walmart I shop at most often (not the Neighborhood Market) is an older store that doesn't have room to expand into a Super Walmart, so it's kinda small and though it does have a small food section, like the rest of the store, it's kinda limited in selection. But about a year or two ago, they brought in a bunch of containers and put them in the back of the parking lot on one side. For awhile, they had them blocking my favorite entrance to and exit from the parking lot. Pissed me off.

Thing is, there's a large empty lot right behind the store they could expand to and turn it into a Super store, but I'm guessing the concern is probably parking.




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In addition to Black Friday, we now (apparently?) have something called "Green Monday"
 
 
Green Monday is an online retail industry term similar to Cyber Monday. The term was coined by eBay to describe its best sales day in December, usually the second Monday of December. Green Monday is defined more specifically by business research organization comScore as the last Monday with at least 10 days prior to Christmas.
 
I'm still waiting for "Consumer Revolt Green & Black Vomit Everyday".
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

The "regular" Walmart I shop at most often (not the Neighborhood Market) is an older store that doesn't have room to expand into a Super Walmart, so it's kinda small and though it does have a small food section, like the rest of the store, it's kinda limited in selection. But about a year or two ago, they brought in a bunch of containers and put them in the back of the parking lot on one side. For awhile, they had them blocking my favorite entrance to and exit from the parking lot. Pissed me off.

Thing is, there's a large empty lot right behind the store they could expand to and turn it into a Super store, but I'm guessing the concern is probably parking.




 
Yeah, that'd be a major undertaking.  Not only would they have to expand the store to accommodate more merchandise, they'd have to add in a meat department, bakery and delicatessen.  They'd also have to seriously expand their stockroom, backroom refrigerators, freezers, etc...not to mention parking.  They'd have to actually take away parking, when they really would need more.
 
NJ has few Supercenters, but that has mainly to do with the powerful grocers' unions, which would object to all that non-union labor.
 
 
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

The "regular" Walmart I shop at most often (not the Neighborhood Market) is an older store that doesn't have room to expand into a Super Walmart, so it's kinda small and though it does have a small food section, like the rest of the store, it's kinda limited in selection. But about a year or two ago, they brought in a bunch of containers and put them in the back of the parking lot on one side. For awhile, they had them blocking my favorite entrance to and exit from the parking lot. Pissed me off.

Thing is, there's a large empty lot right behind the store they could expand to and turn it into a Super store, but I'm guessing the concern is probably parking.
 
More likely - local zoning hurdles.
Walmarts are huge localized traffic jams.
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^ Could be a bit of that, too.

There is actually a fair amount of available parking already there. But it's part of a shopping center with other stores so there might be some concerns about their customers taking up spaces that are meant for the rest of them.

The empty field behind the store is big enough to increase the size of the existing store by about another 50% or so. Prior to the construction of a new 7 Eleven on one corner of that field, there would have been room to expand the parking even more.


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I took advantage of Small Business Saturday and shopped at several local antique stores in Yakima. Did not do a SINGLE purchase at a major retailer on Black Friday...I meant Thursday. Will get my Christmas shopping done this week probably.

As for Craig Robertson, he can go away. I still see him several times a day on TV and he's annoying.
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Working those kind of hours, Thor, I presume you're a Support Manager or an ASM? There's no way my store would let anyone nonsalaried rack up those kind of hours, but it may be different in your neck of the woods. I'm back to unloading trucks again, second shift, like I did before. Our store isn't doing too great with the transition to CAP, so far, and third shift hates our guts. Third shift hates everyone, though. Our backroom is so undersized that once we get a little more than the usual amount of freight in, it becomes a big clusterf**k to get anything accomplished with the bins and top steel.
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^  Nope.  Just a CAP associate.
 
And yeah, it's a clusterf*ck much of the time.  We get gridlock back there, where you can't even get to your work due to all the freight and vendors and employees and pallets and carts and pallet jacks in the way.  Plus, you can spend half your day looking for the equipment you need to do your job---Telxons, MC40s, printers, ladders, even packing tape.  One AM, before I could even start my work, I walked more than 1/2 mile around the store trying to get a scanner.  I figured that out based on the number of footsteps from front of the store to the back, and the number of times I made that trip.  At first, I was mortified that things could be this way in such a company, but now I just laugh about it.  I figure that's just the way things are.  Nothing I can do.  LOL
 
One great thing, though---it's getting me in shape.  I've lost 13 lbs since I started there, my stamina has improved, and carrying 50lb bags of dog food up and down ladders has become second nature.
 
And yeah, the shifts always complain about the previous one.
 
 
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Thor, are you running into a lot of people like yourself?
People that had successful careers, made decent money 50, 60, 70K a year, who are just bored and want to be active?
 
I actually interviewed for a job in the spring, he would only pay me 12 bucks an hour.
I asked for more, he hired somebody else.
 
I admire your energy for such a clusterf*ck,  (your words) LOL.
 
