TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- Wal-Mart has a policy of randomly checking ID on MasterCard purchases. Their explanations are as inconsistent as their ID checks are. I am told they check one ID in every 1000 MasterCard purchases. And that they do this for the consumers protection. Well, I get asked for ID on nearly every other purchase! If I could be so lucky in the lotto with those odds.
I have been told by WalMart associates that MY credit card issuer has requested that I show ID, as my purchase at "that given moment" is "most-likely fraudulent, or questionable at best". This is after my card was accepted just fine and transaction completed. I always swipe my own card.
I have been told that if I cannot show ID, I cannot have my groceries, that I must return them. While other times that I don't have ID, some cashiers tell me it is okay, then hand me my receipt. Some cashiers call on a manager, make me wait, hold up the line behind me, then the manager says it is okay and hands me my receipt. Sometimes I am told, "no ID, no purchase", and am forced to return all of my items after my transaction has been completed without any issues.
My purchases are mostly always groceries, and I shop at SuperCenters and Neighborhood Markets in my area, which includes Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, and occasionally, Sand Springs, Oklahoma. The amount of the purchase has never been an issue, they have asked for ID on small and large dollar amounts.
The issue is that WalMart ONLY frequently, but randomly requests ID on my MasterCard purchases. Never on any one of my other credit cards. WalMart has NEVER asked my husband for his ID on the same card. We each have our own card under the same account, yet I am the one who always gets asked to show ID. Not with every purchase, but this does happen very frequently.
I never purchase alcohol or cigarettes, so that is not my case for them requiring ID. And each and every purchase that I make using my MasterCard goes through without a hitch. Never a problem there. (FYI to those who might want to criticize: I PAY MY CREDIT CARD OFF EACH MONTH, so hush up, please.) WalMart employees tell me this is for my own protection, that they are blocking theft. But really, they are actually preventing me from using my own card if I do not have ID on me.
I talked to my bank and they do not--ABSOLUTELY DO NOT advise WalMart to check IDs, as WalMart has always stated. My bank has told me that if they do any card actions on a purchase it is to advise the store to retain a card, then call the police. But never to badger a customer for any sort of ID, especially when the card has been accepted.
My bank also tell me that WalMart is notorious for doing this, making up their own rules as they go along, not complying with the MasterCard terms and conditions. My bank also told me that credit card theft is not happening like that, that people are not stealing cards and making grocery purchases. That there is more a chance of card theft by the employees who are asking to see the credit card and IDs, thus retrieving the information off front and back of said card, then seeking more information from a driver's license.
Keep in mind that with every purchase I am swiping my own card. The store employee never as much as holds my card, much less views it. Perhaps most employees are honest, but WalMart, as well as any other business, certainly might hire someone who knows the art of this type of stealing. And that only takes once. So their random ID checking cannot be proving anything essential.
I do not have to show my ID to any WalMart employee with a credit card purchase. Especially when the card has gone through successfully and transaction completed. And the one WalMart which I have been frequenting for many years, they even acknowledge they recognize me - yet they continue to badger me about ID. And to think that WalMart stores your credit card and personal information within their system! Yet, they continue to frequently, though randomly, insist on ID.
I have been made to return groceries after not having an ID, after my card was accepted, transaction completed! And I have returned groceries out of sheer anger over that same scenario.
Some cashiers have had the audacity to question my driver's license when there is absolutely nothing wrong with it and it has a photo ID. Some cashiers have said they will accept a health insurance card as a form of ID. Wow, those have social security numbers!! Some cashiers have chastised me publicly. When they hold up a line to chastise my driver's license, which is completely legitimate, and I am nearly a 60-year old grandmotherly woman, I cannot help but wonder who they think the WalMart thieves really are?
And why is it that a thief might spend 2 or 3 hours doing a major grocery haul, being seen on nearly every security camera, then go to the checkout and be filmed checking out with a supposed fraudulent card? So now WalMart is labelling us as America's Dumbest Criminals? I would think if I was going to steal anything, I would want to get the heck out of Dodge as quickly as possible, and hopefully not be videotaped in so many angles doing it!
But what bothers me most is that never has my credit card been denied. It has always gone though. Never does any WalMart employee hold on to my card to make any transaction, never have I made any tobacco or alcohol purchases to deem an ID. And, never does WalMart ask for my husband's ID, nor my adult son's ID on those MasterCards.
WalMart ONLY asks for my ID when I use my MasterCard. Their random checks prove nothing other than to cause me delay and upset, to rick exposure of my credit card number, and possibly my ID in theft by them - or any of the customers close enough to read my information while an employee is holding it. When I swipe my own card nobody else can even see it.
WalMart's ID policy is very inconsistent, and they do not even follow their own policy. It simply depends on whomever is waiting on you and whatever they decide to do. I am told that the inconsistency is because some employees are new and therefore do not know what they are saying. This only proves that their employees are not trained enough to know what they are doing when it comes this situation. If they were trained, there would be no inconsistencies.
