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Are you glad there is a second Wal-Mart in town?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 30, 2009

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“Yes … I think they needed one on that end of town.”

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“No, I’m not. I feel like one was excessive.”

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“No. I think that it does pull business away from the local businesses that we have.”

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“I didn’t know there was one.”

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ralphralph 4 years, 11 months ago

Did somebody up there say Tyson chicken was OK? Gag me! It's shot full of sugar water and who knows what else, and tastes very little like good chicken ought to. Tyson is awful ... read the ingredients and see how much of it is something besides chicken.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

Articles on Corporate Welfare and Corporate Tax Issues Corporate Tax Evasion and Tax Rate Issues

Apr 2007 Big Tax Breaks for Big Boxes (Syracuse Post Register)

Feb 2007 Wal-Mart Cuts Taxes by Paying Rent to Itself (Wall St. Journal)

Feb 2007 Wal-Mart: Always Low Taxes (Baltimore Sun)

http://reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_welfare/

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Gootsie 4 years, 11 months ago

MD, wow - I was busy yesterday and didn't get back here. As usual, all awesome posts! Thanks for the idea - however, I've already made the tackle box and bunker calendars, so we need to move to something else. Maybe a bobblehead with matching bobbling, well, never mind.

TOB, at least if you are posting to yourself, you can set yourself up to post clever things back. Wait - some people already do that! :)

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Deja Coffin 4 years, 11 months ago

No I'm not happy because they're both equally far away from me and a pain in the butt to get to. Plus I've gone to the new walmart 3 times thinking it was supposed to be open the first of April and it wasn't. I'm guessing by this question that it finally is open. Now if they would have put the walmart at Tanger Outlet.....that would have been really nice!!!

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Bowhunter99 4 years, 11 months ago

Every single person complaining about 'traffic' because of the new Walmart would NOT be complaining if a new 100K sqft Merc would have been opened instead... then everything would have been A-OK... hypocrites!

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redmoonrising 4 years, 11 months ago

Autie, isn't that "Oui French pinko commies?" Sorry, couldn't resist. I live near the new Walmart. I'm afraid to leave my house for fear of being hit by those falling prices. My biggest fear is that after years of avoiding the place I might now be temped, Lord help me, to set foot in the new one. Everyone tells me not to buy meat there. Speaking of fishing, lure the suckers in. Once bought some clothing there that almost lasted one season. Even purchased health and beauty items cheaper at the grocery store. Before the new store, I would have had to drive about 30 minutes. The savings in gas and time were worth it to me to buy a toothbrush for $2.00. I'll probably check it out in a few weeks when the furor dies down, assuming there is one. Then I'll head back to the grocery store and the internet like usual for my shopping.

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gccs14r 4 years, 11 months ago

I get mine from the dentist, too, along with dental floss.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months ago

spacehog I get a new toothbrush every six months from my dentist. Last one cost $88.00 (he probably got it from Walmart)

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

jonas, that's funny. I googled that long ago, feeling it was not original and could find nothing. I figured it had a movie origin or some book, and just hit a wall. You know, old Burt Reynolds, something. But then I've found, one day I get nothing on some things, some other day, what seems like the same words turn up a lot. From now on, if I haven't seen it on a demotivational poster on d2jsp, I'll email you next.

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Meatwad 4 years, 11 months ago

Definitely not. They won't be happy until they have put nearly every store and type of business out of business. Then we will have no choices except to buy their cheap, poor quality crap, which they will then have a monopoly on and raise prices. Their prices on some things are cheaper but not everything. They just hope to lure you in with the few cheaply priced things so you'll then buy everything else too.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 11 months ago

"Andini is the genious that started inserting different subjects where football was originally placed."

Not to burst bubbles, but that's been going on in Fark's commentary boards for a long time. That particular quote did not start with Ben Berteldes.

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bluerayborn 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes Spacehog. That 80 cent toothbrush is likely from China, likely toxic and made by a 3 year old child in awful factory conditions. But at least you saved a buck twenty.

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bluerayborn 4 years, 11 months ago

Hey Y'all... WalMart sucks. The Merc sucks! Let's get a Trader Joe's!!!

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

prospector thanks for the link. I read the comments. It's funny what gets people all worked up isn't it? Do you remember who The Hammer was and what team he played for? And, who was it that took him down? I know, because I was there at the game. I love football, absolutely, totally and completely.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Of course they have a chant..they're a cult. All cults have chants..the wal mart keeps drawing you back....falling prices, falling prices..

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spacehog 4 years, 11 months ago

If I need a toothbrush and it costs $2.00 at a local business downtown or 80 cents at Walmart, guess where I'm gonna go.........

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

I think Andini needs to do a McD's version. Having been a teen working there myself (yes, you guess the time frame, that's you probably saw me), that LTE suits us just fine. The hours, the burns, the teamworkers, mgmt oddities,ladder climbing the social stigma. Those Quarter Pounder intro sales during football season were four letter worders! Imagine 23rd Street lined up inside from the counter to the doors at the front of the building, no drive thru! I still have faint diamond burn patterns from french fry baskets on my arms from super rushes. Pain, blood, nightmares. (But in general had a pretty good time, at least during my years there, lol, we were a hard working yet snarky bunch too)

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Andini is the genious that started inserting different subjects where football was originally placed. He's earned a lifetime Golden Fruitcake from the Big OTS!