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Seems the ages of my daytime co-workers run the gamut---from 20s to 70 or so.  Don't know everyone's past.  I know one guy was an engineer previously.  Another had some business in upstate NY.
 
The night shift (who are still there for 2 hours after I get in) seem to feature a bit of the criminal element.
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

^  Nope.  Just a CAP associate.
 
And yeah, it's a clusterf*ck much of the time.  We get gridlock back there, where you can't even get to your work due to all the freight and vendors and employees and pallets and carts and pallet jacks in the way.  Plus, you can spend half your day looking for the equipment you need to do your job---Telxons, MC40s, printers, ladders, even packing tape.  One AM, before I could even start my work, I walked more than 1/2 mile around the store trying to get a scanner.  I figured that out based on the number of footsteps from front of the store to the back, and the number of times I made that trip.  At first, I was mortified that things could be this way in such a company, but now I just laugh about it.  I figure that's just the way things are.  Nothing I can do.  LOL
 
One great thing, though---it's getting me in shape.  I've lost 13 lbs since I started there, my stamina has improved, and carrying 50lb bags of dog food up and down ladders has become second nature.
 
And yeah, the shifts always complain about the previous one.
 
 


Which CAP team are you on? I'm CAP 2. Transferred there from the O/N GM stocking team because A) those people are all grouches and B) unloading trucks is less mundane. Do you work the 4AM to 1PM shift that's basically tailor made for people who hate sleep?

I'm with you on the getting in shape part, for sure. I've dropped 15 pounds since I started unloading trucks again, and I drink an awful lot of beer. It's hard to not lose weight when your job requires walking miles each day and lifting/bending/stacking and climbing. The first couple weeks were pretty rough. Had to break my feet in again, and my back. But now I don't leave work feeling like something is broken, anyway.

Our store is the same exact way. It's a battle to find the equipment you need. After 10PM, you might as well forget Telxons, printers and pallet-jacks ever existed. Forget MC40s. Only the big-wigs get those. I've seen them around but I've never actually used one after three months back on the job.  We also have a serious shortage of carts. Just getting enough carts for grocery off of the GM truck is often a problem, let alone for downstacking or just moving freight around.

Altogether, though, with the recent pay-raises and the new CEO's efforts to make an associate's life not be a living hell, I'd say Wal-Mart is a pretty good place to work. If you have good co-workers, that is. Bad co-workers will make the job hell. Luckily, I work with some great people.  After a while, you just laugh at all of the insane things the company does, while still expecting you to operate at maximum efficiency. No equipment, buried freight, blocked aisles, random pallets infront of the bins, not enough people? Just another day on the job at Walmart. The task times are the real hilarity, in MyGuide. Three hours for 4 skids of juice? 14 hours for 4 skids of paper? 18 hour GM trucks? All standard issue.

Although I will say that 2nd shift unloading/CAP 2 has gotten a lot easier since they actually allow our store to hire enough people to do the job. I remember unloading 2700 piece GM trucks with three people on the line, quite a few nights, along with 10PM lunches. It's different now. But our personnel people still hire some knuckledraggers, and a lot of fresh off the vine highschool kids that don't realize that they actually have to work. They want respect but they stand around on the dance-floor staring at pallets and pushing their own freight at me.  We just got rid of one guy who had a variety of nicknames. Buttcrack Man, Grand Canyon, Liberty Bell, Waste of Space, Deputy Dipsh*t. Guy had 3/4 of his ass hanging out his pants every time he bent over. Used to spend his entire shift shoving his freight down the line at me, f**king up my pallet stacks, and hiding from managers. Took him 6 hours to finish a single skid of snacks.

Speaking of the criminal element, they just hired a guy for our crew who just did three years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine. Actually seems like a pretty decent guy. Ain't afraid of work, that's for sure. Alcoholics are a pretty big subsection of our crew, as well.

So, it ain't perfect, but it's better than being on the graveyard shift, or in the unemployment line, so I'll take it.
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^  CAP1, Zach.  Times vary.  5am-1pm, 5:30-1, 5-12:30, 5-2.  I have to check my schedule every day, just as a reminder.  Anyway, it's 3:30am right now, and I've gotta get a move on if I wanna be ready for my exciting day at Walmart.  Wink
 
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Guess ya gotta be a Walmartian to understand all that shop talk and lingo.

Best I can figure is that "CAP" stands for Confused And Perplexed.




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^LOL
 

For everyone wondering, CAP stands for Customer Availability Program. Basically, fist thing in the morning DMs or IMS (or cap associates as they may be called) will come in and start by reverse picking the bins. Then go scan the outs. Pull that merchandise. Anything that goes back into the bin gets audited. A lot of reports are going away. No more bin accuracy report, scheduled bin audits, and a few other things.

Source: store manager held a meeting with us after he had a lengthy conference call today.

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Hmmmm...I've been under the impression it stood for Customer Availability Processing.  A difference without a distinction, I guess.
 
