It’s no secret Walmart prides itself on matching the lowest advertised prices on products, but when one Arizona man put that to that test, he was banned from the store worldwide.
“I was handcuffed, humiliated and embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart,” Joe Cantrell, a disabled former professional wrestler, told ABC 15.
Cantrell was at the San Tan Valley Walmart to get ornaments for his family’s Christmas tree, and had flipped through circulars prior to going into the store in an effort to find cheap items he could price match at the local retailer.
But a store employee rejected his ad match request, claiming that store doesn’t do ad matching. After Cantrell complained to store management, the employee decided to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office because he felt intimidated.
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“I was upset, but never once did I say anything to the gentleman,” Cantrell said.
However, Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told Gawker Cantrell was banned for life after he “threatened the associate’s life” and wrote a Facebook post stating he would “kick the associate’s butt.”
Walmart sent ABC15 the following statement Tuesday:
“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.”
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Cantrell says he loves Walmart so much that he visits the store at least twice a day, once in the morning with his grandmother and then again in the evening.
But when he returned to his local store four days later, Cantrell was handcuffed and handed a court summons by three deputies. He was also given a notice informing him he was banned from Walmart for life.
Deputies agreed to let Cantrell go when he began to cry. He is required to appear in court to face charges of threatening, intimidation and disorderly conduct.
Sources: Gawker, ABC15