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Old 10-09-2014, 10:15 AM   #31
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When you look at the bigger picture, as opposed to someone's individual experience - sort of like a real clinical study as opposed to anecdotes - things look very different:

How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens - Bloomberg

Their staffs are paid so little that they often have to go on public assistance in order to survive. So Walmart creates their own customers, as they are the largest recipient of SNAP benefits. And if you think anyone can just up and look for another job, you haven't been paying attention to the economy.
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:37 AM   #32
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Have all of you forgotten that we have a Walmart employee in our forum. Crazy Cat Lady is a supervisor at her local Walmart. Why? Because she doesn't have to work for the money, but to help fill her time. Whether she likes her job or not, she will have to say.

Are we all forgetting also the law suits that have been brought against Walmart by the Federal Government regarding their practices of making it mandatory that once an employee punches out that they are required to continue working for an additional hour or lose their job?

Today, if you want to get into the system of welfare benefits, then go to work for Walmart. You are so right. I am not a fan of the practices of Walmart and the way they treat their employees.
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The irony is that founder originally was "Buy American" but to help keep US manufacturing jobs. Need I say what happened to those manufacturing jobs and why so there are so many low-paying service industry jobs in NA?
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:08 PM   #34
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The irony is that founder originally was "Buy American" but to help keep US manufacturing jobs. Need I say what happened to those manufacturing jobs and why so there are so many low-paying service industry jobs in NA?
He just forgot to teach his kids to "Buy American". Once he died, you began to see most of the products came from Taiwan, The Philippians, and other foreign countries.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:02 PM   #35
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The produce at our WalMart leaves a lot to be desired. If I'm there for something else and I need lettuce, for example, I'll buy it, but when I need to replenish my produce supply I go to Aldi's. They have the nicest produce for the price in our area. You have to go early in the day or they sell out. Everyone around here knows about their produce.
That is so weird how stores are in different geographical locations. Walmart produce where I live is great, also where my Dad lives. Aldi's produce here absolutely sucked.
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That is so weird how stores are in different geographical locations. Walmart produce where I live is great, also where my Dad lives. Aldi's produce here absolutely sucked.
I think some of that has to do with how much turnover the stores have and when you shop. We have several grocery stores to choose from and they all get a lot of turnover, so if you shop before about 3 pm, there's typically a good selection, because they generally restock overnight.
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:16 PM   #37
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The produce at our WalMart leaves a lot to be desired. If I'm there for something else and I need lettuce, for example, I'll buy it, but when I need to replenish my produce supply I go to Aldi's. They have the nicest produce for the price in our area. You have to go early in the day or they sell out. Everyone around here knows about their produce.

Our Giant Eagle markets are privately owned and operated. There are 3 in my area, but the closest one has the best meat. I never get ground meat that is brown in the middle and there's never a puddle of that red stuff in the package. It's because of the owner and his employees, not because of the particular chain. The meat is not that nice in the other Giant Eagle Markets.

Some stores in our area offer free antibiotics and also diabetes meds. That's a nice feature. They figure while you're in the store for your meds you will grab a few other things that you need.

About Walmart, I agree with Aunt Bea. If the people working there aren't satisfied with the working conditions they can look for another job. That's what my step-daughter did. She took the job at Walmart when she was in-between jobs, as she made more money there than she would have received on unemployment. She was very happy to have that job, until she found another 9-5 M-F job that was a better schedule for her. Her biggest complaint was that when she wasn't busy in the jewelry department she had to go over to the next department and help stock shoes. What a terrible employer to expect her to work 8 hours for an 8 hour pay check instead of just standing around.
That discoloration in the ground beef is just from lack of oxygen making it to the center of the meat clump, this can happen within a few hours. Chances are the Giant Eagle that you go to is quite busy or they have the time to grind small batches throughout the day to keep it as fresh as possible.

If you notice in prepacked ground beef (not ground in store) the meat in the pack will be quite flat and extruded with deep ridges in it to maximize surface area to keep it as red as possible, they have a gas in them that helps.

The Aldi near us is quite busy so there produce has a fast turnover, I get stuff there whenever I can, it is always nice and the price can't be beat! I ate a lot of $1.19 pineapples this summer!
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I think some of that has to do with how much turnover the stores have and when you shop. We have several grocery stores to choose from and they all get a lot of turnover, so if you shop before about 3 pm, there's typically a good selection, because they generally restock overnight.
Working in grocery retail for all these years, turnover has everything to do with it. The busier the store, the better the fresh foods will be.

I've worked for a few different companies and they pretty much get very similar stuff, there are of course different grades, so an upscale store may have prettier stuff, but freshness seems about equal overall.

You'll likely have better luck with exotic produce in an affluent area, where a less affluent area is just buying the basics.
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