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Wallmart Complaint - Better way to help the handicap

Review by steeler on 2009-10-05
TARBORO, NORTH CAROLINA -- I think they must have all of about 4 CARTS. so they lost about $70.00. do they think that us handiaped people can't go shopping by our selves? it's so unfair to think that such a large corp such as walart could not afford more carts for people like my-self? where I live, their pretty much the onkly game in town. shame on you.
Comments:28 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-10-06
Posted by goduke on 2009-10-05:
How many carts should they have?
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-10-05:
Are you talking about Walmart not having enough motorized carts? I bet they have a lot but half the people I see riding around on them are obese lazy people. Might want to go up to one of them and lay fault with them and not the store.
Posted by Eloise on 2009-10-05:
My whole question is if you are so disabled you need a motorized cart then how are you going to reach the food on the shelf?
Posted by old fart on 2009-10-05:
I've seen grabbers that disabled people use to retrieve stuff from the higher shelves...
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-05:
I have a friend who is very large due to thyroid issues as well as diabetes. She gets around OK, but cannot stand/walk long enough for a shopping trip. She will use the carts to get around the store and stand to reach something if needed.
Posted by Eloise on 2009-10-05:
Maybe it's my store, but I don't think you need the special cart if you can climb on the shelves to retrieve something.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-10-05:
that's why i didn't comment about that...
yes there are people in my opinion who are in that condition because of habit and not genetics (one of them is a relative so i know she put herself there)

but she's not everyone, there are others who have honest medical conditions.


but... climbing on the shelves?
i didn't think any store allowed you to climb the shelves.
Posted by Eloise on 2009-10-05:
Yeah, when you jump out of the seat and grab something there is a problem.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-10-05:
Wamart supplies the carts as a courtesy.
My question is (and yes, I am handicapped myself) is if the cart is such a necessity, why don't you have your own or at least a wheelchair? There are many programs out there that can help with the purchase.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-10-05:
eh, i think that would depend on how much walking the person can do

at one of my other message boards one of the posters says she gets screamed at for parking in the handicapped spots, even though she has tags because she doesn't "look" disabled... when in fact her disability is valid, just comes and goes (wellness days)
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-10-05:
I've run into those that, because pain is not real noticeable, think I am abusing my permanent tags. Some people get the god syndrome. I usually explain in no uncertain terms my "opinion" of theirs.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-05:
climb on the shelves? Who said anything about climbing on the shelves???
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-05:
I climb on the shelves sometimes. I'm short and I can't always find someone to help me. If it's really high up, I will usually go somewhere else to buy the item
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-05:
jkt, my dad gets that crap, also. He has COPD and a bad back. He is an expert at hiding his pain. More than one person has hollered at him for using a placard when he is "clearly not disabled".

It just burns my britches when folks make assumptions and judgements regarding the disabled. YES, there are cheats out there. However, just because some one looks able bodied does not mean they ARE!
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-10-05:
My dad needs both his hips replaced and doesn't have a placard. He really should though, he walks with a cane.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-05:
My friend I mentioned has trouble walking for more than a minute or so. Meaning she gets around her home Ok, gets from from house to car to drive herself, etc.

She is not yet at the point of needing a scooter 24/7. So yes, she can "jump up out of the chair and grab something". That is not dishonest, lying, cheating, etc. It is holding on to the last shred of dignity you have until your body gives you no choice. My goodness!
Posted by old fart on 2009-10-05:
I've had people "give me the eye" when I walk around with a grocery cart but the fact is, it would be a challenge to walk a whole Walmart without it.. when I go out to the parking lot I've heard people cluck when I take my handicap hanger down...
If I can and there is one available I'll take the next best spot that's open and leave the blue spaces for someone else if it's a short walk...

It's a little souvenier of my 2004 stroke...
I'll never compete in the 2016 olympics and I so did have my heart set on that...
Posted by old fart on 2009-10-05:
I recently tore my rotator cuff and that put an end to my dream of a pitching career with the Detroit Tigers..
Posted by Eloise on 2009-10-05:
Sometimes I think I'd be better off using a smaller grocery store. I've got a chronic pain disorder and Walmart is huge. Thank God I've got a supportive husband who'll do the shopping in a pinch.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-10-05:
Yep of, problem is, when I'm not hurting that bad in my hips (they hurt all the time) and there are open "regular" spaces, I feel bad for taking up those spaces for a "normal" person, so I park in the HC.
My car has permanent HC tags, my wife has a hang tag used only when I am in her car.
Posted by old fart on 2009-10-05:
It was surprising that a couple weeks ago a sheriff checked my hang tag to make sure the number on the tag matched my drivers license...My wife later admitted that she has used the tag when she goes to the store and that put an end to her "cheating"... it's interesting that she could qualify on her own because she broke her leg in 4 pieces years ago and could have gotten a tag for that reason, but never applied...
Posted by old fart on 2009-10-05:
The hospital I went to has something called the "aftertrack" program, which is a gym and fitness program for graduates like me. It has all of the machines and I use it 3 times a week to get back into shape. I got lazy and quit it for a year and boy could I feel it when I started back on the program!
For 25 dollars a month it's a real treat!
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-10-05:
mom use to drive one of the neighbors to the store a long time ago... neighbor had a tag, so mom got to park in the handicapped spots.

neighbor offered the tag to mom, so she could use it whenever she wanted
but mom turned her down since she felt it was wrong
Posted by Diabolical on 2009-10-05:
When I was first diagnosed with plantar fasciitis I used the motorized carts for grocery shopping until I healed. They really helped. But people would flat-out diss on me because I'm young.

So I mean, it might just look like people are lazy and using the carts, but maybe they have a legit reason...don't hate on 'em.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-10-05:
good for your mom Pepper!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-10-05:
Ytro, he's like me....hard headed and independent....my family had to literally raise heck with me before I got my hearing aids and hc tags (authur in the hips). LOL!
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-10-05:
I know jkt, he still insists on watering the lawn and other things the dr doesn't really want him doing. Very hard headed man.
Posted by klobbersaurus685 on 2009-10-06:
We have two walmart supercenters and a 'normal' walmart in my town. Each one has 7 scooters.
If getting a scooter is really an issue, don't go during the peak hours.

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