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Have you ever shopped at Wal-Mart? Of course you have. Why else would you be looking at this book? If you have ever wanted to see behind the front lines of retail, this is the book for you. If you want to validate your own experiences in retail, this is the book for you. If you just want to laugh at humorous things from funny people, this is the book for you. Packed full Have you ever shopped at Wal-Mart? Of course you have. Why else would you be looking at this book? If you have ever wanted to see behind the front lines of retail, this is the book for you. If you want to validate your own experiences in retail, this is the book for you. If you just want to laugh at humorous things from funny people, this is the book for you. Packed full of true short stories from working in one of these super stores, only one conclusion can be reached in the end: Wal-Mart is the craziest place on Earth!


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Have you ever shopped at Wal-Mart? Of course you have. Why else would you be looking at this book? If you have ever wanted to see behind the front lines of retail, this is the book for you. If you want to validate your own experiences in retail, this is the book for you. If you just want to laugh at humorous things from funny people, this is the book for you. Packed full Have you ever shopped at Wal-Mart? Of course you have. Why else would you be looking at this book? If you have ever wanted to see behind the front lines of retail, this is the book for you. If you want to validate your own experiences in retail, this is the book for you. If you just want to laugh at humorous things from funny people, this is the book for you. Packed full of true short stories from working in one of these super stores, only one conclusion can be reached in the end: Wal-Mart is the craziest place on Earth!

30 review for Wal-Mart Book of Ethics Abridged Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I refuse to shop Walmart since I bought a food processor there and got it out of the box dirty and already used! I had to return it feeling like I looked like the dishonest one who would use an item and take it back. This was not long AFTER I bought some bulbs in a stapled together package and when I went to use them, they were all dead. Someone apparently returned their dead bulbs, kept the new ones and got their $ back in the process. There are just too many loser people who shop the store and I refuse to shop Walmart since I bought a food processor there and got it out of the box dirty and already used! I had to return it feeling like I looked like the dishonest one who would use an item and take it back. This was not long AFTER I bought some bulbs in a stapled together package and when I went to use them, they were all dead. Someone apparently returned their dead bulbs, kept the new ones and got their $ back in the process. There are just too many loser people who shop the store and I was paying the price for the fact that Walmart allows people to take advantage of them. No more. (Though I admit that I do send my husband over there for the Black Friday TV bargains!!) Still, I'd rather pay more elsewhere if I have to. Really, if you cannot even trust the merchandise you buy there to not have been previously tampered with - what kind of store is that and do they deserve my business. No way. My reason for reading this book about the dreaded walmart is that my retired mother recently became employed as a Walmart Greeter. She's been there just a few months, but during this short period of time she has acquired some of the FUNNIEST, most horrible, and just gross Walmart stories ever! I wanted to know if all Walmarts are run so chaotically? The answer I got from the book is that - yes, all Walmarts are run in a very unorganized manner. And, WHY isn't walmart manning the doors with security guards?? Seriously! My mom does her job as Greeter - too well, I often tell her. When the electronics buzzer goes off, she is on the chase. Not that it works. She is very often ignored, belittled, and ran from. Still, she has to have made a small dent in the theft rate at her store, having caught numerous people walking out with fishing poles, tvs, cosmetics, video games, saws, batteries, etc. Not that anyone cares though. She once had receipt in hand from a guy leaving the store with an expensive video game. She called over the STORE manager, showed him the receipt without the item on it and the guy let him leave with the unpaid for game. In front of cashiers and other customers, he just showed the store how much they worry about theft, pretty much inviting them to come on in and take what ya like. My Mom has witnessed many other fun things like children coming in with no toys but leaving with them, people eating all they can eat in produce - guess it's not stealing if the evidence is now in their bellies. Shoe boxes with worn out shoes in them - another big one. She has caught people using the cosmetics then putting them back on the shelf - one woman painted her daughter's finger and toe nails then returned the polish to the shelf. When asked it she was told it was because she didn't like the color after all and didn't want to buy it. Just - gross! I realize there are gross people everywhere but walmart attracts the worst of them. When caught stealing, there are zero consequences. My mom asks people to merely pay for their stuff, at which time they either disappear or decide they didn't want it anyway. What I don't get is - HOW do people just steal and feel nothing? How do they live with themselves and how do they think they deserve to just take things they can't afford to pay for?? Doesn't anyone have any personal sense of right and wrong anymore?? It's scary and depressing and I just absolutely despise walmart for doing nothing to keep the "crap" out of the store. Knowing the extent of the theft that goes on there, wouldn't it just make sense to hire armed security guards? I don't get it. About the book - lots of funny moments that shouldn't probably be funny. I really gotta hand it to these folks that were able to handle working walmart so long. Too bad walmart doesn't get it together and find a way to keep their better employees rather than running them out. I think most normal people are unaware of the stuff that goes on - the extent of theft, the bad returns - I think it's important people know what goes on in there, what kind of people are living in our communities.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Meh I was hoping for more funny stories. These lacked bite, though they certainly conveyed drudgery. I guess in my case I got what I paid for.