I have encountered cashiers that simply do not like it if you question them, if you do not have ID, if you cause them to have to think of what to do, if you disagree with them, if they must call over a supervisor/manager, and so on. And that cashier will further make your experience poor, because those associates seem to take it personally. As if they are going to show YOU who is 'boss', as if this were a stand-off game that they are allowed to play on you.
RED WING, MINNESOTA -- Each and every time we go to the Wal-Mart in Red Wing, we see what the true meaning of rude is. The cashiers are so unhappy with their jobs, they don't even look up at you to say hi. And if you want a fish? You have to go search for an employee. The attitudes show, and they make a person who woke up in a cheerful mood, not so cheerful. Yesterday we purchased $158.00 worth of goods and one of the nose spray boxes were opened, we asked if the cashier had a piece of tape, and she said "Honey, I don't have no tape". I could go on, but I won't. The reason we go back is there is not a large variety of low cost stores in Red Wing.
MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA -- The Walmart in Milpitas CA would not accept the manufacturer's coupons I gave them at the cashier (I cut 1 of them from the Sunday paper and the other one I printed from the manufacturer's website). Two separate times I had to wait for like 10 minutes for the manager/upper management, and then all they told me was they know the coupons are legitimate but they are not in their system so they cannot accept it.
OK both times I was holding a crying baby (my baby cried from waiting for them) waiting for an answer but that's what they said to me? I shop at CVS and Safeway too and their manager would still accept my LEGITIMATE coupons (I'm talking about ONLY ONE coupon) if it happens that the coupon is not in their system. But this is not the case at Walmart. Worse still, they made me wait for them for 10 minutes?
Really? And all they said was Sorry? And the 2nd time this lady told me she knew there is a problem in their system, but then she can do nothing? She did not even try to fix the problem or tell this to the upper management? I had to ask her to report this problem and then she simply said "OK" to try to get rid of me!
And when I told them it's their problem and they should honor my coupon because they claimed that they'd accept manufacturer's coupon, she said sorry she cannot do anything about it. OK NOW this is not about the money, but if you claim that you accept coupons, you should do your job. And the staff at Walmart made me feel like I'm wrong to complain?
I'm VERY disappointed about the BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE at the Milpitas Walmart. They made a lady carrying a crying baby for 15 minutes wait there for nothing, plus made her feel like she was wrong to express her own opinion (oh yes, it made me feel like I have a problem that I had to say something when they are NOT accepting the legitimate coupons even they said they would). This is just outrageous. This is NOT how you treat your customers.
GOODYEAR, ARIZONA -- Have you ever gone to a register with a product that did not scan or needed a price check? Yes, this is obviously annoying, but usually handled relatively quickly (if the service is good). Today, at Wal-Mart, I had the worst response to a product not scanning. I was in the 15 or less aisle (with a growing line of equally annoyed customers). My case of copy paper was not scanning. The cashier and manager had told me that they were unable to sell me a case of copy paper. I informed them there were two cases on the shelf and the price was located beneath the case. The manager went to get the sticker, scanned the price and I thought I was on my way.
The cashier stopped me and asked me to wait for the manager to double check the price. Mind you, this was after I purchased the product. I waited for the manager to come back. He stated that he was unable to give me the case and that I had to purchase the reams individually. I asked the manager to get me the 10 reams of paper at similar cost to the case that stored the same 10 reams. He did and I had to exchange my case of 10 reams of paper for 10 individual reams of paper. The total cost difference was an extra charge of 79 cents that I did not have to pay. A bit moronic, but there it is.
I completed a survey with extremely low scores for cashier customer service. It was a complete waste of time. The worst part of the experience was that I had paid for a product and was treated like I was trying to underpay for something that was clearly labeled in the aisle. Maybe I'll stick to online shopping for copy paper. The deals are pretty much the same. Have you ever experienced something similar?
RUSTON, LOUISIANA -- Tonight I visited the Walmart Store (#0023) in Ruston, Louisiana as I have done for the 1,000th time. Upon check out, I explained to the cashier that my mother would be checking out behind me and she would be writing a check. She is 87 years old and lives in a nursing home and did not have her I.D. with her and my name was on her checks as well so could they just take my I.D.
They said that was fine BUT when I went to check out with my purchases my driver's Lic. has my first name, middle initial, and last name on it. The cashier refused to accept my I.D. because the driver's Lic had my first name and my checks have my middle name on them. I showed two picture I.D.'s, (Dr. Lic. and Concealed Weapon Permit) and he refused to accept. (I suppose I stole some ladies purse who looks EXACTLY like me.) My master card had the same name on it as my checks.
I have NEVER been treated like that at a Walmart store before. I had to use one of my mother's checks and when I signed the electronic devise, I signed with my middle name and guess what??? He accepted a different signature but wouldn't take TWO not ONE but TWO picture I.D.s. If Walmart offers a health plan, I would highly suggest that they send this employee to get a lobotomy as soon as possible... If you're not going to use your brain, you might as well have it removed.
