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Wal-Mart: buyer screening

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by xiphur, Aug 16, 2006.

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  1. xiphur

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    Yestarday, I went to wally world to but some cheap range ammo. I get to the counter, wait a while before the sales clerk arrives and i tell her what i want. She asks for my ID as ususal and then asks me what if i was going to shoot it out of a hand gun. I'm confused for second and ask what else would i be using it for? She tells me to answer the question and I ask "since when did they start doing this?" She told me that she had been doing it for a while. I had bought ammo from there before and nobody asked me that. I answered yes and she proceeded to put my license number into the register. She asked me something alse but i don't really remember what it was. I ask what if i had said no and promtly responds saying that i would not have been able to buy any ammo. I ask, "well what if i were going to be shooting out of a carbine?" She never gave me a direct answer but she was really cool and explained to me why they do that. She told me that some people come in there and don't know what they need for their gun, or bring in a handful of brass and say "i need this type of ammo".

    There is a range just down the street thus walmart stocks a lot of ammo. The clerk said that she used to get phone calls from them because people would get the wrong ammo for their guns. She said the guys at the range urged her to go shooting some time. Naturally, i suggested that she should too. The clerk told me about a time where she clearly knew that a customer needed 9mm but they insisted on getting .45 auto. She sold it to the customer and told them that they could not bring it back. Lo and behold the customer was back and need 9mm.

    The lady was pretty cool about things and actually knew a little bit about what she was selling me. Although there are obvious holes in this practice and anyone can lie and say yes, I can understand why they do what they do seeing that Cincinnati is the way it is. Only thing is, this walmart was in a upsacle part of town and the other walmart where i purchase ammo (which does not practice the latter) is in more of an urban setting. To me that clearly shows who cares about who. But anyway has this ever happened to anyone else?
     
  2. ArmedBear

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    Yeah, they asked me that, too.

    I was buying .30-06, .223, and 12 Gauge birdshot.:rolleyes:
     
  3. LiquidTension

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    This topic comes up pretty regularly. Do a search and you'll find dozens of pages of discussion about it :)
     
  4. tegemu

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    I buy ammo variously at 3 different Walmarts and none of them has ever asked me for any sort of ID.
     
  5. Mikee Loxxer

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    Last time I bought ammo at Wally World I was hoping they would ask me that same question, they did not. I was prepared to tell them the 45 Auto I was buying was for a machine gun.
     
  6. Rich K

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    I just bought 300 rounds of Winchester white box 45 acp, and they didn't even ask for any ID. I have to shop there more often.:D
     
  7. cmidkiff

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    I buy ammo at wally-world all the time. It's simply the least expensive route to go for many types of ammo.

    I don't get ID'd, but then again I'm _obviously_ well beyond any minimum age requirement for purchase.

    I have been asked the 'handgun use' question a few times, but only on calibers that are commonly used in both handguns and carbines.

    In many places, my state included, you must be 21 to purchase handgun amunition, but you can purchase long-gun ammo at 18. The computer is prompting them... an experienced employee will look at you and decide for themselves that you are over the minimum age, and bypass the questions.
     
  8. Chipperman

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    What he said.

    Last time I bought 9mm they asked, "Is this for a handgun or rifle?"
    I said, "Neither, it's for a machine gun." Her look was priceless. The best part is that I was serious. :evil:
     
  9. mordechaianiliewicz

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    I go to a Wal-Mart in thew 'burbs to get my 9mm, and after they first saw my ID, they never asked again, and they never put my name into anything.

    I refuse to frequent places that won't allow me to keep my anonymity (b/c I rarely buy anything without cash)
     
  10. SIOP

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    Last time I told them that the guy stopped dead in his tracks and told me he didn't have to sell me any ammo. This was after he told me I could only buy 500 rounds at a time. I had to get management to intervene.
     
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    wow, i guess i need a walmart clerk to tell me what kind of ammo my guns take:banghead: or better yet mr. gangbanger. i can see it now. (word i need some foyta fi fo my high point). is that to be shot out of a pistol? (hells yeah!) may i suggest these 9mm +p+ hollow points sir. next i line is me. (yes i would like a box of wwb in 9mm luger please.) is that for a pistol sir?, (no actually its for my car 15 9mm conversion im going to shoot at the range down the block. i just got it and had to wait 4 dayuntil after the back ground check before i could take it home.) sir we dont serve your kind here will you please leave!
     
