It is clever merchandising, since A Christmas Story is all about a little boy's dream to own a rifle!
It is clever merchandising, since A Christmas Story is all about a little boy's dream to own a rifle!
From an RHUer:
This register promise and 2 pm zone are killing me right now.
I, essentially, own Christmas. Almost all the merchandise for Christmas belongs to my department. As of today, I have less than a month to get all my merchandise out where customers can get to it. So my people and I need to work freight like nobody's business to get this crap done while still assisting customers.
Today, I had enough people scheduled where I could have put a huge dent in my still boxed merchandise. Half of the morning, two of my people were on register because idiot cashiers were showing up an hour or more late for their shifts, and I apparently have the only register trained floor associates in the store. Then I had the guys in my department getting pulled to push carts because there was only one cart guy scheduled all day.
That was bad enough. After noon, I lost three of of people to the stupid register promise. Every time I walked past the front of the store, 20 of the 24 cashiers up there were standing around talking and bored. And I couldn't get my people back because the registers had to be open because corporate made this stupid policy this year.
While those three were essentially wasting company time (which, as far as I'm concerned, that whole promise is doing), I was busy in my corner of the store busting my ass to get merchandise out with my two, not register trained associates. Still didn't get much done because the Christmas shop was flooded with tons of customers who wanted to know where the tinsel was, if we had anymore of that Christmas tree in stock, where the gutter clips for lights were, etc....
Then it was time for the 2pm zone. I don't know how many other stores in my company do this crap, or if its just my store's management that thinks this is a good idea (its not), but it sucks. What happens is EVERYBODY from the GM side is supposed to go to Consumables and zone. From 2-4, everybody is zoning. Pets, Paper Goods, Chemicals, Foods, HBA all has to be zoned to perfection. I lost all my associates to this idiocy. The only reason I did not go was because of all the customers flooding my area asking questions. If I had tried to walk away, I would have been called back almost immediately.
So, instead of getting all my merchandise out where customers can buy it, I had been thwarted almost every way I turned by idiotic policies that I think are seriously just designed to hurt GM. Because Fresh, Consumables, and Apparel can't be pulled to register for some asinine reason, and I am the only one in GM who has associates, let alone register trained ones, through out the day, my shit has to suffer for the sake of the store.
From einreb0: Looks like Walmart is getting a little too creative with their seasonal scented candle selection...
From ABC7:PRING LAKE, N.C. --
Brandy Lucas thought she was doing everything right.
With her 6-week-old girl in tow, the mom of three decided "the earlier the better" for the baby's first trip to Walmart. They went around 10 a.m. Tuesday, parked just a few spots from the entrance, and ran into the store for the essentials -- formula, diapers and wipes.
None of that prevented the attempted robbery and assault that took place when she came out.
"My biggest thing was my child's safety," Lucas said, recounting the attack. "I always kept myself in the middle of her and the baby."
When Lucas began putting her bags in the back of her SUV, she said she was approached by 31-year-old Angelica Davis, who claimed she needed help.
"She was like, 'In the name of Jesus, can you please help me, please?'" Lucas remembered. "I was like 'I don't have any cash. Sorry.' And so she started to walk around, two cars over."
But Davis would circle around and approach Lucas again, just as the Harnett County woman was about to lock her infant's car seat into the base in the rear passenger seat. Lucas told Davis to go away.
Davis allegedly claimed she was just trying to pass Lucas' car door -- a near impossible maneuver since Lucas' back passenger door was wide open and another SUV was parked next to them.
That's when Lucas said Davis went for her shoulder bag and slammed the car door on them.
"She tried to grab my bag and take off and she ended up getting through [the space between Lucas' car door and the parked car]," Lucas said. "All I had was a scratch on my neck from where she grabbed my bag."
Lucas said she'd been yelling for help as she and Davis struggled. Davis broke away from her.
Two people witnessed the struggle in the parking lot, and that's what scared Davis away, she said.
Davis denied trying to rob Lucas as she took off.
Lucas was able to get back inside the Walmart and call for help. Within minutes, police and a deputy arrived, and Davis, identifiable by a bright orange pullover, was caught across the street at the Murphy's Express.
The entire ordeal was caught on parking lot surveillance, and Lucas said she worked with Walmart Loss and Prevention specialists, as well as local authorities.
Davis remains in the Cumberland County jail under a $600,000 bond for multiple charges tied to the incident. She is no stranger to area shoppers, employees and local authorities. Davis has been arrested dozens of times for panhandling and trespassing, but she had never faced serious charges, like assault, prior to Tuesday.
One authority on the case said the circumstances were surprising because Davis has never tried to hurt anyone before. A nearby store employee said she is homeless and is a mainstay in the Spring Lake Walmart parking lot.
While it seems little could have been done to prevent Lucas' attack, local authorities do suggest a few ways to remain vigilant while shopping.
Small bags that can be strapped across your body and held close are recommended. Similar to Lucas, shop during daylight hours, and park close to store entrances. Also, if you want to give someone money, make sure you don't have to dig for it.
Lucas said the only thing she may have done differently was carry a weapon for protection, but even then, she would have had difficulty getting to it with her baby in hand.
She chose to fight.
