CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER – DESPERATE MEASURES

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Posted on 25th October 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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The desperation of retailers grows by the day. I head to Wal-Mart and Giant in Harleysville every Sunday morning at 7:00 am. to do my weekly grocery shopping. I go to Wal-Mart at opening to avoid the freaks we see weekly on the People of Wal-Mart post. The workers at Wal-Mart are only a small step above the customers. They can barely communicate, rarely look you in the eye, and generally act like they are prisoners in an asylum.

I’m in winter/bad times ahead prep mode. I had a load of fire wood delivered yesterday which I wheelbarrowed to the back yard and stacked with my already decent sized stack. Last week I took an empty propane canister back to Wal-Mart to replace it with a full canister. That would give me three full propane tanks. I left the empty tank outside next to the propane cage and went in to pay. The old lady cashier with the gravelly smoker voice told me she would call for someone to get me a new tank.

I went over the cage and patiently waited for a Wal-Mart drone to come out, unlock the propane cage and give me a full tank. Two minutes, five minutes, and eventually ten minutes go by with no one coming out to help me. The cashier pokes her head out the door and shrugs her shoulders and says no one is responding to her calls. What a well oiled machine they have at Wal-Mart. Eventually the old lady abandoned her cashier post and in a painstakingly slow manner proceeded to unlock one bin after another until she found a full tank. I’m sure a line of unhappy customers were piling up at the only register in the garden center while she spent ten minutes getting me my propane tank.

A transaction that should have taken five minutes from start to finish ended up taking closer to twenty five minutes, with another five or six customers also dissatisfied with their extra long wait. This is a perfect example of how not to do business. Maybe Wal-Mart’s problems are bigger than households having less to spend. They are attempting to maintain their profit margins by reducing staff hours, hiring low quality people, and paying them shit wages. In the short run it may keep profits higher, but in the long-run customers will go elsewhere. Except most of the elsewhere stores closed up years ago when Wal-Mart arrived and underpriced them into bankruptcy.

My shopping experience at Giant is generally pleasant. The staff are nice, competent, and have been there for years. They know what they are doing and serve you with a smile. But their store is part of a worldwide conglomerate, so things have changed for the worse over the last four months. They renovated the entire store, creating bigger aisles and moving stuff around. That’s annoying, but after a while you figure out where they moved the stuff you want. The real negative change was the dreaded “Everyday Low Pricing”. This weasel phrase means you will be paying more. This is what the Apple idiot CEO – Ron Johnson – did at JC Penney. It put them on a rapid path to bankruptcy.

The weekly sale items at Giant have virtually disappeared. This has coincided with the drastic increase in beef, pork and fresh produce prices. Since “Every Day Low Pricing” went into affect our weekly grocery bill has gone up 20%. And I am buying far less beef and more chicken. In the past I would stock up on sale items and put beef, pork and whatever was on sale in our storage area freezer. Now I am stuck buying what we need that week. No bargains, just fully priced food items. Be forewarned, whenever you see a store announce “Everyday Low Pricing” you are getting screwed.

The Boos Begin in August & Bells Start Jingling in October

The desperation of Wal-Mart and most of the other mega-retail chains is no more clearly evident than in their relentlessly ridiculous acceleration of holiday marketing displays. I was flabbergasted when I saw Halloween candy, decorations and costumes in row after row BEFORE Labor Day at my local Wal-Mart. Selling Halloween candy two months before Halloween is idiotic and a sure sign of desperation. Retailers have run out of merchandising ideas. I wouldn’t even consider buying Halloween candy until the week before Halloween. Do Wal-Mart freaks of the week actually buy Halloween merchandise in September?

Holidays used to be special occasions that lent a sense of sales urgency for retailers for a week or two, to pump up sales. Now Wal-Mart and the rest of the dying retailers have Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July, and Halloween displays up for 80% of the year. There is no sense of urgency to buy. From September 1 though October 31 there are rows and rows of bags of corporate produced chemicals disguised as candy. I suppose the obese masses buy this crap in anticipation of Halloween, tell themselves they’ll only take one, and then shovel the entire bag down their gullets.

So last week, still a full two weeks before Halloween, Wal-Mart had already converted their entire garden center into a Christmas wonderland of cheap mass produced Chinese cookie cutter Christmas decorations and lights that will blow out after three hours of use. They had also converted aisles at the front of the store to Christmas displays. Who the hell shops for Christmas crap in October? There is nothing like having cheap Chinese Christmas crap available for over two months to create a sense of urgency to buy. Wal-Mart and the rest of the mega-retailers have got nothin. They have no original merchandising ideas. They don’t even try anymore. They source low quality goods from China and compete solely on price. I can’t wait for the Easter candy to appear on Wal-Mart’s shelves in late December.

