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crazed_ss
May 4, 2006, 12:06 AM
I was just at Walmart and the register in the sporting goods section was down, so all the ammo purchases and such were being done at the Gardening register.

It get up to the front of the line with my box of a hundred 9mm rounds. The lady at the register looks at it and kinda shakes her head and says, "Is this for a handgun?"

I tell her yes..

Then she's says "What's with all you young people buying bullets today?" as if she dissapproves of our purchases.

I told her I didnt know why everyone else is buying bullets, but I'm getting them because Walmart has cheap prices on ammo and I'm going to the range tommorow. Then she's like "Oh, well have a nice night"

***.. where does this lady get off interrogating me about my purchases? If I was buying condoms, I doubt she would have asked "So, why are you buying these? .. planning on having sex with someone?. What's with you young people having so much sex?"

I dunno.. maybe it's because I live in liberal hippy CA.
It just kinda irks me that an employee would have such a dissaproving attitude when Im shopping at their store.

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BigEllis51
May 4, 2006, 12:13 AM
I'm with you. Don't know if I would have been quick enough to think of it, but a "Please mind your own business" sure seems like a politely appropriate response.

nico
May 4, 2006, 12:16 AM
If I were quick witted enough (I usually don't think of something to say in a situation like that until after the fact) I may have given her some sarcastic answer, like "well I was going to buy some sugarplums and gumdrops, but you're out, so I figure I'll just kill something instead."
She wouldn't have been willing to listen to a logical response, so you might as well give her something over the top.
That being said, I know that wouldn't be an appropriate response. I think being in the city (Baltimore), and coming into contact with that kind of ignorance all the time had killed my tolerance for it.

Zen21Tao
May 4, 2006, 12:24 AM
I would have replied "I don't know, what's up with old ladies being so nosey today?" :rolleyes:

mordechaianiliewicz
May 4, 2006, 12:26 AM
I would have said something real flippant like "Protecting my rights from small minded people like yourself." Smiled, and walked off.

ReadyontheRight
May 4, 2006, 12:29 AM
Sounds like a moment to set your intended purchases down and walk away.

Outsider_10fp
May 4, 2006, 12:31 AM
I would have educated her on bullet/ rounds. then told her it was for an MG, and to ring it up and be quiet. :what:

Ed 2001 SS
May 4, 2006, 12:36 AM
I would have probably kept it to a simple, rude "none of your f***ing business."

Can'thavenuthingood
May 4, 2006, 12:41 AM
Next time pickup the ammo, a can of Ready Whip, condoms, some rope and one of those little containers of breath freshener.

Go to the same lady, say nothing and keep a straight face.

Vick

crazed_ss
May 4, 2006, 12:48 AM
hahahaha :)

Maybe ill throw a machete in too.. Walmart has those for like 10 bucks I think.

johnnymenudo
May 4, 2006, 01:41 AM
This bothered you enough to post it in a gun forum? I think you are way too sensitive. Would any of you guys really told her off? Thats a bit over the top I think - who cares what she thinks? She did say have a nice night, right?

If you were buying condoms and the lady said " what is with all you young people buying condoms today?" - it would have been a funny story.
JM

Low-Sci
May 4, 2006, 01:45 AM
Shrug it off, an old lady with no friends making minimum wage was trying to make small talk. Can't hardly get myself too bent out of shape for that.

asknight
May 4, 2006, 02:11 AM
Yea, but their machete's are cheap chinese junk that won't cut anything without rolling the edge over. Find an Ontario instead! :P

At least you could actually use the other mentioned merchandise.

Magic79
May 4, 2006, 02:17 AM
I would have simply said "Please call your manager. I want to report your behavior."

