COLUMBUS, GEORGIA -- My name is Ken. I am a 47 year male and I had a stroke on Dec 27th 2009. Due to the stroke I now deal with chronic fatigue, my right side arm and leg are out of whack, I have back pain and Migraines. I have to use the electric carts when I go to stores like Walmart and others. I have been in a continuous battle for Walmart to keep their carts safe and just charged up for us disabled folks to be able to use. There has been this one cart in particular that I have had the most aggravation with for the past 6 months. It began when I used a cart that slid some when I stood up to get an item on a higher shelf. The carts are supposed to lock in place for safety when you are not pressing the handles to make it move. I told the manager on duty and she promise me she would look into it. To get to the chase this dance went on for 4 more months and then this incident happened to me. I went shopping at Walmart at about 1 am one night and got a few items and went to my car. I sat on the cart and placed the items in my trunk and then with the last bag I had to stand up to place it. I put one foot on the ground between the cart and my car and one foot was still on the cart. Then it slowly began to move and before I could become aware of my situation (for info sake I have comprehension and memory issues so I am slow to get things sometimes) I became wedged under my bumper and the cart in such a way that I could not maneuver my arms or legs to use the handles or push myself up. So I stayed wedged for about 15 minutes until a nice young couple came out and helped me up.
I went inside and spoke to the manager on duty, Shirley, and was promised she would have it fixed. Now also know that she never asked how I was and never asked me to fill out a report. This same dance went on for another month with this same cart and it was never made safe and it was always put back out. I told the managers on duty 3 more times and the last time I threatened to sue Walmart and surprise I got their attention. This time they had me fill out an incident report and the next day I spoke with Billy the stores head whatever. He was kind and supportive and even told me about his daughter being severely disabled and how he would be upset if she was not safe. He promised me that he would see to the matter personally and make sure that the cart was made safe or thrown out. Finally I felt that something would be done to protect us from unsafe carts and I felt sure that this would be resolved soon. I took some time off from Walmart because it just wore me out mentally and physically so a month later I went shopping at Walmart and to my horror what did I see when I walked in the doors, The same cart sitting there but I still thought it had to be fixed so I tried it and to my shock and dismay it was not. It was just as dangerous as it was before as if nothing was done at all. I was mad and hurt and disgusted at Walmart and especially Billy for lying to me and not caring about the disabled and after playing the disabled sympathy card about his daughter.
I went home and fumed and then called billy the next morning. I told him what I thought of him and that I thought that he personally did not care about the disabled at all. He explained that he called the guy that fixes the carts so he did what he said he would do. I told him again what he said to me about making sure it was fixed and again he said he did what he said he would do. I told them that he was a liar because he said that he promised he would make sure it is fixed or thrown out and that he cared about the disabled because of his daughter and again I called him a liar and he just continued to explain that he did what he said he would do so you decide for yourself if he cares about you or someone you know that is disabled in some way.
What I want from this happening to me is for Walmart to care about us and make it safe for us to come to Walmart if we choose. Personally I choose not to any more. I do not believe liars. Thank you for your attention to my situation and I hope that you will make yourself known to Billy at Walmart - 5448 Whittlesey Blvd # B Columbus GA (706) 322-8801.
Please let him know what you think of his concern for the Disabled. No one should have to wait that long for help.
My name is James, I am a representative from Walmart. We here at Walmart are sorry about your poor experience in one of our stores, but as you may know, our goal is to sell Mass quantities of product as quick as possible, and as cheap as possible, which is the reason why our customer service is poor. The issue you are having with your cart, I'd recommend getting someone over to your local store to fix it. We will not be shipping any new electric carts and accessories for quite a while, since we have recently upgraded the current ones. I highly recommend that if you do not enjoy our stores, please feel free to shop elsewhere. Thank you for buying our products, we really appreciate it. -James
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- Indianapolis, Indiana store on S. Emerson. I get home and I realized that I had left some of my purchase at the store... again! This happened twice in a span of two weeks, so I was extremely annoyed at myself. I went to customer service with my receipt and the lady checked her log. Mind you this was the same lady that had "helped" the last time. So she checks my receipt and walks off and I'm like "Ok?!" She comes back and says to me that her manager said that I should be more diligent with my bags and make sure that I get all of my stuff. This would be the last time that I would be allowed to "do this." She goes on to say that this was the third time that I had done this.
Mind you, yes this was our third encounter, but the first time she "helped" me was for being charged double for two separate items and two other items did not ring up properly. I did not throw a fit or get upset, I just went back to the store so they can fix the mistake. Of course this was not the first or second or third time that I had been ripped off by Walmart, just the first time I decided to do something about it. After being reprimanded, I explained that having to return to the store simply to retrieve items I left there, was not something I enjoy or do on purpose.
