Prolog: I bought into the whole ammo may increase possibility and went to Wal-Mart last night after work. I buy ammo from Wal-Mart because they have a good price and I want a retailer like Wal-Mart to continue to carry ammo so I have the option. I tend to shoot at Bass-Pro. Bass-Pro tends to be a few pennies difference from Wal-mart on the ammo I use. However as stated, I make an effort to buy my ammo at Wal-Mart so that the option remains available (as long as the price is resonable). Say what you want about Wal-Mart, as long as they sell ammo, it helps keep ammo prices reasonable.
So I'm loading up the cart with ammo, including 1000 rounds of 9mm (Wal-Mart price $20.00 for 100 rounds). As I'm loading up, two of the people at the sporting goods counter are talking to each other about Fred's dinner break and that is is time for Nancy to go home. Nancy tells Fred, "I'll wait around for this guy to purchase his bullets then I'll log out." I then state, "Don't wait on me, I have other shopping to do and will buy everything up front." Fred then tells me, "We perfer that you purchase the bullets at the sporting goods counter, thanks." He then walks away.
I wait a few minutes, a little irritated by what transpired. I notice there are no signs stating this policy, and the ammo is not locked. The cabinet the ammo is stored in is in the aisle, and not behind a counter. Previously at the store, I have waited in back 30 minutes for someone to come to the sporting goods counter to take the ammo out of the cabinet and ring me up. The time I waited, they associate who helped me stated I did not need to wait to take ammo out of the cabinet nor did I have to purchase the ammo in back.
I told Nancy I would not be buying the ammo at the sporting goods counter as I had other shopping to do. She offered to walk it up to the front for "Security Reasons." I told her to call her manager. Manager name Shanita (I think). I told the manager the reasons I purchase ammo at Wal-Mart, so that Wal-Mart would continue to sell ammo (even though I could purchase the ammo at another store, for about the same price). The Manager tells me that it is store policy. I ask where this policy is posted. She responds that it is store policy. I tell her I have purchased ammo from that store several times, not at the sports counter. She replies I "tecnickly" should not have been allowed to do that. I asked if it a security issue how could someone "tecnickly" circumvent such an important policy, where was there no sign, and product was not locked up. She stated policy. I asked if I looked over 18 (I'm a heavy set 35 year old). She said she did not know how old I was. I asked if there were items locked up in the electronics department of the store. She replied yes. I asked if I was able to get an associate to unlock that product, what counter would I purchase the product from. She stated any counter or front of the store. So I asked, why can a person take locked up product and continue shopping, but this unlocked product, that was a serious security risk, had to be purchased at a back counter with an associate watching them. She stated they "prefer" the ammo (at least she did not call it bullets) to be purchased at the sporting goods counter. I went over the story about previous weeks when I waited in back for 30 minutes and was then told by that associate I could just take the ammo and go to the front counter. She stated that was not store policy as ammo was a security issue. I let her know I did not like being treated like a criminal or shop lifter. She said no one has stated that.
I thanked her fore her time and told her I was going to call her corporate on my cell phone. She asked if I wanted to talk to the store manager. I stated not at this time. She said the 800 # would just direct me to talk to the store manager. I said I would then talk to the store manager after I spoke to someone at he 800 #. She walked away as I called on the phone. As I was on hold Jon the manager arrived. He said I did not need to call the 800 #. I hung up. He said the associates and assistant manger was in the wrong, thanked me for shopping at Wal-Mart, and I should continue my shopping.
I chatted with him for a minute, and went on my way.
I don't like being the aggressive gun owner, but I pass this onto the forum to hear other's thoughts.