Bwana John
May 4, 2006, 02:17 AM
On the check out screen there is a prompt when ammo is bought. It first ask "is this for pistol?", then if yes it asks, "Over 21?"
The new cashiers always ask untill they figure out whats up. Then they know what the prompt is, look up and see gramps and dont ask.
I love it with new cashiers when they ask, I say Sub-Machine Gun and they get kind of flustered. (Im telling them the truth, I got a buddy with a Sten, Reinsling, and a M-2.. Arizona rocks!)

evan price
May 4, 2006, 02:42 AM
TRUE STORY:

I was planning on going camping, rapelling & later duck hunting with friends down in Red River Gorge in Kentucky. I stopped at Meijer (A large Wal-Mart-esque grocery/everything else store) to buy some supplies after working 2nd shift. It was about 1 am when I walked up to the checker with:

Pair large leather work gloves (Was going rapelling & gloves were worn out)
Box of unlubricated condoms (Was bad weather forecast, were going to go birding, put condoms over barrels of shotguns)
Roll of duct tape (To fix a torn tent fly)
Box of 12-ga #6 bird shot shells (Was going shooting!)
half-liter bottle of vodka (Wanted to make screwdrivers at camp)
12-pack of D batteries (Flashlights & lanterns needed batteries)
Bottle of Nyquil (Had a head cold)
Gallon of orange juice (For the vodka screwdrivers & vitamin C for cold)

The clerk started scanning the items, then realized what each item was, and got visibly more flustered with each item she scanned... she turned red in the face.. then asked, "Planning a busy night, eh?"

But that's not as bad as the time I was working on hydraulic machines & rehosing, we used KY jelly to lube the hose ends to get them to slide on the couplings, it seemed we were always out of KY on the service trucks. So I went to Wal Mart and bought 12 tubes of the stuff, one for each of the tool boxes. The clerk busted out laughing so hard she couldn't count my change.

Strings
May 4, 2006, 02:45 AM
I've tried the "machine-gun" line a few times... doesn't phase 'em here. Of course, Spoon and I do most of our shopping late at night, so Sprawlmart's the only option, hence we know the night crew pretty well (I've been known to give an impromptu lesson on "what's the customer want?" about bullet weight and type)...

shootinstudent
May 4, 2006, 02:52 AM
The clerk started scanning the items, then realized what each item was, and got visibly more flustered with each item she scanned... she turned red in the face.. then asked, "Planning a busy night, eh?"


I use old reliable:

"It's ah umm, for a friend"

CajunBass
May 4, 2006, 02:55 AM
That really "offended" you? Really?

Taurus 66
May 4, 2006, 02:55 AM
I wouldn't have been offended with what she said, but I wouldn't hesitate longer than one second before telling her, "Just sell me the damn ammo, alright?" and just keep it at that. If she instead took offense to my reply and got all snotty, "Let me please speak to the manager".

Valkman
May 4, 2006, 03:06 AM
I'd tell she was right, but the only reason I was buying such a small caliber was because it was for my Uzi. The stuff I carry is all much bigger!

Actually here they never ask that stupid handgun question, and one day I asked the clerk about it. He said "I could care less what it's for!" LOL

30-06 lover
May 4, 2006, 03:15 AM
I was with a friend that was buying "bullets" at wally Marty when the clerk asked "What is with youngsters buying ammo all the time? (same clerk???) My buddy didn't miss a beat "Our nations youth finally got it." She was blank faced...didn't get it at all.

LeonCarr
May 4, 2006, 03:16 AM
I would have invited her, and her 20 something daughter ;), to the range.

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

Jeff White
May 4, 2006, 03:49 AM
Some of you guys are too easily offended. She was probably just making conversation.

Jeff

GrammatonCleric
May 4, 2006, 04:04 AM
I wouldn't take offense in your situation. I buy my ammo at a local sporting goods outlet called Dick's. Whenever I am buying a large quantity of .45 ACP rounds, and someone asks me what it is for, I say, "I shoot a lot." I am usually left alone after that.

heypete
May 4, 2006, 04:40 AM
Heh. The folks around here don't really care, neither do the folks in Arizona at the Wal-Mart.

Myself, my friend Kim, her fiance, and my soon-to-be-girlfriend Sarah decided we were going to go out to the Arizona desert to shoot. Halfway out of town, we realized that we didn't have enough ammo for more than about 15-20 minutes of shooting.

