Monday, Monday — Not a good day at Walmart for her

I would like to share my Monday with the people of Fayetteville.

I went into a store and came out and my car wouldn’t start. I sat there in the heat sweltering, and finally the car started, but it was obvious the battery was dying.

I made it to the Walmart in Fayetteville where I purchased [the battery], pulled in and the car died. I went inside the store and talked to the clerk.

It was obvious they were short-handed, [so] I waited an hour for a clerk to come back from break. He finally looked at the battery, checked it and said it was dead, and for some reason they decided they didn’t have a battery to fit my car.

Personally I don’t even think they looked. The clerk jump-started the car and told me to check the store in Peachtree City.

I got as far as the hill in front of my chiropractor’s office and my car died. Highway 85, four lanes of afternoon traffic, and there I sit.

Do any of you remember the good old days when men would help ladies in distress on the road? Well, the only thing I got was horn-blowing and people cursing.

I called Kurt Miller, my friend and chiropractor, and told him I was out in front of his business broke down.

He came out and was going to push me. He was in back getting ready to shove me, [when] a black lady drove up beside me and said she had two boys who could help, but she didn’t want them to get run over.

They got out, another lady jumped out of her car and stopped traffic, and the guys pushed the car over four lanes and up a hill into Kurt’s parking lot. Kurt closed his office and bought me home. This man is the best friend and chiropractor anyone could have.

The point to this story is this. My grandson came up that afternoon, took the battery out of his small truck, we went up to Fayetteville, he put the battery in and the car started.

Now if the battery in his truck fit in the car, and Walmart knew my battery was dead, why didn’t they put another battery in my car and solve the problem right then, and I wouldn’t have broken down in the heat, and traffic?

I don’t think Sam Walton would have been pleased with the service I got at the Fayetteville store.

When the guy behind the counter came out to the car and said he didn’t have a battery to fit my car, I started crying and asked what am I going to do?

He looked me straight in the eye and said, “I don’t know.” What he meant to say was, “I don’t care.” He turned around and walked back in the store.

I hate to admit it but when you look at me, it’s obvious [that] I am an old lady, and this old lady got no help from Walmart the store.

I would like to thank the black lady’s sons who helped me, and of course the one gentlemen, and friend who helped me.

To all of you horn-blowers and people who cursed me (”People don’t park in the middle of a busy highway!” duh, and they are having problems), you just might want to show a little patience. It couldn’t hurt.

LeGay Saul
Fayette County, Ga.

LeGay Saul
LeGay Saul's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/08/2005
walmart

the Manager of Walmart called me about the poor customer service i got there,, what a nice lady and i am sure the service dept will get a nice talking to. I couldnt be more pleased with her appology.

Cyclist
Cyclist's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/15/2007
LeGay Saul

Thanks for the follow-up.

G35 Dude
G35 Dude's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/15/2006
LeGay-Autozone is no better

I had a similar situation with Autozone on 54. I had a dead battery so I jumped the car and went there to buy a battery. I left the car running as I went in for service. The clerk came out and instructed me to shut the car off so he could check the battery. He assured me that we'd get it going again. After checking the battery he told me that it was in fact dead and that they would not install it in my car. I kind of understand that since a G35 battery is enclosed in a compartment under the hood not out in the open as most cars. He then told me after checking that they did not have the correct battery for this car. So I asked for a jump so that I could leave. He went into the store and 30 minutes later I went in to see what the hold up was. He said he was busy and would be out ASAP. The store was not very busy, there was maybe 2 customers in there. About another 15 minutes and his delivery man returned from a delivery. I asked and received a jump from him. I won't go back to Autozone.

Cyclist
Cyclist's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/15/2007
G35 - Autozone

That's just out-right ridiculous. I don't blame you for not going back.

