I already told you how I pushed Moon Pies as my item one year and sold $6 million worth. But theMoon Pie contest started back in 1985, when John Love, an assistant manager at the time in Oneonta,Alabama, accidentally ordered four or five times more Moon Pies than he intended to and found himselfup to his eyeballs in them. Desperate, John came up with the idea of a Moon Pie Eating Contest as a wayto move the Moon Pies out before they went bad on him. Who would have thought something like thatwould catch on Now it's an annual event, held every fallon the second Saturday in Octoberin theparking lot of our Oneonta store. It draws spectators from several states and has been written up innewspapers and covered by television literally all over the world. As of this writing, by the way, theworld record for Moon Pie eating is sixteen double deckers in ten minutes. It was set in 1990 by a guynamed Mort Hurst, who bills himself as "the Godzilla of Gluttony."Corny How could you get any cornier than that But when folks get together and do this sort of sillystuff it's really impossible to measure just how good it is for their morale. To know that you're supposedto have a good time, that there's no place for stuffed shirts, or at least that they always get theircomeuppance, is a very uplifting thing for all of us. 黄色视频网站_亚洲 中文 自拍 另类 Sometimes we would have five hundred trailers full of merchandise sitting around one of thosewarehouses. And it took time to deal with all that. We couldn't get it out. Then the next day we'd getsixty boxcar loads. We'd have to unload the doggoned boxcars, and here the merchandise they wantedin the stores would be sitting there sometimes a week or a week and a half."It was a big problem, and one that worried me a lot, which is probably why as we moved along in theseventies, I just kept after folks like David Glass, who was still in the discount drug business up inMissouri, and Don Soderquist, who was running Ben Franklin, to come to work for us. I knew they wereboth big talents, and I knew we were going to need all the help we could get in all areasbut especially inthe ones I wasn't all that great at, such as distribution and systems. Like I said before, Ron Mayer hadworked hard on that distribution system, introducing all the concepts like merchandise assembly,cross-docking, and transshipment. But I don't think our distribution system ever really got undercomplete control until David Glass finally relented and came on board in 1976. More than anybody else,he's responsible for building the sophisticated and efficient system we use today. That was the year I lost a bet to David Glass and had to pay up by wearing a grass skirt and doing thehula on Wall Street. I thought I would slip down there and dance, and David would videotape it so hecould prove to everyone back at the Saturday morning meeting that I really did it, but when we got there,it turned out David had hired a truckload of real hula dancers and ukulele playersand he had alerted thenewspapers and TV networks. We had all kinds of trouble with the police about permits, and thedancers' union wouldn't let them dance without heaters because it was so cold, and we finally had to getpermission from the head of Merrill Lynch to dance on his steps. Eventually, though, I slipped on thegrass skirt and the Hawaiian shirt and the leis over my suit and did what I think was a pretty fair hula. Itwas too good a picture to pass up, I guessthis crazy chairman of the board from Arkansas in this sillycostumeand it ran everywhere. It was one of the few times one of our company stunts reallyembarrassed me. But at Wal-Mart, when you make a bet like I didthat we couldn't possibly produce apretax profit of more than 8 percentyou always pay up. Doing the hula was nothing compared towrestling a bear, which is what Bob Schneider, once a warehouse manager in Palestine, Texas, had to doafter he lost a bet with his crew that they couldn't beat a production record.