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Barry Goldberg said he bought $1,300 worth of $10 dollar gift cards at the Wal-Mart in Lisbon and as a gesture of goodwill, he started handing them out to customers in the store lobby.
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Walmart has enough trouble controlling it's property (see Black Friday sales) I can't blame them for asking him to leave. Could you imagine the chaos if people realized what was going on and started to get pushy?


The guy is really neat though and hopefully he found somewhere else to spread his good cheer!
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Holy cow! This is the Walmart I go to!

Why couldn't he have been there when I was shopping on Thursday night?

What a kind soul he is.


And on Walmart.
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Walmart has enough trouble controlling it's property (see Black Friday sales) I can't blame them for asking him to leave. Could you imagine the chaos if people realized what was going on and started to get pushy?


The guy is really neat though and hopefully he found somewhere else to spread his good cheer!
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Holy cow! This is the Walmart I go to!

Why couldn't he have been there when I was shopping on Thursday night?

What a kind soul he is.


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Why? I can absolutely see people getting rowdy in a situation like that. Heck, people get pushy at the taster tables at Costco on a Sunday. Free gift cards?!?!?! I don't trust people to act civilized. Sad but true.
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Being mobbed is why many secret santa give out and then run.

I can see why for security reasons they would ask him to leave. If he would be mobbed or mugged they don't want the responciblity.

I don't fault Walmart.
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Why? I can absolutely see people getting rowdy in a situation like that. Heck, people get pushy at the taster tables at Costco on a Sunday. Free gift cards?!?!?! I don't trust people to act civilized. Sad but true.
Yeah, but he spent $1300 on $10 gift cards.. that's only 130 people.. there was an end to the generosity. I would have assumed it was a prank or something.. (stupid, stupid cynical mind!)
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Yeah, but he spent $1300 on $10 gift cards.. that's only 130 people.. there was an end to the generosity. I would have assumed it was a prank or something.. (stupid, stupid cynical mind!)
That's only 130 people who would get the gift cards. But then take all those 130 people and their cell phones and them calling or texting their best friend/sister/sister's neighbor/sister's neighbor's vet etc, etc, to get down to walmart and before you know if, the poor guy is being pummeled because he ran out of gift cards and walmart is at fault because it didn't protect him or pull our their crystal ball and see the future and know it would result in a mob.

That's very nice of the man to do. But I don't fault walmart.

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I would have started at one side of the store, gone up and down the aisles handing one to each shopper. Then I would have left quickly.

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I don't think Wal-mart made the man leave because they were scared of stampedes. I'm sorry, they haven't showed that kind of discretion in the past and I won't give them credit for it now. I'm pretty sure it had to do with loss of profit.

If he'd bought the gift cards and given them to 130 friends and family, they'd have come into the store and more than likely spent MORE than that $10, generating sales. The people who were already in the store (or parking lot) were already coming in with planned purchases, and those people would simply use his gift card as a $10 coupon, causing a loss of income for Wal-mart.

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I don't think Wal-mart made the man leave because they were scared of stampedes. I'm sorry, they haven't showed that kind of discretion in the past and I won't give them credit for it now. I'm pretty sure it had to do with loss of profit.

If he'd bought the gift cards and given them to 130 friends and family, they'd have come into the store and more than likely spent MORE than that $10, generating sales. The people who were already in the store (or parking lot) were already coming in with planned purchases, and those people would simply use his gift card as a $10 coupon, causing a loss of income for Wal-mart.
Yep.. to assume that Walmart kicked him off the grounds to prevent people being trampled is assuming that Walmart is willing to learn from its mistakes. And I am not willing to grant them that.
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Holy cow! This is the Walmart I go to!
Ha! I used to go to the Putnam or Willi one.

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I don't think Wal-mart made the man leave because they were scared of stampedes. I'm sorry, they haven't showed that kind of discretion in the past and I won't give them credit for it now. I'm pretty sure it had to do with loss of profit.

If he'd bought the gift cards and given them to 130 friends and family, they'd have come into the store and more than likely spent MORE than that $10, generating sales. The people who were already in the store (or parking lot) were already coming in with planned purchases, and those people would simply use his gift card as a $10 coupon, causing a loss of income for Wal-mart.
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how would it be a loss if the people used the $10 he already bought with his money not walmart money? The money would still have been spent that day, right? Or do they hope people buy gift cards that people won't use? So they actually get free money? Is that what you mean?

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how would it be a loss if the people used the $10 he already bought with his money not walmart money? The money would still have been spent that day, right? Or do they hope people buy gift cards that people won't use? So they actually get free money? Is that what you mean?
No (well, maybe, I know lots of people do buy gift cards and they get forgotten, I have evidence in my wallet ) but I was must not have been clear. If you get a gift card to Walmart, even if you don't normally shop there or have anything to buy, you'll go in to use the gift card. It would be very rare that someone would spend exactly that $10, so that $10 gift card wound up gaining them 24.89 or so when you bought that toaster oven that you might have bought at Target or Amazon otherwise. If you're already at the store making purchases, instead of becoming new revenue, you just use that $10 gift card as a coupon on the purchase you already intended to buy. Am I totally going in circles here? I can see it in my head but I can't communicate it online!

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Or do they hope people buy gift cards that people won't use? So they actually get free money?
I remember reading an article about the amount of economic push unused gift cards do to individual businesses.. it was shocking.. Also, some gift cards have expiration dates..

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What a neat guy. I wonder though how wal mart could legally kick him off their grounds. He was not doing anything illegal.
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What a neat guy. I wonder though how wal mart could legally kick him off their grounds. He was not doing anything illegal.
Reverse panhandling?
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I don't have a problem with that. See: Black Friday DEATHS.

And WM itself may not learn, but their insurance company sure as hell did. IYKWIM.

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Oh, and I didn't mean to imply it would be a loss to Walmart. I realize I did come across that way the first time. But it is (in the corporate view) a loss of potential sale by not bringing in customers that would not have been there if not for the gift cards.

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Hmm. I guess I'm a bah humbug type person.

I used to work at a store where "customers" would return merchandise, get a merchandise credit, then try to scam customers.

They would steal a blank gift card. Discreetly, they would use the merchandise credit to purchase say, a candy bar. This would prove the blank gift card was good. (slight of hand). The victim would pay in cash and get the blank gift card. The thief would keep the merch credit with the actually money on it and have cash.

This is really more common than you think. I wonder if Walmart was scared this man could have been doing something suspicious.

Sorry, but 1300 is a really random number. I don't get a man randomly passing out 1300 at a Walmart.

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No (well, maybe, I know lots of people do buy gift cards and they get forgotten, I have evidence in my wallet ) but I was must not have been clear. If you get a gift card to Walmart, even if you don't normally shop there or have anything to buy, you'll go in to use the gift card. It would be very rare that someone would spend exactly that $10, so that $10 gift card wound up gaining them 24.89 or so when you bought that toaster oven that you might have bought at Target or Amazon otherwise. If you're already at the store making purchases, instead of becoming new revenue, you just use that $10 gift card as a coupon on the purchase you already intended to buy. Am I totally going in circles here? I can see it in my head but I can't communicate it online!
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