PRIZE DRAWING: Because Sam Walton’s Ghost Won’t Leave Me Alone Until I Give Away A Walmart Gift Card

This month, The Impulsive Buy will be giving away a $25 Walmart gift card.

Yup, I’m going to walk into a Walmart, flash a fake smile at the senior citizen-aged Walmart employee who greets me, walk defensively through the store to avoid unsupervised children and shoppers who should never be allowed to drive shopping carts, wait in a long 8 items or less express checkout line behind a couple of jackasses who each have a dozen items, purchase a $25 Walmart gift card, and flash another fake smile at the senior citizen-aged Walmart employee who thanks me for shopping at Walmart.

To enter The Impulsive Buy’s Walmart gift card drawing, leave a comment with THIS post. I don’t care what you say in your comment, but it would be nice if you shared your most memorable moment in a Walmart. Now when I say “memorable”, I mean crappiest. But, if you don’t have a crappy Walmart memory, your most awesome memory would suffice. Mine was getting hit by an impatient Walmart shopper driving a motorized shopping cart.

Please don’t forget to fill out the email field because I’ll be emailing the winner for his or her mailing address. The Impulsive Buy will stop accepting entries on Friday, December 30, 2011 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Only one comment allowed per person, and it’s only open to U.S. residents who are at least 18 years old.

For those of you who have a Twitter account, you can get an additional entry by tweeting the following by Friday, December 30, 2011 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time:

@theimpulsivebuy I wish Walmart would bring back the rollback prices smiley face because I want to make out with it.

So just copy, paste, and tweet. Only one tweet per Twitter account.

Good luck!

Fine Print: Walmart is not affiliated with this prize drawing. The Impulsive Buy promises your email address will not be used to send you emails about how Bill Gates is going to give you money if you forward the email to a dozen of your friends. Seriously, some people are really gullible. Go look up stuff of before you forward stupid emails like that. The Impulsive Buy also promises your mailing address will not be used to send you coconuts. Bribes will not be accepted. The Impulsive Buy will not be responsible for lost mail, damaged mail, or walking out of Walmart with more than you intended.

171 thoughts to “PRIZE DRAWING: Because Sam Walton’s Ghost Won’t Leave Me Alone Until I Give Away A Walmart Gift Card”

  1. My mother and I almost got into a fistfight with a man who was berating his teenage daughter in the parking lot. It was…awesome?

  2. I remember a group of teenage girls running through the store yelling “Bieber” at the top of their lungs a solid fifteen minutes for no discernible reason. I’d take getting hit by a geriatric electric-cart hooner over that any day.

  3. So funny. I like the packages of hair coloring with missing parts (on the shelf at our Walmart). I had to look though more than six boxes to find a complete one. Who steals parts of a hair coloring combo pack?

  4. Not the crappiest, but definitely the most WTF-inducing… I was in a Wal*Mart this past summer and saw a display of US flags near the garden department. The WTF part? The box they used was originally for tiki torches, so these US flags were advertised as the LONGEST BURNING OUT THERE.

  5. Easy for me, I was once hit on by a 50+ year old obviously meth-addicted woman…while I was in the store with my wife and 2 kids. She followed us for about 20 minutes before we finally had store security escort her out of the store.

  6. We have probably the dumbest and slowest cashier at my local Walmart…she takes at least 5 mins to check you out if you have 10 items…one day I had about 15 items and about 10 coupons, and she looked at me and asked, “where do you get all these?”…and she’s been a cashier there for at least 2 years

  7. While shopping at my local Walmart, I over heard a conversation a grandmother and her teenage grandson were having. They were talking about me! She was telling him how pretty I was and that he she ask me out. I ran before he had the chance.

  8. There’s this really nice guy who works at one of my local Wal-marts (yes, that’s right, there’s more than one…) and he happens to be albino so they always put him on the night shift because he can’t be out in the sun too long. Well, one night I was chatting with him as he was bringing in some carts when another shopper approached us to ask a question or something, I don’t know. She started to talk when she took one look at him, screamed bloody murder, and ran off back to her car! Then she DROVE OFF. We were both just utterly shocked that it had even happened. Then he started to laugh so hard that he almost fell over.

    That woman screaming and running off was probably one of the weirdest reactions I had ever seen in my entire life.

  9. So sometimes, when I shop at Walmart, I listen to my iPod as I roam the aisles. This inevitably leads to dancing.

    Doing that this past weekend, it inevitably was followed with a round of applause from a nearby family. I blushed sheepishly, but took a bow.

  10. Walmart is my go to stop for Whoops All Berries and Chocolate Frosted Flakes. With this gift card, I’ll likely be blowing it on those items, as well as whatever Star Wars action figure catches my eye.

  11. I once saw a women handcuffed being escorted out of the store for purse-snatching. Her two young kids were in tow. *sigh*

  12. rob says:
    December 19, 2011 at 3:15 AM
    Getting stuck behind crazy coupon lady at the cash register.

    Sorry rob, that was me – I really needed all that shampoo and canned tomatoes!

  13. Shopping at Wal-mart does seem to make me hate the human race more than any other store but they always have the newest pop-tarts so I cannot resist going in there.

  14. Last summer, in the grocery section, my mom and I were picking up a few dinner ingredents. Right by us, a young woman, covered in tattoos and dressed like a punk rocker, was shopping with a hyper 3-year old. The little girl kept reaching out her hands and grabbing produce. Finally, the mom had had enough and firmly yelled “Lucy, cut the $#!t!” Needless to say, my own mother and I were aghast.