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Prospector, well, dunk my hat in the creek. I've been going around thinkin andini was the original author of that. I sit corrected.

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ocean 4 years, 11 months ago

probably will never go to the new one.

i shop at Checkers/Merc/Dillons/Aldi/&Hyvee

Cottins & Ace

so why bother with yet another wally world?

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Yep, Prospector. They've already been brainwashed.

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Bob, can you read the body language of their "associates".

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2009/apr/29/169761/

Wal-Mart Cheer

Give me a W! Give me an A! Give me an L! Give me a squiggly! Give me an M! Give me an A! Give me an R! Give me a T!

What's that spell? Wal-Mart!

Whose Wal-Mart is it? It's my Wal-Mart!

Who's number one? The customer! Always!

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Hold everything. I just looked at the Wal-Mart photo on the front page. Wal-Mart has a company cheer? I now pull my apathy for Wal-Mart. Company cheer/chant? No surprise that May Day falls during the grand opening weekend of the new store.

Mmmmm, canned bacon.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

I think T_O_B is telling us all to stick with the canned bacon...

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh, lord. It is raining again.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh, lord. I've done, gone and lost it.

Aren't we due for another Ben LTE?

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Snap, credit needs to be given where credit is due. Andini just took it to a new level.

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Bob, are you talking to yourself? Time for a beer, you have been working on the project too long.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

MD..just make sure and use plastic. I'm afraid a glass bottle wouldn't fair too well coming through the gates at Toronto.

Irish, what are you talking about? Seeing parents beat their kids in walmart is half the fun...for us, that is on Tuesdays. I'm convinced each group has their own different shopping night. With Saturday being an open day free for all.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Irish, Andini is referring to an inside LJW joke. He posted that same text talking about football a couple of years ago & it gets hauled out & re-edited to fit new topics. I've posted it myself a couple of time.

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Jaminrawk 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm not to excited about it. Wal Mart kills small business then offers those workers jobs at ridiculously low salaries and meager benefits. Oh, and the bathrooms and eating areas are always disgusting.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

TOB -

I'm just going to go ahead and assume the snakes will call the cistern home.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

"Nobody likes to shop at WalMart. Nobody. The other shoppers hurt you, sometimes very badly."

I would love to have details about this. Did you require an ambulance and a trip to the hospital? Bones broken? Bruises? You can't just leave us hanging like this. I can assure you I have never been hurt at Walmart, physically or emotionally and I have shopped there a couple of days a week for years. I love to shop at Walmart and I am not the only one. I don't need to go to another store for anything. I enjoy kids just being kids, I don't like it when parents are really repressive to their children.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

well, you gotta have something to do in those quiet moments alone in a cove waiting for a bite. You think we don't know that? ;)

Autie, it's a shame our rivers don't hook up til down stream of you or I'd ungreenly send some howdyauties-in-water-bottles to see it they end up at your back porch. "If anyone gets this message, please tape to the door, or in the tackle dept. at Walmart in...."

(just kidding, but a fun idea..suppose 1 out 500 would have made it as twisted as this river is? I don't, lol)

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

MD, quit picking on us.... just because we like to fish and modify our tackle boxes.... oh,whoops, better stop now while I still have a chance. might of just outed myself.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

T_O_B, Maybe you can stock your cistern?

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

Gootsie, If you would have posted a lolphoto link to go with your 10:30 comment..those guys might not have said anything on there, but you can be sure they would have printed and contact papered it to the lid of their tackle boxes. Probably one for the bunker too.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

you people and your ammo problems..don't you have all the dies and presses with tons of rounds/casing/powder? You cannot depend of the man.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Do they have white box Winchester .45ACP in stock?

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Those parades are only for the enemy of my blood. Us French pinko commies won't dance around poles like heathens but we will eat the candy.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Autie - Is the rain going to put a damper on the parade tomorrow?

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

TOB, they river has actually gone down since about one this morning. Last look, it was only six inches above flood stage, which is nothing. But..more precip on the way.

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Gootsie 4 years, 11 months ago

Andini is in the house!

I avoid wal-to-wal mart for the most part. They are one of the few places that sell really pretty MATCHING (in caps) bras and panties. Oh, and lures. Wait - is that the same thing?

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

R_I -

Better stock up now. They already know everything about you. When the feces goes down, I'll be in the underground bunker wondering why I stocked up on fishing tackle. Maybe Prospector can design a pond. That'll give us something to do while the warloads duke it out above ground.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

I generally don't go there, even for tackle.
With all those cameras in the ceiling, I know they have been co-opted into the InfraGard. When Obama institutes Directive 51, and NorthCom (under the guise of FEMA) is control under Martial Law to control the Swine flu, Walmart will be a designated control point, all other places will be shut down.
Thats why they shipped all the antiviral medicines to Forbes Field.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Autie - You able to fish from your desk this morning?

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

oh my, what a shock. A big system of thunderstorms and showers moving on me. Anybody got any gopher wood?

