Date Thu, July 17 2008

I think my shopping will generally increase once we move. Ryan and I are both looking forward to Wal-mart, Target and the like. Not only having the options, but being able to leave the store with the item we desired without having to wait weeks for it to arrive in the mail or having to pay shipping will be problems of the past. I’ll gladly deal with having to pay sales tax for that.

Of course, there’s a few things I don’t quite love about Wal-mart. Some of the stores are extremely poor in regards to stock, customer service and appearance, especially depending upon the neighbourhood and demographic.

Another thing I don’t miss, although I won’t like have to deal with anytime soon was as an employee. Wal-mart received a lot of prank phone calls. In general, it’s a company that gets a lot of crap simply because it’s big and I imagine this has a lot to do with why people choose to make prank calls.

Off the top of my head, I remember someone calling in using a sound board of Arnold Shwarzenegger. Another time, someone called in, donned a fake “Indian”-style accent and inquired as to whether we have adult diaper in different flavours because he needed them for his 6 wives.

Sometimes it’s fun to play along and sometimes I forwarded the calls to management. Of course, sometimes I just hung up. We didn’t need to deal with that crap.

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