Goodbye to Walmart camping?

kcsa75

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Sep 9, 2013
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Don't forget, that is how some people view you. Like when I went to the Get the Led Out concert and thought to myself, look at all these old farts, Opps I am one too.
I had the same experience at a Bob Seger concert a few years ago. Waiting to get in the arena I commented to my future wife "what are all these old people doing here?" She gave me that look out of the corner of her eye with a little smirk.
 

campagain

Active Member
Jun 24, 2017
256
All the fun has been taken away from our kids because the township is afraid of the liability. Until we learn to take responsibility for our own actions the situation will only get worse.
The same has happened at our local car shows, since someone "fell" on the lot. The one place no longer has the event. What a load. Even worse, it was a Hooters, so a double loss :)
 

tfischer

A bad day camping beats a good day at the office
I had the same experience at a Bob Seger concert a few years ago. Waiting to get in the arena I commented to my future wife "what are all these old people doing here?" She gave me that look out of the corner of her eye with a little smirk.

But Seeger himself... he's "Still the Same"
 

teh603

Member
Dec 28, 2020
73
Coastal Texas
All the fun has been taken away from our kids because the township is afraid of the liability. Until we learn to take responsibility for our own actions the situation will only get worse.
"Personal responsibility" only works when you aren't going to end up out on the street because of one missed paycheck.

The rent always eats first in America. Then car payments, gas, and utilities. Then medical bills. The person doesn't get any money for themselves until all those bills are paid. But, if you have an off- work injury, your employer can and will fire you. Medical debt collectors don't care if you can't put food on the table, and neither does your landlord. And if you have a mortgage, the servicer is actively looking for an excuse to kick you out and flip your house.

Maybe it'd hold water if we had a better social safety net, but the odds don't favor that happening anytime soon. Too many people have too much invested in keeping things the way they are.
 

Dave2514g

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Sep 2, 2019
263
Ontario, Canada
if you have an off- work injury, your employer can and will fire you. Medical debt collectors don't care if you can't put food on the table, and neither does your landlord. And if you have a mortgage, the servicer is actively looking for an excuse to kick you out and flip your house.
I've visited a lot of beautiful places in America, but statements like the above make it hard to even imagine how anyone could be ok living that way. I assume most would have coverage and wouldn't have those fears. I have back issues so I've had 5 MRIs in the last 3 yrs and I'm constantly seeing specialists; I'd definitely be broke if I had to pay any of that...
 

Grandpa Don

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Sep 5, 2018
1,807
Southern California
Yeah, but nothing bolsters your self esteem like a trip to Walmart and seeing the dreck of humanity incarnate. Plus the prices.
You know, I don't understand this "I hate Walmart" rhetoric. I feel like some of these comments are directed at me. I shop at Walmart! I have 4 Walmart stores within 45 miles of me. I shop at all 4. I have yet to have a bad experience in any one of them. I have never seen anyone not well dressed or well behaved in any one of them. They are huge stores that are very clean and organized. I do see a lot of older folks, like myself, and a lot of Veterans, like myself, shopping there. I am always greeted at the door with a "Welcome to Walmart" by an older person who just wants to feel he is still needed in this world. Every time I pass a Greeter or staff member they will always say to me. "Thank you for your service". When I ask a staff member for help finding something they will sometimes personally lead me right to the proper isle or location. How they know where everything is that those stores is amazing to me.

A few weeks ago, my daughter needed some OTC allergy Relief medication. I picked some up for her at Walmart the next time I went there. The cost was $8.99. I found the exact same brand she had been using at my local Rite-Aid drug store. The price was $18.99 for the same 365 tablets. It was the exact same brand, bottle and quantity as the one I got at Walmart .

I have never seen any disturbances in the parking lots. I've never seen a dirty trash littered parking lot. Just lots and lots of parked car belonging to lots a lots of people. I do on occasion see an overnight camper parked far back and away from the crowd. It is generally a huge 5-wheel type camper being pulled by a newer well maintained truck. Or maybe a $200,000.00 motor home. Maybe they are camping overnight, or maybe just doing some shopping. You really can't tell from the appearance.

