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What Is Wrong With People

Posted on: August 2, 2008 12:52 pm

This is my first attempt at a blog, so y'all bear with me.

Yesterday I went to Walmart to get some batteries for my trail camera.  Normally, I wouldn't go there on the first of the month, but I got off work late, and that was the only place I could get any.  This town rolls the sidewalks up at 5:00.  So, I get to the parking lot and of course everyone and their brother is there.  After all, it was the 1st.  There were people driving up and down the rows going the wrong way.  I guess the directional arrows and the way the parked cars were slanted weren't enough of a clue as to which way you are supposed to go.  Then there's the stoner high school student who works there trying to push in about 100 shopping carts at once blocking a whole row in the process.

I finally find a parking space since most everyone parked is in their space crooked, or they're taking up 2 or 3 spaces with their vehicles.  As I am walking towards the store, I see kids probably around the 3-7 year old range running around in the parking lot playing.  Where were their parents? 

I get in the store after dodging everyone else's kids and all the punks out cruising the parking lot at breakneck speeds with their subs thumping so loud that it jars your insides.  I think to myself, I've only got to get 1 thing.  I'll be in and out in just a couple of minutes.  How wrong could I have been. 

I walk over to the battery display at the front of the store.  Of course there are no C batteries there.  So I make the trek to the back of the store to the rack beside the electronic department dodging the old ladies and the fat people on the scooters, the running wild kids, and the mothers trying to swat their kids the whole way.  I get my batteries and make my way back to the front once again dodging the afore mentioned groups again.

I get to the front, and of course there are only 3 checkout lines open.  Twenty different lines, and only 3 are open.  On the 1st of the month.  Anyway, I decide to use one of the self checkouts.  This store has 4 of those, but only 1 was working.  There is a large sign above said checkout that says 20 items or less.  Well, low and behold, the woman in front of me has her cart filled up.  I'm not talking about just a couple more items than 20; I mean filled to the top almost overflowing filled up, and let's not forget her 7, yes 7, kids running around hitting each other, crying, screaming, and just acting like hooligans.  I look over at the manager standing not 10 feet away, and I point at the sign that clearly says 20 items or less, and all she can do is give me a look like she couldn't give a crap.

Now I'm not one of these people that count everything that the person in front of me has in their cart, but come on.  This woman's receipt could've been used as a roll of toilet paper it was so long.  And to top it all off, she was using one of those food stamp cards.  Here was someone that was around my age with 7 kids who seemed able bodied enough to work using a food stamp card. 

After a 40 minute ordeal, I get back out in the zoo of a parking lot.  I see the woman with the kids getting in a brand new Cadillac with the 20" wheels.  This woman apparently doesn't work, has a food stamp card, 7 kids, and a brand new Caddy with 20s on it.  What is wrong with this picture?  I see my tax dollars are hard at work in this county.  What is wrong with people?

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Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 10:38 pm

What Is Wrong With People

Damn Jazz! That was deep. I have to agree 100%with your post. We had little and even lived in section 8 low income apts after my mom and dad were divorced. That was horrible but the values that my mom and family instilled into us was the best thing that I could have learned. Your right about the kids now days not having any values and parents are too young and don't know what the hell they are doing. So it is left to the grandparents to raise grandchildren. Grandparents are too tired to deal with young kids and are often stuck being financially responsible for their children and grandchildren.

Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 6:32 pm

What Is Wrong With People

I have been employed in consumer retail.  I can tell stories that reinforce all that I have read.  But, it would more of the same.  What I will say is, I was a poor urban kid growing up in the 70's.  My Mom and Dad were divorced, and my mom disabled and unable to work.  So, we received welfare tough my dad paid child support.  My point is, despite a single parent, welfare supported home, I was raised and reared that there is a way to behave in public and with others.  So, when I became independent and began to negotiate this world, I knew to be considerate of others.  Basic social manners, like ladies and the elderly first, follow rules, and the biggest of which is carry your own weight.  As time has passed and I have aged, it appears that there is a remarkably less amount of those particular values remaining.  Rules apply to everone but me.  You are not old, you are slow and in my way.  Instant gratification and me first rules the day and it is both maddening and saddening. 

