Walmart has a nice slogan, “Save money. Live better.” While “savings” and “living” are two universal goals for most people, Walmart has seemingly decided that one dude isn’t allowed to save any longer, anywhere.
Meet Joe Cantrell of San Tan Valley, Calif.
He’s a former “professional” wrestler (although the AWA, NWA and WWE doesn’t show this guy on the roster at any time) who is now disabled for reasons not gathered in this report from CBS Las Vegas. However, being a wrestler is not why Walmart has scratched him for its Christmas card list.
Dude is an avid “ad matcher.” And for his diligence to be a miser, he has been banned by Walmart — worldwide, and for life. Why, after the jump…
Essentially, Cantrell could star on TLC’s “Extreme Cheapskates” and “Extreme Couponing” by himself. He took saving money and living better to such an extreme, Walmart decided to lose a customer and tell this dude to enjoy K-Mart, the 99 cent store or Goodwill.
“I was handcuffed, humiliated and embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart,” Cantrell told KNXV. “I just love Walmart and that’s why I go.”
Sounds like a good testimonial, right? Not so much. This ballyhoo was caused over … wait for it … a Christmas ornament ad matching.
Cantrell says he’s a perpetual discount shopper that scours paper coupons and other printed advertisements for the lowest advertised prices for identical products. Walmart is celebrated by harpies and Scrooges alike for its popular ad-matching program. So Joe finds the best pinchfist ads and walks over to his neighborhood Walmart to save four cents on dog food — twice every day.
“When I left, he turned around and called the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and said he felt intimidated and threatened. I was upset but never once did I ever say anything – no contact, nothing.”
When he returned to the store four days later, three deputies reportedly cuffed him, gave him a court summons, and a notice of restriction that bans him from every Walmart on earth, for life.
Apparently, Cantrell took the leisure of this policy a skosh too far because Walmart does not honor ads of Internet pricing, misprinted ad prices for other retailers and “Going out of business” or “closeout” prices sales. That didn’t matter so much to Cantrell because he rubs the beard off Lincoln’s face on his pennies.
What does Walmart say?
“We make every effort to make sure our customers have a good experience in our stores. As in previous situations, we attempted to work with this customer. However, in this situation, the associate felt unsafe and so we contacted local law enforcement. We are continuing to cooperate with law enforcement on their investigation.”
MEMO to Walmart: Been to Black Friday in your stores any time soon? Those associates should feel unsafe. Hell, been to People of Walmart (dot) com? I would feel unsafe shopping next to some of those circus freaks. But there they are, gallivanting the aisles and Cantrell was handcuffed.
Live better, indeed.