  12. Plumber576

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    They did that to me one time I was tired, and I straight up told them, "None of your business." They sold me the ammo and I left. BTW I was buying .45, 9mm, and 12 gauge.
     
  13. dschwartz69

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    Just bought400 rounds of WWB in 9mm a couple weeks ago and no questions, no ID requested, no logged license numbers, etc.

    Even if you HAD to answer a question, etc. how can you beat $11.95 for 100 rounds!!

    Granted, I would rather have a different round to stake my life on, but it fires every time (several hundred rounds so far), no misfeeds and its pretty clean firing (in my Beretta 92FS).
     
  14. MrTwigg

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    Just say NO.

    I've never seen a need to browbeat some minimum wage clerk. Wal-mart workers have things tough as it is. Say no, pay up & move on.
     
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    I bought some WWB 9 and .45 a couple weeks ago and the lady asked if it was for a pistol. Of course, it was but I get tired of their stupid questions and told her it wasn't. She didn't care let alone even know I think the register just told her to ask. So now I just tell them "no" and they leave it at that. And they don't take your DL number.. I think they just punch in your DOB... they better NOT be writing my DL number in there!:fire:
     
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    One time while visiting my friendly neighborhood Walmart, I went to make a purchase on all they had in .223 an .357. I love buying out the store. :evil: The pimply clerk asked if I was going to use the .357 ammo for a pistol or rifle. I told him it was for a pistol. So by store policy (perhaps even state law) he had to ask me for my permit. This next event really happened. As I was handing it to him I said, "I was just kidding. It's for my lever action Marlin." so he says, "Well in that case I don't need to see it."
     
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    Only time they asked me, I was buying .22LR. She asked "rifle or handgun?" I said "both". Never asked for ID, but then nobody will ever mistake me for being anywhere near 21 again :uhoh: .

    --wally.
     
  18. NevJohn

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    Not all WW's are the same it seems. Last week I was at a WW not far from me, waiting for the clerk to finish with another elderly fellow, in a WHEELCHAIR, who was buying some .22LR, and he had to produce his ID and state what it was for. Well, after seeing and hearing that, plus I didnt see the WWB ValueBox in .40SW, I left and went to my usual WW and bought what I needed, no questions asked. I begin to wonder sometimes about what and who WW hires. More than likely it is their managers tring to CYA!
     
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    sigh, California...

    "Not all WW's are the same it seems"

    true enough, my local WW no longer sells ammo....:fire:
     
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    Wal-Mart's (S.F.) Bay District dropped all ammo sales a few months ago. Life in the Bay Area--so multicultural. As long as you are not into gun culture.
     
  21. Hawkmoon

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    The reason she gave (or that you deduced) isn't correct.

    Wal-Mart's legal department has figured out that they can legally sell rifle ammo to 18-year olds, but they can only sell handgun ammo to people 21 or older. The cash registers in the sports department are programmed to prompt the clerk to ask if the ammo is for a handgun or a rifle, and if the answer is handgun they are supposed to ask if you are over 21.

    In my case, there's no question, so they've learned to punch it in on their own
    without asking ... usually. But I still get asked if there's a newbie or a substitute behind the counter.

    It actually has nothing to do with the range down the street. It's corporate policy.

    Dunno about the ID, though. I've bought ammo at three different Wal-Marts in my area and I have never been asked to show an ID.
     
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    The information the clerk was putting into the computer was actually your birthdate. Wal-Mart doesn't trust their clerks math skills enough to let them make the call so they are supposed to enter the customers birthdate into the computer and then hit enter to say the person is over 21.
     
  23. mattw

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    spooney is right. i used to work at wal-mart. on ammo that can be used in a rifle or a handgun (mostly .22LR) they ask wether it is for a handgun or a rifle. if you answer rifle you can buy it if they think you're 18, if you say handgun you can buy if they think you are 21.
     
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    Today I bought 9mm, .223, and 6 bird shot today. They asked for ID to verify age and asked if the 9mm was for pistol. The checkout girl laughed with me at the ridiculousness of the 9mm question, and wished me happy hunting.
     
  25. gazpacho

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    The one time i was asked that question, I said," Neither. I plan to arrange them for a photo shoot. I have no intention of shooting this ammo." This was the actual truth.

    The look on the guy's face was priceless.
     
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