When I returned to the counter she still had a "vibe" and as did I, she ended the transaction with a "Have a nice day," I was having a nice day until then. I was so upset that I called the store and complained. I'm sure nothing will be done but it made me feel somewhat better. After waiting in line forever all three times dealing with this lady. Having to go and retrieve the exact flavor of ten cans of cat food (because otherwise it would off their inventory!) and everything else that I had left it just got too much.
I don't know of any other chain store, major or mom and pop where the employees have such an unprofessional sense of familiarity. At other grocery stores I see customers with a full cart when the prices are twice to three times as high as Walmart, I was always flabbergasted, like do they not know about Walmart!?! Well they probably do! You cannot put a price on good customer service. Thanks Walmart! This is an idea I thought I understood but now I know exactly what it means. So now I'll pay more for my groceries (I will watch what I spend more closely) but at least I will not have a sense of dread when I leave.
ILLINOIS -- I have been ordering household goods (toiletries, pet food) from Walmart.com for several years and have even suggested to co-workers, family members and friends on many occasions. I have now had two bad experiences with packaging of the shipments to cause damage to carpets. The first time, about a year ago, after getting nowhere with customer service online I went in the Wheeling store and the manager seemed genuinely caring about the situation and stated she didn't want to lose a customer over such a situation and offered me a gift card to use in the store.
Aside from refunding the damaged goods, the online customer service reps will only offer replacement or refund. That is fine until you have carpet damage from spilled liquids like in my case. I needed to spend $120 to have carpets cleaned due to soap that leaked through the box and into the carpet and padding. Again, a week ago, I had the same experience. I followed their protocol and again I received a refund but feel after dealing with a box of products covered in liquid soap and cat litter that has to be cleaned off carpets that someone would actually care and feel that I am due something other than "we are very sorry" and a refund!
I no longer will order from Walmart.com and even have decided not to shop at their stores. I will now shop in other stores and even pay a few more cents per item; a small thing by comparison to the emotions and time I have wasted with Walmart. Shopping online and having those items shipped to my home (free) was a savings of time, gas and even money as I wasn't purchasing other items that I was putting in my cart as I walked the aisles. I feel that Walmart.com should re-think their customer service procedures.
HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- Bought a twin air mattress to take on vacation to the same family condo we stayed at last year. Got there and realized we still had the mattress from the previous year and it was in good shape. Had thrown the receipt away for the new mattress but didn't think there would be a problem getting the thirty dollars back at our friendly Wal-Mart which we spend hundreds of dollars at every month. Surprise, surprise the front end management is beyond lame.
We were advised that after 14 days mattresses could not be returned. Talked to front end "management" and was advised the same thing. It was obvious this mattress had not been used, it was in the box and the box still sealed with sticky whatever. Why are people so ignorant? I mean it's not like we were trying to take it back used or anything. And there is no way anyone couldn't tell that that box had never been opened. Believe me I've worked at Wal-Mart in the past and saw what some people DO bring back and it's just crazy.
Anyway called another Wal-Mart with much smarter people who did not give us a problem at all. Got a gift card and we were on our way. I think some people just really let their power go to their head so much that they can't see anything else.
It's just like they have no common sense whatsoever and are out to make it as hard on the honest person as possible but now if a troublemaker would have went in that store demanding they take it back, I've got a feeling things would have been worked out much differently. You know what they say about karma, I hope that "manager" gets it twofold. Just know there are exceptions to every rule and good employees know when to make those exceptions using their common sense.
POTTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA -- EVERY time I think I should just suck it up and go to Wal-Mart for a possible better price (I'm a Target shopper), I'm reminded why I don't EVERY time! There is NEVER anyone on the floor for help and when there are 9 out of 10 are too LAZY to actually be helpful. If they don't know the answer to your question... Instead of find out for you, they say sorry and walk away. Now, when I'm at other stores I frequent, if that sales associate does not know the answer, they fire up their walkie talkie and FIND OUT.
THEN... There's the attitude. It's like dealing with snotty teenagers, only these are adults and know better. They are rarely pleasant, god forbid they crack a smile. AND another reason I shop at Target... Wal-Mart is never as organized or clean. It's like shopping at a warehouse. I guess to buy low price you have to buy low quality in all aspects. My most recent adventure took me to Wal-Mart because I desperately needed an air mattress fast and they carried the one we wanted and it was in stock. So... We go to use it and find out it has a leak.
