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Old January 23, 2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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More Walmart policy changes?

I had some groceries to get a few days ago, along with needing to restock some 9mm ammo, so I went to Walmart. I have bought lots of ammo at 2 or 3 area Walmarts, and never had any issue. They always treated it like any other product; I could pay for it in sporting goods, or put it in a cart. Not any more. The counter guy said he had to take it up front and I could claim the ammo and pay for it when I got to the check-out. I asked what the deal was because this had never happened before. The guy said "I dunno. I only started 4 days ago."

I was, uh, perturbed, but I had to get a few things, so when I got to the checkout, I again asked what the deal was. I had a manager come over. She said she didn't know about a change in policy, but would check. When she came back she said that all stores should have been taking ammo to the front all along, and now the policy was actually being followed. I told her they could keep their ammo.

I call horse hockey. Anyone else have this experience?
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Old January 23, 2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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I dont have this problem in IL, and everyone is more strict around here.

Put it in your cart, pay, leave.

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Old January 23, 2012, 10:00 PM   #3
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I find walsmart such a demoralizing negative experience I never go there. Solves that problem.
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Old January 23, 2012, 10:10 PM   #4
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It's been a couple months since I have bought any ammo at Wal-Mart, but that will be lame if I have to have them take it up front for me to buy it.
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Old January 23, 2012, 10:12 PM   #5
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I usually don't purchase my ammunition at Walmart, which is not to say I never do. I picked up ammunition in 2 different calibers this fall and had the same experience both times. I paid for it at the sporting goods counter and placed the tagged bag in my cart. I then completed my shopping and checked out. I can not remember having ammunition walked to the front of any Walmart ever. I have seen them do it with firearms, but never ammo. I think if they started doing that, I would call Walmart headquarters and ask for clarification.
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Old January 23, 2012, 10:52 PM   #6
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I have had that happen twice, both times over two years ago. It happens when you get a new employee who has temporary custody of the keys to the ammo case but who has NOT yet received training on ammo sales.

I don't think there;s any recent change in policy.
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Old January 23, 2012, 11:06 PM   #7
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I just sent a request for company policy to Walmart HQ. We'll see what they say.
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Old January 24, 2012, 02:40 AM   #8
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I dunno. I only started 4 days ago.
She just watched some idiotic out of date training video filled with terrible 80s music.
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Old January 24, 2012, 02:49 AM   #9
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At my local Wal-Mart I always pay for ammo at the Sporting Goods counter and the clerk puts it in a bag and staples the receipt to it. I then shop at my leisure, which usually involves leisurely getting the heck out of there.
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Old January 24, 2012, 04:16 AM   #10
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I find walsmart such a demoralizing negative experience I never go there. Solves that problem.
You showed them.

Sounds like a lot of waste of time for you and them.
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Old January 24, 2012, 06:15 AM   #11
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I always make the sporting goods counter my last stop. I pay for ammo and everything else there. I avoid any back-up there might be at the regular registers.
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Old January 24, 2012, 06:26 AM   #12
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I always make the sporting goods counter my last stop. I pay for ammo and everything else there. I avoid any back-up there might be at the regular registers.
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Old January 24, 2012, 06:43 AM   #13
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Their lawyers are terrified that someone will buy ammunition, then pull out a weapon
-- load it -- and either kill themselves or others in the store.

That today's society will blame the store (and victims sue it) is the problem

That the managers can't figure out that someone who would do such a thing would most
likely just enter the store loaded already is lost on them.

That the managers can't figure out that the perp could/would simply load the gun at
the cash register upon buying the ammunition (then shoot up the place) is also lost on them.

(But then the lawyers probably tell them it's no longer WalMart's ammunition.)

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Old January 24, 2012, 06:58 AM   #14
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I pay in the sporting goods section right after the guy hands me the ammo.

Never had to be esorted up front.

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Old January 24, 2012, 07:42 AM   #15
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I just bought some ammo at Walmart last week and had no problem.

"Would you like to pay for that here or do you have more shopping to do?"

"Come to think of it, I do have more shopping to do."