We head to the nearby Wal-Mart and go to the sporting goods counter. We told the guy, "We need some 9mm Luger, .38 Special, and .40 S&W". He inquired "How much do you need?", to which the response was "All you've got." We also threw in a hundred rounds of Federal 12ga birdshot. We walked out of there with about a thousand rounds of ammo, and nobody so much as batted an eye. The fact that all of us, with the exception of Sarah (who'd never shot before) were packing (Kim and I openly, me with a G19, her with a Walther P99. Her fiance had his police-issue Sig, but was carrying concealed) didn't seem to phase them at all either. I don't even think anyone noticed the guns.

At the local (it's about 40mi away) Wal-Mart here, there's the "regular" Sporting Goods Counter guy, and some other random folks. The other folks can't find jack, and since Wal-Mart puts the ammo on the other side of the counter, it's impossible for you to point out where it is while the guy's looking for it. Very frustrating. When the regular guy's there, he'll find anything you want right away, sell you whole cases of ammo, and make some small talk...but no comments about the quantity of ammo being purchased.

I'd just let it slide, or come up with a witty response. "See the price of copper going up? Ammo's made with copper. Think of it as investing in copper futures." or something equally random. :D

Bruce333
May 4, 2006, 05:20 AM
I never talk to crazy people that like to talk to themselves.

I would have just ignored it.

scooterthegreat
May 4, 2006, 05:25 AM
A couple of years ago opening day of deer hunting... Up at 3am, on the road by 4am, blew the water pump on the jeep on the way up, missed my deer, tore my new hunting pants. Didn't get home until about 9pm. Couldn't drive (obviously) and the only place open was Walmart. Had the boyfriend take me. Well, I was tired and extremely and p-o'ed. Three people let me in line in front of them... The clerk, guy about 16-ish, was just about to give the standard greeting "How are you? Find everything you need?" when he looked down and saw what I had - A Patch for my pants, 3 boxes of slugs, and a box of tampons. He was silent for the transaction and gave a very meek - "have a nice night"...

Crosscut
May 4, 2006, 05:55 AM
I'd have said with a surprised tone"BULLETS? I thought they were supositories. On second thought I don't want them, why don't you keep them and use them for supositories.:)

GLOCK19XDSC
May 4, 2006, 06:39 AM
"Because an armed society is a polite society and, believe it or not, some people are even less polite than you." :)


Or maybe:


:) "Because an armed society is a polite society and, believe it or not, some people are not very polite, so I'm just doing my part to make up for them." :)

griz
May 4, 2006, 08:01 AM
where does this lady get off interrogating me about my purchases?

That isn't an interrogation. It's just somebody who asked a question that poped into their head. Ask her if she wants to go target shooting next time. Maybe you will covert an anti.

Working Man
May 4, 2006, 08:04 AM
heypete, off topic but I have to ask...
and my soon-to-be-girlfriend Sarah
How does that work? :confused:

kinda sounds like a "she just doesn't know it yet". :eek: :D

American_Pit_Bull
May 4, 2006, 08:13 AM
A few years back, I was finishing up a transaction at a jewelry store with my fiancee when I joking said that I had to put off buying another handgun since we had just bought this diamond ring at the spur of the moment. The store rep looked at me and said "you do not want to know my opinion about guns." She went from pleasantly finishing a 30 minute transaction to shaking her head in disbelief.

I just told her that as a matter of fact "I don't care what she thinks about them."

'Card
May 4, 2006, 08:16 AM
Good lord. A little old lady in Wal-Mart trying to make conversation and you guys are acting like you've been subjected to the Spanish Inquisition or something.

Look, as gun owners and pro-RKBA people, one of our goals is that guns and ammo should be seen as a normal and common thing in our society. Nothing to get excited about. Nothing out of the ordinary. Instead, most of the 'suggested responses' in this thread make the buyer sound like they're purchasing something they're insecure about. Something they don't want to be asked about. You're just buying ammo here - not Preperation H or something, you know? Lighten up.