Black Thanksgiving

Black Friday is dead. Long live Black Thanksgiving. The riots and stampedes by the ignorant masses for toasters and HDTVs on Black Friday are now being replaced by retailers and malls across America opening at 6:00 pm on Thanksgiving. It actually seems fitting. How better to give thanks for our mass consumption, debt financed, materialistic, iGadget addicted society than to open stores on Thanksgiving. Spending time with family is overrated anyway. If you had to spend six hours with cousin Eddie and aunt Bethany, you’d be looking forward to an early opening at Macy’s.

The bullshit message from the mega-retailers is: “We’re not opening on Thanksgiving out of desperation or greed. We’re doing it simply to satisfy the demands of our customers”. It’s a racist national holiday anyway. We should be going to an Indian run casino on Thanksgiving to make up for our past sins. Opening stores and forcing workers to work on Thanksgiving is pathetic, disgusting and a truly desperate measure in this consumer empire in decline. The law of diminishing returns has been invoked upon the mega-retailers that dominate our suburban sprawl paradise.

These retailers can start holiday merchandising three months before the actual holiday. They can open their doors on Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas. It’s nothing more than shuffling the deck furniture on the Titanic. We’ve allowed bankers, politicians and corporate titans to financialize our economy, gutting the once thriving middle class, sending manufacturing jobs overseas, and convincing the clueless masses that consumer goods purchased with debt is equal to wealth. But, we’ve reached the point of no return. There are 248 million working age Americans and 102 million of them are not employed. Of the 146 million working Americans, 82 million of them make less than $30,000 per year.

While retailers have added billions of square feet since 1989, real median net worth is 5% lower over 24 years. Retailers are attempting to get blood from a stone. The stone is in debt, approaching retirement with no savings and dead broke.

We have one entity that deserves the most credit for destroying the American Dream. Real median household income is lower than it was in 1989. The 2008 collapse was caused by the easy money bubble machine at the Federal Reserve. We had the opportunity to hit the reset button, implement rational economic and monetary policies, take our lumps, and make the banking culprits pay for their crimes. Instead, the easily manipulated masses believed the Wall Street storyline and allowed the Federal Reserve and feckless politicians to save the banking cabal with extreme money printing and debt creation. This has pushed the middle class closer to the breaking point, while further enriching the oligarchs. The Federal Reserve saved their owners and lured the masses further into debt.

The Fed, Wall Street, and Washington DC have successfully driven consumer debt to an all-time high, blasting through the $3 trillion level. Declining real incomes and rising debt are a sure recipe for success.

Our entire economic paradigm is built upon desperate measures. Zero interest rates, $3 trillion of QE, systematic accounting fraud, fudged economic data, and doling out subprime loans to auto renters and University of Phoenix wannabes have failed to revive our moribund economy. Delusions don’t die easily. But they do die. We are reaching the limit of this delusionary dream built upon debt, denial, and deception. Make sure you wolf down that Thanksgiving feast before 5:00 pm. There are HDTV’s to fight for at 6:00 pm.

WAL-MART FREAKS OF THE WEEK

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Posted on 25th October 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

Warning!!! We have piss, shit and obese boomers on power scooters.

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It’s not often pulled up grey socks are the 2nd worst lower leg accessory on someone, but you’ve managed to pull that feat off.

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Fun food-fight hypothetical coming at ya! Would you rather (A) buy and eat that meat or (B) wear that shirt everyday for the rest of your life? Choose wisely, you don’t know what type of powers I might have.

6OH

Sweetie, there are a few aisles I’d recommend you visit before picking out your rice and soups.

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I sincerely hope you two are some sort of bizarre couple because I’m not sure I can wrap my head around the probability that you two are strangers that just so happen to be standing close enough together to get a picture of at the same time. That would be like Godzilla and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all just chilling by the pool together. It would have to be planned.

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Well that is super gross. Honestly even Halloween costume companies haven’t even gotten that nasty to design this type of scary wig. Looks like a dirty animal nest.

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Well, at least you can’t yell at her for mislabeling her products. That’s poison everyone and remember, poison kills.

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I can’t tell if he has his bare ass out or if the back airbags both deployed….what’s that? Those scooters don’t have airbags? Well, then I guess we know our answer.

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Biker gangs in 2014 just don’t have the same intimidation level as they once did.

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Well somebody better wash this dirty girl…

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Another magical Walmart proposal. I was going to propose to my fiance in Walmart too, but I wanted her to say “yes” so I went another route. 

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Sure it gives you some added height but good luck dunking in those heels. You ain’t no Juwanna Mann, I can tell you that much.

