My disdain for WalMart is well-documented. The prices - great. The atmosphere at 27th & Superior in Lincoln, Nebraska - distasteful. Give me a clean, not-frantically-busy-24/7 WalMart, and I'll give you a loyal-ish customer. Until then, I'll pay the premium to shop at HyVee which is both clean and uncrowded, though staffed by an inordinate amount of friendly teenagers.
I just returned from WalMart having arrived there with 2 items on my list: 1) return cheesy picture frame that had some goofy saying printed on the glass and not on the fake photo paper as I had thought; and 2) purchase filters for the Brita water pitcher. Amazingly, at 8pm on a Tuesday evening, there were 5 people in front of me at the Service Desk, one of whom apparently decided to return EVERYTHING she had previously purchased. Argh. I finally dumped the cheesy frame and ventured onto the sales floor to find my filters. In order, these are the departments in which I searched:
1. Grocery - paper goods
2. Grocery - cleaning supplies
3. Beverages (I'm still amazed that they sell stronger than 3.2 alcohol at WalMart)
4. Small appliances
6. Hardware (of course)
Turns out, for future reference (and I've always believed that if I write something down, I will remember it better), Brita filters and pitchers are located in Hardware near the light bulbs and furnace filters and one aisle away from toys. Because that's so logical.
It's a good week when this is all I have to bitch about. :-)