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Arizona man banned from Walmart for life for attempting to price-match
TheIndyChannel.com ^ | 12/10/2013 | Stephanie Hockridge

Posted on 12/10/2013 9:53:42 AM PST by Abathar

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. - An Arizona man says he has found out the hard way just how to get banned from Walmart for life.

Joe Cantrell loves to ad match.

He goes through circulars to find the biggest discounts, and then goes to Walmart.

According to the company's website, they match the lowest advertised price on identical products, but when Joe tried doing that last week, the unthinkable happened.

What started as a trip to a San Tan Valley, Ariz., Walmart to get ornaments for his family's Christmas tree, turned into the biggest nightmare of Joe's life.

"I was handcuffed, humiliated and embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart," Joe remembers.

And, there's a chance, Joe just may be the most loyal Walmart shopper you've ever met.

Joe told us he visits the mega-retailer at least twice a day -- once in the morning with his grandmother, and then again in the evening.

"I just love Walmart and that's why I go," he laughs.

(video at link)

(Excerpt) Read more at theindychannel.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: banned; pricematching; queencreek; walmart
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Walmart allows EBT cards to go through without verification, let their stores be practically looted but they ban this guy for life for price matching?

I bet there's a few attorneys who would love to go to bat against them for this guy.

1 posted on 12/10/2013 9:53:42 AM PST by Abathar
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To: Abathar

There is more here than told in the link. I am inclined to wait before deciding who is the problem here.


2 posted on 12/10/2013 9:56:42 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Abathar

Back when I was in retail we would competitive shop the competition. But the word was out, keep away from WalMart, cause if they caught you doing it they’d have you arrested for trespassing.


3 posted on 12/10/2013 9:57:05 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Abathar

Walamart acting like a Casino giving a card counter the bums rush.


4 posted on 12/10/2013 9:57:09 AM PST by AU72
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To: Abathar

He was costing the store money, but not generating customers. The EBT give away led to every EBT person in the area going to Wally world in hope of a repeat.

The former is a loss, the latter is marketing.


5 posted on 12/10/2013 9:58:09 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Abathar

uhm,...

professional wrestler

complained to management

four days later, three deputies handcuffed him

I think there’s some information missing between those lines above....


6 posted on 12/10/2013 9:58:27 AM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: Abathar

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/photos/

Just sayin’


7 posted on 12/10/2013 9:59:13 AM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Gaffer
"There is more here than told in the link. I am inclined to wait before deciding who is the problem here."

Always is, but still, you have to admit that if he wasn't arrested then it couldn't have been worth the bad publicity Walmart will get over this.

8 posted on 12/10/2013 10:00:45 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

Room for legal action here, since their ads almost encourage price-matching.


9 posted on 12/10/2013 10:00:52 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Abathar

It doesn’t sound like he was just buying ornaments. Going twice a day, every day, for “ad matching”? People just don’t need that much stuff. I wonder if he was passing the info on to others somehow, such as walking around the store and telling people to go to the checkout and ask for the lower, ad-matched price. Which would be disruptive, and potentially problematic for WalMart.


10 posted on 12/10/2013 10:01:00 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Yeah, I worked for Walmart for a spell back in the 1990s, and every so often the assistant managers would go out in packs, armed with scanners, and capture the product prices from their competitors so that the store could undercut them. It was very much a cat-and-mouse type game, and when they got caught, they usually got banned from whatever store they were targeting at the time.

My guess that there is more to the story here, but once word gets out, Bentonville will quickly rescind the ban and make fast amends to the guy. One thing that Walmart headquarters hates is bad publicity.

11 posted on 12/10/2013 10:01:55 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Gaffer
I am inclined to wait before deciding who is the problem here.

Agreed. There's always the "extended version" of the story.
12 posted on 12/10/2013 10:03:32 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Abathar
RE :”He goes through circulars to find the biggest discounts, and then goes to Walmart.
According to the company's website, they match the lowest advertised price on identical products, but when Joe tried doing that last week, the unthinkable happened.
.......
So, four months ago, he started ad matching. But last week when a Walmart employee told him it wasn't allowed, Joe complained to management.
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“When I left, he turned around and called the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and said he felt intimidated and threatened. I was upset, but never once did I say anything to the gentleman,” Joe says of the incident”

Looks like he was banned for claimed intimidation not price matching and that probably had something to do with the way he looks.

