Walmart Shopper Mary Frances Alday Allegedly Points Gun After $1 Coupon Is Denied

Mary Frances Alday WalmartLike dimly-lit alleyways and late-night subway platforms, Walmart parking lots can be unsafe spots. During the Black Friday shopping rush last year, two people were shot outside a Florida Walmart. Last month, there were shootings outside two other Walmarts in the same state. And another gun came out in the parking lot of a Florida Walmart on Friday, after an employee refused to accept a woman's "dollar-off" coupon.

Mary Frances Alday, 61, tried to redeem an Internet coupon at the Walmart in Crawfordville, according to a Wakulla County Sheriff's Office filing, and reported by The Smoking Gun. The accounts say that when assistant manager Tracy Stockslager explained that Walmart didn't accept that kind of coupon, it sent Alday into a fury.

Stockslager told police that Alday "called her a bitch and other foul names and intentionally hit her with a shopping cart." Stockslager claims that she then escorted Alday to the door while calling 911. Alday reportedly cautioned Stockslager not to follow her outside, to which Stockslager replied that she was going to note the license plate number on Alday's car.

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According to the police report, Alday said, "If you follow me, I have something in my car for you." Alday then went to her car, pulled a handgun out from the passenger's seat and waved it around in its holster. She then removed it from the case, and pointed it at Stockslager and other Walmart employees who had joined her just outside the store. Alday then said, "I have something for y'all." Stockslager and the other employees raced back inside the Walmart, the report says, "in fear of their lives."

A deputy sheriff caught up with Alday soon after, police say, and used a stun gun on the disgruntled Walmart shopper because she refused to leave her car. Alday has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery.

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It might not be surprising that Walmart has been the scene of such incidents since the retailer gets more than 200 million visits to its stores each week. But their frequency has raised some concerns. When a woman, who had been abducted from a Walmart parking lot and then raped, sued the retail chain, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia said, in granting her a new trial, "A quick search of reported cases reveals that Wal-Mart parking lots are a virtual magnet for crime."

But Walmart has a robust security operation, including "asset protection" staff, who are "responsible for all levels of security strategy," according to the retailer's website, as well as armed security guards at certain locations. Some of those guards have themselves been implicated in violent incidents at the retail chain, though. Last December, an off-duty police officer working security at a Texas Walmart allegedly shot and killed a suspected shoplifter trying to flee, and since 2005 at least three other alleged shoplifters have died after struggles with asset protection staff, according to various news reports.

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Our constitution right are being taking alway slowly thanks for people like her, making the gun owner like a criminal, as the man who tried to stop the criminal had no right to pull his weapon and shoot at him, he had no gun and no one was immediately dangerous, he's not a hero, use common sense.

March 06 2013 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't believe that they charged the man who tried to stop a criminal. That is the problem with our laws that protects the shoplifters and petty theives. The theives know that the law will look the other way and will let them get away with it. The stores won't let their security get rough with shoplifters either so they keep on lifting. If they got a good beating just once they might learn not to steal.

The man who went after the thief is a hero not a criminal but his effort is being rewarded with an arrest. He did not kill anyone but made sure that he marked the car for the police.

March 06 2013 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

watching these videos are funny i love how the police call them pro shoplifters and how they are responcable for the prices going up... no when you pay a jap 5 cents in a sweat shop to make the product and all the tax's after that drives the cost of products up.js

March 06 2013 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


March 06 2013 at 8:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Kathy & Dean

Here we have no subay platforms, so that's a no-brainer. Who in their right mind would seek dim-lit alleyways to get to a store? Although Wal-Mart is desereving of much critiscism, sounds like they got this right.

March 06 2013 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These employees are lucky they didn't get shot over trying to save Walmart a dollar. That's about as dumb..if not dumber..than the women's behavior !!

March 06 2013 at 6:38 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

If that coupon was legit and the store refused to accept it, I would have cancelled the entire order right then and there, not paid a dime, walked out, and made them put all the items back in their shelves. I would imagine that everything had been rung up first then at that point, the coupon was presented and refused.

March 06 2013 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yet another example of MILLIONS....of them ...that we NEED and WILL GET sensible GUN SAFETY legislation! NRA cannot dispute it now. I'm sure even Republicans will support it since they are not even safe at their precious Wal Mart anymore......DANGEROUS to goto that it appears.

March 06 2013 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to bpdarling's comment
Hi Kathy & Dean

Get a life and get real.

March 06 2013 at 7:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Why do you anti-gunners blame NRA when some idiot screws up with a gun----that like the media blaming the gun when some idiot shoots someone

March 06 2013 at 7:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to geburuh's comment
Hi Kathy & Dean

The media. The media. The media Is responsible for all gun scare hype purely for "news" worthy items to inflate reatings. Anyone SENIOR enough to recall the old Ivory Soap commercial? 99/100 % pure? Not saying the NRA is lily white by ant means.

March 06 2013 at 8:10 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

A coupon is a coupon. A thousand items later can save you a thousand bucks.

March 06 2013 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to liondog96's comment
Hi Kathy & Dean

Or get you ripped off.

March 06 2013 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah... my lawyers are Smith & Wesson.

March 06 2013 at 5:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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