Monday, April 18, 2011
This is my view for the next 28 minutes. Why? Because I'm lacking some major brain cells this morning apparently. I have left for work. Without my wallet. Not the end of the world I know. However, things became a little more dismal when I knowingly drove to the next town in search of a better deal on gas and got there just as my tank flashed on E. At the pump was the moment I realized that the familiar lump in my back pocket was not there. Are you kidding me!?! I really just did this!?! Fortunately, I have a bank in town and I'm fairly confident that I can ID myself without actual ID. Thus allowing me access to money and then gas. Unfortunately, they do not begin work as early as I do. So, I sit... and I wait... in my stupidity.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
- Dust walls... a 3 wall expansion of a store requires construction to build a fake real dust wall 12 ft in to the store to allow for demolition of the current walls outside. This is occurring on the two longest walls in the store and the front to back shorter wall will soon come in an additional estimated 22ft totaling somewhere around 34 ft total lost on that side of the store. So the irony is that we will be forced to shrink to almost half of our original size just to expand later. An associate brought in a doll shopping cart yesterday. Very small. We all laughed in a nervous and yet comical fashion when it was mentioned that for about 4 months, that cart size might be the largest we could afford to give the customers or they wouldn't fit down the aisles. LOL. I love my associates. I found the fact that they were able to joke about it, yet somehow let their concern slip through accidentally in body language and mannerisms was very enjoyable to me. They have been a positive bunch overall, even through some possible negative situations. Again, blessed.
- Stabbing... as I covered with many already while visiting, there was a stabbing at my store once afternoon in January. It was a dramatic event that I won't go into much detail about for lack of time, but will mention a few key points. Customer stabbed another customer. Stabbed customer stumbles up to the front registers and exposes his midsection stab to all the customers and associates in the area. Good Samaritan customer gives medical attention to the victim. Victim points out the attacker, still in the store, walking to the front door. Additional customer stops the attacker with knife still in hand by shutting the door to escape van which had pulled up in the front of the store. Police arrive, paramedics arrive, and crime scene from 2:30 in the afternoon to 11pm that night. The Good Lord was watching over myself and my Walmart family thankfully and the words "they were from our little town" were uttered yet one more time in my life and I am soberly reminded that anyone is capable of anything and total trust must simply be laid in the hands of the Lord.
- Fire... two small ones during the remodel. Once in the management office and once on the roof.
- Flood... A large amount of water pouring down the entire back wall of the store from the roof due to roof construction. 10's of thousands of dollars in damage and weeks of lost time and additional work. Great response from neighboring Walmart stores! Great response and positive attitude from associates! Great response from brand new management! By the way, I missed the actual flooding, I was in MN! Nothing like text messages and phone conversations about the store floating away! Great job by my team.
- Other situations involving ceiling, dust walls, parking lot, and receiving trucks that I won't mention now, but might at a later date. Probably not though.