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Old 12-02-2007, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I like Target and we shop there often. Targets are clean, well-lit and most of the shoppers are clean and well-behaved. When our kids were smaller, we'd buy some of their clothes there but, now that they're older, they like clothes from specialty stores so we buy just housewares, toiletries and sometimes food at Super Target now.

Walmarts are dirty, cluttered and junky (inside and out). We never shop in one unless it's an emergency and it's late at night - like the night our heating quit and we needed a space heater ASAP! The Target near us closes at 9:00 and the Walmart is open 24 hours so there is the occasional emergency when we have to enter the dirty Walmart - ugh. What a zoo.

The people in each store are vastly different, too, including the employees. Target shoppers run the gamut from well-heeled who appreciate a bargain to working poor who need the low prices. From what I've seen, Walmart is pretty much just the latter leaning toward dirty and desperate. Being poor is no excuse for rudeness, lax personal hygiene and coarse behavior - all of which I see everytime I enter a Walmart.
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I like Target and we shop there often. Targets are clean, well-lit and most of the shoppers are clean and well-behaved. When our kids were smaller, we'd buy some of their clothes there but, now that they're older, they like clothes from specialty stores so we buy just housewares, toiletries and sometimes food at Super Target now.

Walmarts are dirty, cluttered and junky (inside and out). We never shop in one unless it's an emergency and it's late at night - like the night our heating quit and we needed a space heater ASAP! The Target near us closes at 9:00 and the Walmart is open 24 hours so there is the occasional emergency when we have to enter the dirty Walmart - ugh. What a zoo.

The people in each store are vastly different, too, including the employees. Target shoppers run the gamut from well-heeled who appreciate a bargain to working poor who need the low prices. From what I've seen, Walmart is pretty much just the latter leaning toward dirty and desperate. Being poor is no excuse for rudeness, lax personal hygiene and coarse behavior - all of which I see everytime I enter a Walmart.
Ever been to the Super Wal-Mart on Montfort and Beltline? It's actually pretty nice...it's not as nice as a Super Target but it's not dirty and the clientele there is pretty much like what you find at the Super Target on Coit and Campbell.
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Flyover country
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Actually, I miss the Hills stores! They had nice things for the prices. But I agree,working in retail during Christmas can be a nightmare(I've done it). During the rest of the year it's not so bad. Pay isn't very good.
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:59 AM
 
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both the target stores and walmart are nice in our area and pretty well-kept. i really like that walmart is open 24 hours a day here. to say that walmart shoppers are dirty and desperate is pretty much of a stretch!
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I guess I'm one of those unclean, rude, lower class heathens.....
I like Wal-mart and I'm not going to apologize for it. It has saved me a lot of money over the years and enabled me to do things that I otherwise couldn't have done.
No luxury cars...so sorry, not a greedy American here.
If I can get my vitamins, toiletries (sorry this heathen does bathe) food and such for more than $50.00 less than a regular store, by golly I'm going to do it. And GASP!! I use coupons too so I save even more.
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Wal-Mart is worse, my opininon...I would rather pay a few cents higher on an item to be in a more pleasant shopping environment in a Target. I LOVE Super-Target @ Triangle Towne Center...store is very clean, courteous salespeople, customer base is nice to be around. The times I have stopped in Walmart, my stomach turns, most of the people, not all (workers & shoppers) are just nasty...in my opinion...it definitely caters to a lower economic class. Take for instance, shopping at a Fresh Market/Harris Teeter over Food Lion...enough said...
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:24 PM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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I can guarantee that you won't find many small businesses owned by multi-billionaires who siphon all the money out of a community while paying 7 and hour with no bennies.
What difference does it make how much the business owner is worth???

If you work for a sweet little old lady for $7/hour or the evil multi-national company for $7/hour, end result is the same to you.
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:06 PM
 
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Generally I have found that in ANY retail environment, if there is a good competent management, the stores are good to shop in. If the managers are incompetent or just plain mean, the employees have bad attitudes, usually justifiably. Unfortunately the shoppers experience suffers.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:53 AM
 
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What difference does it make how much the business owner is worth???

If you work for a sweet little old lady for $7/hour or the evil multi-national company for $7/hour, end result is the same to you.
It makes a difference for a number of reasons, in my opinion. If a corporate entity is profiting royally from the labor of their employees, and the companies can afford to pay more than 7 an hour, it seems like they should pay it. Is that so crazy?

If a sweet little lady was worth 100 Billion dollars, I don't think I'd be willing to weed her garden for 7 an hour. I'd prefer to use my skills elsewhere.

Perhaps you don't feel the same way. That's perfectly fine. I just find it insulting that such a massive company neglects to pay a living wage when they could certainly afford it.
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Old 12-25-2007, 11:52 PM
 
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i will venture into target, but whenever I go to wal-mart there is ALWAYS a problem at checkout.......and they have no baggers which makes the lines move very slow. i usually shop @ publix, where shopping is a pleasure!
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