I go back to Wal-Mart WITH the receipt. At this point I'm looking for a refund as we had to replace this new air mattress and did not need an "extra" one, so I didn't want a replacement. I was then told that because it was opened, they would not return it. I wasn't too bothered by that as I then asked for store credit... While I don't like Wal-Mart, it's not like I couldn't find something we needed to buy for our family of 5.
I was then told they do not do store credit either. Apparently for an air mattress, if the box is opened, and I do mean just even tape ripped... They do NOT do returns. I then asked how is it to know if the items is faulty if it is not opened??? They said it was Wal-Mart's policy.
So, needless to say I was OUT ALL OUR MONEY and had to accept an exact replacement of the mattress, which we DID NOT need nor want. At this point, we are just going to sell it and try to get our money back! I hate Wal-Mart. And sadly, any employee I have ever met (including ones I know well) feel the same way more and more. I will NEVER shop at a Wal-Mart if I can help it, as it only frustrates and annoys me every time.
MICHIGAN -- September of 2009, I went to Walmart Vision Center to get new glasses to replace my old one (old one was about 5 years old). They had nice pricing and warranty on custom made prescription glasses. However it seems their warranty is extremely limited and they were able to find all sorts of excuses not to honor it.
I took care of my glasses and only used water to clean them, no solvent of any kind. I also avoided wiping the glasses when there were dirt to prevent scratching. Pretty much the same as I've done for over 30 years. But despite my best care, my glasses seemed to fall apart in just a few months and I am back on my 5 year old glasses.
First issue, just 3 weeks after I got my glasses, there were noticeable blotches on my lenses. Specifically when viewed at certain angle, I could see area of glare where anti-glare coating had failed. While it was still usable, under bright lighting people would notice my glasses looked funny or very unclean, so I took it back. But they wouldn't honor it because the damage to anti-glare coating seems to be "my fault" somehow.
I don't see how plain water can cause so much of the anti glare coating to come off. It looked like the coating was poorly applied or something, and I am positive the issue is factory defect and not customer issue as they claimed. I wasn't happy they wouldn't cover it despite their warranty that covers every defect. My 5 year old glasses still has anti glare coating intact except for where there's a few scratches.
A couple weeks ago (December, only 3 months after my glasses were made), the arm broke off of my glasses. Back to the store I went, and this time they said they will replace the frame. However they ran into a snag: the frame had been discontinued and while they offered any replacement frame of comparable price, they didn't have any frame in stock that can take my existing lens. Worse, they will not replace the lens because that part isn't covered in warranty.
I have tried to deal with them reasonably but they would not replace the lens, and they could not get a new frame that would fit with my existing lens so I am left with broken glasses that they "can't" fix and no way to wear them without having unsightly tape holding the glasses together.
In the past I've had glasses from different stores that lasts me a few years and up to as long as 10 years with nothing more than a few hairline scratches. I am very disappointed that Walmart would sell garbage that started having problem in just a few weeks and be unusable in less than 4 months. And conveniently have clause in warranty that exempts "customer damage" from any warranty repair, even when damage is due to defects. With this clause, the store can easily refuse all repair and simply claim it was customer's fault.
It seems all they are interested is selling glasses to make profit, make a warranty claim that looks good in advertisement, and claim customer damage on every returned glasses so they would never lose money. Well, guess what? Losing customer hurts more. I've told my relatives and friends about this and many have agreed to avoid Walmart. I also took my glasses business back to my previous store. I'd rather pay an extra $50 to have a pair that lasts a lot longer than 4 months.
I sent the following email to Walmart today:
I opened a prepaid Visa card at your Walmart store located in Mt. Dora, FL 6 months ago. When I spoke with the cashier who sold the card to me, I let her know that I would be having my paycheck direct deposited on the card, and many deposits would be in excess of $5K (I get paid 2 times per month). She assured me this was fine as long as the money was direct deposited, so I bought the card, did the direct deposit, and off I went.
Now, six months later, your company decided that my deposits are too high, and without contacting me, went ahead and closed my account without my knowledge. I was stranded in the middle of nowhere and tried to get gas, the card was declined, so I called your Customer Support number from my cell phone. They explained this ridiculous mess to me (my deposits are too high). Then, they reopened the card for an hour, just long enough for me to remove what was left on the card, and the account was closed. A couple of days later, your Loss Management department called me and said how "sorry" they were, that the account was closed in error, and they offered to re-open the card, which I accepted so I didn't have to cancel my direct deposit, and for my "pain and suffering", they gave me a HUGE $25.00 credit.