"OK, here you go."

"Thanks."

I am convinced that some managers will say anything to get the conversation over with. I would not be surprised if they handle it differently on your next visit. If there is one.
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Old January 24, 2012, 07:46 AM   #16
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At my local Wal-Mart I always pay for ammo at the Sporting Goods counter and the clerk puts it in a bag and staples the receipt to it. I then shop at my leisure, which usually involves leisurely getting the heck out of there.
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Old January 24, 2012, 07:48 AM   #17
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The walmart I work in requires you to pay for ammo at sporting goods but no escort to the front of the store though...

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Old January 24, 2012, 07:54 AM   #18
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A few years ago I went to the walmart in Fairfax for some 9mm as it was across from the NRA range. The guy working the counter was...foreign, to be polite.

I got three value packs and his eyes got wide.

"what you need with so much bullets?"

I told him about the range across the street. He then promptly escorted me to the front registers and watched me like a hawk as I was checked out. Eyes were on me as I exited the building too.

If I wasn't in such a hurry to get on the line, a chat with the manager would have been in order.
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Old January 24, 2012, 08:02 AM   #19
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The couple of Walmarts around here wont let you leave the sporting goods counter without paying.

I usually go there, or one of the other out of the way counters to check out anyway, as you almost always get out quicker, so its not really a big deal.

I know a lot of people complain about Walmart, but they really are hard to beat on most things price wise, and that includes some ammo. I was buying Winchester white box 9mm value packs by the box, for case lot prices without shipping.
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Old January 24, 2012, 08:03 AM   #20
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I've bought at a Wal-Mart in Missouri a couple times, recently. As usual, paid at the sporting goods counter. No issue.
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Old January 24, 2012, 08:07 AM   #21
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The last time I bought ammo there, it depended on weather the ammo was behind the counter or in a display on the shelves. The shelved stuff, usually shotgun shells, could be payed for up front, but they had a time limit. I tried to stock up once sometime after midnight, and they said they couldn't sell ammo that late.

As far as store policy, company policy, or the law, I can see where a new employee could be confused on those specifics.
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Old January 24, 2012, 08:22 AM   #22
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The couple of Walmarts around here wont let you leave the sporting goods counter without paying.
That's my experience here in VT too. About all I buy there is the occasional box of ammo and blue jeans.

Last time I was there the ammo case was picked clean, not much in stock to choose from.
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Old January 24, 2012, 08:22 AM   #23
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Its their ammo, their rules, their employee man hours wasted - it's Walmart, what do you expect? I'm indifferent to this, but I buy most of my ammo online anyway.
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Old January 24, 2012, 09:33 AM   #24
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The local Walmart here requires you to pay for the ammo at the sports counter. No big deal for me.

I do not buy ammo very often, but when I do, they put it in a bag for me. I then go to the cosmetic department and shop around. (Cosmetics has the highest level of theft when compared to all other departments.) I will pick things up and put them down, turn my back to the cameras, etc... Usually after doing this a couple of times with different products, a sales assoc. will show up and ask if I need help. "Nope, I am just doing my Christmas shoplifting, thank you." I discreetly get followed around until I leave store.

Security use to wait for me at the front door, but I have pulled this too often and now I just get a "Hey Mr. Buck, messing with people today?" I have tried complaining to the General Manager (He lives next door to me) about the policy and he just laughs and tells me to quit messing with his store security. (True Story)

I, and many others, have the option of buying from Walmart or not. Just because I have that option does not mean I have to buy there. Just because they have the lowest prices does not mean you get treated like your at McDonalds, you do not get to "have it your way" all the time.

I was told there is actually a study that shows for every customer Walmart makes mad and quits shopping at Walmart, there are something like fourteen customers who come in and buy the same thing with-out a problem. So by leaving the ammo on the shelf, you have made some othe people very happy.
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Old January 24, 2012, 10:15 AM   #25
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Buying ammo is easier than buying tobacco at Walmart. You have to go through one specific check stand to buy tobacco and it is the 20 items or less stand.
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