Thursday, February 9, 2012

Shopping



Today's picture shows a woman shopping for groceries in the 1920's. Back when we shopped like this do you think we really dreamed of Super Walmarts? I think not. I really hate the huge super stores. The zombie-employees walking around the store are unhelpful. Its like you ask them a question, and they roll their eyes like you are inconveniencing them to be in the store. One day someone will figure out that customer service matters. Hire people who care, pay them fairly, train them, and then hold them accountable.

12 comments:

  1. An impressive looking array of wares.

    Mom and Pop stores may be friendly, but they tend to be very expensive for some items.
    There was one in Pennsylvania that I shopped at. The folks who worked there were very kind and helpful, in fact, they were friends. Normal grocery stores were an hour away, so I only went to them once a month.

    There was also a farm where we bought raw milk for a dollar a gallon.

    Buying raw milk is now against the law, perhaps even a felony, The FDA or maybe the Department of Agriculture has a multi- state task force to catch people who buy and sell raw milk.
    That would be hilarious except it shows just how intrusive and anti-liberty our government has become.

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  2. It's 'women'. I kept looking at the shoes & the arm and they didn't match up. Finally my eyes realized that it was 2.

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  3. Publix already does that. Amazing grocery chain in the southeast. Love it. I work there.

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  4. One woman, one man wearing a white coat over his clothes.

    I live outside a small town and the stores still have pretty decent customer service. I picked up some feed last week from the feed store -- got home and opened one bag to discover it was not what I ordered. I called the feed store -- the kid who works there drove out with the correct order and picked up the open bag (and apologized for the mistake).

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  5. Twice this past week I saw women wearing modernized versions of the styles worn in the 30s,40s and 50s. This is very unusual today. They were definitly not see more styles but I caught myself staring. They were so neat.

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  6. I find many big box store employees to be very helpful. In my experience, it is only a few who seem to be members of the truly disgruntled, angry, get out of my life variety.

    Then there are the idiots - the ones that have no idea about anything in the store, but will gladly attempt to fake knowledge in the firm belief that bullsh.. is going to get them through their day.

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  7. I retired from Wal*Mart after over 20 years. Then (1977), there was no training. They just put you in the department and you learned as you went. I was a Dept. Mgr. in the Infants & Girls wear, for about 17 of those years, then went to be a cashier. I think I was always helpful and friendly to the customers. I was told to take the customer to the item they were looking for. If I EVER rolled my eyes at anyone, it was because some man would be in the Infant Dept. looking for MOTOR OIL. Where was their Common Sense any way?

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  8. GG-Ma

    I did that just the other day. I was in the ladies (ahem) dept. items and asked where I could have a key made. I got away with that 'cause I am a little 'ol guy in a wheel chair and slightly confused.

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  9. There is just so much to look at in this picture. The metal work above the shelves is so ornate. I don't see any carrages. Maybe this is a dumb question but did they use shopping carts back then? It looks like the lady is just putting items into her bag as she goes. Looking at the ceiling it looks like this store is pretty big, like a warehouse.

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  10. Dave, when people went shopping in the 20s and 30s, they took their own baskets or bags. The grocer would wrap meats or whatever on white paper, and you dropped it into your basket to take home. You can still shop that way in Lexington Market in downtown Baltimore. And Myrtle, you can buy raw milk in PA, and there is a move afoot to allow "creamery" milk in Maryland. Not yet, but soon.

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  11. To the Anonymous commenter about Publix, you are so correct. They are the expection to the rule. Publix is slightly overpriced compared to WalMart but I will gladly pay not to feel like I'm goint to have a anxiety attack just trying to get some bread.

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