Think about how you would have reacted if you'd gone to check out with an MP3 player or something, and the woman said "What's with all these young people buying MP3 players these days?" That's exactly how you should have reacted to this.

ScottsGT
May 4, 2006, 08:48 AM
I don't mind the conversation in line, but one time I was "held up" by a guy that was running the register, he was around 30 yrs. old. He had to make a comment about everything he ran thru the register to the lady in line in front of me. I got up there with a bag of apples, and in a bad mood because you know the drill. Wal-Mart has 39 registers in our local store, and only 6 or 7 are used, and there are about 10-15 people in each line. So I toss my bag of apples up on the register and doofis looks at me and says "So, what's the apples for?" In a short, unlpeasant tone I replied "To eat" with the look of It's not your job to ask about everything customers buy, just get me out the damned door! He got real quiet.

zeke1312
May 4, 2006, 08:56 AM
ATF restricts the sale of ammo that can be used by both a handgun and a long gun to those over 21. Ammo that cannot be used in a handgun can be purchased by a person 18yrs or older. Both sales are prompted at the register by questions about the ammo when it can be used by both a handgun and a long gun. Wal*Mart has strict policies regarding the sale of many items including ammo. If you look young, you will be asked for an ID. Now that being said, sounds like to Wal*Mart assoc made comments that were out of line or she made for conversation, not taking into consideration of what the customer's point of view was.

I work at WM in the Sporting Goods dept. Just adding my .02.........:)

kfranz
May 4, 2006, 09:11 AM
Just piling on I guess, but in order to be offended I need to actually have some respect, even a tiny little bit, for what the other person has to say. Haven't yet met a ChinaMart cashier that rises to that level.

'Card
May 4, 2006, 09:29 AM
Haven't yet met a ChinaMart cashier that rises to that level.
No? Really? Well, from what I've gathered there are quite a few posters on this forum who work at Wal-Mart, or have in the past. What on earth are you doing on here participating in a conversation with people who are obviously so far below your social level?

jwkimber45
May 4, 2006, 09:50 AM
I would have said something real flippant like "Protecting my rights from small minded people like yourself." Smiled, and walked off.



:D :D :D

Thats awesome!!!

JGReed
May 4, 2006, 10:09 AM
in order to be offended I need to actually have some respect, even a tiny little bit, for what the other person has to say. Haven't yet met a ChinaMart cashier that rises to that level.

I don't know what "level" you consider yourself to be at (or why you think you belong there) but I'm well educated, well travelled, and well read. I currently have over 100 employees and make a pretty comfortable 6 figure salary and yet I still respect what a cashier or anyone else has to say until they give me a reason not to.

entropy
May 4, 2006, 10:15 AM
Hope you don't come into my Wal-Mart in WI, kfranz.:scrutiny: Us idiots wouldn't even begin to know how to serve such an intellectual giant as yourself.:rolleyes:

I just bought some .45 ACP there, had my nephew get it out of the case, (He's the Sporting Goods Merch. Mgr.) and actually had a snappy line ready for the cashier, whom I sort of know. She didn't ask, nor ask if I was 21. Oh well, one of them will ask sooner or later.;)

kfranz
May 4, 2006, 10:24 AM
What on earth are you doing on here participating in a conversation with people who are obviously so far below your social level?


I guess I'm offending thin skinned folks. I said, and I'll quote myself for clarity,

Haven't yet met a ChinaMart cashier that rises to that level.

Now, I'm gonna do the same thing, but am also going to bold and increase in size one word that I consider to be an integral part of that statement.

Haven't yet met a ChinaMart cashier that rises to that level.

Nothing was implied by that statement. Several folks seemed to take offense when nothing offensive has been said. Look at yourselves, perhaps, to see if you're the one that considers yourself an intellectual giant. Especially if you equate income with intelligence. I'm just an average guy with an average intellect, who also happens to have average reading comprehension skills, who additionally tries not to read too much into the posts of others.

I'll add to my buddy list those of you that were offended by my statement, so that when I do meet a ChinaMart cashier who's opinion I respect, you'll be the first to know. I will say though, that since the new SuperChinaMart opened near me, I use the DIYS checkouts almost exclusively.

