Living in a Walmart world

I admit it. I shop at Walmart. I get my prescriptions there, some groceries and anything that might be on sale.cropped-Jeff-logo.jpg

That doesn't mean I have to like it and it doesn't mean I'm a Walmart shopper.

You know what I mean. You've probably seen the YouTube videos or the random photos of people dressed, well … like they shop at Walmart.

So here's some tips to make your next shopping experience a little more humanistic.

Take a look in the mirror. It's not a big thing, but a visit to Walmart shouldn't automatically mean that you don't give a crap about your appearance. If you're over 35 and/or 200 pounds, leave the lululemon form-fitting pants at home. In fact, if you're over 35 and/or 200 pounds, throw out anything with a lululemon tag.

Shopping cart etiquette. I don't know why, but carts and Walmart shoppers don't seem to fit. Walmart shoppers don't understand the basic rules of four-wheel carting. First, when you stop in an aisle, pick a side. When pushing your cart in a forward motion, it's probably best to look in that direction. The most common phrase coming out of my mouth during a Walmart experience is (no, not that) "Really? You really just did that?"

And if one more person goes into the Express line with more than 12 items, I am going to lose it. Take a moment, count your items and do the right thing.

Pretty things. There's a reason Walmart has the section called "As Seen On TV" front and centre, because it's full of pretty things that can catch a Walmart shoppers attention long enough for the Walmart shopper to see, like, take, pay. Take a moment. Do you really need a car seat gap filler? Hey, it's an actual product.

Processed food. A woman in front of me had seven items in her cart, along with a screaming kid on her hip. The items consisted of a large bag of cheesies, three cans of Coke, two Lunchables food snacks and one pack of Fruit Roll-Ups. All processed and, judging from mommy and child, this was a common list of shopping items. Walmart isn't Whole Foods Market, but it does have some natural products. It's just a matter of educating the Walmarters of the world.

And again, I admit that I shop at Walmart, but it doesn't mean that I have to perpetuate the stereotype.

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