BRIDGETON, MISSOURI -- I went to Big Lots to do research. Customers are to give purses and backpacks to the cashiers or else they are not allowed to shop there. They probably want to cut down on shoplifting but truthfully you can shoplift without those things. If you appear bulky, an employee will stalk you throughout the store, stop you, and tell you to unzip and take out all the things from within your bags. They'll tell you to search your pockets and take everything out. If you don't comply, they threaten to call the police so it's best not to cause a conflict.
The employee who did that never smiles. Never says "How are you?" Never seems to say anything nice to customers. She only talks to customers when she finds them suspicious. It's not race related either so don't worry, they do this to all bulky looking or purse/bag carriers.
But then again that same employee said in the usual rude, sassy tone "You do know you cannot wear that scarf around your head?" She fails to speak in a polite way as usual. I think that comment would be offensive to Middle Easterns to be honest. She didn't even bother to know if I was wearing the scarf to protect a possibly balding head due to chemotherapy. But I guess they don't want potential shoplifters to hide their identity. They're against wearing medical masks for that reason too and my relative has a respiratory problem.
The prices are some of the lowest I've seen for toys at least. The snacks and foods are priced OK... could be lower. Some of the things like iPhone cases and silicone coin purses are WAY overpriced and can be found on the internet for like 1/8th or 1/4th of what they're selling it for. This store is full of mainly cheap items from China that you don't really need but are nice to have. For electronics, they're not reliable. The food is mainly candy and packaged cereal, junk food, things that are almost/beyond expiration. Big Lots sells lots of secondhand items that bigger stores cannot sell I hear. So you get what you pay for.
So... if you want cheap toys and headphones I suppose this is an OK store. Everything else is OK priced... I found My Little Pony toys (Traveling suitcase pony edition) there for $5 each when they're like $7 each on Amazon. I can't find other places that sell them for lower. Thrift stores are better... But honestly you have to be tolerant about being treated like a criminal and being stared at. Shoplifters aren't tolerated in any store to keep prices low you know? Sub par items, sub par employees...
PENNSYLVANIA -- This place…. I've never felt so manipulated in my life. I bought an mp3 player packed in a thick plastic wrap. To get it out of this plastic, it had to be cut. I turn on the mp3 player… it crashes. When I take it back within 30 days, with my receipt, all the accessories, the headphones not even touched in a clean zip lock bag… I was told because I didn't save the plastic wrapping they could not help me. No exchange, no store credit, no refund. I ask the sales woman, “So I have to keep something broken you guys sold me because I didn't keep a plastic wrapper?” “Yes,” she said then said carelessly.
Not to mention she didn't know the store policy in the first place. She had to read the back of my receipt then go to find three others to read it and the policy board. She told me they announce the return policy on the intercom. I am a regular shopper… since when did they do this? The manager refused to come speak with us pretending to be very busy when there were plenty of workers and only three customers. The cashier walked away from the desk several times on her own mission while we were still asking could we call headquarters or anything to not lose our money.
So not only a broken product, stupid excuse for no money back, bad customer service! I walked out without the rest of what I wanted to buy… not because I didn't get a refund… but because the lady was so uncaring to the situation. Now get this, I email a complaint about this behavior. Instead of even an apology for such treatment I am told that I need the original plastic. Plastic? When I have a receipt and the merchandise. Who keeps cut up plastic? This is a gimmick, I assure you. This is something they know everyone would throw away. It was very unapologetic. No apology, no sympathy, no exceptions.
There is no other way to put this other than Big Lots sucks big time. I wouldn't recommend it for anything over five dollars… and if you value even that, I would keep my money in my pockets. This policy is for items that are higher prices, cameras, mp3s, vacuums, etc. A scam if I ever heard of one.
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA -- This place is a horrible place to work. It is minimum wage hell. Supervisors and managers to do not fully explain policies or rules and then get mad when you do not comply with the rules they never explained. They make you follow stupid rules that you know are just going to piss the customers off. If you like to help ppl and actually apply your knowledge and time to help their needs, this job is not for you. I've wanted to go home and shoot myself many times due to the quality of the treatment of employees. I do recovery part time, and cashiering the other half, and let me tell you. This place at the end of the day always ends up looking like a zoo.
The organization system they give us to follow is horrendous, and if you try to go above and beyond to fix it and make it look nice and do not finish in time you get penalized. They give you three hours at the end of the day to recover the sections and expect it in tip top shape. But like I said, if you REALLY make sure it is in tip top shape and don't finished you get penalized, so it still ends up looking like a zoo at the end of the day. There is only three of us most nights, plus the 5 something carts of go backs we are usually left with at the end of the day.
