MARCH 4–Angered that a Walmart employee refused to honor a “dollar-off” coupon, a Florida woman allegedly retrieved a handgun from her car and waved the weapon at several store employees, police allege.
The confrontation at the Crawfordville store began Friday afternoon when Mary Frances Alday, 61, sought to use an Internet coupon. Alday became “extremely upset” when a Walmart assistant manager, Tracy Stockslager, told her of the retailer’s policy not to accept such online coupons, according to a Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office report.
As several Walmart employees watched from the store’s entrance, Alday appeared outside her car “waving the gun in the holster,” reported investigators. Alday then removed the weapon–a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special–from the holster and pointed it “at all the store employees and stated ‘I have something for Y’all.’” The Walmart workers “retreated back inside the building due to being in fear for their lives.”
Alday, who fled the Walmart parking lot in a 2011 Ford Escape, was subsequently pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy who asked if there was a firearm in the SUV. “Yes, I have a concealed weapons permit, and you are not taking my gun.” Asked about the gun’s location, Alday replied, “You’re not taking my gun.”
Well, thank goodness she stood her ground over that dollar off coupon! Repeat after me: CCW holders are the most responsible gun owners ever. Say it often enough, maybe it will be true …some day.
Look, as long as I’m reading multiple stories daily about gun loons behaving irresponsibly versus the very rare, occasional story about a gun owner saving the day, you will never convince me that liberalizing gun laws is a good idea. But, the firearms manufacturers must be appeased … the firearms manufacturers must be appeased … the firearms manufacturers must be appeased … amiright, TNGOP?
Also, this is reason number 5,708 why I’m still boycotting Florida. If you can’t go to a damn Walmart or buy some Skittles and iced tea without someone flinging a gun around, then forget it.
I’d forgotten about this one, but it’s worth adding here: different Florida Walmart, same massive gun loooonacy FAIL:
ORANGE CITY, Fla. – A man arrested for opening fire in a busy Walmart parking lot said he was trying to stop a shoplifter and is now defending his actions.
Orange City police arrested Jose Martinez, 35, after they said he unleashed at least five bullets in the parking lot of the Walmart on Veterans Memorial Parkway.
Martinez told Local 6, he was defending himself from a shoplifter who nearly ran him over and injured him.
“The guy put me in danger and other people,” said Martinez as police hauled him off to jail Wednesday evening. “He tried to run me over.”
But police said Martinez only was bumped by the shoplifter’s getaway car because he was chasing after the car and even tried to open the door to the moving vehicle before he opened fire.
Standing his ground against some poor sap shoplifting groceries, way to go, Florida! Let me say, the whole “he tried to run me over” stuff is utter bullshit, because a) there’s video of the incident, and b) when I first read this story, he said he,
[...] started opening fire because he said he wanted to mark the suspect’s car as he fled from the scene.
That’s a real genius move right there. You know what? Scratch boycotting Florida. I’m staying out of Walmart, too.