Wally World at Night
The new reality TV show?
This is a discussion on Tales of The WallyWorld within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Have you ever shopped at a WallyWorld at Oh-Dark-Hundred? I never did till a couple of weeks ago after leaving work. I went there for ...
Have you ever shopped at a WallyWorld at Oh-Dark-Hundred? I never did till a couple of weeks ago after leaving work. I went there for the bread&milk-you-forgot-again thing that wives do and I thought I was on an episide of Most Shocking right before they show the SHTF. As a friend of mine once said: "Imagine one big IDPA course of fire without a single solitary non-shoot" and you will get the idea. The parking lot had a group of kids with their The Fast & The Idiot Japanese Sewing Machines trying to burn rubber, I saw at least one guy behind the wheel with a vacant stare of somebody about to fall asleep due to too much alcohol in the system....and both front doors open.
I went inside and I passed the McD's and I saw who I think was the buddy of the guy falling asleep outside demading with a slurred speech, something not in McD's menu while the counter-person was politely trying to explain that they were not Wendy's. I kept on./
The fauna did improve the deeper I went. Associates were in the process of re-stocking the shelves although at a speed that suggested they were raiding the pharmacy for Zoloft. I gathered my items and went to the only register available to pay for my goods only to find 5 obviously stoned teens giggling, counting pennies and scratching the inside of their pockets for more change so they could pay for some reduce-price chocolate cake baked who knows when.
I finally pay and I then notice the Greeter. This black gentleman, for some reason reminded me of the Predator creature. I mean he was imposing and with a Don't-mess-with-me image, yet very polite. He waved me off with a smile and I could not help but think he did not fit the post of greeter so he had to be some sort of security.... 3 steps later and before I reach the exit, the shoplift alarm goes off. I turn around and I see Mr Greeter holding some kid by the collar. He gives him a quick and VERY proffesional pat down and pulls out a DVD. Hmmmmm...local Off Duty PD?
I step outside and return to my vehicle. I pass the earlier drunk now fully asleep and drooling on himself. The Fast and The Idiots seem to be gone and I reach my truck without incident while humming the National Geographic theme.
Today I go to get me my meds and a bandage for my bum knee. Nothing looking bad going in, I get my stuff and go to the 10 items or less register right behind the guy that could not count or does not understand english. I sense somebody pulling behind me with a cart so I turn around..... and I see a younger fella with a buttoned tropical shirt either printing his firearm like crazy or he was trying to shoplift a quart of milk. I go "Hmmmm... should I be worried?" The guy does pay attention to me but him being on the cellphone, he does not mind me much. The I hear a radio and realize he was PD which made me breathe a tad easier.
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Wally World at Night
The new reality TV show?
A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.
I used to work at WallyWorld and let me tel you something about them.. If they could legally work you around the clock they would do it.
When I was hired I was going through college and I put my college hours on there and said I could work any other time (assuming they would fit me in here or there and I would be comfortable). When I got my schedule they had put me in for every single legal hour they could squeeze me.
Yes, it was my fault because I didn't specifically say I couldn't work until 0200 when I had to go to school at 0800 so I filled out a new "when I can't work" sheet and bit my tongue and worked the insane hours.
About 2300 at night, things start to get pretty creepy.
The one single register you were talking about? Yeah, that was me, and if I had a dime for every case of booze I had to turn down because it was after 2100 I wouldn't have had to work there. If I had a nickel for every guy who asked if he could meet me after work, I would also not have to work there and probably be retired and living in Hawaii.
I would never tell these guys when I was getting off of work, either that or I'd make up some insane hour like, "Oh, I'm sorry, I don't get off until eight tomorrow morning." At which point they would look very dejected and say, "I'll come back then."
Because it seemed like NO ONE got off at the same time and because it was WalMarts policy to park as far away from the building as humanly possible so the customers could have the spaces closest to the building, sometimes I felt like I was taking my life in my hands just to get to my vehicle.
At one point in time I DID have someone sit out in the parking lot and wait for four hours until I got off of work... It was stalkerishly creepy. I lived in Wisconsin so no concealed carry was legal (that and I was only nineteen at the time) and so I got in my dodge diesel 4X4 truck and told him if he didn't leave me alone I was going to run him and his rice-burner over and THEN call the cops.