Yesterday there was $15.74 on my card. I went to check the balance today, and it was "ZERO". So I called your Customer Service department (and was transferred to Philippines, Pakistan, and Guatemala - I thought this was a US based company???). Ana, ID #10838 informed me the account was closed a second time in error (I was supposed to have a $5K direct deposit on the card at midnight tonight), and she promised it would be re-opened in 10-15 minutes, and the $15.74 would be put back on the card. Four hours later, nothing happened, so I called Loss Management yet AGAIN. I spent better than an hour talking to them, who then informed me that it was tough ****, the account was closed again permanently, and there was nothing I could do. They also informed me that my direct deposit would be DENIED, completely screwing me up royally since I had bills that I paid right off the card, not to mention that the payroll would have to be sent back to ADP, then back to my company before it could be forwarded to me. Thanks Walmart.
Then, the idiot "Claudia" (Supervisor at Loss Management), offered to open me another card! After I was done laughing (why in the name of God would I do THAT???), I told her I wanted nothing more to do with Walmart, and I mean that completely. My sister works for channel 9 News in Boston, and is Diane Sawyer's neighbor on Martha's Vineyard, and they are friends. This will make a WONDERFUL human interest story once it hits the airwaves, don't you agree??? I am going to be SURE that this story is told everywhere. From your idiot cashiers, right down to your incompetent Loss Management group (you get a different story from everyone you speak to), I can't think of ONE good reason why I, or anyone else would want to shop at Walmart. I find it interesting that no one will give you their last name or ID number (except Ana), and they spend the majority of the time putting you on hold so they can pass the buck, all the while telling you how sorry they are!!! In reality, they couldn't care less, they just want to pass you onto someone else so they don't have to deal with you.
Having said all this, Walmart is TRASH and not only will I not get another card, I will no longer patronize your store. I am starting a blog as well, and when my sister speaks with Diane Sawyer (this is happening first thing in the morning), I am sure they will be contacting you for comments (especially the lawyers).
KITTY HAWK, NORTH CAROLINA -- Let's talk about our local Walmart for a moment. I went in Sunday morning, Jan 3rd around 8:30 for grocery shopping. After approx 45 minutes, I make my way to the checkout with my $200 worth of groceries, only to be told by the cashier that they had no bags. She said she would be able to give me one recyclable bag, but I would need to buy a box of trash bags to bag my groceries in… REALLY???
Why should Walmart's poor inventory control be passed on to the consumer? The cashier from the next lane helped to bag my groceries (in my own trash bags PURCHASED from Walmart), and she also stated that this would be the policy in order to handle this from her manager on duty. Once I arrived back home and unloaded all of my trash bagged groceries, I wrote the corporate Walmart office a letter to express my displeasure. Tonight I received a phone call from the manager of our local Kitty Hawk Walmart. He apologized for my experience, and I may have been appeased by this.
He, however, blamed my cashier and said that this was not the way the situation should have been handled. SERIOUSLY??? She was doing what she was told to do by her manager on duty!!! Here's a thought: Why didn't you put a sign on the door letting customers know that you didn't have any bags??? Is this the way that you treat your local patrons??? I live here, work here, and shop here, 365 days a year. We are your bread and butter right now in the off season. We may not have a lot of shopping choices here, BUT WE DO HAVE CHOICES!!!
BADEN, PENNSYLVANIA -- I went there for an oil change, and spent an hour waiting. They call me back to the department and said they could not find my oil filter. I looked it up on my phone and found it in 30 seconds. Then they told they were going to deny my oil change because the oil filter was torqued too tight. They were the last ones to change my oil. When I told them that they change the blame to they tighten up over time. Waste of two hours. Do not go here. You're better off having a 5 year do it. They are jokes of mechanics.
LIVONIA, MICHIGAN -- After falling on hard times financially, I called Walmart Customer Service to ask if my 20%+ interest rate might be lowered. I was told no, so I closed my credit card account and continued to make the payments. My minimum payment due was $78, so I tried to set up automatic payments of $107 per month. Walmart made this extremely difficult to do, so my bank said, "Let's just forget trying to set this up with Walmart--we'll set it up for you."
I wasn't even three months into this plan when I got a bill from Walmart with a $35 "late fee." It seemed that they not only wouldn't lower my interest rate, but they actually raised it! My minimum payment was now $109, and bank and I had set up $107 based on the $78 minimum that had been due.
When I called customer service to complain, I was told there was nothing I could do about my interest rate because my account was closed (And yet they had no difficulty in raising the rate when it was closed). I told a friend about my experience, and she shared my outrage, saying, "Let's just cut their interest altogether. I'll pay it off, and you just pay me back."
Not wanting her to do that without gaining anything, I told her I would pay her back at 11% interest. My friend gained 11%, I saved 11%, and Walmart lost 22.9% interest plus two customers. This is a company that seems to me to be inflexible, spiteful and greedy, and I am glad to take my business to places where I feel respected and appreciated.