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Boy has this community been dead for some time or what? [Jul. 16th, 2005|04:55 pm]
My Wal-Mart, My Ass!

[mood |angryangry]

I know this is old news, but I'm posting this to get the community running again. Did anybody hear about the Nazi ad that Wal*Mart ran in a newspaper in Arizona? The purpose of the ad was to try to overturn an ordinance that would protect communities in Flagstaff, AZ. The image being used depicts a Nazi book burning. The spokesperson for the campaign group backed by the company stated that it will continue using the image. However, it didn't quite turn out that way once the people spoke out against the ad. The ad was promptly removed and I think the company stated that it would never post an ad like that again. The book burning image was used in the ad because 'it makes people think'. Well, what do you all think about this? Spill.
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Random realizations... (short) [Dec. 24th, 2004|01:51 am]
My Wal-Mart, My Ass!

[mood |crankycranky]

Wal-Mart is worse than Scrooge, if I'm not mistaken. While Scrooge complains just as much as a member of management about a free day off, at least he doesn't insist on Cratchet coming in on one of his days off in exchange for the holiday off with pay. Bah, humbug.
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What is this ...?! [Nov. 23rd, 2004|06:32 pm]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

The weirdest thing ever happened over the weekend at my store. You know how they are storing pallets of layaway items at seperate warehouses? We have worked out a system where ... this is gonna get pretty layaway specific, so if any of you know layaway you'll probbaly understand better what I'm saying. When the customer calls to put in their 24 hour notice for pickup, we have this little process worked out.

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So on Friday, we got a pallet brought back from the warehouse, and they parked it in the hallway outside layaway. One of the items on it was a cancellation, and all the others were active accounts. All together, there were seven items on the pallet. We pulled off the cancelled box and sent it back to stock, and left the rest of the pallet in the hallway for pickups.

And they just sat there. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Monday. Tuesday.

Finally, my department manager asked me to take all the account numbers down, get the customers' phone numbers, and call them to let them know if they couldn't pick up their layaways by close on Wednesday, we were going to send the items back to the warehouse. Here's where it started getting hardcore odd.

I called the six customers who had items left on the pallet. I left messages with most of them, but at the time I made the calls, I was able to speak to two of them. The first lady I spoke with said that she hadn't called, and she checked with her husband and apparently he hadn't called either. Chalk that one up to a mistake. I left four messages, and the last person I called said that she hadn't called for her pickup notice, either. Hmm.

About half an hour later, the calls started coming in. I didn't call, what do you mean you're sending my items back? I thought I had until December! What's happening? Are you cancelling my account? I had to calm them down and explain that their items had been brought from the warehouse because of a mistake, we had just wanted to check with them before sending them back over to make sure they were not coming to pick them up. >_<

What I really want to know is how almost the entire pallet had been pulled, put on the truck, unloaded, and marked for pickup *by mistake*. Was it the associate who took the call? Was it a problem at warehouse? Did they just pull back the whole pallet the cancelled item was on? Did six different customers who don't know each other tell the exact same story to get out of a pickup they had simply changed their minds on? @_@ It's all so confusing.
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A Small Rant [Sep. 14th, 2004|02:27 am]
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[mood |annoyedannoyed]

I feel the need to post this. In less than six hours, my store's STAR will begin.

I had been hoping that we'd bomb STAR spectactlarly in my department. Our deaprtment manager (you know, the person who makes more money than you do because they supposedly have the skills to run your area) has been absent of late. She has been on the clock and in the store, but not in the department she manages. Instead she has been resetting the mod in Chemicals, helping with overstock in HBA, and doing beanflips for every single candle in the entire furniture department. Oh, and helping out ICS and doing trailer-listing. And taking twenty or thirty minute cigarette breaks.

Meanwhile, her department is in sore need of attention. Her department is Layaway. We have not completed a bin audit since August 17th. We have associates who will pull the label off a cancelled box, and then leave it in the bin. We have about a dozen bikes that need to somehow get hung on the ceiling and properly assigned to the system. We have paperwork that hasn't been touched since early August. We have more missing boxes than I care to think about.

Now, my understanding was that she was only asked to assist in other areas *if* hers was caught up. She works 7-4 weekdays. We have a midshift at 10 daily and a closer at 2 daily. As soon as the mid gets in, she takes off for a break followed almost immediately by a lunch. Then, if there are less than three people in line, she takes off for wherever management has "suggested" she help. She is sure to cover the midshift's fifteen minute break, but as soon as the closer comes in at 2, she counts off the register. So she is on register for about two hours and fifteen minutes a day. Midshift is on the register about seven hours, two of them completely without back-up (opener's and closer's lunch). Closer is on register about seven hours, four of them usually without back-up.

Now, I could see maybe that being okay if my manager spent her non-register time doing audits, paperwork, researching missing boxes, or supervising bike-hanging. But this almost never happens.

On to STAR. The last time my boss did anything to help us prepare for STAR was on Friday. Before that I coulnd't tell you. After a talk with the rest of our team on Saturday, it was decided that it would be to our benefit to try our best to pull off a good grade on STAR. If we got a bad grade, the team would take the blame. If we got a good grade, sure our boss would get the credit, but we'd all know that it wasn't because of her. So we all busted ass over the weekend to get it cleaned up.

