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    No good deed goes unpunished.

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    Secret Santa Shown Door At Wal-Mart - Connecticut News Story - WFSB Hartford

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    Yesterday morning I woke up and decided I would do something nice for others, at this point I didn’t know what or to whom, but knew that somewhere out there people needed some holiday cheer.

    I put some thought into it and ultimately settled on giving away money, after all who does not like money? With $1300 cash in my pocket I was headed out the door and going to Americas largest retailer Walmart. While driving to the store my head was filled with possible ways to offer the money, ultimately purchasing one hundred and thirty, ten dollar Walmart gift cards was my decision.

    I walked to the customer service department and when it was my turn, requested to purchase one hundred and thirty ten dollar Walmart gift cards. The customer service rep called another for assistance. The next twenty eight minutes was spent standing and waiting for each card to be scanned and activated. The nice associate told me next time my company wanted to purchase so many, I should call in advance and that way I would not have to wait. Little did she know that it was not a company, or big business buying these cards, it was a regular guy, someone who is unemployed for the first time in their life, someone who just wanted to spread some holiday cheer in today’s tough economic times.

    Once the transaction was completed I thanked the associate and handed her a gift card, she smiled and said we are not permitted to accept gifts. I picked up the card and headed for the front of the store and began passing out the gift cards. I was standing just inside the entrance as it was 17 degrees outside, and also by being positioned where I was standing all of the anxious shoppers would converge on me from the two other side entrance doors.

    With a card in hand as families, couples and individuals walked, I handed them a gift card and offered them a “happy holidays”. Many just took it, not realizing what was being offered, some asked “what is this” and I responded, it’s a gift card, go buy something. Some stood in disbelief of what just happened and asked why? To that I said why not ?

    I had passed out around 82 cards over the next twenty five minutes, and at that point the store greeter approaches me and says, “whats going on people are asking me about the gift cards”. I told her I was giving them out to everyone who walked into the store. She left and I once again began handing out the cards.


    A few minutes had passed when another associate approaches me and says “can I help you?” I responded, no I am doing fine, and offered them a gift card and a happy holidays, he said “I don’t want this” he than walked away. I had only passed out a few more cards when another associate approaches and says, I need to come with them. I comply and as walking he tells me “my cards are worthless, they have no value” I told him that was impossible, he than questions me, where did I get them?, did I buy them?



    Several customers who I had given gift cards to had gathered around when I was being questioned, I explained I bought them, I have receipts, the associate requested to see them, and I complied. I was not rude, bitter, in fact I was rather passive as my intentions were honorable and I didn’t want to upset anyone. The associate had another manager come and I was asked to hand over several gift cards, I pulled out a rather large four inch bundle held together by a rubber band in my right pocket. They attempted to scan the first card and it initially appeared not to have any value, but with in a moment the manager informed the other associate that they had entered in some wrong code prior to the scan, once entered correctly and scanned my gift cards showed they had a ten dollar value.



    At this point the manager and associate told me, “ you have to leave the store”, “you cant stay here”

    I could not believe my ears, are they out of their minds I thought, what is wrong with these people? I just spent $1300.00 in their store, with the sole intention of giving away all the cards to customers who had just entered the store.



    I was handed my cards, put them in my pocket and at this point one of the customers who was listening to the conversation extend his hand and shakes mine. He tells me he had always wished he could do the exact same thing, but never had the money to make it happen. Several other customers shook their head in disbelief that Walmart was telling me I had to leave their store.



    I left their store, I walked outside and stood in the freezing cold and commenced handing out the cards, only a minute had passed when they came out and said I had to leave the premises.



    As I began to leave, I saw to police cars parked in front of Wal-Mart at another entrance, I figured that those officers would appreciate the cards. I entered the store and observed the two officers standing along side a store manager and a person in handcuffs. As I approached the officers, I said, “I know you working, please accept these gift cards, go buy something” As I turned and walked away both had a huge smile on their faces.



    I left the parking lot at 5:40 pm, I still have over forty gift cards in my pocket. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine that a store such as Wal-Mart would throw me out….So much for holiday cheer, Wal-Mart could give a rats ass once they get your money.

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    What a bunch of asshats....It never ceases to amaze me how retarded some people can be

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    I'm calling bull shit. Nobody throws away $1,300 like that, especially if they are unemployed. The story sounds completely concocted by a Wal Mart hater. Show me the news article and I'll recant.
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    All right, stupid move by Wal Mart.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

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    Yeah it was. If I had 1300 to give away I would probably give to one of the charities that gets gifts for kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtaylor View Post
    Yeah it was. If I had 1300 to give away I would probably give to one of the charities that gets gifts for kids.
    exactly, because you know (if that Wal Mart is anything like the ones in our city) 25% of the hillbillies that walked in through the door were there to steal some shit. So, instead of just shoplifiting, they also got a free $10 for leaving the crackerbox shithole they live in to go out and steal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    All right, stupid move by Wal Mart.
    Or, more specifically, questionably handled by a Wal*Mart Store Manager (or Assistant), whomever made the decision to have this guy summarily removed.

