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bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: April 4th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you like Asda, its big transatlantic brother Wal-Mart will blow your mind. ;-) Random items to be bought there could include: baby buggies, TV/VCR/DVD combos, ride-on-lawnmowers, ice-cream in 100 varieties, shoes, dresses... the downside is that - more so than Asda - there is no coherent scheme to stocking, items go by brand rather than type so you'll find all the Nabisco cereals together, then all the Kelloggs, then other brands, so looking for "cornflakes" could take ten minutes, walking up and down aisles to compare. The cookies will share an aisle with lard will share an aisle with sauce. Soda will be in three seemingly random locations, different types in each. It's a nightmare, and Asda seem to have picked up a lot of this vibe. But for value and range, they're pretty good. (I love the George baby stuff, and occasionally find nice clothes for me there too. And they sell Cherry Coke in 2L bottles which seemingly no one else in Oxfordshire does.)
sbp From: sbp Date: April 4th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
But it's Wal-Mart. And Wal-Mart are Bad.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: April 4th, 2004 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely. But sometimes Bad can be Fun in a Dirty kind of way.
mobbsy From: mobbsy Date: April 5th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I loathe Wal-Mart ever since spending 3 days in their corporate datacentre in Bentonville, Arkansas.

They had slogans painted on the walls. It was a barn full of cubes as far as the eye could see. Everybody seemed worried about being seen to do a good job by their managers, they got in early and worked late.

I'm currently sitting in a cube in corporate America with motivational posters up in the hallways without great distress; so I've obviously become somewhat inured to it. Wal-Mart was the first and still the worst example of the type I've seen. It didn't help that the town is a dump, it's still the only place in the US I've been that I really didn't like.
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