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Patrick_91403 13 posts  |  Last Activity: Oct 27, 2015 1:55 PM Member since: Oct 25, 2001
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  • patrick_91403 by patrick_91403 Oct 27, 2015 1:55 PM Flag

    First I don't own any WM stock, options or have any interest in WM

    Wal-Mart use to be a good place to shop. That was probably 14 years ago when I came to Silver City, N.M. Not so Today. No longer do I buy your meat. No longer do I buy your shoes. No longer do I buy your furniture. No longer will I have you work on my auto with oil changes and tires. No longer do I buy many of the things you offer. Today I'm adding to that list. It was the straw that broke the camels back as far as produce was concerned. I've had many unsatisfactory produce items that I have bought in the past. Yesterday, I bought a cello packaged romaine head of lettuce. As I opened it I noticed more than normal amount of dirt on the outside of the lettuce. As I broke off the leafs of lettuce there was more and more DIRT. All total about a half cup of dirt. It looks as if someone poured a 1/2 cup of dirt down into the head of romaine lettuce. In the 71 years I've been on the planet I've never bought a head of romaine lettuce with 10% of the dirt that was in this head of lettuce. If I wrote to you about all the lousy products you sell this email would become a 200 page book. Forget sending me your LOUSY $10, 20, 50 cards. All I want are decent products. Most of your employees are super but your products stink. Who is at fault? Corporate!!! Until you change all that matters is bottom line things will remain the same. Vendors be damned. Squeeze them to death. Make it cheaper and cheaper so we can make more money. Corporate needs to LOOK GOOD!!! If we lived in or near a Large City Wal-Mart wouldn't get a penny of my money. I'm going to post this on Yahoo's stock page.

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    by daninfw04 Aug 23, 2015 9:15 AM
    patrick_91403 patrick_91403 Aug 25, 2015 7:50 PM Flag

    Hi Dan!

    Yes I've been posting here for about 12 years that I can remember. I do think we are in for trouble. Have you read Harry Dent? To me he is the first person I've read in a LONG time that makes sense. He is an authority of Demographics. He has predicted the 08-09 recession and a lot more like the strong dollar. He says this time will make 08-09 look like a walk in the park. He is not a doom and gloom guy. China is in more trouble that we are. According to him we won't have a sustained bull market until at least 2020 and probably longer. There are plenty of short positions and etf/etn's that short the market but for me with Russia and China saber rattling the vxx seem a good place to be. I've only recently had this sentiment.


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    by daninfw04 Aug 23, 2015 9:15 AM
    patrick_91403 patrick_91403 Aug 25, 2015 2:13 PM Flag

    The old cliche comes to mind. They threw the Baby out with the bath water. I'd agree with you if it weren't for so MANY negatives in the World today. It isn't just China. As you say PBY is a lot different today but so is the Market. If selling continues like it has it doesn't matter about fundamentals, everything sinks. Yes there are exceptions but they are very few. Things are a lot worse today than 08, 09. Nothing really has improved. Do you really believe the unemployment figures. If so you trust our government and believe the Democrats. Do you really believe the numbers coming out of China? Cheap fuel? Many Fracking companies have a cost much higher than the $39 oil we have today. If it continues there will be wholesale BKs in the oil patch. Some are predicting $20 oil and even lower. Who would have predicted $40 oil a year or two ago. Those that are in Gold are going to get crushed as well. As you know there are 2 sides to every coin.

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    NOBODY is buying out this Turkey

    by martha_on_the_ragg2 Jul 31, 2015 2:06 AM
    patrick_91403 patrick_91403 Aug 24, 2015 5:49 PM Flag

    Hay Murtha!

    I haven't been here in a while. Watt you tink about dis bear market dat is startin? I'z goin tu buy some mor vxx calls tomorrow. Auto parts is probably a saffer plac tu be dan most and PBY probably won't get hits as bad as some. I'm tryin to talks at's yur grade level so yuz understand.

    Su Amigo


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    by daninfw04 Aug 23, 2015 9:15 AM
    patrick_91403 patrick_91403 Aug 24, 2015 5:35 PM Flag

    Haven't been here in a long time. I think it is way to early to jump in. So many troubled areas in our country and the World. Figures you mention don't mean a thing when there are so many things that are wrong in the world. Is this the perfect storm? If so it will crush even the best and PBY is a long way from being the best. I can remember PBY in the 2-3 dollar range not to many years ago. Will that happen again? If what I read is correct the answer is a HUGE YES!

    Hey Martha how is you doin?


    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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    wonderful buying opportunity

    by joe_mountain2003 Aug 21, 2015 1:36 PM
    patrick_91403 patrick_91403 Aug 24, 2015 5:21 PM Flag

    This is a long time coming. The world has a long way to unwind. You may sit on your ewz for more than you like. Some say this might last 5 years or longer. Are you prepared?

