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Attention, Walmart Shoppers

Posted Monday, December 26, 2011, at 7:24 PM

Jacquetta Simmons
Talk about a stunted cerebral cortex. Jacquetta Simmons, 26, punched 70 year-old Walmart greeter, Grace Suozzi, in the face after the Walmart employee asked to see a copy of Simmons' sales receipt upon exiting the New York store with some purchases. Rather than produce the receipt, as one with a fully developed and functioning hypothalamus would do, Simmons, who is built like Muhammed Ali in his prime fighting days, punched the Walmart employee in the face and fled.

The good Samaritan shoppers and employees followed her and surrounded her until the police arrived. Hopefully, she won't get help from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton because I don't think I could stand for another round of tales of oppression, discrimination and racism when I have my own problems and a crazy bank to contend with.

Maybe I should be shock-proof after all these years of teaching and living in a big city, but I am not. Though some of the postings on the message boards indicate what I have been thinking all along; that we are just too darned soft.

Susan C Mulrooney Eagle wrote, and I'm quoting verbatim because if I wrote something like this, I'd expect someone to confiscate my computer.

"For the record Walmart's police on asking to see your receipt is VOLUNTARY per corporate, I had a similar situation at a local Walmart I was asked to see my receipt I politely refused and started towards the dor I was then assaulted by the Walmart Greeter I showed great restraint in not assaulting her back the video tape was revied by the store manager, corporates attorneys and the employee was terminated. If you have no problem being accused everytime you go into a wa Walmart then go ahead stop & show your receipt to the greeter."

Perhaps Miss Mulrooney should shop online if she can't abide by the store's policies and make more room for the rest of us who understand the reasons behind them.

Or this little ditty from Danielgomez4:

"If you paid for it its yours it don't belong to walmart anymore I never show my receipts anymore an if you touch me your asking for it you could get maced or hurt so if walmart wants to see a receipt you need to arrest them."

Yeah, arrest them. What a grand idea. If he had spent half as much time paying attention in school as he did posting on message boards, then he may be able to write better than the average kindergartner.

And Sultry wrote:

"If a shopping trip or social outing turned to people making false accusations against me, I would let my lawyers throw a knock out punch in court."

Is she referring to the ones she hired to defend her in criminal court?

Many others tried turning it into a discrimination issue, which it is. Simmons, who is black, discriminated with a white woman old enough to be her grandmother and who is probably working at the only job she could get because she needs the money.

Hopefully, some smart and ethical lawyer will come knocking on Grace Suozzi's door so she can sue both Simmons and the store. And maybe Walmart will smarten up and hire beefy security guards or veterans to stand at the door. As for me, I'm going to start a petition to send the zombies and cretins to Somalia or to some other war zone to fight the enemy. That ought to make the rebels retreat real quickly. If it doesn't pass, I'll move there myself. It might be saner.

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Info only:

Those little tags Wal-Mart sports on all it's merchandise - those are Radio Frequency ID tags (RFID) - the tags in most cases also bear a barcode. Despite what some might "think" the use of RFID tech is primarily for inventory purposes. But it should be known, there's an alerting device installed within all the frames at the points of ingress/egress. That alerting device (actually more properly, a transceiver) is dual purpose.

When an item is passed over the barcode scanner at checkout, an electronic impulse is supposed to be emitted at the point the barcode is read, deactivating the RFID tag. But for safety-reasons, often the impulse isn't adequately powerful to deactivate the tag. Especially true at times of high use - such as Christmas shopping.

Sometimes the checker-outer will advise a customer "the greeter/door person may ask to see your receipt" - those sometimes are occasioned by the checker-outer noticing the capacitor in the barcode scanner hadn't fully re-charged to deliver the knockout the RFID requires to deactivate.

But at times - again, high shopping traffic, like Christmas shopping - the checker-outer might not notice.

Better the greeter ask to look at the receipt than a customer attempt to exit the store and inadvertently trip the alert in the doorframes.

-- Posted by HDucker on Sat, Dec 31, 2011, at 6:22 PM

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