It’s been over two years since I’ve stepped foot in a Wal-Mart. To be exact, I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart in June of 2009. The reason why? To be honest, I just don’t care for Wal-Mart. I feel Target has a cleaner, more positive shopping experience. The isles feel bigger and Target employees (typically) are more “normal” than Wal-Mart employees. I know this might seem absurd, but I’m just being honest! Wal-Mart hires anyone off the street and they have no class. I’m not trying to come off snooty or insinuate that some people are better than others. However, if you’re going to run a business, it should rub off on your customers as a professional organization.
The last time I was at Wal-Mart looking at digital cameras with my grandparents, an employee came up and asked if we needed help. I’m not kidding you, this guy must have been pushing 400-500 lbs. His t-shirt was greesy, and had stains all over it. On top of that, he smelled like he hadn’t showered in at least 2 weeks. My grandma and I actually had to step back in a nonchalant way, because we couldn’t stand the smell. Never in a million years would I let someone like this represent my business!
On top of that, Wal-Mart is a multi-billion dollar company and they barely offer their employees health-care. 47.4% of Wal-Mart associates get health-care coverage from Wal-Mart. Target offers full benefits to eligible managers and scaled benefits for hourly workers. Wal-Mart doesn’t treat their employees well and supposedly, they’re sexist against women. The class-action lawsuit was recently dropped against Wal-Mart because too many women particiated in the lawsuit.
Wal-Mart just rubs me the wrong way. I’m proud to give Target my business and I will continue to give them my business for years to come. I can’t say the same for Wal-Mart and I’m not sure if I’ll ever step foot in a Wal-Mart store again.