At the register, no matter how busy, even if there are customers backed up all the way to the aisles, we must hound each and every customer to join our rewards program or else we get written up. It does not matter how many ppl are back there in line and how you just want to get them out quickly, you HAVE to take the time to hound each one about the rewards club. No matter how annoying it is. My managers are **, and I think there may be some kind of racism or favoritism of race going on for whom gets bumped up to management. Not proof, just a theory. But still nonetheless, this is a horrible place and I advise you go work at Wal-Mart or something. This place sucks!!!
ESSEX, VERMONT -- Big Lots had a 50% off Christmas sale. In the store were ad cards stating 50% off ALL CHRISTMAS STOCK. I went to purchase a Christmas decoration storage box marked at $20.00. The box was red, the cover was green, it had snow flakes on the label, and it said Xmas stock on the label as well. It was displayed on a table with Christmas trees and the sign under it said 50% off ALL CHRISTMAS STOCK. I went to the register and was told that the storage box was not on sale. The register girl was rude and condescending. I asked for the manager and was told he was out. I purchased the box at full price.
I called the store the next day to speak with the manager and the assistant manager was rude, and denied that the box had snow flakes on the label and that it said xmas stock on it, and refused to honor the store's stated sale policies. When I asked him for his name he hung up. I called the corporate offices of Big Lots and was treated the same rude way, with the man telling me that the label on the box did not have snow flakes on it, that it did not say Xmas stock, and that if fact the box was not red with a green top. I asked to speak with someone over his head in the company and was told he was it, there was no one over his head.
I returned the box to the store and showed the manager the color, the label, and the display, and he just walked away from me. I got my refund and left to never return to this store or this company. Last year they swapped price signs in the middle of my purchasing a mattress (raised $100.00), but I caught them and they honored the original price. Frauds! Boycott!
JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK -- Me and my daughter went in to Big Lots, 21 South Main St., Jamestown, for some help in the patio furniture department. Waited 10 minutes for help. Told the employee, **, that we would like 2 tables, 6 chairs, and the umbrella. He said "wait up front and I will bring everything up so you can cash out." While we were waiting to cash out another couple took the umbrella because we didn't know it was the last one and the employee told us he would bring everything up front. When we went to check out we were told there was no more umbrellas. We told them ""there was one we had already claimed and ** told us he would bring it up front."
The people at the service counter **, were very rude and didn't act in an appropriate manner. Told us they have the umbrella in their hands and they could not do anything about it, even though the other customers were there and they called ** up and asked him whose umbrella it was, and he said it was ours, he was just collecting our other pieces. The other two employees,** totally disregarded the fact that we were there first, the other customers didn't even come in until after we had already claimed the furniture.
They were just rude to us because we were now holding up the line when we were trying to make a $600 purchase. They embarrassed us in front of the other customers, when we did nothing wrong. We were trying to explain calmly and they just brushed us off and continued to say the other couple had it in their hands, when we could have easily had carried ourselves too, if we were not told just to wait and ** would bring everything up front, so we did as we were instructed and Big Lots did not back us or care if we were a paying customer.
They lost out on a bigger sale and a very loyal customer, who will not be returning. I have never been so disrespected and disregarded in my entire life, and I know how employees should treat their customers as I am in personnel relations full time and have a very successful sales business where I have had to deal with customer problems and I know how they should be handled. The only person that did anything to help us was ** but the other Big Lots employees did not care what he or we had to say, they did not want to deal with an issue, they just tried to ignore us and the problem as the other couple checked out behind us.
Frustrated first time customer will not return to Big Lots... In February, I purchased a number of items at the Glenwood Ave. Big Lots in Raleigh - including a paper shredder. I probably used it less than 10 times before it stopped working May. Today (May 20th) I took it back to the store (with receipt) to ask for a refund and I was told that all refunds must take place in the first 30 days…
I doubt that I even used the machine in the first 30 days, and explained this was not a choice that I had made…The product simply doesn't work as advertised. At that point, employee ** offered to exchange the unit (although I wasn't thrilled about the idea of getting another defective unit). However it turned out that they had none in stock, so she wasn't able to do anything at all. No refund, credit, or exchange for anything of value.
Next, I talked to the manager **, and explained very carefully that a $15 shredder was about to create a negative Customer Relationship Management experience for Big Lots. He admitted that the policy was bad, however, he has only been in his position for a week and there is nothing he could really do about the situation. He offered a discount on a more expensive shredder by the same manufacturer, however, you will recall that I've already had a bad experience and can't imagine pouring in additional money.
