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Wal Mart is Evil so I took off my clothes

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Originally Posted by ReachHigher
So I generally choose not to patronize walmart for several moral reasons...but today I was in desperate need of some CD-Rs so I could mail a file to my university and the only place anywhere near me that sells them is Wally world. So I grudgingly got on my bike and made the 4 mile ride on some pretty dangerous roads only to find that they have no form of bike rack whatsoever. That's typical for this area so I've become used to just taking my bike into stores...in fact I usually use the basket on the back as a shopping cart.

So I walk into the walmart and the most evil grandmother I've ever met grabs my arm with her claws and says I can't bring it into the store. I explained to here there was nowhere outside to lock it up and that I had brought it into that particular store with no problem. She insisted that I had to leave it in the foyer and I calmly said that I wasn't going to leave a 600 dollar bike just sitting in the foyer and that I'd like to speak to her manager.

So the manager comes out and says I can't bring the bike into the store, so I explain to her that there are safe places for people who drive to lock their cars but there is no safe place for me to lock my mode of transportation. She says that I should have driven there I told her that I didn't own a car and that my bike was my only form of transportation and I couldn't risk having it stolen. She said I couldn't bring it in because they sell bikes in the store. So I said but those bikes don't look anything like this and this is clearly not a brand new bike, so why is that a problem. She insisted that for the safety of the other customers I couldn't bring it inside, so I asked her why she thought a bike controlled by an adult was more dangerous than a shopping cart being pushed around by someone's bratty kids. So she switched back to the excuse that they sell bikes in the store so I couldn't bring another bicycle in. I was starting to get really frustrated since I had ridden all the way there seemingly for no reason, so I asked her if they also sold shirts in the store. She said yes so I took off my jersey and said well then I'd better not bring this in either. She got kind of flustered and said that it was a different situation but couldn't explain why. So I said that if they also sold shorts in the store that I'd better not wear those in either and I took off my shorts. Same goes for the shoes and sunglasses. Now I'm standing there in my spandex and a sports bra and I ask here if I can leave my things behind the customer service counter where they will be safe until I finish making my purchases and she said that I couldn't come into the store without shoes on, to which i responded "but I certainly can't wear shoes into the store because you sell those here and someone might think I've stolen them." She threatened to call security if I didn't leave so I told her that I would never be coming back to that store again and that I was glad I hadn't driven there since the gas to go four miles was probably more expensive than what her underpaid employees make in an hour.

Her expression when the shirt came off was absolutely priceless...I was pretty tempted to take off the spandex too but I wasn't sure what constitutes indecent exposure in Virginia so I figured I'd err on the side of caution. Still I had a decent sized crowd gathered before the end of the discussion. Anybody else have issues with Satan's superstore?
that was funny, the respone about using logic in arguement with walamrt was even better.
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Should have told her that it was a .... seeing eye bike ....

It's like you can schmooze anything these days .... now there are laws where you have to allow "companion dogs" in just about anywhere.

Get a friend who is a shrink to write you a note designating it as a "Companion Bike".

You get very, very upset without it ..... :
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Pretty funny rant, but...what ever happened to locking your bike up outside somewhere? Like to a lamp post, a parking meter, a sign post, a fence...so Walmart not having a bike rack makes you entitled to bring your bike inside?
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this is an argument between TWO complete morons. Not one.

Let's get that straight right off the bat.

Walmart manager vs. hippy chick. It's like a movie waiting to be written.

And- I agree with billyymc. One can't lock their bike to a cart outside? How did this even develop? "You don't have a bike rack?" "And, neither does your house?"

However, the argument from the Walmart staff about "we sell bikes" was waiting for miss hippy to pull her shirt.

I'm so happy I'm neither of them.

This... ladies and gentlement... is why non-americans think YOU are a moron. Yes... judgemental people exist on a global scale. People around the world think THIS is America.

Just so you know... whatever makes the news is the standard.
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This has movie/tv scene written all over it. I'm thinking "How I Met Your Mother" or "Two and a Half Men"
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Pretty funny rant, but...what ever happened to locking your bike up outside somewhere? Like to a lamp post, a parking meter, a sign post, a fence...so Walmart not having a bike rack makes you entitled to bring your bike inside?
you dont have a nice bike that you ride as transportation.

