Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Walmart Secretly Stealing from Employees

I've been working with Walmart for around three years in asset protection. In that time; I've had some great success in the execution of any duties requested, I've received a number of awards in recognition thereof, and fostered a good relationship with the staff of my district. So to say my degree of professional anguish is founded is like saying Santa Claus has a pointy red hat...

This tale of woe begins approximately one year ago, I executed an arrest on a subject that became violent, so I opted to place the accused into hand restraints. Long story short the accused bled all over me. The RCMP advised me that I should go to the hospital for a blood-borne-pathogen test, Canadian health care as it is had me wait for an additional 3 hours for treatment. After my blood was sent to the lab I was released. I then returned to my store and "swiped" out.

The following morning I was greeted by one of the districts "People's" managers, (HR Gestapo) she advised me that she thought it theft to pay me for waiting in a hospital room for injury treatment sustained on the job. I advises her she would pay.

Immediately proceeding this incident, I discovered an associate stealing and conducted a lengthy investigation. This investigations format made it impossible to take a lunch breaks during my observation period, only conclusion was to work through my lunch break, and not work the hours when the subject wasn't working. On payday I was greatly disappointed to discover that the HR Gestapo automatically deducted an hour each day for lunch breaks, forcing me to loose two days pay per week.... After another war, the HR advised me that they would stop the hourly deductions (however failed to back pay the hours deducted).

All was quiet on the Walmart front until 4 months ago when I discovered that they were not paying me for "time adjustment cards" (Manuel method for payment when at a different store). Wage War Two started. At the conclusion I was paid in full what was "misplaced".  However I must follow up constantly to insure payment for a days work.

Fast forward to today. I returned from vacation to discover one time adjustment card for 5 hours was not entered, and that I am short two days pay for my vacation.

I am now planing on leaving the company, post haste, as I grow weary of these pay games.

If I ever meet the CEO, I will ask "how do you expect to run a corporation when your staff is burning productive time insuring they get paid".

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Walmart Managers Abuse Employee with Militant Tactics

I worked as a cashier for Wal-mart for just under 3 months when I was called into the back office. A front end manager told me I was to be corrected on my behavior because I left the gated area of the cash register that sold cigarettes in order to tidy the check out lanes that no one else bothers to tidy. 
It was a few minutes before closing and there were no customers in the store. I was never told I wasn’t allowed to leave that area.

The manager began screaming at me with the same harsh tone a mother would use with a child who had severely misbehaved. I attempted to speak up but I could not. 
Every time I opened my mouth to speak, she would raise her voice and cut me off. I had sat there for about 10 minutes being screamed at and had not been allowed to speak once. The office was the size of a medium sized bathroom and there were 2 other managers in there with us overseeing. I began to get extremely frustrated and upset and began to cry a bit. 
At that time I stood up and informed that manager that I had PTSD and have panic attacks when I felt threatened or when I was under extreme stress and that I would like to step out and have a breather, then resume this “meeting”. 
She looked at me in shock and said “No you may not leave. You have to stay here until I’m done.” 
I said “Just a minute please I won’t leave the store or anything, you can watch me and I’ll come right back” 
She said “No you cant” And as I turned towards the door I noticed the large male manager standing in front of it. I immediately went into a panic attack.

After a couple minutes of hyperventilating I began to black out and fell to the floor. The managers stood over top of me discussing what I was doing, whether I was acting or faking it and if any of them was aware that I had a condition. 
Twice they asked if I wanted an ambulance, both times I said yes, and then a third time I asked for an ambulance myself. Finally I was reduced to saying “help me I cant breathe” over and over again. 
Finally after a few more minutes (About 10 minutes total since the panic attack started) they opened the door and I made a hazy dash for it. I ran out of the store and down the sidewalk, dizzy, lightheaded and blinded since I had lost my glasses in the commotion. I ran for my life. 
The store manager chased me down the street for over a mile. I was begging and pleading with her to leave me be, telling her she could clock me out, I was over 18 years old, and past my time to leave at the end of shift. She wouldn’t quit following me. 
I had to run through a swamp which she refused to cross in order to escape and I called my friend and spent the night with him. I was afraid to even tell my mother where I was (they called her) because I was so afraid she would tell someone from walmart and they would come looking for me.