After reading some of the negative comments here, I am starting to feel like second-class citizen myself. I feel like some of these comments are directed directly at me. What did I do to deserve it? I worked all my life, I am a veteran and served my country. I'm old now, and live on my social Security, my savings, and my retirement account. I need to save money where I can. Walmart helps me do that.

For a store chain with a yearly revenue of over $573 Billion dollars, someone likes Walmart!
 

Hilldweller

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Mar 2, 2021
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Hog Waller, GA
You know, I don't understand this "I hate Walmart" rhetoric. I feel like some of these comments are directed at me. I shop at Walmart! I have 4 Walmart stores within 45 miles of me. I shop at all 4. I have yet to have a bad experience in any one of them. I have never seen anyone not well dressed or well behaved in any one of them. They are huge stores that are very clean and organized. I do see a lot of older folks, like myself, and a lot of Veterans, like myself, shopping there. I am always greeted at the door with a "Welcome to Walmart" by an older person who just wants to feel he is still needed in this world. Every time I pass a Greeter or staff member they will always say to me. "Thank you for your service". When I ask a staff member for help finding something they will sometimes personally lead me right to the proper isle or location. How they know where everything is that those stores is amazing to me.

A few weeks ago, my daughter needed some OTC allergy Relief medication. I picked some up for her at Walmart the next time I went there. The cost was $8.99. I found the exact same brand she had been using at my local Rite-Aid drug store. The price was $18.99 for the same 365 tablets. It was the exact same brand, bottle and quantity as the one I got at Walmart .

I have never seen any disturbances in the parking lots. I've never seen a dirty trash littered parking lot. Just lots and lots of parked car belonging to lots a lots of people. I do on occasion see an overnight camper parked far back and away from the crowd. It is generally a huge 5-wheel type camper being pulled by a newer well maintained truck. Or maybe a $200,000.00 motor home. Maybe they are camping overnight, or maybe just doing some shopping. You really can't tell from the appearance.

After reading some of the negative comments here, I am starting to feel like second-class citizen myself. I feel like some of these comments are directed directly at me. What did I do to deserve it? I worked all my life, I am a veteran and served my country. I'm old now, and live on my social Security, my savings, and my retirement account. I need to save money where I can. Walmart helps me do that.

For a store chain with a yearly revenue of over $573 Billion dollars, someone likes Walmart!
This Walmart is about 2.5 miles from my house; I'll be stopping there on the way home. I see Katie there almost every time I go. It's close enough that I would've heard the gunshots if we hadn't been in our home theater watching a movie.


Walmart customer demographics tend to match their neighborhoods. There are 4 close to me and the police shooting was at the 2nd nicest. The one further north has a very Mexican flavor to it, the one southeast is in a ritzy area and the people are better dressed, and the one to the southwest, well, ummm, you can smell the meth cooking...
 

kitphantom

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Dec 26, 2009
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@Grandpa Don a lot depends on where you are. we have shopped Walmarts for years, along with Target. We have several Walmarts within the city, we’re halfway between the two closest Targets.
We have a huge homeless problem here, including many that once upon a time would have been in an institution. Sad, but true. Also a huge crime issue. Very scary at times, from both issues. One of the outlying Walmarts, one of the few stores in that area, was closed for months because shoplifters started a fire in one section so they could steal from another. Here in ABQ, shoplifters openly walk out of all sorts of stores, unhindered.
The Target we have tended to use most now has much of the merchandise locked up, including shampoo, laundry detergent, and much more. The Walmart a couple of blocks away has locked more and more up.
We’re now shopping at another Target, order from Walmart online, and occasionally stop at a Walmart Neighborhood store.
We have panhandlers in a huge part of the city, as well as many druggies, mentally ill, and violent people. Is it any wonder that I wouldn’t chance camping overnight in a parking lot? Here, it’s illegal anyway, although there are some living in old RVs that just move around from parking lot to parking lot.
 

poppy65

Member
May 10, 2015
84
I doubt suing Walmart for $75K will change anything.
She left her kids sleeping in her car whilst she was shopping?……child endangerment?
The only thing worse than the homeless situation in the US is the over abundance of ambulance chasing lawyers, and washed up celebrities selling Medicare Advantage plans.
End of Rant.
I agree. I would be more concerned why the children were left alone in the car at night in a walmart. If i were on that jury she wouldn't get a nickel.
 

