And Today in “Things We Already Knew”

Call it a “no shert, Shitlock” moment but Wal-Mart is suspending the Scan and Go program. From the article:

Apparently, the technology didn’t work for Walmart’s customers. “It took Walmart almost a year to figure out what the rest of us already know: you can’t convince customers to do the job of a cashier just because you don’t want to pay for the work, especially when eliminating cashiers doesn’t result in more convenient shopping,” says Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) director, Randy Parraz.

Now, that’s probably a big part of the problem but I’m also on a number of Wal-Mart groups on Facebook and the sentiment has been this: the amount of shrink that most stores have been dealing with has gone through the roof ever since this idea was introduced. But that’s not the only problem.

And it might have added to the retail giant’s customer satisfaction problem, which remains at record low levels recently.

I’m pretty sure I know why Wal-Mart is having that problem. It’s because most of the associates don’t care, aren’t paid enough to care or are treated like such utter shit that they give up caring. You think I kid? I did a thirteen year stint in that hellhole and I can tell you; most managers in the store would rather fire you than look at you. A good number of managers will manufacture ways to fire someone, if given the chance. That’s not a joke.

It also doesn’t help that the Walton family does not like the idea of paying for a “professional” cashier.

Meanwhile, Walmart has to take a close look at the three tenets of its business model of large stores, low-paid labor and everyday low prices – tenets that may no longer be compatible with each other.

They will, eventually. But by the time they do, it’ll be too late. Just trust me on that one.

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The opening to Voyagers! from NBC. I have a few memories of seeing an episode that was based on the Salem Witch Trials but that’s about it.

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Friendly Chatter

It’s been a shitty week, so we’re gonna make it a kitty week. So here is a cat, chatting with a chicken. Enjoy!

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Another Friday Night Under the Lights

Really good view, if I do say so myself.

Another Friday night, another Timber Rattlers game. Tonight is Lego Night, which is a bit of a misnomer; the giveaway figure is actually an OYO. I don’t know why, but they make that mistake every season.

The Bratzooka is up now, firing brats into the stands. I can’t say that I’m not tempted, but I never get lucky enough to catch one.

Currently, the Rattlers lead the game 2 – 1. It’s the Burlington Bees tonight; here’s hoping that they’re a worse team than the Snappers. We’ll see.


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Here is a Thing that I Must Purchase

Bumblebee is getting a prequel comic. From Transformers Luxembourg:


Paperback | $14.99
Published by IDW Publishing
Oct 02, 2018 | 96 Pages | 6-5/8 x 10-3/16

Fan-favorite Autobot Bumblebee is recruited for a top secret mission, and 1960s London won’t know what hit it when this robot in disguise goes undercover.

It’s high-tech, high-octane, high-clearance spy hijinks in From Cybertron with Love.

Some call him Goldfender, but the name’s Bee… Bumblebee. On loan to MI6 and teamed with a human partner, Bee’s trapped in the middle of a Cold War plot to disrupt British Secret Intelligence. But when their base is destroyed from within, it’s up to Bee to discover if there’s a traitor in their midst…and, in the spy world, allegiances can change just as easily as a Cybertronian.

From long-time Transformers writer and British super spy aficionado John Barber (Optimus Prime, Action Man), From Cybertron With Love is the official prequel to the new Bumblebee film, in theaters December 2018.

So John Barber is writing this one. He’ll make it work, trust me on that. But this looks like it’s going to be a darned fun read.

I also have a new nickname for Bumblebee. Awesome. 😉

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Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These

Strange days indeed.

Prime and I headed out to the new Meijer this morning; we thought that it would be open at 10:00 but it was quite open when we got there at 8:43. We both took a cursory look around; I can’t see this store as major competition for Costco but definitely for Wal-Mart. Meijer is more of a Wal-Mart type store anyway, whereas Costco is straight-up a warehouse/club store. But if I was still employed by Wal-Mart, I’d be very worried.

Our trip was a bit of a bust, as Prime was looking for Prime Masters and Rodimus Unicronus but could find neither. At least we saved a little cash on what we purchased, thanks to a coupon found in a flier. At least it wasn’t terribly busy while we were there. I’m betting that changed as it got closer to 10:00.