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

xbus and Prospector -

Yep, about the only time I find myself in there is for lures and such. Get there super early in the morning and avoid the lines. Make a quick exit before the hoards arrive.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

prospector...when they opened our new super center some years back, I go and look at these apparently pretty nice KC strips and ribeyes..so I try it. The ones in the boxes. They squirt some noxious chemical in the sealed package to keep the meat nice and pink. I could taste it after cooking..yuck-a-delic. Never again. The pork and chicken is ok, cause Mr. Tyson has already wrapped it at their plant..but the beef just has an awful flavor from that gas.... and If I never got snagged again or broke my line, they would miss out on thousands of dollars in sinker, hook, line sales..maybe a few snap swivels.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

Glad would never be my feelings when I am required to go there.

prospector- I share your misery.... but they do have fishing tackle..... so off I go to Wally World, mask and all..

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Irrelevant ambivalence for now. Glad would never be my feelings when I am required to go there. It is the only place in town for fishing tackle.

Autie, the source of the taint is? Are the cows playing with Chinese toys or drinking their baby formula? Are they spreading the swine flu to grow their market share?

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Mary Darst 4 years, 11 months ago

And seriously...it's the same old thing. 3 threads about it??? And autie is right..the meat is tainted!!!!!!

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

build it and they will come. just don't buy the beef. It's tainted.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

Not glad, not sad.

I am however looking at bringing a McCurry's to Lawrence. McCurry's - "Home food, away from home, Tasty and so Gooood..."

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Andini 4 years, 11 months ago

Nobody likes to shop at WalMart. Nobody. The other shoppers hurt you, sometimes very badly. First you shop because your father wants you to. Then you shop to get the girls. If you keep on shopping, you do it for scholarships, and to get the girls. Then you shop for the money and the girls. Then you get to just watch the shoppers, and that’s fun. But nobody likes to shop at WalMart. Nobody.

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Practicality 4 years, 11 months ago

Alright, now all we need is a costco or a Sam's Club.

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Sheila Hooper White 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm glad to see it open. Nothing against local business, I was born and raised here, so I say support them when you can. I though can not afford to buy clothes downtown, expect during the sidewalk sale. I have a family and my children would each have 1 shirt, 1 pair of pants, 1 pair of shoes, etc.(you get the pic), if I had to shop downtown. I do like the second hand stores also. We do love some of the eating establishments and frequent them when we can. We also enjoy the Watkins Museum and just walking down Mass on a nice Sunday afternoon.

So in short I say support them both. If you don't like Walmart don't shop there, that's just less people I have to worry about. I will continue to support both.

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gccs14r 4 years, 11 months ago

I do not shop at Wal-Mart. The new one is just another one to not get my business. Wal-Mart has nothing I want that cannot be purchased elsewhere.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Xbusguy is in my head!

It is over. You anti-box store folks might want to re-organize and get a better game plan for the soon to be proposed Costco.

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preebo 4 years, 11 months ago

RoeDapple - you don't like downtown? Good move west. I hear Topeka has three Wal-Marts. Sound like your kinda place, huh?

I did like your retort from yesterday. Ha, Superman in dirty underwear, nice.

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parrotuya 4 years, 11 months ago

Wal-Mart is evil. I am praying everyday to the Flying Spaghetti Monster to get rid of the evil Wal-Mart forever! Christians pray for more money and Pasta-farians pray for no Wal-Marts!

DOWn, baby, DOWn!

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

As original bob would say, move on. Let the SLT begin,

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roger_o_thornhill 4 years, 11 months ago

Where's Tesco? Would be nice if someone else were giving the Great-Wal a run for its money. Sure wasn't much fanfare over new store opening. I drive by everyday and couldn't tell for the last couple of weeks whether the joint was open or not. On the rare occasions I find myself dodging knuckleheads and unattended children @ the Great-Wal (I know not everyone is like that there, it is just that those are the people that actually require a strategy in order to maneuver around. Everyone else understands how to act in public. Plus the aisles there are remarkably narrow for such large stores) , I ain't giving them money that I wasn't already going to give to another mega-corporation. I wish they did things better, but I vote with my dollars (both of them) and avoid the Wal until I can't ignore it anymore. I hope the new one is less zany than the other one--if I am going, I'd at least like a fighting chance. I hope they get on the trolley a bit with reigning in the "maximize profits at all costs" folks (that was supposed to be sort of a joke, but I don't think it worked so well). ...you know, "at all costs" ,,,you know, because you'd really want to minimize costs in order to maximize profits...he he. Seriously though,

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scaramouchepart2 4 years, 11 months ago

You can tell that the JW supported this with all the stupid articles on it. Wish JW would give free advertizing to a business that needs it.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months ago

I give it 5 years. Then Walmart will announce expansion plans doubling the existing size of the new store, complaints will follow and Walmart will have it their way. Eventually 4 blocks of downtown Lawrence will be leveled for a new Sam's Club. Then I will shop downtown again

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RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months ago

“I didn’t know there was one.”

— Alex Parmelee, medical student, Greeley, Colo.

Uh, Doctor, I'd like a second opinion................

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