Not sure where you're at entropy, but I'll do my best to stay out of your wal-mart. I try to stay out of them as much as possible, regardless of location, but nobody else seems to carry those No Boundries $1.22 cent pencil pouches you guys have, and the rotisserie/broasted chicken prices are much better than Copps...

Mizzle187
May 4, 2006, 10:29 AM
Well Im a ex-smartass and Im NEVER scared to say anything to anyone. I havent always been like that but for me the older I have gotten the less embaressed(sp) I get. If I felt the situation needed it I would have come up with something very cleaver and mean spirited!. I wasnt there so I dont know here tone or facial expression but she could of well been trying to make sure something wasnt going on she needed to know about!

SteveS
May 4, 2006, 11:14 AM
Nope, it would take more than that to offend me. I wasn't there, but it just seemed like harmless, small talk.

buck00
May 4, 2006, 11:28 AM
We walked out of there with about a thousand rounds of ammo, and nobody so much as batted an eye.

This is how it should be. Any questions about what you are buying or why you are buying it isn't "friendly chat" it's unprofessional and maybe Walmart should train them better.

If you are buying condoms or KY jelly, is it ok for the clerk to smirk and ask "So what do you need these for?" Is that being friendly? Another member pointed out these can have non-sexual uses.

What if you buy a DVD and the clerk feels it is violent? Should they be able to make judgements or comments about "young people buying all these violent movies today?"

What if I buy Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" and the Wally world clerk sneers "whoa, looks like we got ourselves a Christian nut here. Do you actually beleve in this stuff?" Is that ok? I mean, he's just asking you a question right... if this bothers you then you are obviously confusing a pleasant Wally world experience with the "spanish inquisition."

Do you see the slippery slope of clerks asking questions or making comments about what you are buying? If they want to make conversation, great, wonderful- talk about the weather, just don't ask me about me about why I am buying bullets.

chetrogers
May 4, 2006, 11:34 AM
I would of told her that my neighor was asking me to many questions about my ammo consumption and i needed to take care of him..No really I dont think i would of even thought much of it .Im a type of person who stays away from conflict of any kind.One of my downfalls in life.I just would rather not make anyone mad even if what they did was stupid..There is a point were you must stick up for things but this wouldnt be for me.

Gordon Fink
May 4, 2006, 11:44 AM
I’m offended that any self-respecting shooter would shop at Wal-Mart. :D

~G. Fink

mapwd
May 4, 2006, 12:04 PM
I agree with Chet, and that was hilarious. kfranz is the offensive one here. I hope I am not in line behind him waiting for hours while he pontificates about how much higher a pedestal he is on than everyone else, Oh wait, that will never happen because I shop at walmart, not Macy's.

History Prof
May 4, 2006, 12:07 PM
A couple of years ago opening day of deer hunting... Up at 3am, on the road by 4am, blew the water pump on the jeep on the way up, missed my deer, tore my new hunting pants. Didn't get home until about 9pm. Couldn't drive (obviously) and the only place open was Walmart. Had the boyfriend take me. Well, I was tired and extremely and p-o'ed. Three people let me in line in front of them... The clerk, guy about 16-ish, was just about to give the standard greeting "How are you? Find everything you need?" when he looked down and saw what I had - A Patch for my pants, 3 boxes of slugs, and a box of tampons. He was silent for the transaction and gave a very meek - "have a nice night"...

As a fella with four older sisters, a wife and no sons, I can identify with that poor guy. I laughed for about 5 minutes after reading this!

goon
May 4, 2006, 12:09 PM
I wouldn't have been offended. Maybe she really was just trying to make conversation.

As a sidenote, both of the women who work the sporting goods counter at the local Walmart know me. As soon as I come to the counter they generally ask me "What do you need today? 9mm or .223? Value packs? How many? Only one of each today? That isn't really like you."
:D
The economy in central PA sucks and it gets too cold here but the people are great!

