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Walmart: Retail's Biggest Embarrassment

Stocks in this article: WMT SHLD

Anyhow, here's a small cross section of other notable and/or common reactions to Saturday's story:

I saw your article and the pictures about WalMart. All I can say is that if you worked for me, printing that nonsense, your sorry ass would be fired.

And another from an unhappy customer:

Do you have anything better to do. and on a side note this was a shiity (sic) written article. on top of being totally worthless.

I received quite a few emails like the ones that follow. In fact, some readers even sent in their own images from Walmart stores as well as Walmart back rooms. I'll get around to printing some here in the next few days ...

I just read your article on the 24 pictures of Walmart that make Sears look classy. I wanted to tell you that I have some pictures that are much the same. Mine are taken at 2 Walmart locations in South Carolina. I was going to turn my pictures in to Walmart and when I got home thought why bother, they don't seem to care. I went shopping for ladies socks on a Saturday about 4pm and was shocked at what I found. Thank you for bringing this to the public's attention.  Cheers, Joyce


I just saw your article about Walmart and thought you might be interested to know what happened to ours. Our small town was being terribly underserved by our Walmart. It was filthy and the shelves were NEVER stocked, even the grocery side.  We started making calls ... Eventually an NBC affiliate came to investigate...their reporter walked in alone and started taking pics with her phone.  She was tossed out, not even allowed to pay for the items she had in her cart.  At one point that afternoon there where signs posted on the front door telling customers that they would be prohibited from taking photos in the store ...
(The local TV station did a story and) ... In less than 24 hours a Walmart corporate jet landed at our little airport, the lazy manager was fired and employees and managers of nearby stores had been brought in to get our store back in to shape. It took a LOT of squeaking to get the grease but things are finally shaping up.


The Wal-Mart in Bedford heights Ohio makes the one you have pictures of look like the greatest place in the world.


Love the picture approach. Maybe the companies will be embarrassed into changing they're (sic) ways. You've done Walmart and Sears.. next you should do Big Lots. I m sure you will take some shocking pictures of those stores..


I'm not going to let this die. Because it matters.

--Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors, reporters and analysts from holding positions in any individual stocks. Rocco Pendola is a columnist for TheStreet. Whenever possible, Pendola uses hockey, Springsteen or Southern California references in his work. He lives in Santa Monica.
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