  15. I have only ever been to a walmart once and the one thing I remember were the clothes in the girls section, neon green booty shorts. Needless to say I bought me a pair 😀

  16. Mine would have to be when I went to exchange a part for our BBQ. Knowing nothing about this part except my husband had bought a size to small, I told the Greeter I was taking it with me back to the garden section to be sure I got the correct part and larger size.He told me absolutely not that if I tried he’d call security on me.I told him go ahead since the part still belonged to me and I was holding the receipt in my hand.
    I found the part waiting for security to show up the whole time. When I went to customer service to exchange it, I told them the story and they along with everyone in line, several of whom were holding two items, the one they had mistakenly purchased and the new one they were exchanging it for, told me he was out of line and to file a complaint with the manager. Did that and even the manager was dumbstruck…he said the man is a greet, not a cop. Haven’t seen that “greeter” since.

  17. One time I made my friend puke in the toy aisle by punching him in the stomach with The Incredible Hulk Hands toy. Awesome.

  18. There’s something — in the lights? in the air? in the lingering odor of McGrease? — about just being *in* a WalMart that makes me feel like a caged and crack-crazed Mr. Peepers. No altercations or carts up the butt required. Maybe it’s just the distinct possibility of those things?

    Or maybe I just can’t handle all the savings.

  19. Shopping at Walmart on Black Friday a couple years ago. There was literally a stampede of people and it was mass chaos attempting to purchase a solitary digital camera!

  20. I always try to avoid walmart during the holiday season and for the rest of the seasons for that matter :X I always have the same problem when I go into walmart and that problem is the dreaded floor sweeper! There is this old man that has to be over 80 years old that sweeps the floors at snail speed and no matter where I go through out the store he is alwayss there to slow me down or to be in my way! My aunt has acquired the same problem to my surprise. However the last time i went to walmart I saw this lady get a bucket of chicken from the deli and while wainting in the express line she was beating one of her many kids with a wooden spoon meanwhile eating a deumstick with the ghetto kfc bucket in hand.

  21. I went with my sister and her two kids to Walmart many years ago and ended up being the people other people complain about. Her youngest wasn’t feeling well and upchucked in the cereal aisle. Her older kid, who squicks easily, promptly followed suit with a heave of her own. Good times.

  22. I can’t remember what I even went into Walmart for, but I had one or two items and every line was about ten cranky people long. So I picked my poison and when I got in line, the cashier told me I was the last person she would check out. She turned off her light and told me sternly that I had to tell everyone that got in line behind me that the line was closed. So for the next ten minutes I had to inform everyone that came by that the line was closed. Most people understood and walked off to find another line, but then a father and son came up and stood behind me. I turned around and gave them the same explanation, but they just looked at me blankly and held their ground. I shrugged and said “hey okay, maybe she’ll let you go through,” and turned back around. I wasn’t going to argue with anyone about this. Another person in line saw this and went batshit crazy, ratting me out to the cashier who then also joined in the fun of yelling at me for “not doing my job.”
    I wasn’t going to leave the store without the items that I had stood in line and put up with so much crap for, so I gave them all the stinkeye and let the other people in line start screaming at anyone that came near the line until I was able to pay and get the fuck out of there.

  23. Wow, I seriously have NO memorable moments that have happened at Walmart. A trip to Walmart is like an hour-long time-suck after which I end up with a car full of food and the feeling that I need to wash my hands.

  24. There was the time I had to buy an ill-fitting dress shirt from Wal-Mart for a wedding because I forgot one. Memorable

  25. This actually was a lovely experience at Walmart: in the city where I went to college, Walmart was open 24 hrs and sold liquor until 2 AM. After a party ended, we headed down to the Walmart to buy some beer. After said beer purchase, me and my 2 friends decided to hijack one of those motorized wheelchair/shopping carts and race it around the parking lot. One person hopped off and was getting ready to take a picture, and then a security truck rolled up. Thinking we were going to get reamed out by some freak on the night shift, we hopped off. The guy gets out of the van and says “You ladies want me to take your picture for you?” Awesome night.

  26. Living in the city, going to Walmart doesn’t happen. But when I go home to my parent’s house in the suburbs, it’s kinda nice to just sit down, have a sandwich at the attached Subway, and people watch – you’ll see some interesting things.

  27. I’m still hoping to see some of the “People of Walmart” in real life. I must go to a really boring store.

  28. My most memorable moment was I witnessed a woman get into a fight in the parking lot on black friday over a parking space about 8 years ago. Truly humanity at its finest.

  29. i live in bentonville.

    so i get to see the best of what a walmart store should look like- and yet the citizens of my town makes walmart look as sad and crazy as any metropolitan area.

    Just ask the kid a few months ago who took a snake inside, got it to bite him, then tried to sue walmart for it. thats what they call hilbilly retirement around here 🙂 he ended up in jail though, maybe next time!

  30. the walmart near me has someone by the exit doors that checks receipts to verify that you have paid for your items… but they often only seem to select folks of a certain profile.

  31. 1. seeing a woman in produce section with her home monitor anklet on…
    2. walking through the woman’s underwear aisle and seeing a pair of soiled undies next to a torn package of new undies…
    3. walking through the meat section and seeing an entire hog’s head available for purchase

  32. I decided I liked Wal-Mart, at least in part, when I found that the Wal-Mart in my parents’ very rural town sold diet grape soda that actually tastes good–something I can’t find in the “big city.” Plus, believe it or not, some very nice consumer electronics items that just can’t be found in any other brick-and-mortar store.

  33. There’s a guy who goes to my local Walmart dressed up like Hulk Hogan. Tights, bleached blond hair, and nasty mustache. I’ve seen him 3 or 4 times.

  34. Worst moments? Every time I go. I kid.
    Nothing standing out at the moment since I don’t regularly shop there. Some good memories when I was a kid hanging out in the parking lot though.

  35. I hate that one of the 3 Walmart in my area always smells like delicious baking bread the moment you walk in. I walk over in a trance and proceed to buy unnecessary amounts of bread and baked goods.

