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Old 03-06-2008, 09:45 PM
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That's what I'm thinking because if I worked in a craft store, you can bet your bippy, if they are going to toss out perfectly good stuff, I'm going to go dumpster diving to save it!!
But, hard to do that here, I live on Guam. We have Ben Franklins and that is it. It's a VERY messy store, has some good fabric and other craft things, but that's about the extent for my shopping. I usually go online to Joann Fabric.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:21 AM
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About 20 years ago, my husband was unemployed so I got a job at Wal mart in order to pay the bill and put food on the table. If packs of underwear or socks or t shirts had been ripped open, they were to be thrown out but before that was to happen, they paid us to cut them up with the scissors so no one could retrieve them from the dumpster. It made no sense to us--Back then we were in a recession and could have used this stuff and bought this stuff at marked down prices but they destroyed it rather than let that happen. Corporations can be big mean organizations that don't give a fig about people and this shows it. I guess Michaels is no better. :evil:
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:05 AM
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Years ago, I went into a Michaels for something that was supposedly on sale and couldn't find it. Nor would they give me a raincheck. This was shortly after they became Michaels after being a Lee Wards for years...

I swore then and there that it would be a cold day in h*ll before I shopped there again. I haven't been in one since. I would rather drive to JoAnn's, Hancocks, or any of the quilt shops in the Twin Cities for supplies than to go there. This just confirms my thoughts then. I guess it will be another 20 years before I go into another. At that rate, I will probably be dead!

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Old 03-07-2008, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by adyldrop
Okay. I just went to Michael's near me to pick up batting and pins. I asked about this situation and I got YELLED at by 2 people!
Boy, I could go on about rude people at stores for hours alone, combined with the stories of waste many of you have shared really turns my tummy. I sure wish something could be done. You'd think they'd at least sell things like that to a place like Big Lots, they'd make some money and I could buy some crafty things for cheap. :(
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:39 AM
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I dont' go to Michael's anymore, ours is about 25 miles. We never get the coupons in our local paper. So I went in and asked, she gave me 20% off my purchase that day. She then said in the future I would have to have a coupon, I said put them in our newspaper, she told me to move. Move for a coupon, UGH.
Don't get me started about waste in schools, not just food, but supplies, it's criminal.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:53 AM
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When I lived in NY, the same thing happened at Woolworth. I asked if they would donate the old patterns to our school, we had a sewing program. The manager said no. I asked him why not, the other local fabric shops did it. He said he wasn't allowed to. I told him that wasn't true, all he did was give the pattern covers to get credit! We argued for about 15 minutes, then I told him, "fine then I will wait outside by the dumpster and take the patterns". LOL

He was not amused, but didn't back down either. So, I told my friend who worked there, to call when he threw them out and I'd be right there to get them. So, instead of throwing them away, he stored them in the storage room. LOL
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:31 PM
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I can't help it. I think I'm going to have to make up some reason to go to Michael's and see if anyone working there acts like this. I admit I don't shop there too often and right now the only thing I need from them is the Pebeo paints. I can't wait to see what type of reaction I get when I ask them if they're throwing away perfectly good supplies.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:50 AM
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Vicky , At least they could donate these items to goodwill or homeless shelters ! We have a mission here for homeless people which could use donations such as this . What a waste !


PS : A for the snotty people at Michaels , I wouldn't be very nice right back at them ! The same for the snotty people at Walmart !
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:34 AM
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What's the deal with snotty clerks? Their job is customer service and their paychecks ultimately depend on their customers. We all have 'bad' days and aren't our best, but come on, it doesn't take a lot of effort to give a smile. Maybe we should have Henry buy Michaels along with Joanns :):):) We might have to start cosigning on all his future loans... get those piggy banks out....
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:48 AM
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LOL....Actually I am looking into all this loan business to see about maybe in a years time starting my own business like this.
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