LeGay Saul
LeGay Saul's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/08/2005
My Battery

to the first Gentlemans comment i dont need to join AA I dont drink lol
To Robert Morgan: When I had open heart surgery, was in a coma for 8 weeks in hospital for 3 months and had to learn to walk again, my little car sat in the yard for almost a year and was never driven, In January 2013 we got her a new battery, so i didnt think she need water. Sept. 29,2011 I got a pacemaker and the first no no is stay away from car batteries, most people my age couldnt lift the hood of a car anyway so that is why Walmart has a SERVICE department so thats where i went. Now i have noticed that you dont have a life and live for the Wednesday Citizen so you can post your nasty little comments. why dont you volunteer at a Senior Center, you could carry a sign that says "let me check your battery" and that would at least give you something to do with your time . Your last comment isnt even worthy of notice. Its a long way to next Wednesday so try to keep busy. Cut some old ladys grass, take out her garbage, that will help pass time.

Busy Bee
Busy Bee's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/18/2006
American Automobile Association

Ms. Saul, I am not sure if you are joking about not needing to join AA because you don't drink, or if you truly do not realize that many of the posters here are recommending "Triple A", the American Automobile Association. Regardless, given your health issues, I highly recommend that you join AAA because the price of membership is reasonable (about $8 per month) and the benefits are excellent. I have been a member for 30 years, and have used the roadside assistance many times to help me with a dead battery, flat tire, or keys locked in the car. They always make sure that you are in a safe location, keep in touch with you until a service truck arrives, and help you get your car either moving again, or towed to a nearby repair shop. I made sure my teenage sons are included on my membership and made sure that my elderly parents have joined as well. This could have saved you from a lot of aggravation and the hazardous situation of having a disabled car in the middle of the road. Please consider joining.

LeGay Saul
LeGay Saul's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/08/2005
AAA

Yes I know what AAA is I also know what Social Security is and how hard it is just to pay the bills you already have. Do you realize how much traffic i would have held up on Hwy 85 with no place to pull over. You see a simple thank you has turned into a mess....

Cyclist
Cyclist's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/15/2007
LeGay Saul

Were you able to get another battery?

LeGay Saul
LeGay Saul's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/08/2005
another battery

Yes at the Walmart in Peachtree City. A totally different story in customer service. the gentlemen got me a scooter to ride on took me to customer service and exchanged the battery.

AtHomeGym
AtHomeGym's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/18/2007
A A A

NOT A A but A A A!

Spyglass
Spyglass's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/28/2008
AAA

You think it's about drinking. :)

LeGay Saul
LeGay Saul's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/08/2005
spy Glass

do you not know what lol means. Yes I know what AAA means and I also know what Social Security means, that means LIMITED INCOME>>>>

Spyglass
Spyglass's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/28/2008
Ms. Saul, I am glad you were able to get another battery..

I will tell you that if you only drive the car short trips that may continue to have trouble with the battery, as the alternator on the car is not able to fully charge the battery on short infrequent trips. You may try letting it run in the driveway around 30 minutes or so to keep the battery charged (once a week of this should suffice).

All that said, I would stop and help you on the road if it was at all possible. My neighbors and I help one another all the time.

The others mention the value of AAA, I too agree with them on this. Especially someone in your situation. If you have Family or friends maybe this would make a good gift for you.

Godbless.

RKS
RKS's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/23/2009
AAA

Not to be snippy, but AAA is a pretty cheap yearly investment for situations like this.

Robert W. Morgan
Robert W. Morgan's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/26/2005
You seem to have many problems, LeGay

You need to maintain your battery the same as you should maintain your body. Exercise and water. Just do it and if you don't, please don't blame your problems on someone else. That's silly.

Best thing to do is buy a brand new car every year like my Grandpa did. My father got one every other year. Neither one had a battery problem. I have AAA who comes whenever I have a battery or tire problem. $8/month. Think about it.

Don't know why skin color was injected into your story, but there it is.

LeGay Saul
LeGay Saul's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/08/2005
my battery

ROBERT PLEASE READ REPLY NO. 3

Recent Comments