  36. I tend to go to walmart after midnight, to avoid the psychos and crowds. Due to this I once got chased around the store by a man on a floor-polisher. He made several loud whoops, like a cowboy about to lasso a steer, and grinned ear to ear as he did this.

    I finally darted into a small aisle and he just smiled at me as he went by, turned around, and went back to the front of the store to resume his cleaning duties. I never knew what to make of it.


  37. WIC and Wal-Mart don’t get along. I used to be on WIC and EVERY TIME I tried to buy cheese they had changed which items you were allowed to buy. Try telling me when I’m 9 months pregnant that I have to go all the way to the back of the store to get a different cheese (when the stupid flyer clearly said I could have the cheese I chose)…needless to say it was not pretty. I might have cursed, I definitely cried, I threw a hissy fit and in the end held up the line behind me and trucked my very pregnant self back to get the cheese I was “allowed” to have. Yes. I was “that lady”.

    Now I buy my own d@#n cheese and I get whatever kind I want.

    I hate Wal-Mart, but they are the only grocery store within 15 miles of where I live. :0(

  38. Okay it’s more of a funny moment: my cousin and I were shopping one night and we yelled out “aw skeet skeet” and somebody 3 or 4 aisles over yelled it back.

  39. I would write about the time I was able to get a 10+ person circle of Bop-It going in the middle of Wal-Mart, but I’d rather share something a touch more gruesome.

    I was walking out of the local Wal-Mart to my car, on a December day much like today. I had just purchased some socks, or the latest gospel funk album (holy is dem bass lines almighty!) or something equally Chrisly like that. As I walked through the parking lot, I glanced around… ya know, to make sure my path was clear of rabid alpacas and such.

    While peering around the parking lot, I saw it. A sight so terrifying, it makes sitting through an episode of Whitney look like nothing. I saw a trashy haggardly saggy woman bent down between vehicles, trow dropped, urinating for all the unfortunate occupants of the parking lot to see.

    I couldn’t sleep for nights. I found myself slowly self-alienating from all friends and family–who didn’t see the same Chris in me. After losing my job and barely getting by on ramen and nutella, I finally decided enough was enough. I sought out the help of Tom Wilkinson and Elijah Wood to make the memory go poof. Two restraining orders later, I realized I wasn’t going to get the star treatment Jim and Kate did… I would be stuck with this memory forever.

    It’s been rough to this day. The doctors said I have something called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I’m on 18 different medications for it. Luckily, my family and some of my friends were willing to take me back after I sat them down and explained the ordeal I had been through–the one way ticket to rock bottom that lady in the Wal-Mart parking lot had gifted me. Merry flipping Christmas indeed, lady. Or should I say woman… I heard it’s an insult to call a lady “woman” rather than “lady”.

  40. Wow I had one last week that shouldve been on teh people of Walmart website, Mullet on mother and matching one on baby. Trashy

  41. Two days after finally upgrading to a new Droid phone, it was stolen from me in the Walmart parking lot! Not cool!

  42. I used to work for Walmart (well… it was actually Sam’s Club)… but over the years, I heard and saw just about everything. People honestly never cease to amaze me.

    One time we had a extremely intoxicated individual who tried to come in right when we were locking the doors. He was determined to buy a jug of milk, even though we were technically closed. He started shouting, cursing, and was just being obnoxious. Eventually, someone actually escorted him outside and showed him the sign with our hours on it. He finally got the hint and left. It was entertaining!

  43. Once my boyfriend and I were driving to California when my shoes fell out of a hole in the bottom of his car, so we had to stop at Walmart to get another pair.

    Well, he left me at the Walmart! When I came outside from buying shoes, he was gone, leaving only my crappy camera behind where the car was. Being 7 months pregnant and in a state I wasn’t familiar with I decided my best course of action was to, obviously, live inside the Walmart. It was pretty fun actually, with a musical montage and everything!

    One night after Walmart had closed I was getting ready to fall asleep, but I felt strange. My body wanted to rid itself of the demon parasite growing within. So, right there in the middle of an empty Walmart I fell to the ground and started screaming. I assumed that’s all I’d need to do, so it’s a good thing some local creep busted through the glass doors to deliver my bastard baby.

    So that’s my crazy Walmart story!

  44. In my most recent Walmart adventure, I witnessed 5-6 grown women walking around with their faces painted which I found strange.

  45. Once I was with my dad buying a new telephone and a kid leans out of his shopping cart and pukes splashy pink vomit all over the place, closely missing us. His mom yelled.

  46. A few weeks ago, I saw a woman take a dump in a Wal-Mart near Rochester, NY. Right in the women’s clothing section.

    She wiped herself with some of the winter fashions she removed from the rack, and calmly replaced the now-shit-stained items (a blouse and a sweater) into their original places.

    The most horrifying thing about that gruesome scene was that the soiled items now looked better than their non-adulterated brethren.

  47. “Memorable” would be one way to describe the time I was working there and had to deal with a customer undressing her ten year old daughter in the middle of the clothing department to have her try on a bra.

  48. Being treated like a criminal when leaving by having your receipt checked (something NO other retail store I go to does).

    Watching 1 teenage girl & 3 teenage boys spend about 5 minutes in the condoms section deciding which to get for “later”.

    Walking by a pile of poop in the middle of the isle someone must have squeezed out before making it to the bathroom.

    I won’t even get into the million other reasons but this is why I almost exclusively shop at target. It’s absolutely amazing the difference in clientele for just a few cents price difference.

  49. I once saw a hooker walking through a Walmart, who might have been a dude. I didn’t look very closely, because I don’t need eyeball herpes.

  50. I’m so glad I never shopped there on Black Friday, just to avoid getting pepper sprayed.

    Onto the “memorable” story, my local Walmart had no idea what’s the right temperature for those frozen sweet treats. Who buys ice cream covered in ice? Not me. It would also be great if they’re selling book of trashy people at Wally World.

