I'm never going to Wal Mart again.


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The Unknown User
May 12, 2007, 09:15 PM
So, today, I decided to go to Wal Mart. I intended to get a knife sharpener for a knife I have, and while I was there I figured I would at least look at the other knives they have there.

I ended up leaving with a Smith's knife sharpening kit (never heard of the company), as well as a 3" Kershaw Vapor and a Gerber Paraframe I.

I purchased the items at the register in the sporting goods section, and then proceeded to leave. As I'm getting closer and closer to the door I notice the person who greets customers as they enter is fixed on the bag I'm carrying the sharpening kit and two knives in. He never took his eyes off of the bag, as his facial expression quickly turned into a noticeable frown as I passed him. The moment I passed through the doorway, he yelled out, "Hey!"

I turned, and said "What?" At this point I'm remembering the story I read the other day on here about someone being stopped and lectured because they had purchased ammunition. The guy grabs the bag and receipt out of my hand, and proceeds to run off to the counter at the customer service desk. When I asked him what I did, he replied "Nothing," with a snort.

At this point I'm asking myself what the f*** is going on. He brings the stuff back, and I asked again, "What's going on?" He told me the alarm had gone off and that he had to record that the alarm had gone off, but that it wasn't a problem as I had purchased the items already.

I apologized for not seeing the alarm, as I knew no audible alarm had sounded. He sort of rolled his eyes and told me curtly, "Well, it's not something you see, it's something you hear." By now I know something didn't add up, but I just assumed I wasn't paying attention and hadn't heard the alarm.

I give people too much benefit of the doubt.

To make a long story a little shorter (yes, there's more), I ended up returning both knives about an hour or two later. The Gerber felt like a piece of plastic in my hand (it isn't, but I hated the feel of it), and the Kershaw, as nice as it felt, couldn't be operated with only one hand, which is what I expect a knife with a thumb knob on the blade to do.

As I walked back into the store, I set off the alarm. Yes, it's audible, and it's also quite loud and obnoxious.

So, to recap, an employee stared me down, ignoring other customers both leaving and entering the store, waited until I'd walked past the doorway, then proceeded to call me back by pretending the alarm had gone off just to give me a hard time. I have a feeling he singled me out because I had knives in the bag. And trust me, the alarm startled me as I entered the store again to return both knives. That thing could bring you out of a coma.

Is anyone else having such bad experiences at Wal Mart?

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AlaskaErik
May 12, 2007, 09:26 PM
I shop at Wal-Mart, but I wouldn't let the actions of one idiot make me boycott the place. Just like I'm not going to stop voting Republican because Giuliani is a gun-grabbing liberal.

The Unknown User
May 12, 2007, 09:29 PM
Well, I'm not the type to let one bad experience result in a boycott, but for a long time I've had negative experiences there, whether it be an employee being less than helpful, or employees just being flat out stupid, or hearing of others' negative experiences. I've just had enough of it, I guess.

TCB in TN
May 12, 2007, 09:35 PM
Like many other things, not all Walmarts are created equal. Ours is quite gun/knife friendlym and were I to be treated shabbily i would ask for the manager (who I know well, along with the assistant mngrs). Remember, the squeeky wheel........ be the wheel!

Nomad, 2nd
May 12, 2007, 09:39 PM
I'm WAITING FOR THE DAY they pull that with me. You've bought it... it's yours... don't stop... tell them they can't see your stuff... and HOPE they TOUCH you.

You'll never worry about an ammo budget again!

The Unknown User
May 12, 2007, 09:42 PM
Wait, had he physically laid hands on me could I have sued? I could understand them being able to stop you if an alarm went off, but no alarm went off.

pax
May 12, 2007, 09:49 PM
Closing this one, because it really isn't firearms related.

Sorry.

pax

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