What exactly was he doing that they originally objected to?

Bringing in fliers from other stores with prices on them?

When I go to walmarts its the opposite problem, difficult to find help.

13 posted on 12/10/2013 10:04:43 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Abathar

I call BS on this man’s version.
Go to any WalMart and you see people the ads from other stores, getting the discount.
I have been and didn’t think to do this, when the clerk says “that milk is on sale at Safeway, WM will sell it for their price reduction”
This story is just bogus.


14 posted on 12/10/2013 10:07:17 AM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Abathar
"Sorry I get a little emotional about this, because I'm disabled," he says.
Not able to work, but can somehow make it the store - twice every feckin' day - with granny no less.
He's everything that's wrong with America.
15 posted on 12/10/2013 10:07:18 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Abathar

Isn’t price-matching the same as shopping? You go to different shops in search of the best price or ask for a better price based on what price other retailers in the market are selling the product. Otherwise it would just be called buying instead of shopping.


16 posted on 12/10/2013 10:08:30 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Abathar

Sounds like he was asked to leave and not come back and then he came back.


17 posted on 12/10/2013 10:08:55 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Buckeye McFrog

What?
WM will always give you the reduced flyer price from a different store, you see it all the time and they advertise that policy.


18 posted on 12/10/2013 10:08:58 AM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Abathar

"I just love Wal-Mart.."

19 posted on 12/10/2013 10:09:28 AM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: Gamecock
Separated at birth?


20 posted on 12/10/2013 10:11:55 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: sickoflibs

It’s a joke around here trying to find an employee at our local Walmart also.

They brag in their ads about price matching as well. If it comes out the guy was a PITA and the manager took it upon himself to rid the store of this guy and used it as an excuse to do it he will be fired ASAP.

Corporate only sees sales, anything that could remotely hurt their reputation like this is majorly verboten.


21 posted on 12/10/2013 10:12:13 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Kirkwood
Isn’t price-matching the same as shopping?

Exactly. The big box retailers are doing everything they can to stay in business. Everyone price matches these days without complaint.

There's something else going on here.

22 posted on 12/10/2013 10:12:16 AM PST by Drew68
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To: left that other site

Why not post more leftist propaganda works and sites if you want to promote their efforts?


23 posted on 12/10/2013 10:14:02 AM PST by ansel12 ( Ben Bradley-(JFK) told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: NEMDF

How is this any different than these extreme couponers? If an establishment advertises a policy but doesn’t honor that, there are laws on the books that can be enforced against them. “Bait and switch” comes to mind.


24 posted on 12/10/2013 10:14:28 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

“Forklift to the snack and soda aisle, forklift to the snack and soda aisle, scooter capsized.”


25 posted on 12/10/2013 10:14:50 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Abathar
"He still faces charges of intimidation and disorderly conduct and he remains banned from Walmart for life."

Disabled Man arrested hancuffed Walmart ad watching


26 posted on 12/10/2013 10:15:58 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: oh8eleven

No argument here on that part of the story. If he can walk around Walmart twice a day and loves it so much he can stock their damn shelves and earn a paycheck while he does it.


27 posted on 12/10/2013 10:16:11 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

Be careful of the knee-jerk reactions, people. The Left loves to denigrate Walmart and there CLEARLY is missing information here.


28 posted on 12/10/2013 10:20:12 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it. Period.)
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To: Gaffer
There is more here than told in the link. I am inclined to wait before deciding who is the problem here.

EXACTLY. If Joe got handcuffed, I'm thinking Joe was doing a little over-aggressive "price-matching."

29 posted on 12/10/2013 10:20:38 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Abathar

Manufacturers of big-ticket items used to put out identical merch with different serial numbers for different retailers.

This way they could claim it was not a comparable item.


30 posted on 12/10/2013 10:22:13 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Abathar

The dude should get a real life!


