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Walmart CEO Comment

September 19th, 2010 at 08:42 pm

Just read an interesting comment from Bill Simon of Walmart in Al Lewis's Sunday WSJ column.

"You need not go further than one of our stores on midnight at the end of the month," Mr. Simon said.
"It's real interesting to watch. About 11 p.m., customers start to come in and shop, fill their grocery basket with basic items, baby formula, milk, bread, eggs, and continue to shop and mill about the store until midnight, when...government electronic benefits cards get activated and then the checkout starts.
"The only reason somebody gets out in the middle of the night and buys baby formula is that they need it," Mr. Simon said. "We are open 24 hours.... If you are there at midnight, you are there for a reason."

Another brief but telling reminder that though we're eagerly awaiting my first paycheck of the school year, we're not in this situation.

DH did comment on the rather lean checkbook balance this morning. But our cupboards (literal and metaphorical) are full. For this we are truly grateful.

Here's the link to the article:

3 Responses to “Walmart CEO Comment”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    That is kind of sad, but obviously a reality for many. Thanks for sharing.

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    That is very thought provoking. I have also seen this trend for the paycheck to paycheck. Every other Friday or the 15th & 30th of each month, grocery stores and pharmacies are more crowded. (I used to work in a chain pharmacy).

  3. Aleta Says:

    I can go to any grocery store or pharmacy from 9 AM till whenever and I have a hard time getting a parking space. I normally park farther away for the exercise. The crowded lots are definitely a sign of unemployment and probably food stamps for the grocery stores. It's a sign of our times now.

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