  • patrick_91403 by patrick_91403 Jun 17, 2015 5:44 PM Flag

    Our phone rings incessantly with text messages coming from FB users. Usually 25-40 a day. Can't turn off text messages on my phone. Went to FB to see if I could turn off texts coming in and went to settings and then notifications and edit. It did no good when I clicked it said "To get these notifications you need to activate text messaging. Heck I don't want to get messages I want to keep from getting them. On 2 occasions I typed in the problem to face book but have heard nothing. I went to cancel my account and after typing in my password it said please type in the numbers/letters in the text box. I tried this 3 different times and there was Never a text box. Seems FB doesn't want to lose any disgruntled users. Does anyone have similar experiences or knows how to help? Thanks!!!

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    newbie here...what does anyone think about

    by ebass100 May 25, 2015 1:25 PM
    patrick_91403 patrick_91403 Jun 6, 2015 5:41 PM Flag

    Read Harry Dent and see what you think. He is bullish on the dollar and short on Gold.

  • patrick_91403 by patrick_91403 May 23, 2015 2:49 PM Flag

    There is nothing more frustrating than to search a website when all you want to do is contact a company via email. Under contact it takes you to a bunch of answered questions and none of them apply. Like I said I hate your website.

    I wanted to compliment our Silver City, New Mexico McDonalds! My wife loves the parfaits and so I buy usually 4 at a time which she eats 1 a day. The remodel was wonderful with 2 lines for drive up. After I pay at the window and drive up to the pickup window the order is ready. I've even ordered other things with the same results. Never have to wait. The order is always ready as I pull up to the take pickup window. I could go on facebook but then no one at corporate would probably see it. 5 years ago I would have given our McDonalds a 3-4 for service at the pickup window. Today it has to be a 10!!! Thank You McDonalds!!!

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    So Frustrating

    by patrick_91403 Mar 15, 2015 11:01 PM
    patrick_91403 patrick_91403 Mar 16, 2015 1:33 PM Flag

    Thank You so much! With all the websites you have to come in contact with in the course of just living it can be daunting. Many times it is so time consuming to find these numbers. Again Thanks,

  • patrick_91403 by patrick_91403 Mar 15, 2015 11:01 PM Flag

    Bought Dragon Premium for my wife. She was a teacher of Computers in our middle school. Because of a horrific auto accident (pickup dropped a sofa off on the freeway in front of her in 2000)and 2 surgeries, one lower back and one on the neck, she hasn't been able to work. She spends 16-20 hours a day in bed and on heavy medications. She shakes so that it is very difficult to use a keyboard. She tried for over an hour to register Naturally Speaking Premium in English and each time it would jump to French instead of English. Just received an email from Nuance in French. This Was not due to her shaking. Is the rest of the program going to be so frustrating? The website doesn't offer a phone number or the ability to send an email just a bunch of options that takes one a lot of time to go through. It would be such a blessing if she were able to use the program. Can anyone help or have suggestions?

  • patrick_91403 by patrick_91403 Mar 5, 2015 7:24 PM Flag

    About a month ago we ordered a large pizza, 8 wings and brownies. We had never ordered from Papa Johns before but did so because of the commercials. The toppings were sparse, the crust was terrible. The wings were just OK but the brownies were very good. I complained and the guy at the Papa Johns said he would give us a 50% off on our next pizza. I said the Papa John's pizza was the worst pizza I've ever eaten frozen (wal-mart) or fresh (Pizza Hut, Domino's, Papa Johns) and I've eaten 100's of pizza in the 70 years I've been on the planet. If you gave me the pizza for free I wouldn't spend the gas money and time to pick it up. I will Never order another Papa John's Pizza. Do you give anyone their money back for lousy Pizza? That is a rhetorical question.

  • patrick_91403 by patrick_91403 Feb 28, 2015 5:37 PM Flag

    I write this to hopefully reach Wal-Mart upper management not just one store, where it goes no further but reach every store with auto bays.

    I bought a new tire for my Pontiac Montana. A Wal-Mart Tech put the small donut tire back on the tire and installed the new tire. Two weeks after the new tire was installed the spare donut tire fell off from underneath our van as I traveled out our long 500 foot driveway. If I had been on a busy street or freeway and the tire fell from our van could have caused a major accident, possible injury or loss of life. I complained about this and the assistant manager called me at home. I was busy at the time and said I would call him back but didn't. After inspecting the the crank that lets the tire down(a spring that puts tension on the tire when it is tightened) every thing was fine. The only thing I can conclude is that they didn't make sure that the spring/ bracket that should be centered wasn't centered and tightened to make the donut tire tight and secure underneath the vehicle. Wal-Mart can you Please instruct your Techs to make sure that spring/bracket that hangs down is centered in the middle hole of the rim when the tire is lifted into place and tightened securely. Sometimes the tool that spins the crank isn't in the slot and the tire isn't lifted and secured tightly. A busy tech might think the tire is secure when it is not. Wal-Mart Please make ALL your technicians check to make sure the tire doesn't move and the spring/bracket is tightly centered otherwise the tire will fall off. There wasn't any damage to our vehicle or problem with the tire afterwards. Thanks Wal-Mart!!!


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