Skip to comments.Arizona man banned from Walmart for life for attempting to price-match
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 ...
I bet there's a few attorneys who would love to go to bat against them for this guy.
There is more here than told in the link. I am inclined to wait before deciding who is the problem here.
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.
Walamart acting like a Casino giving a card counter the bums rush.
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.
complained to management
four days later, three deputies handcuffed him
I think there’s some information missing between those lines above....
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.
Room for legal action here, since their ads almost encourage price-matching.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sounds like he was asked to leave and not come back and then he came back.
WM will always give you the reduced flyer price from a different store, you see it all the time and they advertise that policy.
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.
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.
Why not post more leftist propaganda works and sites if you want to promote their efforts?
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.
“Forklift to the snack and soda aisle, forklift to the snack and soda aisle, scooter capsized.”
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.
Be careful of the knee-jerk reactions, people. The Left loves to denigrate Walmart and there CLEARLY is missing information here.
EXACTLY. If Joe got handcuffed, I'm thinking Joe was doing a little over-aggressive "price-matching."
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.
The dude should get a real life!
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.
Considering many of the people who shop at Walmart, that is really tough to do.
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.
Funniest site on the net!
I can believe that.
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)
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.
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.
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.
this must mean price matching is price gouging.
not approving a loan is redlining.
approving a loan is predatory lending.
and everything is racist.
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.
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.
I agree. There’s more to this story than is being told.
This story ain’t right.
...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.
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