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    This is scary.

    What neighborhoods will they be sending their employees into? Will there be discrimination against "bad" neighborhoods?

    What follow-up will there be to make sure nothing went wrong and the employee got home safely after risking an encounter in a place without Wal-Mart's customary level of security?

    With something like pizza delivery, you check after all your deliveries so it won't take someone 12 hours to realize that you're in trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    1. What usually happens to employees who don't "volunteer" for things Management wants?

    2. How MUCH extra do they get paid?


    (#2 would be particularly interesting to hear...when compared to gas and wear-and-tear on the employee's automobile)
    Reportedly the employee gets paid overtime plus vehicle mileage.

    Then, at tax time, they will get a deduction for that mileage.

    Good deal? Depends on many factors.

    Probably good for some people, not so good for others...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    This is scary.

    What neighborhoods will they be sending their employees into? Will there be discrimination against "bad" neighborhoods?

    What follow-up will there be to make sure nothing went wrong and the employee got home safely after risking an encounter in a place without Wal-Mart's customary level of security?

    With something like pizza delivery, you check after all your deliveries so it won't take someone 12 hours to realize that you're in trouble.
    It's allegedly voluntary for their employees.

    They will deliver to neighborhoods that they volunteer to deliver to.

    Pizza delivery people get robbed all the time.

    It will happen to Wal Mart people, too.

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    The Walmart delivery drivers accept no payments. It's paid for on the computer when ordered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    The Walmart delivery drivers accept no payments. It's paid for on the computer when ordered.
    And that's a good thing.

    But, they will still get robbed.

    Maybe less frequently than the Pizza guys.

    But robbed/mugged nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    If your employer asked you to deliver something on the way home from work, would you? I'm in the newspaper industry. I came up the circulation side of the house. This was something that was just done. I can't count the number of times I redelivered someone's paper on the way home or dropped more papers at a store.

    Walmart is testing this at three stores, two in New Jersey and one in Arkansas. Could this make service a priority again? When I was a kid we got deliveries from several companies every week to our door. We got milk delivered from Borden Dairy. We had chips and snacks delivered by a company called Charles Chips. Then there was Red Baron Pizza and ice cream from Schwan Food.

    Is to the porch or door delivery a positive step for retailers?
    WALMART?? I'd deliver meds or baby formula or maybe food. I would EXPECT to be compensated for anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    And that's a good thing.

    But, they will still get robbed.

    Maybe less frequently than the Pizza guys.

    But robbed/mugged nonetheless.
    There may be a few really rare occurrences that someone will get robbed but it's going to be very rare. The same thing could happen if they stop at the gas station on the way home. Think about it, these employees are going to someone's home that has paid with a credit card. Walmart knows who they are. Ne'er-do-wells aren't going to get a Visa just to rob a Walmart employee of the contents of his or her wallet. Theirs too many easier ways to make a buck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    It's allegedly voluntary for their employees.

    They will deliver to neighborhoods that they volunteer to deliver to.

    Pizza delivery people get robbed all the time.

    It will happen to Wal Mart people, too.

    So that sounds like discrimination will occur, if it's done on the basis of where employees volunteer to travel. People in good neighborhoods will get deliveries and people in not so good neighborhoods will be out of luck.

    People in delivery businesses have more preparation than people who just put in an 8 hour day tending a register and are doing a single, occasional drop-off at the end of a long day.

    And then oversight done by whom? Someone else who is not trained in delivery issues and is adding this as a side thought to the ordinary activities which they spend their own 8 hours a day on?

    But, hey, Wal-Mart has deep pockets to pay the settlement when they drop the ball and some young woman's children are left motherless on her drive home dropping off that special order of towels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    There may be a few really rare occurrences that someone will get robbed but it's going to be very rare. The same thing could happen if they stop at the gas station on the way home. Think about it, these employees are going to someone's home that has paid with a credit card. Walmart knows who they are. Ne'er-do-wells aren't going to get a Visa just to rob a Walmart employee of the contents of his or her wallet. Theirs too many easier ways to make a buck.
    All Walmart Orders are paid for at point of order.there is no cash and carry. They would simply deliver. I also imagine they would be provided with phones to check in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    WALMART?? I'd deliver meds or baby formula or maybe food. I would EXPECT to be compensated for anything else.
    They are compensated.

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