  51. I went into Walmart to hide from a guy that I dated, and was waiting for him to call back…, so my girlfriends and I were shopping around walmart, cause we love looking at randomly cheap stuff, and they’re making fun of me and the crush, and when i look up, he’s standing couple feet away with another girl. He was with another girl…embarrassed, i immediately turn around to bolt, when i see Leonardo di Caprio, and I completely forget about the other guy. life is good again.

  52. My comment on Wal-Mart could be considered “spammy” – I go there ONLY to purchase Turkey Spam (because I can’t find it anywhere else). When I made a bee-line for the Spam section, trying to avoid all controversy, on the shelf above was an open can of vienna sausages (little weinies soaked in juice) and there were weinies and slime all over the Turkey Spam. Needless to say, I ended up with naked scrambled eggs that morning!

  53. I don’t have a specific Walmart story, but I used to work in a Subway in a Walmart…whoa, good times:)

  54. I can only think of one weird story that involves walmart. When I was younger, we actually took a field trip to walmart. No joke, we actually TOOK A FIELD TRIP TO A WALMART. I don’t really remember what all we did, but I do remember we got lunchables at the end of the tour. Looking back on this, why didn’t they take us to a park or something? I mean seriously, A WALMART?

  55. I was in college and leaving walmart when I found a box in the parking lot. In the box were some brown work boots with some white powder funk on them. The shoes were not in good shape yet the clearly suicidal returns department girl gave me a gift card for $20 which I used to buy a video game.

  56. I worked at Walmart one summer. I was restocking shelves from a pallet and I lifted a box and there was a pissed off mouse nursing 4 babies (pissed because I disturbed her), but they didn’t run away. And I didn’t even work in a food department – it was a pallet of window blinds. Gross and WTF was going on in the stock room? Mouse lovin’ clearly.

    I don’t handle rodents well so I had to call someone over the PA in that calm, too cheerful tone we had to use. If I was closer to the beginning of school and I could leave the crappy job, I would have shrieked “MOUSE” and left, but I needed the job.

  57. My most memorable moment is seeing the youtube video of people going mob crazy over $2 waffle machines at Black Friday this year. Priceless consumerism insanity.

  58. I think the worst thing about WalMart is that the cashier actually knows me because I go with a basic time schedule.

    Also, Wal Mart carts are always broken.

  59. Best moment: racing each other around the store in those motorized scooters. We set up intricate tracks and everything.

  60. Oddly, when I scored one of the Last Of The HP Orphan Pads on ebay last week and went around looking for the Orphan Accessories (cover, charging dock, remote keyboard), I found the best price on I feel kinda dirty, but I’ll bet the Wallymarters feel relieved a couple less of those white elephants are stuck in their warehouse…

  61. I have only been to a WalMart once to get a pack of undershirts. I remember thinking how white trash that is and then decided to pick up a 12-pack of Milwaukees Best and a pack of Marlboro Reds to complete the stereotype. I’ve never been back.

  62. My most memorable Walmart moment happened last week actually. Walking from my car to the store, I got the following offer. “Seven dollars for this bike!” Well, I didn’t know I looked like I was shopping for a “used” bike, but I had to pass it up. That story also gives you a rough idea of the kind of area wherein that Wally World is located.

    It’s with posts like this that you find out how many people truly read your stuff every day. I usually see just a couple comments, if any, but these get beasted.

  63. One of my worst Wal Mart moments happened the otherday. I did my shopping, got to the checkout line and realized I left my purse in the car!

  64. My best memory from walmart is getting kicked out after playing dodgeball in the toy aisle.
    My worst memory from walmart is how depressed I get everytime I step foot in it.

  65. I’ve got several bad memories! (which tells you I’ve spent too much time in Walmart, and oddly they’re all clothing related)

    1) In high school I discovered that because I was a skinny Asian boy their adult smalls did not fit, and ended up buying some itchy children’s larges.

    2) Accidentally took a shirt without paying for it – I put it on my shoulder being too lazy to carry it while walking around the store, and simply left with it because I forgot I even had it. I didn’t realize until I was 30 minutes drive away.

    3) Checked out in the parking lot by another guy because I was wearing a pink polo? Okay, that might have been partially my fault.

  66. I had the privilege of watching a young woman scream obscenities at a cashier because she couldn’t find sausage links. Oh, and she had her 2 year old daughter in her shopping cart at the time.

  67. Sweet giveaway! I love your personality and thats why I check this site every single day. ><
    My worst memory is when I went grocery shopping and 45$ was my budget and I counted before I went shopping and I got all the stuff I needed. I got in line and I checked my pocket and I found a hole in it. I found it later tracing my steps back but all my cash was gone. 😐
    I totally mooched off of my friends for a week.

  68. Someone once bought a bunch of camping equipment from WalMart using our checking account number. When we went to WM to clear it up, I asked if that’s all you need to buy things here. “Pretty much,” the terrifically helpful jughead told us.

  69. Let me preface by saying that the only reason I was at a Walmart was because it had something in stock that all other nearby stores were sold out of. As I was leaving though, the little shoplifting things beeped and I stepped back inside, along with the women who had happened to be walking alongside me. She started shouting that I was shoplifting, etc. After being interrogated by a security guard, it turned out that she was shoplifting. What was it? A package of socks.

  70. The worst experience ever was waiting for an hour at 11:30 pm for a price check for sunscreen. Their manager had already gone home so they just price adjusted the sunscreen for us themselves because who would try to lie and fight for the price of sunscreen at midnight!

  71. I got nothing interesting to say about Walmart. I go there because it’s cheap and I’m poor.

  72. I’d love to be able to afford to be one of those people with a big hate for wally-world, but when every penny counts you gotta do what you gotta do. Besides, chances are good I’ll be one of those greeters someday. How sad is that?

