I’ve never physically been inside of a Walmart, and I want to some day. I know people give Walmart a hard time, but holy shit. The “People of Walmart” site made me laugh a long time ago, and now the site’s sold out to scary sex-spammy advertising. It’s gotten old.
Walmart doesn’t care what their customers look like as long as money’s being made and they’re on the top of the Fortune 500. Walmart probably loves that their name’s become iconic in social constructs, and how they’ll always be archived as more than just a store. Don Draper would have probably loved to have their account. They could probably use someone like him right now to clean up some of their literal mess, in messy stores. Standards are falling and if they keep falling then People of Walmart will win, and Walmart will die.
Yeah right. Walmart will never die. Will they?
Over here in Belgium, I’ve physically been inside of a Zeeman. Zeeman translates to “Seaman” as in sailor, hence the logo. I feel all of a sudden funny saying I’ve never been inside a seaman. I never thought about it like this before today.
Without having been in a Walmart I can still say that the Zeeman’s the Belgian equivalent, except in size. But then again, Walmart’s are gigantic and Belgium’s too small a country to handle Walmart-sized stores everywhere.
I will show you freely the Zeeman not far from my house…
Notice the universally-understood and super classy STOP signs, and keep in mind prices are in Euro and not USD. That 0.79€ pile out front on the left, is the equivalent of $1.07 as of today’s foreign currency exchange rate. The 2.99€ rack on the right is actually a $4.06 rack, if you do the math. I don’t think I’ll ever stop thinking in dollars, while I shop in euros, partly because it keeps my mind fresh. I don’t get to do much math writing blogs and running around in the grass with Noah.
I’ve never seen any horrendous-looking people at the Zeeman near my house, unless I’ve blocked them from my memory which is likely. When I’m there it’s for socks for Noah, which I’ve realized are very high quality at Zeeman despite Walmart prices. Oh, and last week I bought Noah an ice cream to eat on the way home and I had to popinto the Zeeman to buy a kitchen towel to use as a bib. I think places like the Zeeman and Walmart are convenient. No?
I’m not about to go taking pictures of people inside of Zeemans all over Belgium and posting them here as “People of Zeeman” (unless someone, ahem, asks).