I remember my days working at Wally World. I look back fondly and with a sense of humor at some of the circumstances and learnings I discovered within my two years employed as a salaried member of management! I had the pleasure of working at four different locations. One in North Dakota upon exiting the Air Force then relocated to South Georgia then Greensboro and back to South Georgia. Every store was different as well as the individuals that thrived there.
Names have been changed within this post to protect the character and individuals I will be discussing. However, I am sure that if they were to read this they would most clearly know who they are and perhaps others. I do not write this post with the intentions of demoralizing or shaming any person, especially since most are still currently people I would not mind knowing again. These stories are REAL and TRUE, some I speak of still giggling as I jot them here and others remind me why retail is simply NOT for me!
At my first location in North Dakota I was a bit nervous to be embarking upon a new career as a retail manager seeing that I had never worked a retail job in the past! I picked the job based on the salary that was offered which was roughly $76,000. Even though the city I was in had absolutely nothing worth doing, it was amazing to have that kind of cash to catch a flight OUT to some place else. The managers and employees were pretty down to earth and overall helpful. Except for the one that ASKED TO SEE MY BREAST IN THE BACKROOM! He was a married man and a well respected overnight supervisor. He was known to be stern while also approachable and sincere.
I remember like yesterday sitting in the office and him coming in and cutting the lights off!!! “WTF”. He cuts them back on then goes on to tell me how incredibly attractive I am and how he’d love to see my titts!! Now I can’t pretend I did not pick up on some of his looks and gestures beforehand but never took them seriously until then!! I quickly reminded him that he was married and at the time SO WAS I! He never approached me in this way again, but it was DEFINITLY awkward to see him at morning meetings and after hours shifts. I later found out he had been fired based on accusations of raping a young employee in his hotel room!
Another manager by the name of myesha ( remember names have been changed) had the most drama I had ever seen! She was married but her husband was a recovering PTSD veteran that often resulted in domestic violence to get his point across. Myesha would come in day after day with a bruised eyes or fatigue demeanor. This went on for several months until she did not show up for work. We called, texted, another manager even rode by her house. We later found out that she had been hospitalized due to her husband shooting her!
Myesha returned to work several months later and seemed in much better shape. She seemed a lot more energetic and happy go lucky than when she had worked there previously. A month later it was discovered that she was dating a guy in asset protection at the same store. This was labeled as fraternization and not allowed. However they continued to talk, until myesha began seeing her husband again. The drama continued six months before Myesha stopped coming to work again. Nobody heard a thing about her, assuming she had simply quit or her husband had finally killed her. About a year ago I was contacted by another staff member that worked with us at the store to learn she had been arrested for murder! Apparently she had murdered, chopped up and buried two people in Oklahoma with a male accomplice. The victims were Myesha’s NEW BOYFRIEND’S EX and HER LOVER! If that’s not spooky enough, I searched for her on google and she had her accomplice’s child in June of last year and currently awaiting trial with the potential of the death penalty in Texas.
Many of the employees were half hearted about their jobs and truly didn’t see the point in their positions besides gaining a check. Then there were some that took their jobs EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY! As if their shares in Wal-Mart depended on it! The front end and grocery departments were ALWAYS a war zone if you didn’t lose your mind trying to staff the front end, you would surely die in the freezer attempting to find the dairy that should have been delivered the night before!
Even in NORTH DAKOTA there was this tiny support manager named Joseph that would rather be in the Wal-Mart freezer than at home with his wife and kids. He resembled a leprechaun as he walked briskly to the freezer every morning to deliver the morning dairy to the freezers for customers. And by GOD IF ANYTHING WAS WRONG he damn near would want to call the dairy truck companies supervisor personally! Sam Walton himself would have told this guy to loosen up!
I earned some genuine friends from this store, some I still keep in touch with and think of as great folks. There are many other stories I’m sure I could tell about this location but the best has been delivered! Stay tuned for my Walmart tales part 2. It will be about my Greensboro location!!! SAVE MONEY LIVE BETTER FOLKS!