    If I had a Wal-Mart gift card I would do such a number on that $5 DVD bin in aisle 14!

  73. I’ve only been there once. I felt so sorry for the checkout lady, she must have been about 300 pounds, but the uniform top she was wearing must have been a large at most. It looked more like a half-shirt on her. I would have died of embarrassment, I don’t know why they couldn’t have offered a more fitting uniform shirt.

  74. Worst memory at Walmart was during one of the Black Friday sales when I had to wait outside in the freezing cold with just a sweatshirt and gloves for hours.

  75. My most memorable experience is also my most numerous: meeting the dead eyes of one of their cashiers and feeling ashamed to be there.

  76. On my 12th birthday, my dad and I walked into a Walmart to buy a GameCube. The GameCube was on sale at Walmart and there were plenty left, but we stood there 30 minutes and NO ONE in electronics greeted us. I was pissed and my dad was even more pissed, but he didn’t want to let me down so he drove across town to the mall and bought the GameCube at a higher price at KB Toys. I love my dad and I love Walmart, but what happened that day….. UNFORGIVABLE!

  77. Walmart. Walmart. Where do I begin? Every time I enter, my faith in humanity dwindles to a trickle. But the low prices. THE LOW PRICES. My best memory may have been “loitering” in Walmart after a football game. Open 24 hours. After that they took the benches out of our store. Pity.

  78. My most interesting experience would haveto be black Friday shopping and almost getting beat up by an elderly woman for blocking the snuggies.

  79. My best Walmart memory would have to be the time I was in the women’s shoe asile trying on shoes for my Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume, and the sales lady walked by, stopped, and stared at me, before saying, “You know you’re in the women’s show section, right?” Without missing a beat I responded back, “Well yeah. If I had wanted men’s shoes I’d be a few asiles over.” I then continued to prance around in my pumps.

    Probably not the oddest thing to happen to that woman that day, sadly.

  80. I worked at Walmart as a Customer Service Manager. I was giving an associate at the service desk her lunch break. A customer came in to send a money gram to Canada in the amount of $5000.

    When attempting to send the money gram,Money Gram, would only allow her to send $1999.99. So I asked another CSM that previously worked full time at the service desk why it was telling me that. She said if she broke it down into separate transactions then she would be able to send the full amount.

    So she decided to send 3 different amounts. I asked who she was sending the money to and she said she was sending it to her family. So I sent the transactions for the customer, filled out the back of each of the money gram papers like I was supposed to do, and the customer left.

    When the associate I was giving lunch break to, came back, I asked if there was anything else I needed to fill out, and she said no, I did everything the way I should have. This associate was a full time associate that has worked at the service desk for 5-6 years.

    Two weeks later I was called to our Asset Protection Office. When in the office the Asset Protection Manager, my Assistant Manager, and my Zone Manager, were there. I was asked if I remembered about the transactions that I had sent two weeks earlier. I told them that I had sent a few different ones that day. So I was shown the ones for this specific customer and I told them yes,I remember. He asked if I filled out and faxed a specific form, which I had never seen before,and I told them that Iwas unaware of any forms other than filling out both sides of the money gram as I had been trained. I also informed them that I had asked the full time associate at the service desk, and she said that there wasn’t anything that I needed to fill out except the back of the money gram paper.

    I was then informed that the customer had been under investigation for money laundering and they had no choice but to let me go,and informed me that they weren’t going to charge me, for a felony offense. In my opinion filling out a money gram for a customer is a simple service that Walmart offers and we do every day, and there is nothing felony about taking care of a customer as we were trained.It seems to me that if a customer was being investigated, that Walmart employees should not be put in the middle of such an ongoing circumstance and the employees job should not be put on the line.

    Walmart should have banned the lady from sending money and not put me in the middle of it. By not informing us of the investigation, it seems to me that Walmart is a part of the problem and not the solution, Walmart and this lady are laundering money, and I am terminated in the process. I was startled when being informed by my employers that Walmart knew this lady was laundering money to terrorists activities and allowed her to do it. Not only that, they are compromising their employees.

    I should not have been terminated and the service desk employee that misinformed me, was a part of the investigation, and should have been terminated instead of me, for lying. In a normal working environment, I would have been taken into the office and updated on any moneygram procedures, and not even a reprimand of any sort, my supervisors should have been (terminated) for being involved in this, and Walmart should be closed down for money laundering. I have been informed that this lady is still actively sending money to Canada in large amounts.

  81. I worked as a cashier for Wal-mart for just under 3 months when I was called into the back office. A front end manager told me I was to be corrected on my behavior because I left the gated area of the cash register that sold cigarettes in order to tidy the check out lanes that no one else bothers to tidy.
    It was a few minutes before closing and there were no customers in the store. I was never told I wasn’t allowed to leave that area.

    The manager began screaming at me with the same harsh tone a mother would use with a child who had severely misbehaved. I attempted to speak up but I could not.
    Every time I opened my mouth to speak, she would raise her voice and cut me off. I had sat there for about 10 minutes being screamed at and had not been allowed to speak once. The office was the size of a medium sized bathroom and there were 2 other managers in there with us overseeing. I began to get extremely frustrated and upset and began to cry a bit.
    At that time I stood up and informed that manager that I had PTSD and have panic attacks when I felt threatened or when I was under extreme stress and that I would like to step out and have a breather, then resume this “meeting”.
    She looked at me in shock and said “No you may not leave. You have to stay here until I’m done.”
    I said “Just a minute please I won’t leave the store or anything, you can watch me and I’ll come right back”
    She said “No you cant” And as I turned towards the door I noticed the large male manager standing in front of it. I immediately went into a panic attack.