Chances are slim it gets stolen locked up outside, but its REALLY easy to steal a bike and there isnt many insurance options to protect a bike.

Chances of being stolen while in the owners hands are zero, zero is much better than slim any time we are talking about your ONLY way to get around getting taken from you and not being able to be replaced quickly.

I have cheaper very cheap road bike I have been using as transportation for the past month. I havent had a problem walking into the Smiths stores around here or and food place elect. Noone seems to care that I walk my bike into the store.

the bike only cost me a 100 bucks but I couldnt replace it for that much, I would never take the chance of someone stealing and not having a road bike again and having to find out how to get home 20 miles away. its not my only form of transportation I have a car but for every 30 miles I ride the bike I have saved 4.50 in gas, as well getting 30 miles stronger.

when you bike gets stolen noone really cares and it takes about 20 seconds to get the bike seperated, you can do as suspecious as possiable and still noone cares. Not one person will say something to the thief not even the police. I trust one person with my bike and that is me.



and samurai riding a bike for transportation is so against the grain in america we should do everything to support anyone who wants to. Not suggest to them they should of drove.
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This has movie/tv scene written all over it. I'm thinking "How I Met Your Mother" or "Two and a Half Men"
It's been done, the Five Easy Pieces Diner Scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wtfNE4z6a8

One of the best movies of the sixties.

Michael
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you dont have a nice bike that you ride as transportation.
You're right. I have an old mt bike that i put slicks on that I use on the road to ride to work a few times a week. At work, I don't lock it.

But no matter what bike I had, I wouldn't be presumptuous enough to take it inside a store without asking if I could. I'd lock the f'n thing with a big huge lock and chain to something really well anchored, and if I was still worried i'd shop in a different neighborhood or I'd ride a bike that wasn't so appealing to thieves.
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You're right. I have an old mt bike that i put slicks on that I use on the road to ride to work a few times a week. At work, I don't lock it.
That would so get stolen here. Or, actually, stolen in Baltimore and sold here because there's bike money here.

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I'd lock the f'n thing with a big huge lock and chain to something really well anchored,
Imagine a rusted Mexican Bennotto, U-locked and saddle-cabled to a steel railing of the National Gallery, broad daylight with 50 other bikes around it.

Gone in an hour and a half.

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and if I was still worried i'd shop in a different neighborhood
She didn't sound like she had a choice.

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or I'd ride a bike that wasn't so appealing to thieves.
Rideable bikes are appealing to thieves. There is next to zero chance of getting caught, they get a ride and money afterwards.
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Imagine a rusted Mexican Bennotto, U-locked and saddle-cabled to a steel railing of the National Gallery, broad daylight with 50 other bikes around it.

Gone in an hour and a half.
All 50, or just the one? If it was just the one...I'd say the other 49 had better locks.

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She didn't sound like she had a choice.
Hard to say without actually knowing, but since I've never seen a Wallymart that is standing alone in the middle of a desert with no other stores around, I assume she had some kind of choice. Even some gas stations sell CD ROMs. Or your local hippie record store.

She indicated she would have left it outside if there were a bike rack, so presumably she was ready to lock the bike to the rack, unless she was hoping for a rack with a security guard. So yeah, I stand by what I said. She could have found a post to lock the thing to and not been a jack-ss about the whole thing.

Where I live, with the exception of a few neighborhoods, I wouldn't have a problem leaving a bike locked up all day.

I detest Wallymart too. But in my experience it's not common for people to take their bikes into stores.
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All 50, or just the one? If it was just the one...I'd say the other 49 had better locks.
No idea how many got taken, how many were left, how many were put up after the perpetrator(s) left, nor did the police, nor did they care.

I was out a ~$20 bike, a $65 main lock, a cheapo saddle lock, fare home, at least three hours of time, and any semblance of a good day. The lesson: Locking any bike up outdoors and out of my sight is no longer an option anywhere I would choose to cycle to instead of driving.
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