all on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

So Sunday night I went to Wal-mart with my sister to pick up some odds and ends.

After about a half hour of shopping, an employee informs the store via intercom that the store will be closing in 6 minutes. (As an aside, don’t you find the 6-minute countdown rather odd? I mean, 10 minutes, sure, 5 minutes understandable, but 6? How very random!) No problem, we’ve got all of our purchases, and make our way to the checkout.

When we arrive at the checkout we discover that there are 3 registers open. Two of them are the “15 items or less” registers and the other is just a regular one. We opt for the regular one because the line is just a smidge shorter and the people in front of us don’t seem to have much in their carts.

Sister walks up to the line and stops behind a (black) family. As soon as she stops, the cashier (who is a youngish black girl) looks up at my sister, flicks her register’s light off and tells her that she’s closed and she needs to go to another line. Perturbed, but not finding the necessity in creating drama, we scoot ourselves down to the nearest line and pay for our things.

After completing our purchase, we walked passed the girl who had rejected us earlier, and lo and behold, she was waiting on someone in her line. This girl she was waiting on was also a black girl who not only didn’t work there, but she was not part of the family who were in front of us when we first approached this girl’s register.

So her line was closed for us because……we’re white?

I find that there really isn’t any other explanation. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Wal-mart will be receiving a letter from little ol’ me. Both corporate, and the local store who clearly have no standards when it comes to hiring anyone.

I don’t expect to find the brightest of the bright working for Wal-mart, but I expect decency from anyone at the very least, regardless of my skin color.


4 Responses to “all on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday”

  1. 1 girlymama January 22, 2008 at 7:42 am

    yet another reason to go to Target.

    Where does Wal-Mart FIND these employees? I’ve heard so many horror stories! Don’t they screen these people?

  2. 2 lifelemons January 22, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Do you see the look of surprise on my face? Oh, that’s right there isn’t one.

  3. 4 workingirl January 22, 2008 at 10:25 am

    That’s ridiculous. But then again…that’s Wal-Mart for you.

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