    After a couple minutes of hyperventilating I began to black out and fell to the floor. The managers stood over top of me discussing what I was doing, whether I was acting or faking it and if any of them was aware that I had a condition.
    Twice they asked if I wanted an ambulance, both times I said yes, and then a third time I asked for an ambulance myself. Finally I was reduced to saying “help me I cant breathe” over and over again.
    Finally after a few more minutes (About 10 minutes total since the panic attack started) they opened the door and I made a hazy dash for it. I ran out of the store and down the sidewalk, dizzy, lightheaded and blinded since I had lost my glasses in the commotion. I ran for my life.
    The store manager chased me down the street for over a mile. I was begging and pleading with her to leave me be, telling her she could clock me out, I was over 18 years old, and past my time to leave at the end of shift. She wouldn’t quit following me.
    I had to run through a swamp which she refused to cross in order to escape and I called my friend and spent the night with him. I was afraid to even tell my mother where I was (they called her) because I was so afraid she would tell someone from walmart and they would come looking for me.

    During my panic attacks I become afraid for my life and feel like it is being threatened even if it is irrational, while I was running from the manager, I outpaced her enough to start to feel more comfortable and explained this to her when I was begging her to leave me alone. I told her it would help calm me down, she sped up and as she got closer the panic started coming back and that was when I ran for the swamp.

    The next day I received a phone call saying I was being fired for gross misconduct and they’d like me to come in for an exit interview. I went with my friend at my side.
    They explained to me that I should have told them about my medical condition when I was hired because now they have no proof it actually exists.
    Even though it said right on their application that they are not allowed to ask me questions about medical conditions and I do not have to disclose them. It had been over a year since my last one and I never thought working as a cashier would put me in a position to have one.

    She told me they would waive the 3 month period I must wait in order to be rehired at walmart because of the special circumstances and I could begin work at another location immediately.
    A year later with no job I became desperate and finally applied at another walmart location. That’s when I found out that not only did they not waive the 3 month period but they banned me from ever working at walmart again. I put on my applications now that I have no job experience because I don’t want to have to explain this situation to my future employers.

  82. My kids and I (8 y/o boy & 5 y/o girl) went to Walmart to grab some
    stuff about 12:30 pm. I needed to get some weights and what not,
    and I promised my kids a toy each for really helping me out this week.
    Any way, we got the stuff we needed and they saw McDonald’s. We decided
    to grab some burgers. This was directly across the way from the
    check-stand where I purchased my stuff. Pushed the cart up to McD’s and
    walked up to the register. Bought our stuff, ate lunch, and went to
    leave. (Approx 1:30 PM)

    I grabbed the cart and headed for the door. Walked through the little
    security sensors (No, they did not go off) and was almost to the door.
    A guy (50’s-60’s, gray hair, possibly glasses) asked for my receipt. I
    told him “No thank you” and kept walking. I attempted to walk out the
    door. He then tried to pull the cart out of my hands, and said you need
    to come with me to the security office. I told him I would be doing no
    such thing and asked him if I was free to go. He said no. I then asked
    if he was detaining me. He said no. So I went to push the cart out of
    the door. He grabbed the cart again. I asked him if he would physically
    grab me. He said no.

    I told him to get a manager. He yelled at another
    gentleman (coincidentally, the gentleman in question was standing in
    line directly in front of me at McDonald’s. His total was $4.02. I
    remember seeing it ring up on the register) This gentleman (not wearing
    a name tag) was late 40’s – early 50’s. He went and banged on a door
    right near the entrance that had a piece of paper taped on it saying
    “Employees Only” or something to that effect.

    I said to the first gentleman “Look, I’ve paid for every item in this
    cart. It is my property. I’m getting my items and I’m leaving.” At this
    time time, a younger guy (Mid 20’s, short cropped light brown or blond
    hair, possible earring, 200-225 lbs, 5’10” or so, no nametag) came out
    from the earlier mentioned door. At that point I reached in, picked up
    my items (1 40lb dumbell set, 2 sunshades for a car, toy puppy, super
    soaker, lifting gloves, and exercise mat) handed the kids their toys and
    went to walk out the door. At that point the employee (I think, he
    wasn’t wearing any kind of name tag) that came out of the side door
    grabbed me by the biceps and tried to restrain me. I asked him to get
    his hands off me and please call the police.

    At this point, I was surrounded by about 10 employees (Again, I’m not 100%
    they were employees, since most had no WalMart badges on). My daughter (5)
    started bawling. I again asked if I was free to go. I walked just outside the
    entrance doors, and 4-5 employees circled me and prevented me from
    leaving. “no name tag” (the younger) again put his hands on my arms and
    prevented me from advancing. (I’m not clear if all were employees or
    not. There were several males of varying ages and one female,
    30’s-hispanic or native american. All wearing street clothes.

    “No nametag” (the younger) got out his cellphone and dialed 911. I was
    about 6 inches from his face. He got the dispatcher and advised them
    that he had an uncooperative customer and needed the police. I leaned in
    and said something to the effect “Ask the dispatcher if it is legal for
    you to physically detain me.” I repeated this several times. He tells
    the dispatcher that NO ONE ever touched me. At this point an Asst.
    Manager (Mikki – 40’s African American) walked up and asked what the
    problem was. I told her what was happening. “No nametag” says “I never
    touched him.” I ignored him and asked the Mgr if there were video
    cameras at the entrance. She said yes, so I told her that I wasn’t going
    to argue the point, we could just watch the video.

    At this point another employee went up to my daughter and grabbed the
    toy from her arms. This guy was probably mid 20’s: crew cut style
    haircut, dark brown, or black hair. Athletic build, a little over 6ft
    tall. She was really crying by then. He said he was taking it to look up
    the transaction. 10 minutes went by, me surrounded by employees. Nobody
    really saying anything. I tried to take a picture of the guy who grabbed
    my arms, but he kept turning around in circles so I couldn’t get it. I
    have one photo of the back of his head. The police still hadn’t shown

    The employee who took my daughter’s toy then returned with a receipt
    printout and handed it to Mikki. She looked at my stuff, said here’s
    your receipt. See you later. No apologies, nothing.

