Saturday, July 08, 2006

Is your home this nasty?

I am always amazed by how people treat public spaces, especially a Wal-Mart. The whole "I'll get this place nasty because I won't have to clean it up" mentality seems to pervade the entire customer base. To wit:

What I REALLY hate are the people that eat or drink at the counter, or worse, let the kids. And I'm not talking about a soda. I'm talking about you've got four kids with their little McDonald's cups and they sit them right in front of my register and reach and grap and spill the crap all over the place.

Or you get the precious little angel an ice cream and tell it to "share" with sister. Well, big sister don't want to share, so when little sister comes asking, she pushes her on the floor and then drops the ice cream. I have to admit I did laugh at that!

And don't think I didn't see you wad that plastic bag up and stuff it under the debit reader. There are seven trash cans right behind me. You can ask me to take the bag and throw it away or wait until I get to it. Don't dump your crap out, then "hide" the bag around the register. THIS IS NOT AN EASTER EGG HUNT. You don't get extra points for finding a good hiding spot.

It never fails but that I go around the front of the register for something and there's soda cups, bags, riff-raff from purses and people's notes, lists and crap.

And I honestly CANNOT understand how people manage to totally destroy the bathrooms on an hourly basis. If they truly are this nasty at home, then half the county must be at risk of infectious disease.

And to all the old bats out there, I do apologize that this is not the Ritz-Carlton. We are a commercial establishment catering to a certain lower-class demographic that does a half a million dollars in business on Saturdays and again on Sundays. If you want pristine bathrooms with white towels, little soaps & lotions and an attendant, don't come to Wal-Mart. And yelling at me about the soap dispenser won't help fix it. I haven't seen you scrubbing toilets for $7 an hour lately. Like I've said before ... women of a certain age are the retail planet's most difficult customers ...

7 comments:

Lindsay said...

I hear yah.... There are some NASTY people out there.. and the worst part of being a women and trying to use a public restroom... there are some women out there that think they can hoover over the toliet and go... yeah, God did NOT give us good aim! USE THE TOLIET cover and by all means try your best to make it in the pot!

Anonymous said...

Hi!! I love your blog. I try to read it everyday. I sure hope I am not one of those lower middle class people you talk about. But if I could afford it, I would not shop at WM. But I do because of the convenience and selection of some items. However, if I had an unlimited supply of funds, I would send somebody else to do my shopping. And yep!! Some people are nastier in public than in home. Believe it, I 'v seen it. Some of the truck stops are cleaner than bathrooms in supercenters. I try not to use the potty while out shopping.

paulo said...

Lots of old people have nothing to do, so they go complain about trivial things. My grandma is one of those folks that returns a lot of incredibly cheap items for stupid reasons.

The dykes next door said...

I feel the same way as anonymous! If I could afford to shop elsewhere, I would, but on a teacher's salary in Louisiana...
you see my problem. The only thing I like about shopping at WalMart is that if you go around midnight on Friday or Saturdays, you get to see a parade of freaky people! Very entertaining.

Rhiannon said...

I've never been in a nasty women's restroom (even when I was the one cleaning them) but men's ... ewwww, they smell like horse stalls!!

MavenofMoxie said...

Wal-Mart bathrooms are the worst, period. Nasty, nasty, nasty and a smell that could kill you. The Wal-Marts here certainly do not clean them once an hour. Then I look around at the trash (people) in the store and realize why they dont. Hell, I wouldnt clean that crap either. Not enough money in the free world. People are disgusting. Ewww. Just think, you touch the stuff that they touch all the time. w0w You certainly deserve a medal or something. Maybe a vaccine against infectious diseases. Nasty beasts and you KNOW they live just like that, probably worse, in their own homes.

Victor said...

I've spend the day reading your blog from the current point back and I gotta say I feel your pain in this one. For the last four years of my life I worked at a medium sized venue that hosts tons of dance competitions, we always get tons of comments on how nice the space is but no one wants to keep it that way. At the end of every competition the changing areas are filled with trash littered everywhere and no one bothers to put it into the trash cans. I got so bad the threatre started paying staff members to stand at the doors to the house and enforce the no food or drinks policy, oh I have many stories from lots of self entitled pigs...