Wal Mart PA System
- When battling bar-code plastic monsters of consumerism is your style,
you're almost required to go head to head with Sam Walton's legendary
Wal-mart at some point in time. While abusing Wal-mart's announcement
system from within the store is a time-honored tradition, it almost
always results in being removed from the store - In essence, you've
won a battle, but lost the war.
However, even the tiniest foray into the inner depths of the P.A.
system will uncover the fact that while the phones in the store have
grey buttons on them for use with the paging system, all those
buttons really do is transfer one to the paging extension. This is
the same in most other department stores, including at least the K-
mart and Fred Meyers chains. In cases of ambiguity, the simplest
route to obtaining the extension number for the system is to call the
phone number listed in the phone book for your Wal-mart, ask the
receptionist to be transferred to a specific department, and ask
questions. (Originally, I called the Electronics department and
claimed to be an employee in the Automotive section, complaining that
my paging button was broken. Tim, Electronics department guru,
politely informed me that all Wal-mart paging systems can be reached
through extension #96.)
To put this in the simplest terms possible:
1) Call a Wal-mart store from any phone.
2) Ask to be transferred to #96, or ask to be transferred to another
department, and then convince the employee there to transfer you
3) Speak. Everything you say into the phone will echo throughout the
bubble-wrapped innards of your friendly neighborhood Wal-mart.