  83. I don’t actually have any crappy signature Walmart moments. I did, however, have to buy my son (then age 10) an entire wardrobe at Walmart when we were on vacation. (Apparently he was more interested in packing toys than clothes.)

  84. One time I was stuck behind an older woman who was ready to come to blows with the cashier over a coupon that she had misunderstood.

    Also if I win I will sell or trade the gift card since I refuse to set foot in a Walmart store anymore.

  85. My favorite Wal-Mart trip involved purchasing some expired Trail Mix. Once I got it home and realized it was expired (and not marked as on sale/cheap) I brought it right back in. After waiting in line to return the item for almost 15 minutes, I arrived at the counter. The not-so-nice Wal-Mart employee could not find any reason why I would want to return the item and was so sure I was trying to return an old bag rather than the bag I just purchased with my receipt in hand. Ohh Wal-Mart.

  86. I used to go to WalMart around 1 am to buy cheap yarn. My friends and I would then “yarn” houses — kind of like toilet papering, but way cooler. We’d make a massive web of yarn tied to their house and everything in their yard.

  87. The Walmart I used to go to had a little stand that made fresh doughnuts rolled in sugar. I loved it. Im fat now.

  88. My most memorable Walmart is experience is going to Wal-mart 3 in the morning with other friends. It’s fun going so late.

  89. My friend was dressed rather inappropriately for a walmart trip…people started approaching our car. Needless to say, we drove away real fast.

  90. I’m in Walmart constantly, just for the Subway that’s inside. Unfortunately it’s the only place I can walk to on my lunch break.

  91. A lady who decided to just grab (seemingly) every thing in the baby aisle, go to the cash register, and THEN decide what she wanted to put back…

  92. Why do they have 37 checkout lines but only 5 are ever open? They are always super busy and the wait is always too long!
    I try to go at night when I shop at Walmart – yes, that is when you run in to some interesting people hanging out but it is less crowded at the checkout. However, the employees cleaning the floors with those big machines tend to get in the way. Then, if you are in an aisle they are coming up on, they just stand there and wait. It is distracting trying to shop while a large loud machine and an annoyed employee are staring you down waiting for you to move out of the way!

  93. My most memorable memory of Walmart is a memory that happens every time I go in, it the stench of Subway. I can’t do it, I just can’t.

  94. I somehow always end up trapped in conversation with the batty cashiers at Walmart. The other night I got stuck talking to one about how she has a sick cat and after about ten minutes of this, I tried to slowly back away, only to find her following me around the checkout counter and towards the door. Feeling as though she would follow me to my car, I suddenly shouted that I should go check on my own cats and slipped out the doors. I barely escaped with my life.

  95. That would be the time my kids & I were standing outside the entrance waiting for my husband to pull the car up (it was pouring), and the walmart cashier walked out and stood about 3 feet from us and lit up a cigarette. Yes, next to kids and right outside the doors which by the way is illegal here.

    Love Walmart! 🙂

  96. No good stories are coming to mind, but I would love to win a giftcard 🙂 I used to buy their store brand PB and caramel cups all the time, and the flavored sparkling waters!

  97. Crappiest Wal-Mart memory was walking out to my car at night after shopping and having some crazy, possibly drugged up woman come up and ask me for money. Wal-Mart is full of crazies.

  98. I remember going to Wal-mart when I was in middle school, thinking it was so cool being able to buy $1 nail polishes…although now I know they were pretty crappy.

  99. one time my friend wet herself at a walmart. That was kind of fun to watch. . . but then she had to get in my front seat to drive home, so it sucked for me too afterall.

  100. My worst Walmart memory was the time they thought I was shoplifting. I was on a major grocery excursion and I had filled the main part of the cart, so I started putting items in the child seat next to my purse. All the cameras saw was me tucking stuff in next to my bag! That was awkward.

  101. Can’t wait to use that gift card on booze. Washington state will get out of the liquour business and allow retailers to sell booze.

  102. When I was little my neighbors and I would walk to walmart, get a cart and fill it with stuff we “wanted” then just abandoned the cart and left haha! good times 😉

  103. I always find it strange that each Wal-Mart seems to have their own particular variety of shopper demographic. Makes for interesting people watching at the very least.

  104. I am deathly terrified of clowns.

    On one shopping trip I went to pick up a prescription from the Walmart pharmacy but before I turned to down the isle to wait in line I saw up in the front a hideous red afro, grotesque rainbow colored outfit and giant shoes and I knew it was clown. I tried to stay calm but my heart was already racing and I just kept walking. I waited in the electronic section but couldn’t even enjoy playing some of the lame games. I ended up lapping the Walmart four times checking to see if it was gone before I got in line.

    ugh I hate clowns and I think I deserve a giftcard for my bravery.

  105. I was just in a Super Wal-Mart and asked an employee where I could find frozen shrimp. He replied: “There’s some on sale in the second meat bunker.” He was pointing to the line of open air display freezers in the center aisle.

    Meat bunker. This could possibly be my all-time favorite terminology.

  106. When I was first married I would grocery shop here late at night to avoid the large crowds. That is really when all the crazy people come out of the word works. I actually would see people just hanging out at Walmart like it was the “IT” place to be

  107. Walmart is evil. While 9 months pregnant and carrying a 50 lb bag of dog food I asked for help out, they didn’t have anyone to help. While trying to put the bag of food in my car 2 employees watched and laughed as I struggled.