We did a partial-audit of just the things that were the worst. Pulled out any boxes without labels and returned them to stock. I *personally* (5'6" female) hung bikes fifteen feet in the air. We organized boxes and bins. We even busted almost completely through over a full month's worth of paperwork. I made and posted brand-new signs specifically because I knew that would be some not-expected bonus stuff. I made sure Jewelry had done an audit within the week. If anything brings our score down, it'll be something stupid we overlooked.

Then today, my boss *called in sick.* The day before STAR. If anything's messed up and we overlooked it, she probably would have noticed it. As it was we had a cashier open the department. Our mid was there early, but management woulnd't clock her in early. My store seems like it's trying to screw itself over. Grr.
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More Stories = More Readers? [Jul. 21st, 2004|02:55 pm]
My Wal-Mart, My Ass!

This is a journal of my experiences behind the register at Walmart and at a local fast food place (Job #2). I added the second job stories because they just need to be told. :) The purpose of this collection is to inform and entertain - I update often, but not often enough to overload your friends page.

If you think you're interested, read this for a sample.

Still interested? Try this next.

And last but not least...a recent entry.
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Sick of It. [Jun. 25th, 2004|09:10 pm]
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[mood |sicksick]

Hello, Wal-Mart associates, non-associates, and customers -- it's me again, and today, I'd like to talk about the sick day policy of Wal-Mart. Why? Well, it just got brought to my attention, and while Wal-Mart has plenty of policies that annoy me, this one is very fresh in my mind. This is not confidential data, as it's not copied verbatim from any Wal-Mart policy manual and is merely an explanation of how it works as far as I know. Here's the way it works:

If you are sick, and you call out, that counts as an unapproved absence. (So does not showing up, I believe.) If you have three of these in a six-month rolling period, you get a verbal coaching (in short, you get bitched at, and they write down that they verbally bitched at you in case they have to bitch at you more later.) Four gets you a written coaching (in short, not only do they bitch at you, but they put it in your employee record.) Five nets you a D-Day (yeah, it's pretty much what it sounds like -- you get a day to sit at home and write out why you should be allowed to keep your job. Six and you're fired.

In order to be able to use your sick days, you must be out a minimum of two days (you don't get paid for the first day, and would need to use a personal day for it.) Furthermore, in order for your absence to be 'approved', you have to have a doctor's note. Nevermind that you're unable to see straight, vomiting on random things, whatever -- you need a doctor's note in order to have an approved absence.

An absence consists of 'however long you are out' -- so as long as you're out one day, you might as well be out two or more, approved or not.

Of course, if you can't afford a doctor, don't worry, Wal-Mart is a family-oriented, understanding environment. All you have to do is go to work, and explain to your manager that you are feeling unwell and won't be able to come in the next day -- and they'll benevolently change your schedule so that tomorrow is your day off instead of its normal day.

(Incidentally, you are not allowed to be more than ten minutes early or fifteen minutes late to arrive - mostly because the time clock simply won't let you clock in at all. Three 'tardies' also counts as an unapproved absence -- just like high school! Only in high school, you don't have to sign an agreement when you enter the school that says you can drop out whenever you want, and they can expel you whenever they want.)

So let's review. If you're feeling sick, you have three company-approved choices:
-- See a doctor, and hope you either have medical insurance (which eats a large fraction of your paycheck -- and let's not forget how much you have to pay out of your own pocket per year before they start to cover anything...) or a good lawyer.
-- Predict how sick you are going to be the day before you are too sick to work, so that you can spend your day off being sick.
-- Be sick on your day off to begin with, thus solving the problem.

I suppose that if you lose consciousness on the salesfloor, or vomit directly on a member of management, they may send you home for the rest of the day (and call it an 'approved left early' in their little tracking system), but that's about it. So if you work for Wal-Mart, better either have a good family doctor and a better insurance plan from your spouse's job, or a very very strong immune system.
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A Personal Account [May. 22nd, 2004|12:52 pm]
My Wal-Mart, My Ass!

I've been at Walmart over a year, and this journal is an account of things that have happened to me during that time, and of stories I've heard, people I've met, etc.
I only wish to entertain and inform. :)

If anyone is interested, please feel free to add me.
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Ominous [May. 2nd, 2004|01:59 pm]
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[mood |surprisedsurprised]

Two pictures I took of the Wal-Mart where my hubby works. I think they look kinda evil/ominous ... maybe I'm just projecting.
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RFID [May. 2nd, 2004|12:38 pm]
My Wal-Mart, My Ass!
[mood |pessimisticpessimistic]

According to an article at MSNBC.com, Walmart is planning to begin using RFID tags to track products.  How is this a bad thing?  Read this article at the ACLU web site for more information.
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For Folks Who've Ever Worked Overtime at Wal-mart [Apr. 20th, 2004|10:15 am]
My Wal-Mart, My Ass!
Dear MoveOn member,

Today, the Bush administration is formally introducing new rules that
will make
millions of people ineligible for overtime protection when they work
more than 40 hours per week.

This change has been in the works for months, and thousands of MoveOn
members have called on Congress to oppose the new rules. Congress has
responded -- bipartisan majorities in both houses have voted against
rolling back overtime.

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