Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Unifier

The huge parking lot presents rows of parked cars. Thousands of dollars have been spent on these cars, each unique. These vehicles represent many walks of life. Wal-Mart, the great unifier of Cadillac and Nissan.

Upon entering the finger printed sliding doors, a gust of warm hits the face. It is not a natural smell that accompanies the warmth, but one filled with electricity and manufactured purity. A friendly woman with a wrinkled face, lopsided pink rimmed glasses, and a plastered on smile greets all those who enter. This woman is an unbiased intermediary and equalizer between the Cadillac drivers and the Nissan owners.

The entry way rugs are filthy and damp from the hundreds of slush covered shoes or sweaty thonged feet. A bright yellow stand up sign warned patrons of the slippery floors. The floors of the store look cleaner and more white the farther one proceeds into the store. Towers of boxes are flanked by row upon row of merchandise. The items for sale are only half as interesting as those who are purchasing them.

Individuals of all walks of life, brought to one center of society where they are all equals.

Equals. The woman in an over sized t-shirt and pajama pants stands next to the middle-aged man in a crisp business suit smelling of rum. One box of cereal was taken by a Caucasian, the next a Hispanic. A random Asian will catch the same communicable disease that his neighboring obese white child will contract. The lover, the hater. The blind, the deaf. The academic, the infant. They all stand together in a long checkout line waiting to drive home in their Cadillac or Nissan.

Wal-Mart, the great unifier, equality of life.


Ashley said...

You really start to appreciate just how much these sentiments are true when you work at Wal-Mart (before I joined the church, I worked there for 2 years in high school and college).


Apart from my mission, I never experienced the level of camaraderie as I did among my fellow Wal-Mart employees...we were all in a sucky job, but we were in it TOGETHER!

And, as it turns out, Wal-Mart is not only a Unifier, but also an equalizer. It doesn't matter if you walked in from the bus stop, drove in your Cadillac or are the starting forward on the #1 ranked college basketball team in the nation. You still have to wait your turn in line and I still can't process your return without a receipt!

Anonymous said...

Wal-Mart is the bane of my existence. I hate Wal-Mart, but I really like your post. I think you have some amazing points and a frighteningly good way of describing yourself.

Matt and Jenni said...

Truer words have ne'er been spoken.

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