So, I’ve boycotted Walmart. I haven’t shopped there in a couple of weeks. Actually, I think the last time I stepped into a Walmart was the weekend before last. You have to understand how this proves difficult in our area before I continue. You know all of those local grocery stores that you guys have around town? Well, we don’t really have those. We have two “grocery stores” nearby that we can shop at, but otherwise Walmart Supercenter and Super Target pretty much rule the roost here. One of our grocery store’s prices are about three times the price of Super Walmart, Super Target is just a bit higher than Super Walmart and the other grocery store just about breaks even with Super Walmart except on some items.
When we were in California, I saw about 8 different grocery store ads spread out over my husband’s parent’s table and I was in pure shock! I’ve never seen such a thing. I had no idea one city could have THAT many different options to buy groceries. I have to admit, I was really jealous. Do you know how long it takes to make a “quick run to the store” here? At least 45 minutes. Because you have to park 10 miles away from the front door of the Super Walmart and then walk through crowds of people, stand in line forever, not to mention, walk around the gigantic store just to get to the milk. Ugh.
So anyway, a friend of mine works at Walmart as an over night stocker and I have heard horror stories left and right from her about how they treat their employees. Ridiculous things like the managers telling the employees they HAD to come to work, even if they were sick. WHAT? Do they not know what spreads the flu and other illnesses?? GERMS. FROM SICK PEOPLE. So how does that make you feel? Knowing that some joe schmoe who has the H1N1 flu is stocking your baby’s formula or your cold medicine in the pharmacy? Ugh. Sickens me. Also, said friend had a horrible flu and then fell down a flight of stairs and they reprimanded her for MISSING WORK. She even showed them the bruise covering half of her back from the fall and they just blew it off and still reprimanded her.
Also, have you seen this movie? I’ve only seen about 3/4 of it and it made me want to puke.
So anyway, we have boycotted Walmart. We are shopping at the local grocery store and if there are things we can’t find, then I guess we’ll live without it. There are only 2 things that I will HAVE to go into Walmart for and that is my shampoo (because their salon sells it, but luckily I have about a year’s worth in my cupboard) and possibly Zoey’s baby formula because I think we’re going to switch to Parent’s Choice Organic formula to help save some $$.
So besides those couple of things, I am not going to be shopping at Walmart. I’ll do without anything else I can’t get at other stores. I’ll keep checking back in to make sure I’ve kept my word and not shopped there.