Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Target v. WalMart
Tom Smith

I'm Target all the way.  I don't care if you think that makes me a snob.  Can you imagine something like this happening at Target? Can you imagine this happening anywhere but a WalMart?  I'm sorry, but if there's any chance I will encounter a three year old wearing nothing but a dirty diaper, drinking coke from a baby bottle, while his 400 lbs. mother yells at him "goddammit Derryl get yer skinny ass over here!" then I'm not shopping there.  If that makes my world smaller, too bad.  As to fat free half and half -- I'm not proud of it, but I see how it can happen.  You get to like half and half, but then your doctor says, cut out the fat.  What are you supposed to do.  Skim milk in coffee is vile.  I switched to two percent, but I admit I have been tempted to try the fat free half and half.  Maybe now I will and report back.  But I'm not going to buy it at WalMart.

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Tom Smith


Milk? In coffee? Drink it black or with cream, certainly, but milk? Good Lor'. Takes all sorts, I suppose.

Posted by: dearieme | May 18, 2011 2:33:41 PM

You're only a snob if you pronounce it "tar-zhay".

Posted by: malclave | May 19, 2011 5:36:37 PM

My doctor said, cut out the fat, so I needed a half-and-half alternative. Now my cup of coffee is about 2/3 coffee and 1/3 heated 1% milk. It's different, but give it a try. I agree, substituting skim milk for half-and-half is pretty lame.

Posted by: harpoon | May 19, 2011 5:40:50 PM

The problem at Walmart are disgusting people wearing wildly inappropriate clothes.

The problem at Target are entitled people cluelessly blocking the aisles.

I can look away from the Walmorons. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to slam my carts through the Targentitled.

Posted by: D Bett | May 19, 2011 5:41:41 PM

I shop at both, but I prefer Walmart because they have - as a rule - lower prices and a bigger selection. I'm not there to look at the class of people who shop there. I admit I silently chuckle at some of them but I don't judge really since I have no idea what makes them the way they are. Besides, people who dress and act properly are some of the biggest dip-wads around. If that makes me not a snob I can live with that as well.

Posted by: ReluctantO | May 19, 2011 5:50:36 PM

Feh. I live 3/4 mile from Target and 9 miles from the closest WalMart. That's the deciding factor for me. I once got a hostile shove, by someone coming out of the Target. That was a freebie. The energy from the second shove went into a face plant for him. I presume that was legal self defense. In any case that was as far as it went. I still go to that Target. It's close.

Posted by: Edward Nutter | May 19, 2011 5:52:13 PM

I moved from Denver to the deep south(NGA)11 years ago. I go to Walmart because they have mostly everything I need on a daily basis, but the pure entertainment value is unmatched. I carry a digital camera with a long lense in my pocket just in case I see something really momentous. Once I even saw a car in the parking lot of a an Alabama Walmart packed to the gunwales with assorted small household items. There was barely enough room for the driver. I'd have waited around to photograph the owner but I'd left my pistol in my hotel room and was afraid I'd get caught making the snapshot. Walmart parking lots have some serious video camera arrays, too.

Posted by: ChipNGA | May 19, 2011 6:01:32 PM

I really don't care for either store that much but Target really kinda sucks more than Wally World.

Posted by: Roux | May 19, 2011 6:04:44 PM

As some attorneys may relate, I take my coffee with milk and cream, but when in front of opposing counsel in, say, a deposition, I take it black. Because I'm tough like that.

Posted by: J | May 19, 2011 6:05:53 PM

TO: Tom Smith, et al.
RE: Target

I haven't shopped Target since they kicked the Salvation Army bell-ringers out.


[Scrouge works for Target.]

Posted by: Chuck Pelto | May 19, 2011 6:07:17 PM

Me too. Since they kicked the Salvation Army, my money doesn't go to them.

Furthermore, They had the gall to ask me for an ID and age when buying some liquor. I am 62 and I think I don't look like a teen.

Stupid snobs.

Posted by: al | May 19, 2011 6:15:25 PM

I will give all my available retail funds to walmart since I won't bump into Tom Smith (Smythe-Smiff).
Of all disgusting specimens of mankind that was the one I fear most.

Posted by: Tim Smithers | May 19, 2011 6:16:09 PM

I have never shopped at WalMart, but I will attest that the Target on Jefferson Blvd in Culver City, CA is seemingly as filled with low-lifes as is (reportedly) WalMart. Target is disgusting and is our "store of last resort."

Posted by: Walter | May 19, 2011 6:17:38 PM

Posted by: jon | May 19, 2011 6:29:00 PM

Best evidence against WallMart is the People of Walmart. Google that and be prepared to throw up. Target does not get off so easily though. Check out this video (

Posted by: PCP Smoker | May 19, 2011 6:34:34 PM

Well, MY wife were in a target when some took a crap on the floor. It caused quit a stir.

Posted by: Steve | May 19, 2011 6:36:02 PM

Wow. As a sometime visitor to your shores I shop at whichever is handy to my motel. Riding coast-to-coast I don't carry a lot of luggage, but you can dress well and warnmly and eat and sleep the same way with just what you can buy off the shelf at either store on a working man's budget, and that must be pretty much unique throughout history.... There are at both places a few specimens of significant entertainment value to be seen, but who is not to say they think the same of me?

Posted by: RDJ | May 19, 2011 6:42:46 PM

RE: Chuck Pelto

That brings a smile. I'm 55 and recently offered my id on a couple occasions with obvious uneasy WalMart checkout workers. At this point it's a heck of a compliment.

RE: Tom Smith

Both are nearby but WalMart has more groceries and overall lower prices. And really, that's always been the bottom line for me.

Posted by: SteveA | May 19, 2011 6:49:24 PM

A true true snob would say "chez Tar-zhay".

Posted by: Bryan Travis | May 19, 2011 6:51:22 PM

Actually, the low-fat thing is in the process of being debunked. There never was much evidence for it--just big bureaucracies hungry for any excuse to bully people.

Posted by: John Weidner | May 19, 2011 6:59:01 PM

First off, you need to learn to stay away from the scary Walmart; the one closest to the urban center and the projects. Similar of Target as well, but Walmart has the after hours crowd. It also eventually applies to the oldest Walmart in the area if there are multiple.

"tar-zhay" applies to the Target like the one in Gaithersburg, MD, which zoning required to be two story with the buggy escalator.

Posted by: JKB | May 19, 2011 7:05:57 PM

Walmart tends to be cheaper. But Target has WAY better stores in my mind. It's neater, brighter with better quality merchandise. But I'm biased. I used to work there long ago.

Posted by: xax | May 19, 2011 7:10:00 PM

Many (most?) Wal-Marts carry a nice selection of ammunition (handgun, rifle, and shotgun), along with a wide range of shooting accessories. Target doesn’t even carry targets.

If lines are long, I add a box of ammo to my cart and check out at the ammo counter. You can’t do that at Target. The prices of grocery items at the Targets I’ve visited are considerably higher than Wal-Mart’s.

But the bottom line is that we’re free to shop where we want. I like diversity!

Posted by: Mike Cakora | May 19, 2011 7:10:21 PM

I thought it was "tar-ghey".

Posted by: tim | May 19, 2011 7:13:18 PM

I stopped buying kids clothes from target for my daughter about 5 years ago. It never failed that after the first washing a button would fall off or a seam would unravel. Don't get me started on their Easter cards. With stupid political cards (yes, I said Easter cards) slamming republicans and with phrases such as "give me your damn candy"' I get the feeling they aren't really catering to someone like me and assume they don't want my business.

Posted by: Kelly | May 19, 2011 7:17:02 PM