And it's what aka ron said.  It can be done different ways, though, depending if you're using a Telxon (scan gun) or an MC40 (like a palm pilot).
 
The MC40s supposedly cost a few grand each.  If you break one, you get "coached".  Three coachings, and you're automatically fired.  I only know this because a co-worker got coached for dropping and breaking an MC40.  These things are very easy to drop, especially when you're trying to do something that requires 3 or 4 hands, and you've only got two.  You're on a ladder, trying to pull a box that's under 3 or 4 other (irregularly-sized) heavy boxes.  You have to carry each of those boxes down a ladder, find some place to put them, get the one you want, document that you got it, bring it down the ladder, put it on a cart, and then return the unwanted boxes to the bin.  Bad things can happen, especially if it's a battered and beaten-up cardboard box that's holding a dozen glass bottles of olive oil.  Safety at Walmart is really just a word.  It's not actually encouraged. 
 
Basically, imagine trying to organize and document stacks of items in one of those houses featured on Hoarders.  That's what working in the stock room is like.
 
 
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If you have good co-workers, that is. Bad co-workers will make the job hell. Luckily, I work with some great people.  After a while, you just laugh at all of the insane things the company does, while still expecting you to operate at maximum efficiency. No equipment, buried freight, blocked aisles, random pallets infront of the bins, not enough people? Just another day on the job at Walmart. The task times are the real hilarity, in MyGuide. Three hours for 4 skids of juice? 14 hours for 4 skids of paper? 18 hour GM trucks? All standard issue.

 
I actually love working there.  It's so insane that it's hilarious.  Plus, I work with some cool people.  My supe is this young guy with a crazy haircut, gauges, a septum ring and horror movie and rock t-shirts.  Big TWD fan.  Very smart, too (despite being a leftist).  We talk politics, TWD and punk rock.  He's very laid back, and lets me do my job w/o any supervision.  Everyone likes him.  That's a good supe---the kind you want to do a good job for, rather than the kind who gets you to work through intimidation and demands.
 
 
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Hmmmm...I've been under the impression it stood for Customer Availability Processing.  A difference without a distinction, I guess.
 
And it's what aka ron said.  It can be done different ways, though, depending if you're using a Telxon (scan gun) or an MC40 (like a palm pilot).
 
The MC40s supposedly cost a few grand each.  If you break one, you get "coached".  Three coachings, and you're automatically fired.  I only know this because a co-worker got coached for dropping and breaking an MC40.  These things are very easy to drop, especially when you're trying to do something that requires 3 or 4 hands, and you've only got two.  You're on a ladder, trying to pull a box that's under 3 or 4 other (irregularly-sized) heavy boxes.  You have to carry each of those boxes down a ladder, find some place to put them, get the one you want, document that you got it, bring it down the ladder, put it on a cart, and then return the unwanted boxes to the bin.  Bad things can happen, especially if it's a battered and beaten-up cardboard box that's holding a dozen glass bottles of olive oil.  Safety at Walmart is really just a word.  It's not actually encouraged. 
 
Basically, imagine trying to organize and document stacks of items in one of those houses featured on Hoarders.  That's what working in the stock room is like.
 
 
 
I'm curious. 
How "union-ized" is the labor force at your store or area?
 
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Walmart is non-union.
 
Unions are generally pretty powerful in NJ, and the grocers unions in NJ have at least succeeded in blocking Walmart Supercenters in many areas, if not in unionizing the workers.
 
 
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This company is evil! Just saw on the news they will remain open until 8pm Christmas Eve.

Open at 6pm Thanksgiving, Close at 8pm Xmas Eve...the store near me is open 24 hours a day.

Walmart to employees: "Have family plans for Thanksgiving, a dinner with family Xmas Eve? F**k you, you're working!"

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I might be getting canned!  Along with a lot of the other new people throughout the store.  It almost seems as if this was a seasonal job, rather than the permanent job it was presented as.  The employment supervisor (mother of my own supe who was off today) told me, however, that her son really wants to keep me on.  But he has to fight for it, and "Amy's (the store manager) been really bitchy lately."
 
I started to wonder why I had no schedule set up for next week yet, so I thought maybe I was getting fired.  Then I found out that a lot of people have no schedule for next week.
 
We'll see.  I'm at least glad to know that, of the 4 or 5 new hires in my department, I'm the one my supe wants to have remain.  So, it's not that my work wasn't up to par.  If I do say so myself, I'm a pretty damned good employee.  Besides the basics, I require very little supervision, and don't go to my supe with every little problem.  I try to keep all the little day-to-day problems away from him.  He's got other things to do, so I figure it out myself.
 
Life at Walmart.  Confused
 
 
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As soon as Christmas is over, sales drop like a rock. You might get "lucky" and get kept on, but it might take a lot more luck to maintain full time status.

You might keep your job but only get between 20 and 30 hours per week. I've heard that Walmart doesn't like to give it's employees full time hours in order to not have to provide benefits.

But I guess 20 to 30 hours is better than no hours.

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