In my career working for the Federal Gov't., I worked with the public and often would be in a small interview cubicle with families with children.  You could tell a lot about the parent and their values from the behavior of their child.  A kid could be a future criminal, but if he was taught anything at home, his behavior in public with a parent watching was quite different from the hellion who would run around, destroy property and equipment, and ignore meek reprimands from adults.  Often, I would tell the parent that if they did not control their child, I would be forced to reschedule their appointment for a time when they did not have to bring Lil' Chucky.  Naturally, this was hardly ever well received but what is one to do?  A large part of it children birthing children.  New Age parenting that has virtually outlawed spanking is another.  Now, I do not recommend that anyone become a child abuser.  But, a little warmth in the seat of the pants speaks volumes for negative reinforcement.  Finally, too many people are too busy or distracted to invest time with their children.  They do not want to take away privileges and restrict activities because that would require their time to deal with what they conceived and brought to this world.  It is shameful.

I will step off my soapbox now.  I couuld go on.  It makes you question all that has occurred.  The economic reality of needing two incomes to pay a mortgage in a decent school distirct, keeping your family safe, "progress" that has children learning adult concepts and themes at too early an age, etc. - all these things and more make me feel just like the old guys in the barber shop when I was a kid - this world is going to hell and I am glad I won't be around when it gets there.

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 5:46 pm

What Is Wrong With People

I hear ya True. Between child support for each of their 5 illegitimate children and welfare why work? Let the dumb ass guys pay for the kids while mom get her nails done. Crazy world we live in aint it?

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 12:17 pm

What Is Wrong With People

Thanks to everyone who has commented on my first blog attempt.  Blues, I know of people down here that would buy steaks to feed their dogs with their food stamps.  In the last few years, Mississippi has switched to the cards, but I know people used to sell their food stamps.  They would usually sell them for half their face value.  With the way some would spit out babies so they would get their benefits increased, they could make some pretty good money doing that. 

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 11:16 am

What Is Wrong With People

First of all, Great Blog!!! I wanted to comment on your blog before I read all the comments as I get easily distracted. When I was reading your thread I thought you were here in San Antonio at one of our local Wal-Marts. We have Targets out here as well and the people that don't like the ghetto ass Wal-Marts usualy go there instead. But back to your blog. Yes! I have also seen that same kind of crazyness. I worked as a kid at Albertsons just for one summer and bagged groceries. I remember this big lady with crazy gold jewelery was just as fancy as you can get for a grocery store, four kids all boys and two carts full of groceries. Now I was the lucky S.O.B. that had to bag all of this crap and I thought to myself "Damn High Roller buying all the expensive name brand stuff!" Myself not bieng as privilaged of course. I asked her if she wanted the paper bags double bagged and she said "Why sure Baby" When she smiled I thought that she might have been Slick Ricks mother as she had about four gold teeth, one with a red jewel. (RUBY?) Well anyway, after she clearly pretended that her four boys were invisible the whole time she did finally got their attention long enough to stop trying to break into the crane machine game that was full of stuffed animals to show me where the car was. As I was wrapping up the huge task of bagging all of her stuff I noticed her pulling out this booklet. If your my age you know the booklet. It was food stamps. In Texas for some time now they use a card. But these were actual food stamp vouchers. I became sick to my stomach. Knowing that food stamps were mainly intended for the under privilaged to get the bare necessities that higher income families were able to recieve. I was in shock. How could this person with who probably had on more gold than Mr. T. possibly need to use food stamps? The cashier who I remember because of how beautiful she was gave me a look, a look like stop trying to figure it out and take those bad ass kids out of here already! As I began pushing the carts out the door the kids decided that they wanted to hitch a ride so they jumped on like it was a roller coaster ride. I finally found her vehicle that was parked in the handicap lane only to see that it was a Benz. S500 with the diamond in the back window and the tv anteanna,gangsta white walls with the curb finders. I said "damn!!!" Just when I finished putting all the bags in the back I felt her long fingernails lightly scratch my shoulder, as I looked up she gave me a ten dollar tip, yes real money. She just smiled and drove off. I stood in confusion in the parking lot for a good five minutes wondering what the hell just happened. As I got older I learned that some people sell their food stamps for actual cash due to the fact that they are only good for food. I also learned that drug dealers would take them as a form of payment. In this case I believe that she may have been playing the disabled card and taking full advantage of that shit. I am sure that everyone on this blog has seen something like that before. True it sucks to see your hard earned dollars pissed away on people who intentionally screw the system and take away from the families that actually need it. Well thanks for reading. Peace.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2008 2:14 am

What Is Wrong With People

Great post Rebel, touching on many subjects that need attention.

