Monday, March 10, 2008

Just My Two Cents ...

Bashing Walmart is fashionable these days ... and I supposes it's amusing to make fun of people and make yourself feel superior in the process. You know what? I'm sick of hearing it.

You want to bash Walmart on the fact that it drives mom and pop businesses out of town? That's fine. Wanna talk about union busting? That's fine too. There are probably a hundred reasons to refuse to go to Walmart. Believing you're better than other people who shop there is a pretty piss poor choice.

I suspect though ... that maybe ... just maybe some of those "haters" visit the big box store on the down low. I bet they sneak down to their basements, slip on their very own "Who Farted" tee, don a wig and the darkest sunglasses they can find, and take that drive of shame to Wally World.

Oh yeah, they like being seen buying their groceries at Schnucks. But when they need something ... I mean really need something ... I bet they go slumming.

Is that 47" Phillips HDTV in their den from Best Buy? Is it really? Well then congratulations are in order. They just paid $100 extra for the same television in the desperate hope that one of their co-workers or neighbors will see them walking out of a west-end electronics store with a flat screen. Meanwhile, others walked out of Walmart with the same television and saved $100.

What happened to this culture? Years ago, we laughed at people who put on airs and willingly paid more for the same item you could get for less. Now, it's the complete opposite and Walmart shoppers are supposed to feel ashamed because they pay less for their toothpaste and soap.

Am I just being naive? Maybe everyone is like this. Maybe everyone likes making someone else feel bad. Maybe there are Walmart loving bloggers out there saying, "Damn, have you seen Aldi's? That place is filthy! And the people that go there? They're all dirty and nasty ... and they all wear t-shirts that say, "I Farted."

If it makes you happy
It can't be that bad
If it makes you happy
Then why the hell are you so sad

Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy

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