Hilldweller

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Mar 2, 2021
972
Hog Waller, GA
@Grandpa Don a lot depends on where you are. we have shopped Walmarts for years, along with Target. We have several Walmarts within the city, we’re halfway between the two closest Targets.
We have a huge homeless problem here, including many that once upon a time would have been in an institution. Sad, but true. Also a huge crime issue. Very scary at times, from both issues. One of the outlying Walmarts, one of the few stores in that area, was closed for months because shoplifters started a fire in one section so they could steal from another. Here in ABQ, shoplifters openly walk out of all sorts of stores, unhindered.
The Target we have tended to use most now has much of the merchandise locked up, including shampoo, laundry detergent, and much more. The Walmart a couple of blocks away has locked more and more up.
We’re now shopping at another Target, order from Walmart online, and occasionally stop at a Walmart Neighborhood store.
We have panhandlers in a huge part of the city, as well as many druggies, mentally ill, and violent people. Is it any wonder that I wouldn’t chance camping overnight in a parking lot? Here, it’s illegal anyway, although there are some living in old RVs that just move around from parking lot to parking lot.
I hit the Costco off Central and then put Walmart in the gps ---- it took me roundabout rather than straight to the Walmart on Central....
....past the hookers and drug dealers. Armed guards in the Walmart, security gates. Only Walmart I've ever been in that had such a jail feel to it.
 

1380ken

Super Active Member
Nov 7, 2013
2,964
Mass
Don't be sad Grampa Don. Everyone is looking down at the people the perceive as lower than them. Some look down at Walmart shoppers, Some look down at Target shoppers, some look down at Macys shoppers. Same with looking down on tent campers, pop up campers and so on. It depends where you are on the ladder. It is normal human nature.
 

CherylLinMI

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Dec 19, 2017
2
VASSAR, MI, USA
Sadly, yes.
Along with a few others you would remember, that are straight up slime.
I put them in the same pew as Payday Lenders, or Buy Here-Pay-Here auto dealers.
Don't be too quick on the auto dealers. Years (30+?), our Credit was in the toilet. Neighborhood dealer sold us a car on time, cash payments, bi-weekly. That was the beginning of our Credit repair. The rest is history. Just sayin'
 
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teh603

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Dec 28, 2020
73
Coastal Texas
I've visited a lot of beautiful places in America, but statements like the above make it hard to even imagine how anyone could be ok living that way. I assume most would have coverage and wouldn't have those fears. I have back issues so I've had 5 MRIs in the last 3 yrs and I'm constantly seeing specialists; I'd definitely be broke if I had to pay any of that...
Yeah, there was a while I was on county healthcare because I was so badly under- employed. It's not something you easily forget, even ten years later.
 

bigm23

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Jul 5, 2022
7
Alberta
Um, t

Um, this has NOTHING to do with Walmart. It all has to do with the people who started the fire. It is sad that a child lost its life but Walmart isn't to blame for this one.
 

dave123

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rob.mwpropane

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Aug 11, 2021
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I always gauge the quality of the store, Walmart or otherwise, by the abundance of carts left out and about. It holds true to every store I've ever been to. I think they did a study about that. I'll still venture into any Wal Mart, but the ones with carts all over the place keep me on my toes more and I can guarantee what type of people will be inside.

Very very sad when a child dies, especially in such a horrific way. I can't recall anytime I've ever left my kids in a vehicle at that age for that long, but I've done it for shorter periods. The fact is we've probably all done stuff with our kids that wasn't smart... but really what are the odds the vehicle next to you catches on fire? It's a horrible bad day, but there's no one to blame. 99.99999% of the time nothing would happen.

Edit: I always push the cart back. Idc if it's raining or I have to pass 100 other carts to put it away... it's just the civilized thing to do.
 

Grandpa Don

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Sep 5, 2018
1,807
Southern California
I hit the Costco off Central and then put Walmart in the gps ---- it took me roundabout rather than straight to the Walmart on Central....
....past the hookers and drug dealers. Armed guards in the Walmart, security gates. Only Walmart I've ever been in that had such a jail feel to it.
Is that Walmart's fault? Shouldn't you be blaming the local law enforcement for not doing their duty?
 




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