History Prof
May 4, 2006, 12:11 PM
A few years back, I was finishing up a transaction at a jewelry store with my fiancee when I joking said that I had to put off buying another handgun since we had just bought this diamond ring at the spur of the moment. The store rep looked at me and said "you do not want to know my opinion about guns." She went from pleasantly finishing a 30 minute transaction to shaking her head in disbelief.

I just told her that as a matter of fact "I don't care what she thinks about them."

It might have been helpful to point out that most people behind the counters of jewelry stores PACK, for obvious reasons. Was this store in a mall?:banghead:

Double Maduro
May 4, 2006, 12:18 PM
I have to agree with Jeff White and several of the others. She was just making conversation.

Now for the part that upsets me.

Some of you people are way too sensitive. You take offense at the slightest perceived indiscretion. You would insult someone, threaten their job, insinuate that you have a machine gun, intimidate and try to terrorize them, for making conversation and maybe showing an interrest in your hobby.

Instead of taking offense and acting like the red neck, tobacco chewing, beer drinking, gun shooting, a$$h013 you think they are implying you are, talk to them in a civilized way. Tell them you are going target shooting, or replenishing stock or what ever and if they show more interrest, maybe you could invite them along the next time you go shooting.

Why you automatically assume that anyone who talks to you is an anti, I'll never understand. But I do know this.

If you behave the way some of the responders here have suggested, you will create many, many people with bad feelings about shooters and more than a few anti's.

Me? Hell, I'm flattered when someone shows an interrest in something I enjoy.

Now GET OVER YOURSELVES, not everyone who talks to you about your ammo purchases is in need of rude treatment.

DM

Oh, just a follow up question, how would you react to the same question asked in a gun shop or at the sporting goods counter at wally world?

DM

gopguy
May 4, 2006, 12:20 PM
Well, she had to ask if it was for a handgun as the register will prompt that. If you look young enough they ask. I am 43 so they don't ask anymore.......but it would be nice occasionally. lol


She had an attitude but by being polite you showed that gun owners are a respectable lot.....not what she expected or thinks.....By being polite you may have put a chink in her mindset. Look at it that way.:D

lucky_fool
May 4, 2006, 12:22 PM
A few years back, I was finishing up a transaction at a jewelry store with my fiancee when I joking said that I had to put off buying another handgun since we had just bought this diamond ring at the spur of the moment. The store rep looked at me and said "you do not want to know my opinion about guns." She went from pleasantly finishing a 30 minute transaction to shaking her head in disbelief.

I just told her that as a matter of fact "I don't care what she thinks about them."

I know it's easy to come up with these things well after the fact, but something like "You don't want to know what I think about people who work for commission that can't keep themselves from offending their customers" would have worked just fine.

Followed by cancelling the transaction and walking out. :evil:

asknight
May 4, 2006, 12:23 PM
Double Maduro, are you insinuating that I am somehow a bad person or below you on the social hierarchy because I am a redneck who chews tobacco, drinks beer, shoots guns, and knows how to be an ******* if need be? :neener:

For some reason, it appears to me that you're guilty of your own accusations. :fire:

real_name
May 4, 2006, 12:40 PM
Wal*Mart employs people who cannot find jobs elsewhere, they aren't the pick of the bunch.
Also the original post stated that he had to buy this ammo at a different registar, the woman was probably selling ammo for the first time that day and as the sporting goods registar was down she had probably done this a few times already in the previous hour. So she was probably thinking (not realising the sporting goods registar was closed) that everyone was buying ammo suddenly and that outside in the real world had descended into anarchy and riots but she hadn't got the memo.
If it happens again just say, "haven't you heard? China just invaded us. But you'll be Ok, you work for them."

one-shot-one
May 4, 2006, 12:42 PM
:neener:
JUST PUT A BIG SMILE ON GIVE HER A LITTLE WINK AND SAY:

"well i could tell you, but you know, then i'd have to kill you."
:neener:

Double Maduro
May 4, 2006, 12:44 PM
Asknight,

I am not insinuating anything.

