Funny Thing About Walmart

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  1. K E Gordon

    K E Gordon Very Well-Known Member
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    Well anyway, in the urban areas at least in Northern Virginia, it seems like almost all the Walmart employees are not US born. I had sent my ex to buy a mop head there for me, since, the nearest Walmart is like 45 minutes from here, and he has one close to his house. The mop did not indicate which one to buy and I had to call O'Cedar so I told him the type he was supposed to get, he was having trouble finding it, I said well why don't you ask one of the employees? He said, well no one here speaks English. I said well you could go to Customer Service, he said I am not too sure they speak English either...hehe. I said Ok, he just ended up buying a new spongemop! Has anyone else encountered this at America's favorite retailer?
     
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    So far, not where I live in Texas. The employees at my local Walmart all speak English and are middle aged. Maybe it's coming my way, though.
     
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    Nope. but the same could be said for almost any store.
     
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    Regardless of where an employee was born, I just don't believe that there are Walmart stores where NONE of the staff speaks English. And no, the same cannot be said for almost any store.

    Accents......sometimes hard to understand.....sure. But to say no one speaks English is stereotypical and presumptuous. The store would quickly lose money and go out of business. Walmart would not let that happen.
     
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  5. Ken Anderson

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    Not around here. I know quite a few people who work for Walmart, and am fairly certain they are all citizens. Walmart is a major employer in several small towns around Maine.
     
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    I live on the outskirts of Houston,Tx., and we have stores of all nationalities. The closest grocery store to me is a Mexican store. They are set up like the small stores a lot of remember from way back. It has a bakery with wonderful Mexican pastries, a steam table with Mexican dishes, and a real butcher's department with at least three real butchers, (no prepackaged meats), behind the counter.

    All the employees are Mexican and do not speak English, and I don't speak Spanish, but I quickly learned to bring up pictures of whatever on my phone if I can't find what I need. I don't mind that they don't speak English, and they don't seem to mind my pictures.:p
     
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    Small stores are one thing. Walmart is another.
     
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    I bet pictures would work in the big stores as well. With or without language I generally can get my point across.:D
     
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    Ina, I say again you are a wise and kind person. I admire your grace.
     
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    Here on Oahu where I live I've been to 3 Walmart on the leeward coast. Pearl City, Ft. Street Mall and Keeaumoku St. Walmarts all have hard working people who always seem to be stocking empty shelves, all knowledgeable, all know English and are nice to me. It's interesting that no one know English working in america you got to know English.
     
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    Well, ya gotta have Mexican-Americans working there, and LOTS of them have "bilingual expertise": they understand English perfectly well under common circumstances, but when pulled over by a cop, cannot speak a word of it! I've SEEN it in Phoenix. Wow, I expect repercussions, though, but I HAD to say it!
     
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    I really can't believe anyone speaks English. English was not my mother's first language or one of my brother's wives. The latter speaks with a heavy accent and has said sometimes she doesn't want to open her mouth. The thing is sometimes we need to open our ears.

    I used to work with this ignorant woman and when one employee who had a heavy Eastern European accent used the intercom this individual would state "why don't you speak English" I'd reply "I understood every word she said" And believe me, English is the only language I speak. Most unfortunately, this individual didn't get it and would still make these stupid comments.
     
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    There's a heavy Latino influence here, but I haven't encountered any employees at Walmart that don't speak English. The ones here don't have accents, either, all seem to be born here. There are a lot of workers coming in from offshore and also who work in the labor industries in the area, and many of them have accents, although I haven't encountered any that didn't speak English.

    I think it probably depends on where you live and shop. Where I last lived, in Spring Branch, there were a lot of immigrants, and I'd hear quite a few different languages as I shopped, but I think all of the employees spoke English. The Walmarts up there were different from the huge Supercenters here, they were the smaller innercity type Neighborhood Markets, and have limited stock and variety.

