Friday, September 07, 2007

Dear Other-Mart,

Today I ventured out of my comfort zone and went to the other-mart in town. You know, the one that years ago was a huge competitor of Wal-Mart, but now they seemingly eek by with a few locations here and there.

Anyway, in case anyone with any pull at all at Other-Mart may happen upon my blog at any time, here are a few tips for your store if you want to continue eeking in the world of discount stores:

-- CLEAN UP. The diaper section of my local Other-Mart looked like two rabid raccoons had gone to town on the packages. Open, torn, jumbled up...a huge mess. I finally located one apparently intact package and ran for my life.

-- CLEAN UP. Next I was in search of laminating sheets. After scavenging through a big bin of such items, amid Crayons, Post-Its, and Scotch tape, I finally found what I needed. I didn't bother trying to find the price since it was nowhere near its original home on a peg.

-- Can you widen your aisles in the Health and Beauty section just a smidge? My two-year-old's little wingspan was nearly enough to mow over every shampoo and conditioner bottle we passed. I might have spent more time browsing (and buying!) if I wasn't worried about the path of destruction I would leave behind.

-- As soon as I entered the store, one of your "associates" asked me if she could help me find something. "No thanks, I'm just getting started..." I told her. "Okay," she said, and handed me a slip of paper with some number written on it. "Please hand this to the cashier when you check out..." EXCUSE ME? Now Other-Mart wants me to help them evaluate their employees? Evaluate them yourselves please. Not my job. (And while I'm on the subject...I'm getting a little tired of stepping up to a credit card machine and being asked a question like "was your cashier nice to you today?" If my cashier gives me a receipt and bags up my stuff, that's nice enough for me. And those receipts that say "...go to ww w. whatever for a survey about your experience here today and you might win a coupon good for $5 off your next purchase of $1000." It's like they want some big long account of what happened when you bought a friggin' gallon of milk.)

Okay, that's about it for ragging on Other-Mart. But I think I will stick with my overpriced Target and out-of-the-way Wal-Mart for my next trip. ThanK you very much...


Amy said...

LOL! Great post. I have one of those places... mine starts with a K... in town. I go there for loss leaders sometimes, but I always leave totally annoyed with the messy store and not being able to find things on the shelves. It's a wonder that these places stay in business at all.

Anonymous said...

Makes you wonder how those packages got open and whether or not they are missing any of the diapers.


Amy said...

Wow, that's weird. I've never seen open diaper packages. Socks? Yes. Underwear? Yes. But never diapers. Is there nothing sacred?