I avoid Walmart like the plague, even though they built a shiny new one two miles from my house.  I only will make an exception when I work out of town because it is invariably the closest store to the hotel.  Even then I make sure I have an hour to kill for 4-5 items because the parking lot and checkout lines are just as you described.

I grew up in a small town in Vermont which eventually became the 1st Vermont town to allow a Walmart.  It seems that Walmart desperately wanted to build a Sprawl-Mart in Vermont but was shot down by every town except where I grew up.  They didn't allow Walmart to build a brand new store.  They made them take over an existing empty store in an old strip shopping center.

I go to the grocery store about once a week if not to shop then to stop at the bank which is inside the grocery store.  While it is not nearly as bad as Walmart I still see many of the same problems.  Cars circling the parking lot looking for a close parking spot because their drivers are too lazy to walk their fat a$$es across the parking lot.  3-5 cars parked in the fire lane every time I go.  The service desk is taken over by people cashing their checks because they don't have a bank account.  Thankfully most of the food stamp shoppers go up the street to the Walmart.

I have a partial solution to the shopping cart problem.  Every time I go into a store I grab a cart or two from the parking lot and take it in with me.  I figure I'm walking that direction anyway so why not.  Thats one less cart taking up a valuable parking spot and one less cart the store has to pay someone to haul back in.  My wife likes the idea so much that she does it too.  This works really well at Walmarts and during the holidays when 99% of the carts are in the parking lot so I know I have one when I enter the store.

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 10:01 pm

What Is Wrong With People

Great comments by everyone.  Great blog True. 

BTW, Mrs. Vols and I are unable to have children, and it DESTROYS me inside to see people letting children act like that.  You can already predict what will happen in 12-15 years.  Maybe not all of the children will have children acting like that, but some will.  It is like a Madonna song, or the Energizer bunny--it just keeps going and going and going and going and going and going......

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 9:04 pm

What Is Wrong With People

Man I understand your woes, I don't have any answer for the 7 kids woman. As for the store line situation I have had that happen to me several times what I do is this I ask the manager or register person if they condone this (In a nice tone of course seriously) and if I get the like I give a crap look. I just take the items I was going to purchase and put them on the Cash register line and politely leave but not without telling the Manager that they have just lost a customer for good by the way my wife hates this and is completely humiliated but she supports me. I know it can be hard thing to do but I avoid Wal-Marts and places of that nature don't even get me started on them. Okay just 1 example I shoot a certain grain and type of bullets when I ran out I bought the exact same brand and grain at a cheaper price at Wal Mart I was target shooting and noticed my center was off. To make a long story short research told me Wal Mart buys in bulk from manufacturers at a set price to meet these demands sometimes quality is overlooked  or completely ignored. I am not saying this is all WalMarts fault but they are partially to blame. 

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 8:36 pm

What Is Wrong With People


You are a great American.  Need more like ya, buddy... and no, we're not all perfect.  But we gotta keep tryin'!

Thx for the blog-

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 7:24 pm

What Is Wrong With People

Valpo, I try to keep from going to Wal-mart if I can help it.  I will be the first to admit that I do not spend nearly enough time with my kids.  I only get to see them on average about 3 days a week.  But the time I do get to spend with them, I make it count.  If I'm working out in the yard, I'll get them to come outside to help.  They're usually wanting to be out doing stuff with me anyway.  Even if all they're doing is just handing me something or doing "go fer" work, they are watching and learning from me.  The only problem I have with them being around is when I hit my thumb with the hammer and try to keep from teaching them some new words. 

Most people on here probably don't know that biologically, these aren't my children.  When I married my wife, I got a package deal.  But I have been in these kids lives longer than their so called real dad who won't even call them unless it's their birthday or Christmas.  Anyway, as far as I am concerned, they are my kids and my responsibility, even if their last names are different than mine.  Even when I'm not at home, I talk to them on the phone every day.  When I am home, I spend every bit of time with them, whether we're working at home, playing playstation, hunting or fishing, or just playing catch.  I know I'm not the ultimate father by any means, but they know they can come to me with anything just like I can still do with my dad.  That's one thing that is certainly changed in this country.

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