Wal-Mart is not my favorite store. I only shop there because they are convenient and they have lower prices on everyday food Staples. My shopping is confined to the grocery area, so I'm in and out quickly. I found a short line for checkout and placed my items to be scanned. The cashier looked miserable and never said a word. Would it be too much effort to say "Hello" or "Thank You?"
When the total rang up the cashier just stood there, waiting for payment but never saying the amount owed. I had to read it off the scanner. Okay, I realize I'm not at Macy's or Kohl's, who provide great customer service, but this was ghetto. Wal-Mart needs to train their employees better and pay them a decent wage to provide better customer service.
ROUTE 30, LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA -- The Walmart Store on Route 30 (Lincoln Highway East), Lancaster, PA. This store does not serve the customers. The clerks talk to their friends while checking out customers (not the one being checked out), added another customer's items on my bill. To top it off yesterday I was in the 20 items or less register line. An obnoxious woman was ahead of me and I thought she was in the line across the aisle as she had 2 full grocery carts of items in the 20 or less line. Unfortunately she was in the 20 or less line and put her items up on the non-rolling counter. The clerk apparently was her friend and checked out 2 full cart loads of items in this 20 item register.
The obnoxious woman said loudly "people should expect to wait in line at Walmart!" Yes, usually there are busy lines but she should not have been in that line. While the clerk slowly, I mean very slowly checked out the numerous items while talking freely with this obnoxious woman, apparently a friend since while checking me out she continued her conversation and told her to call her later. The cashier rang up the next customer's Coke on my bill. She then told me they are required to check out anyone coming to the 20 item or less line, even if they have 2 full carts of items. I checked with a manager and Walmart policy is to check them out.
Meanwhile the rest of us with fewer than 20 items had to wait. All the other registers were busy too since there were only about 4 registers open around noon time on a FRIDAY! Sam Walton must be rolling over in his grave. We certainly cannot count on Walmart to serve the customer who just wants a few items and a quick exit. If I had to return to work, I would have left those items there and walked out. My next shopping trip will be to Target.
I worked at a retail store previously and we had to tell people coming to the Express Line if they were over the number of items, explaining politely that this register was only for 20 items or less and they would need to go to another register. But then we had enough open registers to handle a Friday, not just a few. Walmart better think about improving customer service. No wonder Lancaster County people do not want them to build another store in our County. Now I understand.
SAN JACINTO, CALIFORNIA -- The following has happened to me three different times at three different stores. The good news is Walmart policy is consistent. The bad news is it results in people, me included hating to go to Walmart.
Everything is OK until I get to the Check out. I pay for my items, the cashier scans them and puts them in their lazy susan type of contraption. The cashier then puts the bag(s) on top of this rotating unit. Since I bought two different type of items and I see two bags, I assume I have everything. No, I get home only to find out I have to drive all the way back to get my merchandise. Granted, I should have checked to make sure I have everything but there should be some responsibility on the cashier's end to make sure I have all my purchases.
I really hate Walmart because of this and will go anywhere else if I can. The last time I was there, another customer was at the register for the exact same reason so, this method of check out needs to be resolved. You would think all of the manager brains could figure this out.
250 WILDCAT DRIVE, CALIFORNIA -- From what I remember, you could check out at any register and never be turned away. Well a girl who was checking out this customer (yes she had her light off) yet she took that customer then turned off her light, but this Walmart has employees who do not know the rules of the business. I just was too tired to raise hell.
The girl was checking out this lady I was in this line which had 4 people ahead of me with baskets full and there was one more register way across the store opened. The girl check out this lady so I got out of the line with one item in my hand. I told her I only have one item and she said "I'm sorry I can't take you I'm closed." I said "All I have is one item." She said, "Well if I take you then I have to take others." I said "so." She, "I'm Sorry." When I turned to look at the line I had gotten out of which had like 5 more people which made it like now about 10 people ahead of me. I just dropped the item and left the store. Went home!
WOW I started thinking about this and I should have raised hell. Just so you know, I am going to be a up on you guys about opening your register once I see the line going into the where people walk with their baskets to get into the register. You people that work at Walmart and treat customers bad are the reason you have customers who get what they want so believe me I will be getting what I want when I want it. Now if you don't like your job then quit and let other have that job that want a job and can handle people. Thank You.
CONWAY, ARKANSAS -- I guess Walmart has decided they are only going to keep two or maybe three check-out lanes open while the other hundreds of customers have to use the self-check out locations. However for the consumer this is very inconvenient. The last couple months this is what has been happening and I must say I am very disappointed in the largest and richest retailer. How easy would it be to change retailers and change their new approach to save a dollar.
Self-check out is fine when one has only a couple of items, but when one is standing there in a mile long line with a buggy full of groceries is ridiculous. "Profit Over Everything Else" should be Walmart's no motto, or I guess "roll backs" will work too! I will do my shopping elsewhere because my time is worth more than Walmart believes it to be.