The perception of many anti's is that most "gun nuts" fall into one or more of those categories. So instead of getting our backs all up over a perceived slight, why not take the opportunity to show them their assumptions are wrong.

And yes, I have done all of the things that I listed. Grew up on and worked a farm, chewed tobacco, drank and drink beer, shoot guns and am sometimes an *******.

I have also had a book published, written a newspaper column, taught at a university, owned a newspaper, been active in the states angler education program, own my own business, etc.

There is nothing better or worse about either list, it is the perception of better or worse.

Which image do you think makes the best impression? Why do some of the posts here seem to suggest we should go out of our way to allienate people?

DM

Oh, and what accusations?

Deanimator
May 4, 2006, 12:59 PM
Maybe ill throw a machete in too.. Walmart has those for like 10 bucks I think.
And don't forget the extra large Hefty Cinch Sacks! :D

Oh yeah, and a hacksaw!

Reminds me of the time I was riding Amtrak to Chicago. There was an elderly schizophrenic on the train who was aggravating everybody. Right after he got thrown out of the dining car for swearing in front of an Amtrak executive's young daughter, I sat down for breakfast. They sat a pretty girl across from me. She commented on the "drunk", and I explained to her that my mother had worked for years at a state psychiatric hospital in Chicago, and that the guy practically had a flashing sign over his head that said "schizophrenic". She noticed that I was reading the bullseye pistol manual Successful Pistol Shooting (http://www.championshooters.com/cgibin/webc.cgi/shopping/st_prod.html?p_prodid=69&p_catid=). She said, "Oh my, first a crazy guy, now you've got a book called Successful Pistol Shooting! I just smiled and said, "Why would I read a book called UNsuccessful Pistol Shooting???" :D

kfranz
May 4, 2006, 01:00 PM
I agree with Chet, and that was hilarious. kfranz is the offensive one here. I hope I am not in line behind him waiting for hours while he pontificates about how much higher a pedestal he is on than everyone else, Oh wait, that will never happen because I shop at walmart, not Macy's.

Don't sweat it slick, there ain't no Macy's in Central WI and as I said (which you'd have known had you actually READ my post), I now happily use the self-check out line. No small talk, no questions about my purchases, no stupid comments. I've gotten all of those from live cashiers over the years, but I have yet to get a hot stock tip, good parenting tricks, or any other useful information short of my purchase total. I sure as hell don't pontificate at them, since that'd leave me with nothing to use on the telemarketers

Granted, I'm anti-social, I know it, and I'm ok with it. Doesn't mean I'm rude, in fact, I generally say as little as possible. When I go to discount stores, I'm after specific merchandise and I want in and out with minimal interaction. If I want some specific knowledge about products or the use thereof I go to the hardware store or the sporting goods store, since they know stuff that ChinaMart cashiers don't. When I want pleasant small talk, I hit up my family, co-workers or friends. I guess retail bonding isn't my style.

Double Maduro
May 4, 2006, 01:02 PM
Deanimator,

"Why would I read a book called UNsuccessful Pistol Shooting???"

OK, you've kept us waiting long enough, what was her reply?

DM

By the way, good comeback.

real_name
May 4, 2006, 01:06 PM
My surly attitude with clerks constantly gets my wife's attention, in the negative or positive depending on her mood.
The thing they ask that ticks me off most is the request for my home phone number, when I'm buying one pair of socks or something equally banal. I used to give them my number with one digit wrong but that made me feel I was messing with someone else's situation, now I have a standard response which I use without hesitation.
"You don't need to know that."
They huff and puff, sometimes smile, sometimes go wide-eyed. But they always enter (XXX) XXX-XXXX.

Deanimator
May 4, 2006, 01:12 PM
OK, you've kept us waiting long enough, what was her reply?
She just did a kind of double-take and her eyes got big. After a brief pause, the conversation continued. ;)

High Planes Drifter
May 4, 2006, 01:18 PM
A very simple and rude - none of your f' ing business, just ring me up - would have sufficed. She wasnt trying to learn anything about your hobby, she wasnt trying to strike up a friendly conversation or debate about guns, she wasnt being polite. She was voicing her very closed minded opinion. She was not getting paid to do that, she was getting paid to ring you up, bag the bullets, and move on to the next customer.Period.:mad:

V4Vendetta
May 4, 2006, 01:19 PM
I wouldn't be offended at the lady's question. I'd take it as a oportunity to preach the wonders of guns & the fun of the sport.

