Adventures in a Memphis Wal-Mart

Local Walmart verifies ALL purchases, dammit.


For some time, one of our favorite sites, The Consumerist, has been keeping an eye on retailers that require consumers to show them a receipt for their purchases as they leave the store.

In today's tale, Patrick visits a Memphis-area Wal-Mart to buy a firearm, ammunition, and some groceries (like we all do). But he's not allowed to buy the ammunition and the groceries with the firearm, so he opts just to buy the gun.

Because of a policy that a manager must escort weapons out of the store, the manager is holding the firearm when an employee at the door asks Patrick for his receipt. Because, of course, when a manager walks your purchase to the door, there's a good chance you're stealing it.

Here's what Patrick wrote to the Consumerist: "I try to explain that not only did I give cash to Assistant Manager Ladarrel AND he gave me a receipt of sale AND he has been in complete possession of the firearm since the sale; he escorted me from the back of the store to where we were standing. At no time had I even been in possession of my merchandise."

Receipt, please. No exceptions. Get the full story.

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