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WAL-MART FREAKS OF THE WEEK

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Posted on 18th October 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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…In case you were wondering what is looks like when a fashion trend dies. This makes me happy though. I hope Ed Hardy sees what he has done to himself.

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While I am all about Despicable Me and the Minions, I smartly choose to express my odd adult fan-hood with them in the comfort and privacy of my own home.

6809

Who needs mace when you have a damn snake around your neck?! Fantastic way to prevent attacks. Horrible way to make friends.

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Sorry, my cabana boy had to go out and get me some fresh pineapple juice so this one is on me.

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What appears to be a very risque bikini top is in fact just a totally unnecessary back boob exposing tank-top outfit. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s life, get used to it.

6806

Oh snap, I didn’t know it was gonna be that type of party at Walmart today! Get on over there and get your no pants dance on people!

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Doe a deer, a female deer…great now that I got that song stuck in your head all day we can move on and ask WTF is going on here?!?!

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The gift that keeps on giving….STDs

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You see a g-string, I see a nice pie chart for budgeting….and her ass. We all see her ass.

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WAL-MART FREAKS OF THE WEEK

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Posted on 11th October 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Well now I’m just intrigued. I’ve never been to a FUNeral. Do you think there are balloon animals and alcohol and strippers and stuff? Let me know what you guys would like to see at your next FUNeral.

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She is wearing those short shorts to show off that hourglass figure…It just happens to be that daylight savings time hour where you go back and it lasts 2 hours.

6791

I see you spent quite a lot of time working on your glutes…Bad news for you is I don’t think women even have anacondas to want your buns hun, so it looks like you wasted your time.

 

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*Free Kittens with every kidnapping. Gotta read the fine print people. There is always a catch.

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No witty caption necessary.

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You know I’m surprised Vidal Sassoon hasn’t already come out with a line of hair care products that smell like feet. You might be on to something partner.

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Going out in public lookin’ like the Kool-Aid Man’s side piece. Not good.

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Excellent, now that we’ve pinpointed the problem step 2 is doing something about it.

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Can Redbox now technically advertise that you don’t even have to get out of bed to rent a movie?

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FOOD STAMPS DANCE

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Posted on 11th October 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Your average Obama voter.

 

OBAMACARE FORCES WAL-MART TO INCREASE EMPLOYEE PREMIUMS BY 28% & ELIMINATE HEALTHCARE FOR 26,000 WORKERS

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Posted on 7th October 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Liberals will be outraged at the big corporation – Wal-Mart. They would prefer that Wal-Mart swallow the huge increase in healthcare costs caused by Obamacare and just pass the cost along to you the taxpayer through higher prices. That’s not how it works in a capitalistic system. If the government chooses to socialize healthcare and drive prices up, companies will hire less workers, fire existing workers, pass the increases along to employees, shift to part-time workers, and/or increase prices to customers. Thank you Obama. I’m still waiting for my $2,500 annual savings from Obamacare. I guess the check is in the mail.

Walmart Ends Healthcare Benefits For Workers Under 30 Hours

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Under the title (only-a-PR-person-could-make-up) “Providing Quality Benefits for Our Associates,” Walmart – who employs 1.3 million people in America, has changed its eligibility standards for healthcare benefits. “Like every company,” they explain “Walmart faces rising healthcare costs,” and so are ending benefits for associates who work less than 30 hours a week.

Full Walmart statement

In the U.S., the 1.3 million people who work at our stores, clubs and distribution centers are vital to a great experience for the 140 million customers shopping with us each week. We’re in business because our associates bring us their unique skills and talents – and so we do our absolute best to offer all the benefits that come with a great job, particularly affordable health insurance.

Anyone who has been following the news for the last several years knows that health care is a major topic of debate. From doctors’ visits and prescriptions to insurance premiums, health care costs have increased for all of us – individuals and the companies that insure them – each year. Knowing this, Walmart continues to work with health care providers and professionals, using our size and influence to negotiate the best rates and options for our associates.

Like every company, Walmart continues to face rising health care costs. This year, the expenses were significant and led us to make some tough decisions as we begin our annual enrollment. As a result, today we announced that our associates will see an increase in premiums for 2015. For example, our most popular and lowest cost associate-only plan will increase by $3.50 to $21.90 per pay period – still half the average premium other retail employees pay.

 

We’re also changing eligibility for some part-time associates. We will continue to provide affordable health care to all eligible associates, including part-time, who work more than 30 hours. However, similar to other retailers like Target, Home Depot, Walgreens and Trader Joe’s, we will no longer be providing health benefits to part-time associates who work less than 30 hours. This will impact about 2% of our total U.S. workforce.  We will be working with a specialist, HealthCompare, to personally guide our associates through the process of finding the right, affordable health care.