BFWE
May 4, 2006, 01:23 PM
It seems to me that all the people who are offended by the type of comment from the Wally-World cashier are expressing the FACT that people who are firearm owners, users, etc. are sick and tired of being castigated (sp?) by our society-culture.

My experience is similar. I was buying some bread and what-have you at my local Kroger grocery store. Included in my purchases were three shooting magazines I'd gotten from the store magazine rack.

The cashier stopped running things past the scanner; looked at each of the covers on my magazines; then hesitated and said that she was concerned why a person would buy such reading material.

I had a tough day at work and told her, "...nothing sinister. I just like guns" and said it in a plesant tone even including a smile. She actually frowned at me and continued the check-out. Not another word was exchenaged. We concluded our business. But by the time it was over and I was starting out the door I was furious.

It was not what was said as much as the attitude and general assumption I was a scum-bag. The manager got an earful and I have had not one comment about my assortment of reading materials from there since. I have tested that with other gun-rag purchases - even bateing the same cashier.

Being offended is not wrong... it is wrong not to address the situation.

Mikee Loxxer
May 4, 2006, 01:26 PM
Here in Nebraska when I first started buying Winchester white box 9mm at Wally World they would always ask “is this for a handgun?” As I was buying it for use in my Hi-Point carbine I would tell them “no, it is for a rifle.”

Since then they have never asked me that question when I (rarely) buy ammo there. I wish they would because I went to tell them “ no this ammo is for a machine gun, hah hah hah (evil laugh):evil: ”

odysseus
May 4, 2006, 01:35 PM
No need to be offended, unless she said something that was downright offensive. In these scenarios I always answer silly questions with a question. Ask me about myself, I might then reply by asking why you ask and friendly start asking about you and your work. Doesn't have to be mean - just use some finesse.

Crosscut
May 4, 2006, 01:36 PM
I think you nailed it BFWE. Were all tired of being veiwed as second class citizens bucause we happen to enjoy what made this country and keeps it going strong, Guns and Ammo.

rcellis
May 4, 2006, 01:41 PM
I had a similiar encounter here in a mostly rural area of Kansas - a young woman asked me, "Are those handgun bullets?" I responded that yes, they could fit handguns. She put on the "I'm not impressed" face and left me to be checked out by the other person at the register.

I wonder if there's some movement in Walmart that's decided that guns are evil or something.

I know that Walmart is closing gun departments where not popular (which seems to be a pure business decision) but this seems like something else.

Clint

Guns_and_Labs
May 4, 2006, 01:43 PM
I stopped by the Safeway, to pick up some Jack Daniels (on sale, according to the flyer). Browsed the magazines, picked up a couple of gun rags. Wife calls on the cellphone, the kid's got diaper rash, pick up some creme or something. Sure enough, the cashier takes a look at the goods, and says, "I don't think I want to know.... have a nice evening?"

WayneConrad
May 4, 2006, 01:46 PM
Anger and sarcasm may seem appropriate, but aren't helpful here.

Take the high road. Smile pleasantly. Be friendly. For all you know, in her way, she was just being friendly. Acting angry or sarcastic only confirms the stereotype that gun owners are surly, dangerous people not to be trusted.

sturmruger
May 4, 2006, 01:47 PM
No I wouldn't be offended, but I would make a smart ass reply.


"Actually it is for a machine gun"

I have said that a few times and it always makes their eyes get big.

KaceCoyote
May 4, 2006, 01:54 PM
yeah guys, sorry she was sorry to be pleasant. What she gonna do, call homeland security on you? Jesus chill out, I work retail and try to chatter with everyone I meet when I'm on company time.

Justin
May 4, 2006, 01:55 PM
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