1. James B says:

    I was just in England two weeks ago. There’s a fair share of oddities there, too. Eggs on shelves, not refrigerated. Meat just out in open air. They love their pastries, sweets and lamb…not as much salty snacks like crisps/chips. They need small packages for small cars and moped/scooters/public busses.

    ASDA is Wal-Mart in UK … same self-checkout menus and such, too.

    They love their triangular, lunch sammiches pre-packaged for today’s consumptions; grabbing from the back to get freshest, cold-cut goodness. 🙂

  2. Donaldo says:

    Florida is the Sunshine State, you limey ignoramuses! And we’ve got limes in Florida!

  3. bobbo, hero worship is rarely warranted says:

    Reminds me of the stories about defectors from Russia in the 60’s. Totally blown away by the excess consumerism in the US. They had been told we were all starving to death and fighting one another. In fact, we WERE the nirvana communism was only promising.

    They didn’t compare to the Kmart sharing the same parking lot?

    Ha, ha.

    Come back in 20 years when both stores are used as prisons. Its all in the works.

  4. Jim says:

    In Ireland we have eggs on the shelves too. So what. “Meat in the open air” Have not seen that in any shop in the UK or Ireland. Maybe behind a counter at a corner butchers but, not out in the open for people to handle.

  5. Lou Minatti says:

    Well, that wasn’t what I was expecting. Usually these videos consist of a couple of chavs mocking American culture while wearing their dirtbag Burberry hats. This was a Walmart commercial.

  6. wbowman says:

    The UK has ASDA (soon to change their name to Walmart because that’s who owns them) and Tesco – both of which are indistinguishable from a standard American Walmart. These boys must not get out much in their native land.

  7. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    They missed the ammo aisle, and the machetes in the camping section.

    Maybe those are Midwest things. We can handle shotguns at my Walmart.

  8. Dallas says:

    Haha. That was good.

  9. billabong says:

    Bill and Ted go to Walmart.

  10. Animby says:

    # 6 wbowman said, “The UK has ASDA (soon to change their name to Walmart because that’s who owns them) and Tesco”

    I was going to mention this but you and James B (#1) beat me to it. Thought you’d be interested in knowing Tesco is in Thailand in a big way. Lots of Tesco Express convenience stores and they bought out a chain of WalMart-like stores called Lotus, now Tesco Lotus.

    And anyone who thinks WalMart has a monopoly on that sort of consumerism, I invite you to visit the French international-chain Carrefour. Indistinguishable – right down to fat slobs blocking the aisles.

  11. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    ReddyK: They have store brand whole-milk mozzarella, half the price of the fancy crap, and good stuff. That’s one of the only reasons I go there.

  12. jpfitz says:

    Never been in a Walton big box store… yet. We don’t have one too close to us, thank goodness. I prefer to not deal with checkout lines and taxes and buy almost everything online.

    The British can be funny with their English accent.

  13. kerpow says:

    Ehh, I can’t really take anyone seriously who wears flight goggles on their forehead. Sorry, thats just too douchey.

  14. spsffan says:

    #14. Thanks for the laugh…I needed it.

    Well, I will say this much. If Alex and Liam keep buying all their food at Walmart, they won’t be skinny much longer!

    Oh, and eggs need refrigeration. Funny thing, but in America we noticed that refrigeration keeps nasty bacteria from growing.

    As for me, I rarely go to Walmart because the nearest store is 10 miles away, in the ghetto, and is generally unpleasant due to the customers (worse than the “normal” 500 lb. isle blockers). The next closest is about 20 miles away, a good 45 minutes to an hour in normal traffic, and in an only marginally better neighborhood. To get to a decent store, I’m suck for close to an hour in the car. So, unless I’m going nearby for some other reason, I don’t bother.

    But they DO have great prices on lots of things and it IS a fun cultural experience.

  15. Lyme Leaker says:

    Cripes..I want my 2:56 of my life back!!

  16. sargasso_c says:

    Waiting for, Alex & Liam visit White House.