  108. i used to shop at walmart in college for groceries. we’d only go at midnight or 2am because we couldn’t stand the scary customers or crowds.

  109. Was in line one day at Wallyworld and was at the only register open. The one with the cigarettes and no spinning bag holder. So the cashier was working as fast as she could with 7 people now in line and 4 cashiers standing at the cashier manager’s stand waiting. I went over and asked why they wouldn’t open another register. They said they didn’t want those other cashiers to go on overtime. I told her, “I don’t care about what happens 8 hours from now. I’m here to buy my things now!” They did open another register but now I was scared as I was the one called over and the cashier was grumpy.

  110. Almost got slammed into by some jerk parking space hopping in the walmart parking lot. And she glared at ME like it was my fault she was going diagonally between parked cars. Yep. Stay classy, woman swearing at me while your child is in the backseat. Is it bad that I waved at her, and smiled? I find it’s more fun than flipping people off, because for some reason it just eats them alive..

  111. I usually avoid Walmart, but their cheap pantry goods have had me going there lately due to my increasing poor-i-tude. I have not seen anything People of Walmart-esque, but still, it disturbs me. I prefer my Target.

  112. it was a crappy moment for me,not because of shopping at Walmart..but seeing an elderly homeless man outside the store,then he came inside to
    get warm….i cried when i got in the car-it sadden me

  113. Well being fortunate enough to live in a nice enough area, I haven’t encountered that many Wal-creatures. I also try to not shop there, but the deals, man! I’d say the worst I’ve seen would be a woman with half her head shaved (one half long, other half shaved with a design into the side- oh, I said design? I meant her boyfriend’s name), and a family in their pajamas, led by a mom in Spongebob pajama pants and a black hoodie that read “Dumpster Queen” on the back.

  114. I have to admit I am not frequently at WalMart and on Long Island, it’s not what it is to the rest of the country. I was pissed when the ketsup and mayo on sale for the start of BBQ season was no where to be found though

  115. I recently spent time with my friends riding the sad little Pumbaa…thing in the arcade and trying to get a Captain America lunchbox out of the claw machine. We had a blast. We took pictures. We’re all in our mid-twenties.

  116. I try to avoid Walmart, But I’d be willing to do so to spend free money. If I win, I will post up anything crappy that happens while I am there 😉

  117. Our local Wal-Mart told us they were stopping taking debit cards one day. My dh about lost his mind unloading on them. All they could say is (insert extremely low IQ here) “but that’s what they told us in the meetin'”


  118. In the checkout line at WalMart a while back, there was a meth-head looking gentleman in line behind me who couldn’t keep still – he was kind of jumping in place, letting his arms swing around, etc. He kept getting closer to me and I kept inching away, but I could only go so far. Pretty soon, he was close enough that his hand started brushing my ass. I turned around and yelled really loud, right in his face: “Would you BACK the FUCK UP, PLEASE?!”

    His response was priceless – he turned super red and sputtered, “Well you ain’t got to cuss at me, lady!”

  119. Every time I am in a damn Wal-Mart, I get the urge to hurt the people around me. Normally I am a pacifist but once I enter Wal-Mart I turn into one of those angry for no reason people that I myself dislike. You know, the kind that hustle around for no reason in particular that like to yell at their kids for putting stuff in their mouths and they don’t put out their cigarette until they are past the first set of doors. Then when you say hello to them, there is always something wrong “Price of that TV said $5 dollars, got-damn people, always something, I am calling my lawyer and having thar job and this place shut down.” Then they light up a cigarette on the way out, just past the first set of exit doors. Then they peel out in their ’86 Buick with a rusted fender and bumper sticker that says “MY KID BEAT UP YOUR HONOR STUDENT” while their kids themselves are left back at the store shoving things in their mouth, unaware that their mom has since left because she couldn’t get that TV for $5 dollars. Sure it was in the $5 DVD bin but it was laying on top and you put it there yourself. I even saw you write $5 with a Sharpie that you stole from The Home Office Supplies. The husband eventually comes back to the store and is all billy badass, threatening to beat up the portly, yet respected assistant manager because “Yuns hafta give us whats marked on the price!” The cops show up, take the two out because they make a scene and the kids are STILL left in the middle of the store, chewing on white out pens and Justin Beiber posters. Poor kids.

    But in all actuality. I shop for groceries there. The Great Value brand of Garlic Cheese Bread is actually far superior to the Pepperidge Farm brand.

  120. In high school, the Walmart parking lot was a hangout until the police would come and make us leave. It wasn’t open 24 hours.

  121. I take the bus and I had just bought 2 Nintendo DS systems & games across the street from Walmart at the Toys r Us. Upon entering Walmart, the greeter asked to look in my bag. I said it was okay. She then asked me if I would leave my $500 worth of items at their customer service counter while I shopped. I said she was welcome to check my bag again as I left but NO I would not leave my bag in an unattended area with people I do not know. I informed her that I know I don’t steal but I wasn’t so sure the Walmart employees wouldn’t take MY stuff. She said I had to leave the store. I did and continued my shopping at Target.

  122. Sure, I have plenty of unpleasant Wally memories, but my favorite memory was walking in to see two firemen in the express line. They were buying marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers 🙂

  123. My husband works at Walmart. All my food comes from Walmart. My sheets came from Walmart. My tv came from Walmart. My computer came from…Dell, because Walmart has crappy computers. But still, Walmart is in my blood. And my blood wants that giftcard!

  124. My only real Walmart horrors are the parking…. I avoid the store usually just due to the parking. I don’t feel my car is safe when I am parked 3 miles away fro the store. Also can’t stand the dirty mcdonalds smell that I seem to smell when I walk through the door… I would love to go back with $25 though!

  125. Once while checking out at Walmart my roomates and I had to watch a large black man polish his gold teeth while we waited. It was pretty funny.

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