Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Note: lots of graphic language in this one.

I will never go there again! I f'ing hate that place! Besides the fact they hire the nasty of the nasties and their checkers are never checking.... they have the most idiotic register program for self-checkout!

I never do self checkout because it never works. Ever. EVER! But today I was just getting some gum so I thought surely, it could handle one little item.

I scanned my gum and hit the button to pay. I had a gift card (whole other f'ing walmart story. I did a return and instead of giving me my money back, they insisted on doing a flipping giftcard!), so I chose that little button for Wal-Mart gift cards. It said 'swipe your card', so I swiped.

THEN it said 'this card not recognized' and went back to the 'please swipe your card' screen. I double checked the card. Yep... definately a Wal-Mart gift card (thought maybe i'd grabbed my Express card instead or something). I swiped again. Nothing. So I waved over the old geezer working the 'Self-Checker - because all of our crap is just a POS - helper counter' and told him that I swiped the gift card but it said it wasn't recognized. He asked "is it a Wal-Mart gift card?" Well.... its SAYS Wal-Mart on it! I said... yes...

He then starts this shit:
Geezer: How many times did you swipe?
Me: twice
Geezer: Well, lets look at what this little lady is doing.

He shifted our attention to the wal-mart scanner screen... NOT the paypad where you scan your card and complete your transaction... which is where all of this crap had been taking place.

Me: why do I care? I just want to use that card
Geezer: Well, what is she doing? Lets watch her and see what she does.
Me: No. It says my card is not recognizable.
Geezer: If you watch, you will see that she is doing this *takes hand and waves it over the scanner*

Yea, i'm totally not seeing that AND since I can read English, i'm reading the card reader machine and doing what it tells me. IT's not taking the card.

Geezer: Just watch and you tell me what she is doing.

I'm so totally pissed at this moment that I'm fixing to pop the old goat in the jaw. I look around to see if a manager happens to be walking by so I can get this old shit in trouble.
I'm not paying attention, and it's obvious to him that he's fixing to die because i'm going to choke the ever loving shit out of him.

Geezer: Let me show you.

He takes my card and swipes it over the scanner and then the little lady in the picture changes back to the opening screen as if to start scanning again.

Geezer: See, you needed to scan it.
Me: The card reader said to SWIPE the card again.
Geezer: You need to watch the picture and she will show you what to do. It said scan.
Me: No. I know what it said and it said SWIPE THE CARD AGAIN.

I ripped my receipt out of his hand and headed to the door.

Geezer: I'm sorry to embarrass you!

I stopped dead in my tracks and turned around to tell him 'oh, I am NOT embarrassed!' I was so pissed off at the highest point of pisstivity it wasnt even funny! He was two seconds away from getting the crap beat out of him.

OBVIOUSLY from his desire to give lessons, they have problems with their little POS system. Why in the world would anyone swipe their card to pay and go BACK to watch the little girl to see what she did when on the keypad it SAID to swipe the card again!? There is a difference between swipe and scan.

I will Never go to Wal-Mart again.

Target it where it's at.


Traveling Chica said...


Trust me, Target has its own set of issues.

Bone said...

I try to limit my trips to Wal-Mart to once a month, max.

And the self-scanners NEVER work. If you have more than like three items, it takes forever.

I did kinda laugh at your story though O:)

egan said...

Target is so much better. I haven't been in a Wal-Mart more than five times in my life and haven't bought anything there in over 12 years. Not my kind of place for the reasons you cited in this post.

Kerry said...

*hugs and kisses* to all of you. I have great anti-walmart support!

I haven't had many issues with Target yet. I'm hoping and praying they don't burst my bubble. When I was at Chaos College, all we had was a Dollar General and a Wal-Mart. Target wasn't an option. Now that I live in the city, Target is just down the street (from my house) but at work, its Wal-Mart.

Today.... almost 24 hours later... I still hate Wal-Mart :)

CruiserMel said...

THAT'S tellin' 'em!

So sorry I am laughing at your expense. Why are these things always funnier to everyone else?

EmmaK said...

Wal-Mart is hell on wheels...only I keep braving it because its so freakin' cheap.

Kerry said...

Mel: tis ok... I knew someone would laugh ;) I do the same thing. I think its because you kind of know where they are coming from and what they feel like!!! that's why we laugh! lol

Emmak: I hear ya, but I figure if I cut my diet coke consumption down i'll save enough money to afford the difference in WalMart prices and Target prices

socal sweetie said...

Yea, Wal Mart pretty much sucks. I can't believe that guy was treating you like a child with no common sense, ew!