  17. Animby says:

    # 15 spsffan said, “Oh, and eggs need refrigeration.”

    Poop! I haven’t knowingly eaten a refrigerated egg in years. If you buy FRESH eggs, they are good for at least a week. In the States, though, the eggs are refrigerated from the very start because they may not get to your egg monger for a couple of weeks.

    By the way, you know what else takes care of any nasty chicken bacteria?

  18. jim says:

    never had a black egg or the vaccine for salmonella. The eggs we get here a fresh and local. I guess that’s the difference.

  19. McCullough says:

    His Blood pressure was 123 over 72 or pre hypertensive. Pretty young for that. Must be the limey diet.

    That or just being near a Wal Mart raises your blood pressure.

  20. foobar says:

    Animby, if it’s really hot in your house (mid summer Texas type heat) then eggs will keep longer in the fridge. You know, two week type of thing.

    You’re right. Eggs in the fridge are kind of pointless.

  21. dwarfsbane says:

    Our eggs in UK are bought from shops and supermarkets fresh, not refrigerated.

    The eggs are fine left in a cool place, we don’t get the sweltering temperatures that you get.

    My brother wont refrigerate his eggs, he is adamant that it alters the taste.

  22. CDBarber says:

    Just a thought on eggs…

    Eggs have a natural coating which wards off bacteria and other baddies however, here in the US the FDA insists that all eggs be washed/sanitized prior to sell and this removes the protective coating and makes it necessary to store them in a refrigerator. The phrase “unintended consequences”
    comes to mind.

    I am not an egg expert (Eggspert?) nor do I play one on TV.

  23. andycatus says:

    The goggles thing looks familiar especially with the hair thing.

    Then it dawned on me…

    Daisuke Motomiya.

    From digimon cartoon.

  24. Brine Kind says:

    yeah..the “Silly Skill Game” fits them..I noticed it was for ages 6 and above though. They will have to wait 2 years or so before they can play :’))

  25. GregAllen says:

    I hate it when foreigners come to America and visit the worst places in order to confirm their own smug sense of cultural superiority.

    I’ve eaten a lot of food in England. Ours is generally better than theirs… but you won’t find that at Walmart.

  26. WanKhairil says:

    That’s it, next year’s family vacation will be at a Walmart in the US.

  27. andycatus says:

    GregAllen. You hate it? Really? Thats a strong emotion.

    I have no idea who these guys are.
    The video is quite harmless. View it with with the notion that it is a bit of light hearted international humour. Look at the brits laughing at our shop. Look at us laughing at the brits.

    When a brit visits USA its kind of weird in that it is all very familiar but it is hilarious to see something quirky, like tea (v. important to brits and historically kept in a special ornate box called a tea caddy) now being sold in gallon size packaging associated with auto consumables. That is funny to a brit. The fact that brits find it funny should be funny to a yank. The fact that yanks find that funny is also funny to a brit. And so on. Those long winter nights just fade away. Whats to hate here? Be grateful the whole world has not homogenised into one pork-n-cheese loaf experience.

    The future is bleak if everything a foreigner might say is viewed as an attack and something to raise hatred.

    So do I hate it when foreigners come to England and visit the worst places in order to confirm their own smug sense of culinary superiority?

    I’ve eaten a lot of food in America. Ours is generally better than theirs… but you won’t find that at Asda or Tesco or Stonehenge tour.

  28. Rick says:

    They didn’t mention “people of walmart”. 2 skinny UK kids astonished at the sheer size of the average walmart shopper.

  29. bobbo, are we Men of the World, or Isolationists? says:

    #30–andy==good review of the cultural exchange. Greg is very well world traveled, I’m surprised he posted as he did. Must be tired and his good christian helmet slipped off a bit.

    Greg, is everything going ok for your right now? No kiddies in hospital as the Brits would say? I hope so.

    My own travels are just as andy says: humor at the small differences, appreciation for the best of what both cultures provide: I want it all. Have to travel to get it though.

  30. Animby says:

    # 21 McCullough said, “His Blood pressure was 123 over 72 or pre hypertensive.”

    Yes, it IS pre-hypertensive. VERY pre-hypertensive. Some might even say it was -egad- normal.

    Never too young to be normal…


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