During my panic attacks I become afraid for my life and feel like it is being threatened even if it is irrational, while I was running from the manager, I outpaced her enough to start to feel more comfortable and explained this to her when I was begging her to leave me alone. I told her it would help calm me down, she sped up and as she got closer the panic started coming back and that was when I ran for the swamp.

The next day I received a phone call saying I was being fired for gross misconduct and they’d like me to come in for an exit interview. I went with my friend at my side. 
They explained to me that I should have told them about my medical condition when I was hired because now they have no proof it actually exists. 
Even though it said right on their application that they are not allowed to ask me questions about medical conditions and I do not have to disclose them. It had been over a year since my last one and I never thought working as a cashier would put me in a position to have one.

She told me they would waive the 3 month period I must wait in order to be rehired at walmart because of the special circumstances and I could begin work at another location immediately. 
A year later with no job I became desperate and finally applied at another walmart location. That’s when I found out that not only did they not waive the 3 month period but they banned me from ever working at walmart again. I put on my applications now that I have no job experience because I don’t want to have to explain this situation to my future employers.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Getting Even with Walmart, Let the Ice-cream Melt

Here’s a tip for all you Walmart malcontents and here is what I do. Often I’ll go into the Walmart here in Rocky Mount, NC, for some Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and a few other snacks. 

When I get to the cash and I see there’s only one cashier with a line-up of 50 people, I just leave the stuff on an empty cashier station and calmly walk out of the store and go up the street to Aldis (P.S. There’s never a line-up at the cash at this store.) 

I know it’s small satisfaction, but I like to picture the ice cream all melted and dripping and some Walmart employee scratching their head as to what the hell happened. Well, what happened was some of the poorest service in America, that’s what! Seriously, I would recommend you all go and stack up on ice cream, and if they’re too busy to serve you, then just leave it all out in the open. Who knows, maybe somebody someday will get the message.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Wal-mart Pharmacist Doesn't Care If Customer Dies

Well let me explain my situation. Im a 32 year old male Type 1 Diabetic, and I've not had any kind of health insurance for about a year and a half now so naturally, i can't afford my insulin so I'm forced to take an, "over the counter" insulin for the past year now, and its seems to do ok for me, and gets the job done.

Well, I learned a while back that Walmart actually sells my OTC insulin way cheaper than any other pharmacy around (literally half the price) so I've been going to Walmart pharmacies for my insulin for quite a while now. Well, sunday morning i realized that my vial was almost empty, so naturally, i knew i had to get up to Walmart to get my insulin at some point in the day before 6:00PM because thats when they close on  Sundays.

I showed up at Walmart at 5:45 and as i was walking thru the store, nearing the pharmacy, i noticed that the shudders/gates had already been pulled down and the pharmacy was closed early. Well, i walked up the the shudders and could plainly see a pharmacy employee standing inside, well, just standing there doing nothing. So i said "Sir, i don't know why you're closed early today, but i really need my insulin" seeing as I'm a diabetic, there really is no way around it, i HAVE to have it.

He just said "sorry, we're closed" and i said "well sir, i know your business hours, and its not 6PM yet, so please just give me a vial of my insulin, this is basically considered a life or death situation to say the least" and while I'm saying this, he just shuts all the lights out in the back, as if this makes him just disappear, like he thought then i couldn't see him, when i could still see him plain as day standing there, and he just ignored me! So then i say "sir, the insulin i need isn't even a prescription grade insulin, all you have to do is hand it to me, and i can just pay for it up front, which is how I've actually done it many times before." In the past when I've bought my insulin at the pharmacy, and they see i have more shopping to do, they just give me the box and i pay for it up at the front registers with the rest of my items.

Well, he just continued to ignore me. It appeared as if he was just standing back there, watching the clock, waiting for 6 O'clock, on the dot, so he could bounce out of there. Then i seen him going out the door at the back of the pharmacy, so i walked around to him, and it looked like i caught him off guard the way he spun around from trying to lock up, and i continued to beg and plead with him to please just give me a vial, and let me just pay for it up front, and that if he didn't give it to me i'd end up in the emergency room, or worse.

He couldn't care less about me or my insulin, that was obvious, and just said "Go tell the store manager, I'm off now" so i told him ok, thats what we'll do. So as we were walking, basically side by side towards the front of the store, he actually started SPRINTING and cut down an isle, and bolted straight out the front door! I was blown away..i really couldn't believe someone could act in such an unprofessional manner! So, i made it to the service desk and got a manager and explained to her what just happened, and she said she was so sorry, and told me to come with her to talk to the pharmacist.

