3.29.2006

CNN.com - College student lives in Wal-Mart for 41 hours - Mar 29, 2006

CNN.com - College student lives in Wal-Mart for 41 hours - Mar 29, 2006: "Bartels, 20, an aspiring writer and Drake University sophomore, thought he'd spend a week in a Wal-Mart as a test of endurance, using it as the premise for a magazine article. For 41 hours, Bartels wandered the aisles of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Windsor Heights that's open 24 hours a day. He checked out shoppers, read magazines, watched movies on the DVD display and played video games.He bought meals at the in-store Subway sandwich shop, but was able to catch only brief naps in a restroom stall or on lawn chairs in the garden department.Other shoppers and employees didn't pay much attention until the end of his stay, he said, when it appeared some store greeters began to take notice -- pointing at him and whispering. A shift manager approached him and asked him if he was finding everything he needed.

"He said, 'Didn't I see you over by the magazines, like, five hours ago?'"

I don't know what's more interesting...that this kid wandered Walmart for nearly 2 days or that it took that long for someone to ask if he was looking for something. Sam Walton would turn over in his customer service grave...

4 comments:

jen said...

That's so funny--I just read this on the internet and thought I'd check out your blog, and there it was again! Great minds...

Mikie3toes said...

I once thought it woukd be cool to be a Wal-Mart greeter and never leave the store. It would save on rent and maybe people would ask about my pro-life T-Shirts. Assuming I ever had the chance to change clothes and clean up once or twice a month, of course.

Randy Bohlender said...

Mike - under my new regime, all Simeons are going to wear Walmart greeter vests, so this is gonna rock for you.

chuck said...

I have trouble with 45 seconds at wally world. I always get the grumpy greeter. What gives?