He left me alone and I paid very close attention to see if anyone was following me home.
We would have kids come in and run up and down the aisles. Not many thefts, but plenty of silly crap and there was always something going on in the parking lot.
Even with my revised "when I can't work" sheet, they still worked me till midnight plenty of times.
I worked there just until I the semester was over and could pay my last school bill for that semester and then I was otta'there.
I don't think I'd go back to working at Wall Mart if it was the very last job on earth (well, maybe, but that's a BIG maybe).
Back in high school late night Wally World runs made for several nights worth of entertainment. Including the "Let's find something really stupid to put install on a vehicle game" which caused a musical horn to get installed on a beat up Ford Escort coupe, which subsequently also gave years of fun.
You do get to meet some interesting people though.
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Our local one Miggy stopped the all-night deal some time ago - but prior to that it was ''interesting'' in the late dark hours!!
Now they close 12 and open again at 8 .... must be a blessing for the staff who may get pushed into odd hours as lima described.
Enjoyed the story
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I love Walmart at night! Its like going to the zoo without paying for tickets. If I were a recruiter of Barnum and Bailey, I'd hang out at Walmart late nights. I could make my quota in one night, and have the biggest freak show going.
Speaking of quotas, I used to sit near the entrance to Walmart on 3rd shift. On average, every third car or so would have warrants attached to the plate. Its like shooting fish in a barrel.
"Just blame Sixto"
I sounds like they have cloned my WM and dropped it in your town.
I don't care what time you hit the WM.. it is always packed. 2am on a Sunday morning and you have to wait in line.
I did have a nice conversation with the clerk at the Wm gun counter the other day. I was shopping for ammo and we got to talking about how prices are going up.
Turns out that she has been a dealer for years and years. She had lots of good info on the range/GS owners around here. Lot's of crazy stuff going on.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
-- Theodore Roosevelt --
Since I'm retired I have late hours, sleeping in every morning and up at night.
Walmart being open 24 hrs is great for me and my wife. And yes weird people , never go unarmed.
Only part I really hate is the open checker is furthest from open door and usually the only one open.
They do have self check out, but it never fails to screw up and you need assistance(not to be found).
My Daughter and her boy friend both work there now, so I get to see them too. Before she moved out the big question around midnight was "What are ya doing?" One of us would ask the other, before a Walmart run.
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I love Wally World in the middle of the night! The ones back where I lived in MD closed at eleven so if I wanted real late night entertainment I would have to go to IHOP or Denny's for the show. Now here in Tx I have three Wal-marts close to the house and all sort of have their own demographics!
I believe it was Robert Peele who said law enforcement was " a front row seat to the greatest show on earth."
Robert Peele never knew the glory that is Wal-mart!
It's better to go at night, the Walmarts here in Bismarck are a zoo during the day. There are times I wish I had a vest (not that anyone gets shot it's I don't know how to say it without sounding elietest so I won't)
The worst thing about Walmart is trying to explain to the sporting goods clerk what ammo you need. It's almost bad enough for me to want to work there just so I can get the ammo myself.
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton
Man... First 24hr Wally I got to visit was the one out here in Prescott. This is more or less a retirement town with a flight school. Not many drugged-out freaks here except for one local university's dark side. I love going late at night because I don't have to fight crowds.
Everyone there actually knows what they're talking about, too. I stopped by one this afternoon to buy ammo and pictures frames. Just walked up to the guy at the ammo counter and said simply "Need 200 rounds of Fourty S and Dubya, 200 rounds of 223, and... do you have any 7.62 at all?" The guy dropped to a knee and had everything on the counter in a few seconds, sans the 762 because they were out. When I told him that was it, he asked me if I was sure because it didn't sound like much of an outting. The gentleman had to have been pushing 80... and telling a 25 year-old to man-up and buy some more ammo. My buddy joined in and started ribbing on me, too.
Nevermind my signature line... A Walmart employee advised me, essentially, that ammo was more effective than karma. This happened, by the way, at the same Wally I went to today.
I love Arizona. Don't think I can ever safely return to the DC area... lol
Miggy...which WW is this? I've been to the one in Doral and it sure sounds like what I've seen there well into the night.
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I only go to wally world after midnight to stay away from crowds. You are correct about the freakshow aspect. I think all of the desert rats shop there at night out here. I see and meet some interesting characters.