  3. 4 out of 5

    William

    Good book with lots of stories of the life of a Wal-Mart worker.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    The title alone of author/editor R.A. Wilson's Wal-Mart Book of Ethics Abridged Edition is enough to bring a smile to a reader's face... or a shudder, depending on your point of view. Found this one as a result of a book link on the 'Net that went to another and so on. We’ve all been there, and in many cases they’re not worth following. In this case, I’m glad that I did, as this short Kindle offering turned out to be an often-witty surprise. Putting it simply, this book is an often-witty oxy The title alone of author/editor R.A. Wilson's Wal-Mart Book of Ethics Abridged Edition is enough to bring a smile to a reader's face... or a shudder, depending on your point of view. Found this one as a result of a book link on the 'Net that went to another and so on. We’ve all been there, and in many cases they’re not worth following. In this case, I’m glad that I did, as this short Kindle offering turned out to be an often-witty surprise. Putting it simply, this book is an often-witty oxymoron. Within his Forward the author states the following: “Most depictions of Wal-Mart take an anti or pro stance. Neither is accurate. Pro Wal-Mart works proclaim the positive aspects of the company, but they fail to show the whole picture. Anti Wal-Mart works are mostly lies, crafted purely as money makers for the producers, writers, directors. In fact, while working for the company, I have watched anti Wal-Mart movies just for a good laugh as they are so misleading.” We go on to find this passage, which to this reader seemed to be a disclaimer of sorts, but offering some interesting food for thought: “In the end, this book boils down to a testament of how abnormal any retail environment is, be it Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sears, Target, Mc Donald’s, Best Buy, etc. This is a look at how the abnormal becomes normal in the daily setting of retail sales. People can be kind and courteous, but in a retail store as customers, workers, or managers, everything changes. All bets are off.” This book is made up of anecdotal experiences written either by the author or by a contributor named James, and for those who have never experienced the joys (or horrors) of working within the setting of a large major retailing chain, they offer an encapsulated view of what it’s like as a wage earner from a first person viewpoint. For those who have worked in such environments, there will be more than enough over which to empathize. These are not philosophical anecdotes; they are almost like reading personal narrative journal entries that have been shared. Whether you, the reader, will ever want to again buy a rotisserie chicken from the meat department of a chain after reading this book remains to be seen: “I stare at the guy in complete disbelief. I do not see how engaging in intercourse with the poultry will make my job any easier. I brush it off and move on as the bell rings at the meat counter.” We gain insight into the lives of these people, people that many of us know or may even be related to, and one can begin to realize that they are individuals just like us, with the same issues that we all face in the workplace. Yet it is the author and editor who shares his often dark sense of humor that makes this a good offering, even if only as a diversion. Journalist Tracie McMillan devoted a large portion of her debut book The American Way of Eating to the Wal-Mart experience as a work environment, and as a serious read, that one is quite good. The difference here is that this one adds a level of humor, and even hilarity, to what it’s like to wear the Wal-Mart work badge. R.A. Wilson has noted that these tales from Wal-Mart that are true, and are based on either firsthand experience or are written after interviewing the individual who experienced what we read. The author has noted that this book is an experiment of sorts in the e-book format, and that user submitted stories might be added to future editions. The simple act of occasionally removing this e-book from your Kindle device and re-downloading it again should carry the benefit of adding new stories periodically, if enough stories are submitted. Experimental or not, this one is good, and I hope to see more like it from R.A. Wilson. Wal-Mart Book of Ethics is indeed an often-witty oxymoron.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zach Koenig

    Having worked in retail (and even Walmart specifically) for a number of years, I picked up this book thinking it would tell some great stories and hoping I could relate to it. While the stories are present and somewhat relatable, I can't help but think that I wish there was a little more here. Basically, "Wal-Mart Book of Ethics" is just a collection of short (3-20) page stories about working at Wal-Mart. I was able to relate to most of them and get a laugh out of a good number. In that sense, th Having worked in retail (and even Walmart specifically) for a number of years, I picked up this book thinking it would tell some great stories and hoping I could relate to it. While the stories are present and somewhat relatable, I can't help but think that I wish there was a little more here. Basically, "Wal-Mart Book of Ethics" is just a collection of short (3-20) page stories about working at Wal-Mart. I was able to relate to most of them and get a laugh out of a good number. In that sense, this book did it's job. The problem? Perhaps I'm being a bit too demanding here, but I wish that a more over-arching thesis or message could have been touched upon. I wanted the author to truly delve into how the retail experience affected his entire life. He does that at times (especially towards the end, which I really liked) during the stories, but most of the time it's just story after story with little context or reflection. So, I would give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. It does it's just in the most rudimentary sense, and I appreciated that. However, I guess I was just looking for a little more editorializing, so to speak. The "collection of stories" approach was not exactly what I was looking for.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Giddy Girlie

