Former Georgia Congressman and former civil-rights activist Andrew
Young, I just heard on the radio, resigned today from a pro-Walmart
organization, after he was criticized for remarks he had made.
I have the story very close to accurate: He was asked if it was a
problem that Walmart drove small businesses out of business.
He said, No, because they are owned by Jews, Koreans, and Arabs and
they charge too much anyhow.
When I heard the start of the story (on NPR iirc) I didn't expect him
to have said anything this flamboyant or flaming. I guess Andy only
cares about non-discrimination when he's the one being
non-discriminated against. And he's so off the wall anyhow. Maybe
where he lives, but I'm sure the majority, probably the vast majority
of stores in the US put out of business weren't owned by Jews,
Koreans, or Arabs. I wonder if he got this line from meetings with
Wal-mart or he thought of it himself.
No. I heard it on the radio, and the radio paraphrased it or I got it
wrong. Because I wasn't certain, that's why I didn't put what I had
But I don't think the sense was different from what he actually said.
I was also wrong about his being a Congressman, it seems. Ambassador
to the UN and mayor of Atlanta.
I do know of such a product: Light bulbs of the higher sales volume
types! 40, 60, 75 and 100 watt "A-line", and 4-foot fluorescents! Ones
of major brands are still largely made in USA or Canada!
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
You most likely won't find *real* pros in any department at HD or Lowes. A
good tradesman can make $18-$24 per hour (or more) in their respective
trade, maybe half of that at the box stores.
HD was great when Bernie and Arthur ran it. Now that Nardelli, the General
Electric reject, runs it, the stores have turned to squat.
I have noticed this over the past couple of years.
And discontnuing items for a higher priced line. Example comes to mind.
Went to get a plastic toilet supply line. Empty. Knowledgable employee I
know nearby. Says they were discontinued and they will only have the
metal braded from now on.
And please, don't someone say how much better they are. They may be but
the betterness will never get used. Never had a plastic one explode on me
Funny you should mention that.
I went to HD for copper sweat on fittings. They had contractor packs for
let's say, $2.50 for ten fittings. I bought all they had. When I got to
the cashier, she could not ring up the loose ones because they did not have
individual SKUs on them.
Call the manager.
Line behind me gets longer.
Repeat the last three steps about three times.
Meanwhile, I say, "Look. $2.50 divided by ten equals a quarter apiece.
Charge me that."
"Oh, I can't do that. I'll lose my job," was the response from the
oblivious nineteen year old clerk.
Finally, after about ten minutes, I walked out, leaving about $300 worth of
merchandise sitting there.
I walked out leaving a purchase ticket for a $3600 outdoor shed laying
on the counter because 3.... Three.... THREE!.... McIdiots at the
register could not figure out how to do the transaction and the
manager would not answer his/her page. Two months later they burned
me on the last of three fraudulent rebates and I have never darkened
their sorry door again.
I do Lowe's because our local store employees knowledgeable people in
each department and they have cashiers that have brain power above
that of plant life. Actually our local Lowe's cashiers know how to
find items in a book at each register when that item does not have a
scan bar on it or if it comes out of a broken box.
Top marks to Lowe's and I wouldn't piss on Home Depot if it were on
Ayup. I like to do the meanest nastiest thing I can do to them. Take my
money elsewhere. I usually like to give a parting shot to the manager, but
I think I hear the WHOOSH of a projectile passing over an empty air space.
Talked to a gent at HD yesterday, an employee. He and his wife were out on
a camping trip and came home to water flowing out the garage of their ranch
with a full basement house. The plastic sink (as opposed to toilet) supply
Worked the retail floor for 25 years. We referred to it as the "bean
counters" in the head office controlling the stores, If their computer told
them that a certain profit or sales volume wasn't met on a certain item,
they no longer allowed the stores to sell it. Sears, a few years ago
dropped bicycles from their lineup because as the "bean counters" said, it
accounted for only about 1% of their business and wasn't worth the bother.
Now, a lot of companies would have killed for a product that accounted for
1% of a 40 billion dollar business. The following Christmas, I can only
imagine where people finished up their shopping after coming into the store
and were told they couldn't buy the kids Christmas bike, there. I'm seeing
the same situation at WalMart right now. I've been restoring an old pontoon
boat and I went in to buy a pedestal stand for a seat. Always saw them
there before, along with the paddles, trolling motors, etc. None of that
was there anymore. The "associate" said that the department had been
"downsized". When they stopped selling guns, they said that it was because
they didn't sell enough to justify the carrying of them. Sounds like the
"bean counters" talking again. I guess, I'll just do my shopping at Gander
Mountain from now on. The price difference isn't worth the extra gas spent
in driving to WalMart.
Just my 2 cents here about why I hate lowes MORE than HD.
When in Lowes here in NY I cannot find ANYONE to assist.
They call, page and get nothing. Thats bull.
The people who they have working at my local one are locals
that dont know ANYTHING about their departments.
(I found this out on the rare occasion I found someone in the
The local HD are not much better, but at least they can direct
you in the right direction on where to find stuff. I wouldnt
never rely on the HD guys opinion on a project. I rather
get second and third opinions from people in the newgroups. :)
Tom G wrote:
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