    Reasoning: Everything that takes place on the premises of a WM store is the responsibility of the senior member of management present at the store at the time of occurrence. Risk management and critical thinking are drilled into WM management candidates from day one.

    An unknown man is handing out store gift cards near the front entrance of the store.

    What are the possible negative outcomes to an unidentified man handing out store gift cards in the front of the store during the busiest shopping times of the year?

    Being unidentified, how could one surmise that his motives are pure, and not to create a distraction or gather customers or employees for some dubious purpose?

    Given the fast pace and already heightened alertness of the holiday shopping season, is it possible to really ascertain if this individual is a sincere good samaritan?

    We just don't live in a world where we can just blindly place faith in the goodness of people. I would think that most people would understand that, especially cops.

    Now, I can't really Monday-morning quarterback this management decision, because all I have is the account of one (rather disgruntled) individual. Good Sam or not, I would like to think that it is wise to reserve judgement on any situation until I have heard both sides. Just judging from his own account, I'd say that he took the store management completely off-guard, and they reacted defensively. I believe that I might have as well, actually.

    I do know that Mr. Santa here certainly could have taken the simple, common sense step of informing a member of management at the store of his benevolent intentions beforehand. I wager that had he paid the courtesy of doing so, he would have been recieved much more cooperation.

    Apparently I'm in the minority, and I guess I should be used to it by now.

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    It is easy to say I agree with CB after the fact that you stated your case. My first thought is the Walmart management remembering what happens with a large group of people at the main entrance to their store ie an employee getting trampled. Not to mention the type of people that Bob mentioning just missing the last gift card and causing disorderly/fight situation. Maybe this guy had the best of intentions. Albeit they are irresponsible for both his own welfare and for that of Walmart's customers. The worst in people will come out if something is given out for free, and then it is all of a sudden cut off.

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    Well and if I wanted to give money to people, I wouldn't do it in a way that makes any money for wally world. Only reason I shop there is the prices are so low. I don't care for them at all as a company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac120 View Post
    What a bunch of asshats....It never ceases to amaze me how retarded Wal-Mart can be
    Fixed that for you.

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    Well and if I wanted to give money to people, I wouldn't do it in a way that makes any money for wally world. Only reason I shop there is the prices are so low. I don't care for them at all as a company.
    My wife and I used to work at Wal-Mart over 10 years ago. Back when Sam Walton was still alive and running the show. Now that he has passed on, the kids are running the corporation into the ground IMO. Wal-Mart used to be about Made in the USA, not so much any more. They are also selling alcohol (beer) in their stores. I don't think Sam would have put up with that. Some associates, these days, are all about literally stabbing each other in the back just so it makes them look good. To top that off the bilingual announcements drive me crazy. I only go there if I have to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR man View Post
    ... To top that off the bilingual announcements drive me crazy. I only go there if I have to.
    Law precedent here says that I have to provide Miranda warning in Spanish (or other tongue), if the arrestee (or object of criminal investigation), is not conversant in English.

    Sorry if that irks you too, but it pisses me off to no end.

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    It sounds to me like a stunt to create a news story.

    I'm sure the attitude would have been much different if he had given them to the Salvation Army or something.

    Look at it from Wal-Mart's point of view: There was a strange man doing something totally abnormal in their store. They didn't know whether he was emotionally disturbed or not, but if he was disturbed and hurt a customer, the liability exposure would far outweigh $1300.

    Perhaps if the guy had explained to the manager what he was going to do, things would have gone a lot smoother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR man View Post
    They are also selling alcohol (beer) in their stores.
    Just beer? Ours has had a full spirits isle since we got a Super Wal*Mart many years ago. Before they got groceries they didn't have anything as I recall. Curiously the K-Mart sells beer and wine with their grocery status consisting of saltines, goldfish crackers and a small freezer of frozen pizzas.

    Quote Originally Posted by countybear View Post
    Law precedent here says that I have to provide Miranda warning in Spanish (or other tongue), if the arrestee (or object of criminal investigation), is not conversant in English.
    What constitutes conversant?

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    It sounds to me like a stunt to create a news story.
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    Apparently, Target told this guy he could come there and they would exchange the WM cards for Target cards and he could hand them out there.
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    I would of stood outside of Wal-Mart handing out Target gift cards.

 

 

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