    Based on the abstract, I thought this book would be a collection of the "interesting" stories that happen inside of a Wal-Mart store. I guess I was picturing more of the someone-peed-in-the-dressing-room sort of story. As other reviewers have pointed out, this book is based more on the whines and frustrations of 2 employees. They trade off in each chapter and it's confusing to remember which works in what department, etc. Additionally, the tone of the writing and the quality changes from chapter Based on the abstract, I thought this book would be a collection of the "interesting" stories that happen inside of a Wal-Mart store. I guess I was picturing more of the someone-peed-in-the-dressing-room sort of story. As other reviewers have pointed out, this book is based more on the whines and frustrations of 2 employees. They trade off in each chapter and it's confusing to remember which works in what department, etc. Additionally, the tone of the writing and the quality changes from chapter to chapter. It's a self-published book, so caveat emporum! Mostly, these stories are bland complaints that happen in every retail job everywhere -- customers don't know the right name for what they want or are conversely over-educated and want to speak extreme technical details to someone who doesn't know. Managers switch up your responsibilities so that you're left doing work that you hate (cleaning toilets, restocking shelves, etc.). One of the stories that I could most relate to from my own retail experience is parents leaving their children unsupervised, assuming that the store's staff would look after them. In my book store, when we saw this happen we would announce a "lost child" over the intercom and ask that parents of Timmy return to the children's section. Every time, the parent would come over and say "well I just went to look at novels, I thought I could leave him in the children's section" and we would explain that a child by himself was considered lost or abandoned and that if the parent hadn't responded immediately, we would have to call the police and report an abandoned child. I doubt that it changed their behavior in other stores, but at least we had our passive-aggressive revenge AND solved the problem of children without adults. Overall, this book was a miss for me. It was too whiny and not funny enough - and at the end they use it as a solicitation for other people to submit their stories for use in publication. If it were me, I'd also tread lightly because using the company name in the title of your book isn't smart -- you're bound to get a cease & desist at some point and Amazon will give them your actual names and contact info, so you may lose your job to boot.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    This book is neither pro, not anti Big Box store. It is written by people who work in retail about what happens every day at their jobs. I have been very fortunate to have never had to work in retail. It is nice to know that by being friendly to the staff, I might be helping them make it through their shift at work. The book tells true stories about the staff and customers at America's largest retailers, but a lot of these stories could have happened at any retail store. There is supposed to be a This book is neither pro, not anti Big Box store. It is written by people who work in retail about what happens every day at their jobs. I have been very fortunate to have never had to work in retail. It is nice to know that by being friendly to the staff, I might be helping them make it through their shift at work. The book tells true stories about the staff and customers at America's largest retailers, but a lot of these stories could have happened at any retail store. There is supposed to be a sequel written at some point full of more verifiable stories. I look forward to reading that one day in the future. Anyone who has ever worked in retail will enjoy this book. Those who haven't worked retail, should read this book as it might help them to see that those behind the counter are human beings trying to make a living and deserve to be treated as such.

  8. 5 out of 5

    boekverslaafde

    I admit, the only reason I downloaded this book is because I adamantly REFUSE to shop there. I was thinking it would be about the behind the scenes of the way Walmart operates. I can't say I was disappointed when I started reading and found I was wrong. These short stories were pretty funny, and some of them *cough*cow*cough* made me laugh so hard my husband and kid came running from the opposite end of the house wondering what was wrong. oops. This book could have had better editing for grammar I admit, the only reason I downloaded this book is because I adamantly REFUSE to shop there. I was thinking it would be about the behind the scenes of the way Walmart operates. I can't say I was disappointed when I started reading and found I was wrong. These short stories were pretty funny, and some of them *cough*cow*cough* made me laugh so hard my husband and kid came running from the opposite end of the house wondering what was wrong. oops. This book could have had better editing for grammar, but overall a good, quick read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    April

    Honest look behind the scenes at Wal-Mart Honest look behind the scenes at Wal-Mart I purchased this book a while ago and promptly forgot about it. Until I started working at Wal-Mart myself. I opened the book after a particularly stressful shift, and instantly found myself nodding my head at everything. If you've ever worked at retail stores, you'll appreciate this candid book. It should be required reading for all customers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob Allen

    Experiences of employees by employees of working at Wal-Mart. It's not an expos� of the company and really has very little about company policy (except emergency medical). Makes me want to be nicer to retail employees.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Littlecsmommy

    awesome book!! I work at Walmart so I totally related to this book. The one story about the cow made me laugh until I cried!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Just what a person thinks about Wal-Mart when shopping there. Fun to read this book

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christy Blake

    This book was great fun from beginning to end. It was an easy read and I was always entertained each time I picked it up. It was an insider's view of America's largest retailer with a humorist twist.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tina Louise

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joo

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teena A. Bell

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Wade

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark Jones

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Walchle

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pamelyn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Brown

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dan Bernhardt

  24. 5 out of 5

    Covana

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark Renstrom Jr.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mintiens

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emma Harrison

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fran Williams

  30. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Williams

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