So, after visiting Big Lots a total of two times, I will keep my broken $15 shredder so I can use it as an example and warning to other potential customers… ‘Let the buyer beware'. I want everyone to know they they are essentially shopping at a yard sale, and if something looks too good to be true, consider the fact that it probably is too good to be true. I sent a complaint note to Big Lots and received a repeat of their 30 day policy. In the future, if I think of anything I might want from Big Lots, I will go to Walmart instead.
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I guess I have made my last trip to Big Lots in Greenville SC. I went to the store on Woodruff Road not to get a loaf of bread or new summer glasses but to lay out 741.99 for a what I think is a fairly nice sectional. The salesman was wonderful! I had no way to bring it home so I rented a Uhaul truck, the salesman brought it out and assisted in loading. When I got it home unloaded and went to attach the two pieces they were the same. Oh no!!! Well I called the store bright and early the next am, the same man was not in the furniture dept, but was very understanding.
I asked if they could have their delivery person bring me the correct piece and the manager promptly said "Sure at your expense." What? This is not my mistake! I was still very calm and the salesman said please let me call him back and see what I can do, because this is over what I can authorize. No problem. I called back but no new information. He said "Let me get your number. I will call you back." No problem. Hmmm. No callback. Waited until 12 noon, called back, got one of the assistant mgrs. Well yes she had the information but had not called me back.
She then gave me my options, to pay for the delivery because that the delivery person was not a Big Lots employee, or get a Uhaul. Uhh. This is NOT my mistake. She was to call me back with information. It is now 3 pm, I call back to the store, new assistant mgr on duty, oh yes she had the information, but again did not call me back.
I a gathering tonight, uhh I need a place for folks to sit. When I called the store again and spoke with the last assistant mgr, only to inform her that I found a 67 year old man to come and pick up the correct piece she stated "Oh OK. I will have it at the front of the store for him." Yes. She too had my information but did not call me back either. Wow. For $741 spent, and this was not my mistake, and there was no sense of urgency to assist I would suggest great customer service 101 at the local college. So long Big Lots...
SANTA PAULA -- I've been a Big Lots customer for several years now and have had nothing but pleasant experiences there. I know most of the employees at my local store on a first name basis, and everyone is very kind and helpful. However, when I went to the Big Lots store in Santa Paula (Calif.), I was left shocked, humiliated, and very angry.
I was at this store with my son, and I excused myself to use the restroom. I asked one of the store employees where the restroom was, and she told me I would have to go to the front desk and ask management for a key. When I got to the customer service desk, there was a gentleman there. When I asked him if I could have the restroom key, he gave me a very nasty look and demanded my driver's license. I asked him, "Are you serious?", and he replied, "Yes!"
Now, in all my years of shopping at different Big Lots stores, I had never experienced that before. And then, I noticed other customers in line looking over at me. Anyway, I obliged and handed him my license. Upon returning to the desk, there was different employee there - a young woman. When I asked for my license back, she said to me, "Ma'am, I am so sorry. I've never seen him do that to anybody before." So, right away, I was confused. It wasn't much longer that my confusion turned into humiliation, because I finally realized why all those people were looking at me that way. Then, my humiliation turned into anger.
Later that evening, I went to my local Big Lots store - where I know all the employees, and none of them had ever heard of such a policy and told me that it was NOT Big Lots procedure to ask for a person's ID to use the restroom. And I was told that I was not the first person to complain about this gentleman. He had apparently just been promoted to that store as manager, and was throwing his weight around.
I am not at all in the habit of using the race card, but I am very curious as to why he would ask me for my driver's license, if that is not their store policy. My son and I were the only African American customers, and while I would hate to assume he was being prejudice, I cannot help but to feel completely disrespected. This young man is apparently new on the job and was trying to be a big shot, but it was simply a classless move and I will never shop at that store again.
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA -- I went in our local Big Lots looking for a small chair for my 17 month old grandson. I found a great buy and then when I was checking out, realized I had one without a price tag. The cashier had a nice young man (**) come to the front with information. ** informed me that if I could wait 2 more days, the chair would be on sale. I was afraid that I would not get the color I wanted, so ** assured me that he would put one back with my name on it and as promised.
I arrived on Friday and ** had it in the office, wrapped and waiting for me! ** is courteous to everyone and has the nicest manners. He is a great asset to Big Lots and will go far in any endeavor because of the superior service he gives to all customers!
RICHLAND, WASHINGTON -- If you become an employee of Big Lots you are always looked as a thief. They expect you to give 110% but they are not willing to give you 50%. You can only get a 25 cent raise a year. They expect you to be a company spy for minimum wage and give great customer service and work short staffed. There are no benefits at Big Lots so if you like being underpaid overworked and told you cheat, lie, steal, and don't get paid for it go work for Big Lots. Yes I still work but I'm working at this store but have come to my senses for all the people who have had bad service now know why. Thanks.