"It could have been so much more dangerous," Lucas said. "She could have had a gun. She could have had a knife. I mean I could have been really hurt."
"The fact that she's still willing to approach somebody with such a small child is what scares me to death."
Three kids in a burning car were rescued by passersby in a Walmart parking lot on Friday. Their mother left them in the vehicle so she could do some shopping at the store located in Bradford, Pennsylvania, New York Daily News reports. Thirty-two year old Stacey Nelson will be charged as early as Tuesday, Foster Township Police Chief Tom Munn says. The ages of the children are 10, 3, and 2. None of them were injured in the fire.
According to in-depth coverage by The Bradford Era, the 10-year-old girl was playing with a lighter in the front passenger seat around 1:30 pm. Some papers caught on fire and she “tried to get it out, but it was too late,” police explain.
Munn goes on to say that passersby in the Walmart parking lot saw what was happening and rescued the children from the unlocked SUV. Volunteer members of the Derrick City Fire Department arrived and extinguished the blaze, which caused severe interior damage to the vehicle.
Nelson was inside the store while her kids were in the burning car. She admitted to police that she left them unsupervised to shop for “about five minutes.” The officer explained to the mother that it’s not legal for a 10-year-old to be left alone with smaller children. The police officer who responded to the scene asked the girl if she meant to start the lighter and she said she “wanted to see what it would do.” Authorities told the girl it’s not safe to play with lighters and that someone could have been seriously injured from her playing with it.
Munn alerted the Children and Youth Services (CYS) and reported the incident. Munn added that the kids are lucky no one got hurt in this situation.
A very similar report was just published on Inquisitr about a man in New Jersey who left his two young children in a hotel so he could go shopping on Black Friday. A 4-year-old boy and an 11-year-old disabled girl stayed behind at the hotel so their father could pick up their mom from an outlet mall. He wound up going shopping with her instead.
Stacey Nelson will face some kind of charge for leaving her three children unattended, The Bradford Era reports. It’s unknown if the mother was aware that leaving a 10-year-old with younger kids was a bad thing to do. Fortunately, the kids who were in the burning car are all okay.
From Huff Po:
WASHINGTON -- This coming Black Friday will mark six years since a worker died beneath a throng of shoppers at a Walmart on Long Island. Although federal regulators faulted the retail giant in the tragedy, Walmart still hasn’t been compelled to pay the modest $7,000 fine that was levied against it.
The case, Department of Labor v. Walmart Stores, has not moved forward since HuffPost reported on it a year ago -- on appeal with a federal review commission that handles workplace safety fines. As of this writing, the commission lists the status of the case as “pending review.”
The case was first referred to the commission three and a half years ago. A spokeswoman for the commission said it does not comment on the timeline for pending cases.
It’s common for employers to appeal whatever penalties the Labor Department’s safety inspectors issue against them, including when workers are killed on the job. But the case of 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, who had worked at Walmart for only a week when he was asphyxiated beneath the Black Friday crowd, underscores just how long those appeals can drag on, even in cases where the fines are comparably small.
Brooke Buchanan, a Walmart spokeswoman, said the retailer has made significant changes in recent years to minimize the frenzy among shoppers and make for a safer atmosphere, including spreading out merchandise that's on special and staggering sales times.
"After this horrible incident that happened six years ago, we took major steps working with crowd experts, law enforcement and people who do this for a living to see and help set up our stores," Buchanan said.
As HuffPost previously reported, Walmart, which had net sales of $473 billion last fiscal year, probably isn’t disputing the penalty in order to save $7,000, the maximum amount the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can fine a company for serious violations. Indeed, the company has already spent millions of dollars in legal costs just to fight the case. For Walmart, more significant than the nominal fine itself would be the ramifications if the fine were upheld.
OSHA used what’s known as the general duty clause as the foundation for its fine against Walmart. The clause holds that employers have a basic responsibility to provide a workplace that’s “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to [their] employees.”
In essence, the agency argues that Walmart should have foreseen the dangers presented by a mass of excited shoppers waiting at the store’s doors. An administrative law judge agreed back in 2011, though Walmart appealed that decision to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, where cases often wait years for review.
OSHA regulations tend to be very specific, and the agency doesn’t often reach for the general duty clause because it isn’t so easy to prove what should be a “recognizable” hazard. Employers, unsurprisingly, often criticize citations using the general duty clause as too vague. That's what happened when OSHA cited a poultry processor recently for violating the clause and putting workers in danger of ergonomic hazards. Before that, OSHA hadn’t tried to wield the clause in such a case in more than a decade.
In the Black Friday case, Walmart would be more eager to defeat OSHA's arguments than to avoid the $7,000 penalty. The company has argued that the dangers on Black Friday could not have been predicted. If regulators ultimately succeed in their case, OSHA would theoretically have an easier time putting Walmart and other retailers on the hook for Black Friday disasters in the future.
In a deal to avoid prosecution, Walmart agreed to develop a new crowd control plan the year after Damour's death. For its part, OSHA has started issuing guidance each year on how stores can handle their sales events safely. The agency recently sent letters to the major retailers urging them to adopt their own plans ahead of Black Friday.
“Retail workers should not be put at risk,” David Michaels, the head of OSHA, said last week.