When i told her he had already left the store, she looked at her watch and even said "how could he already be gone? its just now 6 o'clock." And i told her, yeah, i told you he closed up shop early, and basically told me to "go get screwed" Well, needless to say, the manager could do nothing for me and just apologized for the pharmacists behavior. Well, i went home for the evening, with no insulin, and the nightmare slowly began…Let me tell ya,

Being a diabetic and not taking your insulin for a day and a half is NOT A GOOD IDEA. I was up all night, getting sicker, and sicker. By morning, i was so sick i couldn't even move, and basically Diabetic Ketoacidosis started to set in, and I've never been so sick in my ENTIRE LIFE. I was convulsing and throwing up harder and worse than i ever have in my life. It was horrible. I could barely walk, let alone remain coherent.

My fiancé had to call off work for the day and go straight and get me my insulin that morning. I basically started going into shock. Things got real bad, real quick. I could have went into a coma, or way worse. After she gave me my insulin shot, and got me calmed down, and i quit throwing up, after so many hours i slowly started to come back around, and we avoided calling 911(which everybody i know is giving me hell because i didn't), and i could have died from this completely avoidable incident.

As of right now, my family is going to take me to the local ER tomorrow morning so i can get treated and probably admitted so they can try to get my levels back on track, and have some tests done to check the damage thats been caused.

I just really wanted to share my story with everybody so they know what caliber of people Walmart hires to work in their pharmacies. I can't fathom how someone could possibly be qualified to work in a pharmacy when they have no concept whatsoever of the importance of insulin to a diabetic…Its scary to even think about really.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Walmart says: "Not Currently Scheduled" Until You Starve to Death

Worked at Walmart for about a year, my fiance started shortly after. We had just signed a lease on a duplex and contracts for utilities etc and got our first place together. I have worked on my credit for a long time now.

A couple of months ago I injured my back at work causing me to miss quite a bit of time. When I returned for full duty I seemed to return to a passively hostile work environment. My manager began scheduling me for lower and lower hours. Then my schedule began changing late in the evening after I had left without any notice. Luckily I had email alerts on and my phone would chime. Well I was scheduled off on a Monday. Made plans to drive down and visit my parents. After already leaving that day I checked my email on some down time and found an email from 11:45pm telling me my schedule had changed. Well, no big deal it's happened a lot recently. I check my schedule and they had changed my schedule to say I was supposed to be there at 7am that day(Monday) which of course caused me to miss the day.

After this incident my schedule changed again that night. The previously current week and both future posted weeks read "Not Currently Scheduled". I called them and asked if I was fired. They told me no and I left it at that and began searching for a new job. A few weeks went by and no new job, but I still get new schedules saying "Not Currently Scheduled". I called and asked if this was an attempt to let me go. The manager I talked to said he knew nothing of the situation and that I am currently still an employee. A month later and not able to pay our bills and savings gone I file for unemployment. By "coincidence"(I believe retaliation) my fiance's manager approached her the day after the request happened and told her she is getting an involuntary vacation. We checked her schedule and for the foreseeable future she is "Not Currently Scheduled". She tries very hard at work and is very passive and quiet and doesn't backtalk. (I am an ***hole when angered) They have absolutely no reason to dismiss her she is a good employee. They tell her today they can't schedule her because they don't have the hours available, but recently hired 2 new people for her department and gave them the hours that they used to give her.

As a result we are now unable to pay our bills and my credit that I have worked my entire adult life to keep pristine is about to take a HUGE hit. I have contacted a lawyer, and he informed me there is nothing we can do and it is a form of "Constructive Termination". Basically they keep you hired until you either quit or find a new job so that you can't file unemployment against them. As a result my unemployment has just been a giant fight and it doesn't look like it's going to happen. We are going to lose everything we have worked for, because of Walmart and how it cares for it's employees and their well-being.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Walmart, Where We Throw Your Paycheque at You

I have been working at WalMart for a little over a month now and I just got my paycheck last week. It was half of what I actually earned! They didn't add the 30 hours I worked to my paycheck.

I have been relying on unemployment because of this and now unemployment is on my ass saying that they may have overpaid me! I was quite shocked to get the letter and I hope that they understand my situation but that's only half of the problem with how WalMart has treated me.

