Report: #597131

Complaint Review: Wal-Mart Supercenter - Hartselle Alabama

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  • Reported By: Anthony — Decatur Alabama United States of America
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter 1201 Highway 31 Nw Hartselle, Alabama United States of America

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OK, I had just got off work, and i wanted to go to the nearby wal-mart in town to buy my wife a 8 gig micro sd card , but as usual the parking lot was full, so i decided to go to the walmart the next town over, i heard it was just newly renovated, so i went there, went straight to the electronics department, found where they now keep the sd cards, grabbed one, and as i walked off to go to the check out, i noticed a customer that was looking at car stereos and couldn't decide which one he wanted, well he picked up one with the spider web security wrapped around 2 units,, well i placed the sd card down on the aisle, and showed him he probabbly needed to take it to the automotives counter and have them fix that, or it would look like they are selling 2 for 1 on car stereos, well i went to the bathroom leaving the sd card behind, well when i got out, my wife texted me and told me i needed to get home, so as i was walking out the door, i noticed a manager was following me kinda sneakly, so as i went past the security bars, i noticed a loss prevention rep was standing there with 2 other employees, he asked for me to follow him to the back,, i was like um ok and why?, he said to shut up and follow him or i will be tackeled and restrained, and then taking to the back, so i was like, ok, i dont know whats going on but im sure this can be resolved whatever it is,, well we got to the back, and he then showed me in his hand, the sd card out of its packaging,, he asked did i try to steal this,, i was like no sir, he asked then did i know the guy i was talking about the car stereo with, i was like no sir i was just trying to be helpful, then he asked, well the guy said u was gonna try and steal the sd card, and he grabbed it from you b4 u could, i said no sir, i work in the retail buisness and i know what shoplifting causes for the economy,, he was turning red and told me to shut the f___ up, and stop lying, he then asked me to empty my pockets, so i did, i layed on the counter my wallet, iphone, my loss change, and stupid me, i brought out my boxcutter i use at work, well the LP took the boxcutter and tried to open, well he said that i was being charged with shoplifting-theft of under $50, and that i am also gonna be charged with tresspassing, that if i set foot on any walmart property that they can call the law and have me arrested, so as i was waiting for the officer to come take me away u might say,, the LP started bragging about how much this was a rush to him that they should give him and everyone a raise for catching me,, i was thinking, yeah, and i bet that guy who lied about me was thinking he was gonna get a big fat reward, so the officer shows up, report already on his alluminum clipboard, the LP tells him i am being charged with theft, a notice of tresspassing, and assault with a deadly weapon,, i told the officer calmly, that there is no way i could have since there are no blades in the boxcutter, the officer allowed me to sho what i meant, i slid the razor open fully and showeds them no razor was attached, then i opened the storage compartment and showed them where i keep them when i work, well the LP was red hot in the face, and told the officer to get this a--hole out of his sight, so i was handcuffed, and walked to the police car in the pouring rain, went to the jail house where i was detained, finger printed, mugshotted, and finally released after i had to post bail of $1000, i paid the bondswoman $100, since i was a first time offender, but of course i had to find a way to get my car off wal mart property, with my wife at home with our autistic daughter, i walked in the pouring rain for an hour from the jailhouse to a blockbuster across the street from wal mart, and sat there, till she has a friend take her to get the car, so im just worried sick on what is gonna happen, my court date is june the 10th, and i dont know what to expect, im 35 years old, and this will be the first time stepping into a courthouse to be in court, normally i am in court for small things like a speeding or failure to use a seatbelt, so i just want to know what to expect, because it is worrying my family sick about this

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#5 Consumer Comment

what about..

AUTHOR: mandee1005 - (United States of America)

POSTED: Thursday, July 08, 2010

sims car and sims card adaptor and also automotive headlamps??  yeah..nice guys finish last all right..

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#4 General Comment

Be precise and stay calm

AUTHOR: la gente es est - (United States of America)

POSTED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What to expect in civil court? I have served on a jury in civil court and I would recommend hiring an attorney. WalMart will have one and of course he will be well paid. As I said I was on a jury for shoplifting and it was hard to dispute what the plantiffs were saying, I am not saying you are guilty but as someone said your story does not make sense even if it is what happened.

Best thing to do is go and be calm do not lose your temper and tell your story as straughtforwards as you possibly can and then hope the judge or jury believes you but be warned the little guy often is looked upon as being guilty.

Good luck, you will need it.

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#3 Author of original report

gotta love wal mart lovers

AUTHOR: Anthony - (United States of America)

POSTED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

yes robert i know it sounds spotty, but im just telling it as it is, and i have had enough expierence going into the wal mart in my town to know when its a good time and not with the short time i have after work and then having to be back home to take care of my *autistic* child,, yes inspector that was directed at you and most likely she and my wife are gonna have to be with me at court, so when the judge see how she respondes acts and poses, i dont wanna hear a thing from you inspector,but yes i know the boxcutter wasnt gonna help me i know,, and i asked later about seeing the surveliance video, and they told me it wasnt available since they were installing new cameras in the store, but they did have the word of the witness,,, all im doing right now is researching and trying to get a basic idea what to expect when i go to i guess its civil court

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#2 Consumer Comment

Story seems a bit strange..

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It sounds like you may have a few things that could be tough to explain.

First because the parking lot was full at the first Wal-Mart, you drive to the next town over?  Unless you are saying that there was not a single space in that Wal-Mart and the "next town over" was only a mile or two away, this seems a bit excessive.  Especially for just an SD Card.

Why did you all of the sudden decide to go to the restroom, when just before that you stated you were on your way to the Check-Out.  Yes when you "got to go" you "got to go", but you are going to have to convince them that the timing was perfect that between the time you left the restroom and was on your way back to the place where you left the SD card you got a text that told you to come home.

Hopefully the Car Stereo section between the place you picked up the SD card and the registers.  As if they are out of the way, you are going to have to come up with another reason why you were in that area after you stated you were on the way to the registers.  I say this because while I do avoid Wal-Marts, I tend to remember the electronic department in the middle of the store, the automotive department in the totally opposite direction of the registers at the back of the store.  Also, you should have the text saved on your phone to show that she did text you, to at least verify some of the story.

Having a box cutter which can make it very easy to get into the SD Card package again does not help your case.  This is also where your restroom visit could cause you a problem.  Because they could claim that you had the blade in the cutter, but went in there to remove the blades. 

Is there enough to convict you of shoplifting/attempted shoplifting.  Hard to say, but at the very least there is a lot of circumsantial evidence that does not make it easy for you.  Hopefully they do not have you on video doing anything questionable.  As for the trespass warning, they have that right so not much you can do about that.  But first and foremost you need a good lawyer.

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#1 General Comment

Your story stinks!

AUTHOR: Inspector - (USA)

POSTED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Better get another story before you see the judge, this one is full of holes and the autistic child line has been done to death.

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