Remember that whole “Scan and Go” thing that Wal-Mart was hyping? Yeah, both of the kiosks are sporting “Out of Order” signs and the bags and scanners are gone. I had already heard about the massive amount of shrink that one store had dealt with so they killed the program. It looks like the same thing happened here with the same results.

I’m not sure as to why, but I took a walk down the travel aisle. I looked at the luggage and the various accoutrements and felt that ever so familiar pinch, that tightening in my stomach but I had to swallow and let it pass. It was that familiar feeling of excitement, of being mentally ready to go on a flight or a road trip, heading to yet another BotCon. But that feeling is gone. And I miss it. Primus, how I miss it. My urge to travel peaks in warm weather, which is when most of the conventions were held. I’d have my plans in place about a year in advance; my suitcase would have been packed and waiting. My vacation would have been approved months prior. When I got home, I would have thrown myself into planning for the next one. Now I don’t have that anymore and it stings.

The people behind TF Con must be dancing with glee. They have no real competition from HasCon. BotCon is gone. They pretty much have the market cornered. Hasbro only has itself to blame.

I’m working until 22:00. I don’t know exactly why, but it makes for a long night.

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Weekly Reader: Vol 1 Issue 2

Welcome to another edition of the Weekly Reader, where I find interesting articles that catch my eye and I share them with you! This week’s reading:

Ending an abusive marriage is hard. Ending one in the evangelical church is harder.: (from the Washington Post) “The burden of proof was on me, and at stake was my family’s support, the validity of my faith and my character. I couldn’t win. For him, and many other Christians like him, the only reason to end a marriage is when a partner has been unfaithful and is unrepentant. In my marriage, no one cheated, so there were no “valid” grounds to divorce, no matter how emotionally abusive, disrespectful and unstable our marriage had become.”

The “Incel Rebellion” Is Misogynist Terrorism. So Why Do So Many People Still Put the Blame on Women?: (from The Mary Sue) “And since these “incels” feel entitled to sex with any and all women they feel attracted to, they view those “Stacys” as cruel, depriving them of the sex, attention, and admiration they think they innately deserve. Some talk about these women as if they’re involved in a conspiracy. As if all women got together to decide to punish this poor incel. As if they have meetings to laugh about denying him sex. Because surely, there could be no other reason why a man like that has trouble gaining the attention and respect of women.”

‘Unfuckable’ Women Don’t Go on Killing Sprees: (from Splinter) “This core belief that loneliness and sexual dissatisfaction are a uniquely male proposition helps to justify the vitriol and occasional violence that men in this community unleash in the direction of women. And yet it’s a belief that’s entirely baseless.”

Fundamentalist Intolerance: (from Patheos) “In other words, only born-again Christians are allowed to express prejudice and hostility, while other Americans live by kinder standards.”

Do You Know Where Your Healing Crystals Come From?: (from the New Republic) “Publicly-traded mining companies don’t routinely disclose all of their byproducts, nor to whom they sell these byproducts. Annual reports for shareholders tend to list only the cumulative profits from byproducts. It’s therefore difficult to assess what percentage of the healing crystal market is sourced from industrial mining operations.”

Suicide Is A Leading Cause Of Death For New Moms But Awareness Is Low: (from the Huffington Post) “When a new mother like Kari takes her own life, her story is often treated as a one-off. It’s a tragic deviation from what is still generally viewed as a joyous, if sleep-deprived time — rather than part of a broader landscape in which too many American moms don’t have access to, or education about, the mental health treatment they might need.”

Ally Sheedy on Her Experiences With Hollywood Sexism and Why It Will Never Change: (from Vulture)”On one of my first auditions, a director told me he liked me but could not possibly cast me because there was a “beach” scene. Apparently, my thighs and ass were going to get in the way of my fledgling career. I was five seven and weighed about 130 pounds.”

Exclusive: how rightwing groups wield secret ‘toolkit’ to plot against US unions: (from the Guardian) “The anti-union marketing drive is the brainchild of the State Policy Network (SPN), a coast-to-coast alliance of 66 rightwing thinktanks that has an $80m war chest to promote Donald Trump-friendly regressive policies such as low taxes and small government. The group is funded by such billionaire conservative donors as the Koch brothers and the Walton Family Foundation that stems from the Walmart fortune.”

Found something that you’d like to share? Feel free to drop a link in the comments!

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