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Call me a cynic, but every time I shop at Walmart, I always leave that place thinking the rest of the world should band together with a big giganamous can of Off! and spray the entire US of A like the big, blood-sucking parasites we are.

It's possible I'm grouchy today.

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rebekahroxanna
Apr. 12th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I try to avoid WalMart. Everytime I go in there I get depressed. It is the most depressing place: stuff all jumbled together, harsh lighting, noisy, cheap and shoddy construction.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 12th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
And the people are invariably not the cream of humanity, either. I realize most of them are there because they are *our* poor, but jeesh, you wouldn't know it by the size of them.
backup_mars
Apr. 12th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Walmart makes me feel dirty. And the reason *our* poor are so fat is because we stuff them full of high fructose corn syrup. It's in every food product in all of Walmart, even the lunchmeat and the mustard.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 12th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Didn't you hear? That stuff is totally fine in moderation! The commercial say so.
spiletta42
Apr. 12th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Don't make me rant at you. *wanders off muttering about how the hell it can be used in moderation when it's practically in the freaking tap water*
chicken_cem
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Those commercials are SO frightening in their sheer amount of mis-information. As if anyone could voluntarily eat it "in moderation" when the minimum amount in anything but a tiny ketchup packet is so huge, and when the typical "serving" of it comes in an enormous bottle of coca cola that is double, triple, or quadruple the size of an old-style 8-oz serving. Let's not even get into the typical "serving size" at the movie theater. (Size of a human head.)
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
They're fighting a battle of bad press. And the fact that they have bad press is heartening.
chicken_cem
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Let's not forget the way the lunch meat sits out unrefrigerated on carts, waiting to be shelved, for HOURS and hours during the night shift at the typical 24-hour Walmart. That is called food poisoning.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I tend to avoid the staple foods there.
chicken_cem
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I tend to avoid the entire store. The only time I go is when I need something like packing tape and nothing else is open.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yep. For me, it was sewing needles. I didn't know where else to go.
mamculuna
Apr. 12th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
A good starting place is not shopping at Walmart.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 12th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Absolutely. BUt sometimes I can't think of any other place to get a certain thing, so I run in and run out as quickly as possible.
mamculuna
Apr. 12th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'm fortunate that Target, Lowe's, and KMart are closer to me than Walmart. Convenience does make a diffference!
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 12th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
We have all those places, too, but for some reason, the Walmart has this vast sewing department full of fabric and notions and other things, and when I needed to run out and replace a needle and be back in ten minutes, that's the place that came to mind. I don't recall my Target having any of that.
mamculuna
Apr. 12th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
I buy those at the fabric shop so I haven't looked at Target. I know that Walmart does have everything!
cactuswatcher
Apr. 12th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
I never went in the old Wal-mart near me, but I do go to the new one we have. For now it's not such a mess like the old one. I don't buy anything there I wouldn't buy elsewhere.

However re what Backup_Mars just said, I was a bit taken aback by the disturbing sweetness of the last loaf of sandwich bread I bought there. Perhaps spending more and going somewhere else for staples is a better idea. I don't buy fresh vegetables or meat there anyway.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 12th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
I figure if you stick to the packaged versions of brands you'd buy other places, you're not getting any extra ingredients you wouldn't get anywhere else.
chicken_cem
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
There's a Ben Folds song called "All You Can Eat" about the fat Americans in their enormous SUVs going to Walmart. Every time I even *think* the word "Walmart" I think of this song.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
It's a cliche, but it's a living cliche you can witness any day of the week.
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