    When I would go to the laundromat there, which I would do on occasion, if I had a particularly large amount of laundry to wash, or when the washer had broken, I felt as if I'd stepped into another world. Most in there had limited English ability, and I felt as if I were back in the mercado in Matamoros, except the people weren't Mexican, they were from central and south America. The place was basically a social center. Families would congregate there while the moms did the laundry, the dads would play pool, and the kids would run around playing. There was even an internet cafe, basically a couple of phone booth looking kiosks where you'd pay by the minute or ten minutes, something like that. There was a fabulous taco truck parked outside all day, and that was my favorite part.
     
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    Actually, I've heard/read that this is pretty true.
     
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    In Brownsville, Texas it wasn't unusual to encounter employees, even bank clerks, who didn't speak English. On the other hand, in Matamoros, Mexico, just across the border, people at petty much every business were bilingual.
     
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    It sounds like you found a clever way to cope with the situation. At the Walmart that is closest to me, they do speak English, however, try finding an associate when you want one. They are generally nowhere to be found. Oh well, I usually manage to find what I want anyway. This is something that plagues a few people I think.
     
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    I love the one stop shopping at Walmart and the very reasonable prices on most things. Here in Louisiana we don't have a problem with anyone speaking English, about the only problem I notice some shoppers have is waiting their turn to check out. It seems so many people now days do not like to wait for anything...even their turn in getting to the register. :) And this is not just a problem for them at Walmart...they don't like to wait in line period. So boy would these same people be really unhappy if they reached the Cashier only to have her speak a language they couldn't understand! Some of them would probably just leave their cart of stuff and walk out the store.
     
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    Walmart generally seems to have enough registers open so that doesn't happen. Of course I always get stuck behind the person who requires a price check on like 5 different items..:rolleyes: Oh wait thats me! Noo, not really:p but little interrupptions in the line seem to happen frequently and it is not something anyone wants to encounter. It just makes the whole line move slower.
     
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    We have one Walmart here in Louisiana that has so much traffic all the time that even with almost all the cash registers open there is constant lines. This Walmart I avoid as much as I can because of the traffic inside and outside. It isn't the one closest to my home anyway...but it is the one closest to my daughter's home and if I am helping out with my grandchildren and need a few things on the way home...I will make a stop at this one. Otherwise I avoid it like the plague! :)
     
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    Slowdowns in store lines (price checks, forgotten items, etc.) Is not unique to Walmart.
     
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    I was watching the morning news a few days ago, and they were warning the public that thieves have come up with a device that clips onto the self checkout registers within less that three seconds, and it gathering all a customer's information. They named Walmart and other larger stores as have the problem.

    So it might be worth our time to stand in the long lines after all.
     
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    True enough, our self checkouts never have any line at all. I simply don't use them because when I try, I wind up needing help from an employee, anyway!
     
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    I see very few people using the self-checkout lanes around here either. I tried them once and had one item that wouldn't scan so I don't bother with them anymore.
     
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    That's what happened to me when I tried to use them Frank, something would not work right and an employee had to basically check everything out for me anyway. I never tried them again.
     
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    I had the same experience, and unless all of the other checkout lines are full, and there is an employee there to check me through the self-checkout station, I never use them either.
    I also read another warning to add to the one that @Ina I. Wonder mentioned. It warned that you should always be careful when using a credit or debit card; because even when you say you do not want cash back, the checker can add it on the total (and pocket the money), and if you don't check out your receipt right away, you might not even notice that they had done that.
    I never ask for cash back, or very seldom anyway; but I do ALWAYS stop and go over my grocery receipt before I leave the store. The other day, we had gone to Kroger and picked up a few groceries; but the total seemed like it waas really high from what we expected it to be.
    When we checked the receipt, the $3.50 chicken had been rang up at over $35 instead ! !
    Apparently, the cashier had punched in one too many numbers when ringing it up. The customer service people returned everything, but it definitely brought out how important it is to always check out one's receipts.
     
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