31 posted on 12/10/2013 10:23:10 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: NEMDF

Costco spy....


32 posted on 12/10/2013 10:23:23 AM PST by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: Mr. K

I agree completely, there is always more to the story than the initial one side of it. However my wife is a manager of a Walmart competitor and a lot of store managers do start acting like little kings of their fiefdom. This guy was probably a pain in the butt twice a day and they used any excuse to ban him they could.

Going to be interesting to see how this one turns out, I will bet money now it’s gone public that corporate will backpedal faster than hell on his banning and issue a public apology.


33 posted on 12/10/2013 10:29:41 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: left that other site
embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart,

Considering many of the people who shop at Walmart, that is really tough to do.

34 posted on 12/10/2013 10:30:22 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: ansel12

I have no idea what you are talking about.

The link was to a stupid site of strange walmart shoppers. If it was a leftist propaganda site, I was not aware of that.

Obviously, you do not know me, or you would not have made such an unfounded accusation. If you don’t like my post, have the mods remove it.

But don’t falsely accuse your fellow FReepers of wanting to promote left wing causes. My posting history here on FR will attest to that.

If I offended you personally, I am sorry. Deal with me personally though FReepmail.


35 posted on 12/10/2013 10:32:14 AM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

Funniest site on the net!


36 posted on 12/10/2013 10:32:28 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: P.O.E.

I can believe that.


37 posted on 12/10/2013 10:32:41 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

38 posted on 12/10/2013 10:34:03 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: bigbob

Thank You.

I was accused of “Promoting left wing causes” for posting that link.

I appreciate your kind affirmation of a fellow FReeper just trying to inject a note of levity into the thread. (sigh)


39 posted on 12/10/2013 10:34:22 AM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Abathar

Some how I’m thinking there’s a whole bunch of story he’s leaving out. Little chunks like this: “Joe wasn’t arrested, but he says he’s facing charges of threatening, intimidation and disorderly conduct.” indicate there’s a lot of story missing.


40 posted on 12/10/2013 10:34:58 AM PST by discostu (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: Michael.SF.

LOL!

:-)


41 posted on 12/10/2013 10:35:06 AM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Abathar
RE :”They brag in their ads about price matching as well. If it comes out the guy was a PITA and the manager took it upon himself to rid the store of this guy and used it as an excuse to do it he will be fired ASAP.
Corporate only sees sales, anything that could remotely hurt their reputation like this is majorly verboten.”

I cant imagine it here either. Never had a walmarts employee bother me over anything, except when they are too slow

It be nice to be sure of the real story.
I cant take his story at face value.

42 posted on 12/10/2013 10:43:50 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Abathar

He should have told them he was gay and would sue for discrimination, they would have dusted him off and given him a gift card instead of having him arrested.


43 posted on 12/10/2013 10:44:11 AM PST by happilymarriedmom
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To: Drew68

this must mean price matching is price gouging.

not approving a loan is redlining.

approving a loan is predatory lending.

and everything is racist.


44 posted on 12/10/2013 10:47:36 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Abathar
he can stock their damn shelves and earn a paycheck while he does it.
From the picture, it looks like he's too busy feeding his face.
45 posted on 12/10/2013 10:49:11 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: happilymarriedmom

I wondered myself if he was black they would have treated him the same, or a flaming gay.

My money is on a full public apology from corporate now that it’s gotten on the news like this.


46 posted on 12/10/2013 10:50:46 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: oh8eleven

He’s probably use to putting away 10k in calories when he was working out for all those years and only dropped it to 5k now that he is “disabled”.

Needs to go to 2k I think or hit the gym.


47 posted on 12/10/2013 10:54:08 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Gaffer

I agree. There’s more to this story than is being told.


48 posted on 12/10/2013 10:57:25 AM PST by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: Abathar

This story ain’t right.


49 posted on 12/10/2013 11:03:04 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Gaffer
I agree.

...but he says he's facing charges of threatening, intimidation and disorderly conduct

Sounds more than simply going up to a clerk and asking for the same price. Something smells fishy. Anything to bash Wal-Mart.

50 posted on 12/10/2013 11:06:47 AM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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