Wal Mart Experience

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    Wal Mart Experience

    Have any of you had this experience? I was in one of my local Wal Marts yesterday. I was looking for some 9mm ammo. Of course there was none to be found.

    While I was making "small talk" with the associate another guy approached the ammunition counter. He proceeded to tell the associate he needed some rifle ammo that WAS in stock. Lucky him!

    The WM associate requested to see his legal identification. When asked why the associate advised the man that it was policy to provide this prior to buying ammo.

    Once the man provided the WM associate his Nevada driver's license he was asked to provide the following information. He did so very reluctantly.

    (1) How long have you lived at this address?
    (2) How long have you lived in Las Vegas, Nevada?

    The entire time the WM associate was entering this information into a notebook computer! What the heck is this all about??? Is this another way of tracking who is buying ammunition?

    At this point I walked away at the personal questions that was being required to just purchase ammunition.

    Long story short, I just left the WM website requesting the reason for this procedure. I sent the corporate customer service representatives the legal right for asking such personal questions when buying ammunition from WM.

    Have any of you had this same experience? Have any of you been required to provide a legal ID when buying ammo from WM?
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    I forgot to mention one aspect of this incident. The guy buying the rifle ammunition was around 60-65 years old. There was not an issue of being underage here! That is a factor to take into consideration.
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    No, not in Georgia, Louisiana, Ark, Fl, Tex, or Wa. I'm a Ga resident andhave heard of WM asking for that info, but never hadit happen to me.

    Possiably a State or Local Law requirement?
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    I hope that is the case. I requested to know the precise NRS (Nevada Revised Statute) in my email to WM corp. I will keep you updated as to what they tell me when they reply to my email.
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    This is the first I have heard of anything like that. I wonder if they ask the for the same info when buying baseball bats, tire irons, or butcher knives.

    Let us know if you get a response from corporate.
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    I will keep all of you updated as to when & if I get a reply from WM corporate.
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    This seems very odd to me. Personally I think the WM employee may have been running some kind of scam or something trying to steal identities. Was it a WM notebook? Seems odd WM would have a notebook while they have registers. Only time I get carded is when I am freshly shaved because I look younger than 21 at times. Never been carded buying rifle ammo... only handgun ammo.
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    This notebook was readily acceptable at the ammunition counter. It was "hard wired" to some type of network within the store. I recall seeing a power cord & network cable connected. As to if it was a WM notebook, it was a normal notebook computer. Will tell you more as this story develops!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pikachu711 View Post
    It was "hard wired" to some type of network within the store. I recall seeing a power cord & network cable connected.
    It is very easy to plug in an Ethernet cable. I could walk into the local WM and probably plug in and "hack" into their internet, not as hard as it sounds. Perhaps he was sending information to his home computer or something. Not trying to bust your balls or anything. This just seems very irregular to me and I think you did the right thing walking away. If they did this to me I would walk away and never come back. I would probably find the store manager and give him my 2 cents as well.
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    That's why I decided to contact corporate first. I want to start from the "top down!" I don't want to assume that this decision to "track" who's buying what ammunition. I'm assuming in this corporate environment that there is a valid reason from their point of view.

    If I get an email response that it's a "corporate policy" type email reply with NO NRS (Nevada Revised Statute) with this new policy I'm finished shopping for ammunition at WM. I'm not going to allow my ammo purchases to be tracked by WM!
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    thanks for keeping us updated...

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    I wonder if the same thing is going on in a different WM in the same city?

    It'll be interesting to hear corporate's response. Thanks for posting.
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    I may try buying some other ammunition later today as a test. If I'm still required to provide my legal ID I'll let you know later.
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    I've never experienced any of the things cited here or on other boards about WM. Without specifics let's just say I've bought all the ammo I wanted to buy in rifle and handgun rounds over the last six months. As recently as a week ago.

    I've never been asked for ID or asked any questions for that matter, my WM folk don't talk alot.

    If I were asked for ID, I'd ask to see a manager, I'd ask to see the policy in writing and request a copy. If they balked on my request I'd leave and decide if it meant enough to me to investigate the legality of the request with my resources.

    Every state is different but in TN they ask nothing and have plenty of stock all the time. I buy, .223, .40, and 9mm
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    The WM associate requested to see his legal identification. When asked why the associate advised the man that it was policy to provide this prior to buying ammo.

    Once the man provided the WM associate his Nevada driver's license he was asked to provide the following information. He did so very reluctantly.

    (1) How long have you lived at this address?
    (2) How long have you lived in Las Vegas, Nevada?
    Things that make you go hmmmmmm. I believe I would have asked for a copy of the "policy" or at least had this "associate" call the manager and have them do it.

    Or be real sarcastic and ask the WM associate how long he's been selling ammo and have HIM provide identification, because it's MY policy.

    I haven't been asked for ID, yet. WM never has the kind of ammo I want anyhow, and Dick's Sporting Goods where I live, just handed the box of 9mm over to me without a second glance. This does sound a bit fishy. Keep us posted.
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