We are proud of the health care plans we offer, which are among the best in the retail industry, as well as the new benefits we’ve introduced over the past two years for our associates. This includes a vision plan that launched this year and our innovative Centers of Excellence program that began in 2013 that covers select spine and heart procedures at no cost to our associates. We expanded Centers of Excellence this year to include knee and hip replacement surgeries and, for 2015, we’re excited to be adding breast, lung and colorectal cancer care at the Mayo Clinic.

We don’t make these decisions lightly, and the fact remains that our plans exceed those of our peers in the retail industry. Our premiums remain well below the industry average compiled by expert Aon Hewitt.  We also continue to pay the majority of health care costs for associates covered under our medical plans. For example, on average we cover more than 60% of our associates’ total health care costs and more than 75% of their premium costs. In contrast, the retail industry pays, on average, about 54% of total health care costs and 68% of employee premiums.

All of our eligible associates – both full and part-time – will continue to benefit from our health care options that include no lifetime maximum, preventative care covered at 100%, and $250 up to $1,000 to help pay for medical expenses. We believe these options are among the best in the retail industry.

As our associates continue to work hard for our customers, we will continue working hard to keep their benefits as affordable as possible, enhance the quality of health care they receive and make the cost more transparent, which will benefit everyone.

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We suspect the refrain from the American taxpayer will go something like “thanks Obamacare, you’re welcome Walmart.”

WAL-MART FREAKS OF THE WEEK

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Posted on 4th October 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Little Bo Peep in today’s society is a tad less little and and little louder of a Peep.

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I love how parents love to play this little game in Walmart called “How long can I let my kid play with a bag over their head so they shut up for a few minutes before they actually pass out and I go to jail?” – It’s a long name but still seems like a popular past time.

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Really? You love pussy? Because judging a book by it’s cover would lead me to believe you treat it like crap too.

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Just because you will always be your mother’s baby doesn’t give you a reason to still act like one when you’re 6’4″ and pushing a deuce and a quarter.

6772

I came here to do two things; chew gum and kill zombies…looks like I’m almost out of gum.

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Just when you thought People of Walmart couldn’t get any better we get this gem in high definition! Check out the clarity of that muffin top! Very impressive. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for our next product roll out of scratch and sniff pictures!

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Say what you want about her butt-flap-breeze but I’m just amazed this doesn’t happen more in public for how tight people wear their clothes these days. I can’t wear tighty whities without feeling like I’m being suffocated to death let alone some skinny jeans or something.

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It appears the Hands Across America didn’t make it too far this time. People got real handsy, things got inappropriate real quick, it was a nightmare.

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I think our pals over at WhiteTrashRepairs.com will appreciate these redneck suspenders! Heavy duty baby!

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You ever get so into your music you forgot you had headphones on in public and just started jamming out and singing like a fool? Yeah, we’ve all been there. You ever been so into you music you went to the bathroom in the bread aisle? If so, you should probably stop listening to music. Like forever.

6758

Your shirt seems to be hanging on Cliffhanger style. Unfortunately we all know how that turned out so good luck with that.

6749

If we had test scores for people that walked into Walmart you would receive an incomplete just because I feel like a 0 out of 10 isn’t low enough.

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WAL-MART FREAKS OF THE WEEK

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Posted on 27th September 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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If we had test scores for people that walked into Walmart you would receive an incomplete just because I feel like a 0 out of 10 isn’t low enough.

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My mind seriously can’t even comprehend the amount of hillbilly going on right now. Like, you are some straight up ol’ timey racist cartoon hillbilly come to life and I’m so happy that I saw this that I can’t even remember my own name.

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True playas like to slap a little baby powder on dat ass so you know where to find what you’re looking for.

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Unless you’ve got Simon and Theodore with you and they are about to perform, I don’t want to see your damn chipmunk in the store.

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I can’t tell if you’re serious (mainly because your painted on face gives no expression) or if you are purposefully trying to recreate the Batman logo between your eyes.

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Damn girl, you look like you’re trying to shove your head up Chewbacca’s ass.

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Because America, that’s why! Get some!

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Oh darlin’, your face pretty much sums up everyone’s feelings about this guy who is too old to be dressed like that but still thinks it’s ok because he is in shape. Judging by those all white sunglasses he clearly he thinks he is cool, but he just looks like a reject of that Gigolos show.

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BOOM! Now those are some heavy duty, smother-you-to-death type of back boobies! You’ve got some back cleavage that makes like 65% of all front cleavages look tiny.

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Ain’t no party like a Walmart party ’cause a Walmart party is actually quite sad and I want to get you some help.

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