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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wal-Mart Employees clapping / chanting before starting shift...

This morning went into the bathroom at Wal-Mart before picking up a couple items. I start hearing this yelling and clapping.
Then I hear "GIMME A W..... GIMME AN A.... GIMMEE AN L..... etc. What do you got WAL-MART YAAAAAAAAAAAAYY"
All the employees doing a morning chant.

That this really bothers me. There's something wrong with this.

Or is it just me?

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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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having shopped at Wal-Mart from time to time, i'm surprised the employees could spell
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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oh i dunno, it doesn't bother me. heck, i wish my local walmart representatives were so enthusiastic about their jobs. they are like the walking dead in my town.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ahh... the cult of Walmart. Obviously, some people don't have a problem lapping up all of the corporate hooey -but I'm not one of them. To me, it just seems like the old 'turn off your brain so you can be a better person' b******t.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I didn't think it was possible but my lack of respect for Walmart just took another turn for the worst.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It is, of course, an attempt at team building. But $$$ have always been a better motivation for me.

I worked as a bell-hop at a hotel during college. We got a new manager once who was the greatest team-builder of all time. He walked around with $20 bills in his pocket at all times. If he witnessed you doing an exception job, he'd walk over to you and simply smile, shake your hand, and give you a $20 bill. He was always walking around everywhere. You never knew where he was going to be.

People loved that man, and worked hard for him. I guess he just always worked that money into his budget every year. It made us actually want to go work at a seemingly meaningless job.... much more than any team-chant, or any "Employee of the Month" plaque on the wall.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It would be nice if Wal-mart started a morning "healing chant" for those full time employees who they offer no health insurance....
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Give me a W A L M A R T where's it made C H I N A !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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They are doing it because they have to - I assure you that most of 'em would much rather not.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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It would be nice if Wal-mart started a morning "healing chant" for those full time employees who they offer no health insurance....
Major ZING!
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Old February 4th, 2011, 03:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Be glad you heard it but didn't see it ... for the hyphen they wiggled their tushies
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Old February 4th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My Uncle used to be the regional sales rep for a bunch of comestic lines and was in Walmart for a meeting or something many years ago and the manager tried to force him to take part in the pre-day warmup (which he said also involved some sort of calisthetics at the time) and that as part of the 'wallmart family' he was obligated to. My unlce is 6'4" and I would say about 240lbs - he just said no and there was no further discussion
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Old February 4th, 2011, 03:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Those people are just happy that they are not working at Starbucks, Kinko's, or Pip's anymore.

IBM used to have a rigid corporate culture. IBMbeciles used to sing the company songs at meetings. I don't think that it was until Lou Gerstner took over in 91 or 92 that they loosened it up to appeal to younger and more creative types that eschewed big corporate culture and were attracted to smaller Silicon Valley type jobs. It has an office very near me and I see the employees at lunch daily, they are all dressed business casual.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 03:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I believe the whole corporate song/chant thing began in Japan. They also start the morning with calisthenics at some Japanese companies. U.S. companies started adopting these things when they first became desperate to compete with Japan. It was probably attractive to U.S. executives, since it's cheaper and easier to order your employees to pretend to be happy than to make a better product and sell it for less money.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 03:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Then why everytime I go there does it seem whoevers helping me would rather blow their browns out then help me?
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I didn't think it was possible but my lack of respect for Walmart just took another turn for the worst.
Me too. I always thought this was a myth. I'm humiliated for them. Someone trying to make a living and they get degraded like this.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 04:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Be glad you heard it but didn't see it ... for the hyphen they wiggled their tushies
Yep, just like wiping your butt on your own dignity....
...I used to work there.

Don't ever work there.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 04:38 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Do they also do the "Hookey Pookey"????
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Worked for a company one time that would send management to retreats where they would fall and catch each other, go touch a tree, chant and do yoga.

This just seems to be the less expensive Walmart version. I've seen it at restaurant chains too. Or maybe that was just a stupid birthday song.
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Is it true that Walmart sells Led Zeppelin CDs, John Mayer CDs, and books on how to relic guitars?
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