I asked my Front End Manager when new people get paid and she said that the checks should be in personnel.

I followed one of the other front end guys to personnel and called Accounting. The guy with me said that Accounting was busy and that they would be here shortly and told me to wait for them. 10 minutes go by and a manager comes in and starts yelling at me saying WHAT ARE YOU DOING BACK HERE DOING NOTHING?! WHY AREN'T YOU UP AT THE FRONT?! HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BACK HERE?

I explained that my manager had sent me back here for my paycheck and that I had been back here 10 minutes. She of course didn't believe me and called Accounting. She talked to the wrong person and had a "Gotcha" look on her face. She practically threw my paycheck at me and said "HERE! NOW GET BACK OUT THERE!"

God forbid I actually get paid what little I did get! She treated me like I was some kind of ingrate and that I should be grateful for having a job! I told my manager and she said don't worry about it. Gee thanks.

You don't know pain and despair until you have worked at WalMart. Their latest commercial of "successful" associates is absolute BS!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Walmart Cuts Employee Hours, Hires New People at Cheaper Wages

My Wife has worked for walmart for over 13 years . She works10 PM to7 AM 5 nites a week . For the last month about two hrs before she is to go in walmart's manger will call and tell her not to come in.they say they have to cut the stores hours now this is a beach store cut hours( bulls--t)

If the store savr money the mangers get's a bonus .. how here's the catch they hired ten new people at lower pay this came from a manger i talked to at the store one thanks to walmart we mite have to give up something  ,she brings in the only income to our house .

i've been looking for a job for  over a year and havent found any thing .even had an interview at walmart  but I didn't meet the requirements .. SO THANK YOU WALMART FOR HELPING  AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN THINGS ARE SO HARD FOR PEOPLE HOW.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Walmart Has No Respect For Veterans

I was a Walmart Associate for about 6 months, and this was the second time i have worked for Walmart. This all started when i first started to work for walmart. I am a disable United States Marine Veteran, who fought for my nation and got injuried in the line of duty.

Well i went to the managers and asked them what type of paper work i needed to bring them to be accomadated for my disability. They told me that i could not be accomadated for the disability because i haven't been with walmart for 90 days. that is complete and utter BS, and i told them about the americans with disability act, and they said that i still needed to be with walmart for 90 days.

Then i asked to be transfered to a different store and thats where everything went down hill.

After arriving at the new store, i asked them what paperwork i needed for my disability and they again told me i have to be with the store for 90 days before i can be accomadated. I got mad and went home early that day. Then about three weeks ago, i went to a manager that happens to be a veteran as well. He told me that he'll put me on self check out, since it was much easier for me to be them then a regular register.

After he went on vacation, all the CSM (customer service managers) refused to go by that and threw me on other registers. I then went to the store manager and told him that i was about to quit. He and i sat down and began talking. After we got done, he changed my availibility to the hours i want effective immediately.

Then he was transfering me to a different department, one where i wouldn't have to deal with the registers anymore.

Well Last night, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, was my first day in the new department, and so i had a lot to learn and not very much time to do it in. The manager over the cashiers told me that i had to be on a register and not in my new department, so i asked how was i suppose to learn my department if i'm on a register. She threw an attitude with me and I am sorry, i don't take attitudes from someone that worked for walmart their entire life very well.

I told her that i was going back to my department and i was going to continue to learn it. This manager then called for another manager to handle the situation, because she couldn't handle it herself. I told them that i was done, i turned in my badge and i left. i am now out of work and i have noticed that with being out of walmart for less then a day, my stress level has dropped tremendously.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Your Baby's Sick! Who Cares. Wal-mart Punishes You Anyway.

walmart could careless about anything. i went on leave to have a baby yes i was gone 5 months. After i had the baby i had my gall blatter out.  Not tosay that three days after the baby came my grandma passed away. When I called to tell them the person that answered the phone could care less thy said aren't you on leave any way. Well when I come back a few weeks ago the manger team tells me they have to cut my pay because i was a supvisor in the deli and they had to replace me. now they only have part time openings.  Not to say that my store manger had all ready singed off on my change of hour sheet that they could not give me anyess or any more then 40 hours a week. walmart is only out for themself. the peson who got my job misses work and does nothing i the store. I bust my ass every day i am there. i will get writen up i am sure tomorrow i called in today b/c my baby is sick.