This has nothing to do with the trip. Well, that's not entirely true, but, well anyway...
I had to run to Walmart this morning for a few forgotten items (like always, sigh) and while I was there I ran through the girls' clothing section just in case. I have a hard time finding nice, modest dresses and skirts for the girls (like a lot of you out there I bet) but rarely you do see something so I tend to keep an eye out.
I wasn't expecting to find anything since I'd recently been through the Walmart at home and totally struck out. The buyers seem to be running a house of ill repute on the side since their clothing all leans in that direction. But I digress.
So, there I was, in the girls' section, and I found a rack of nice dresses. Not Christmas dresses (those are usually in good supply, but I find it a little difficult to send my girls out to play or to sit down and do schoolwork in red and green taffeta dresses...), but nice, normal dresses. Two were fine-wale corduroy and two were denim and they were just nice. And as I stood there, I got more and more angry. The place where we live is populated by fairly poor people and a lot of minorities (a majority of minorities - cracks me up), and this Walmart is in a high-end white area. I was struck by the obvious: the assumption is that if you are poor and not white you will buy trashy clothes. It's angering and insulting and frustrating.
Just to make this tale more darkly humorous, I looked online at the suggestion of my MIL and found the very dresses. They were marked "not available in stores" and were $6 marked down from $7. I had just paid $14.50. My MIL said she had to go later and would ask about a price-adjustment. She did, and was told that while Walmart will match Target or Kmart prices, they will not match their own. Huh??
So we're going to return the dress, order them online and have them shipped to the local store free and get them that way. For half the price.
Crazy. On so many levels.