QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. - An Arizona man says he has found out the hard way just how to get banned from Walmart for life.
Joe Cantrell loves to ad match.
He goes through circulars to find the biggest discounts, and then goes to Walmart.
According to the company’s website, they match the lowest advertised price on identical products, but when Joe tried doing that last week, the unthinkable happened.
What started as a trip to a San Tan Valley, Ariz., Walmart to get ornaments for his family’s Christmas tree, turned into the biggest nightmare of Joe’s life.
"I was handcuffed, humiliated and embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart," Joe remembers.
And, there’s a chance, Joe just may be the most loyal Walmart shopper you’ve ever met.
Joe told us he visits the mega-retailer at least twice a day — once in the morning with his grandmother, and then again in the evening.
"I just love Walmart and that’s why I go," he laughs.
Because to Joe, every little dollar counts.
"Sorry I get a little emotional about this, because I’m disabled," he says.
After eight years in the ring as a professional wrestler and lots of injuries, “I can’t do what I used to do for a living anymore,” he says.
So, four months ago, he started ad matching. But last week when a Walmart employee told him it wasn’t allowed, Joe complained to management.
"When I left, he turned around and called the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and said he felt intimidated and threatened. I was upset, but never once did I say anything to the gentleman," Joe says of the incident.
Joe says when he went back to Walmart four days later, three deputies handcuffed him, gave him a court summons and a notice banning him from any Walmart in the world for life.
"I felt shamed. I felt like I was the bad guy. And I know I’m not a bad guy," he says.
The deputies apparently agreed. Joe says when they realized the nature of the complaint, they let him go.
"They saw a grown man cry like a baby," Joe says. "Probably because I knew I would be able to go home to my family and finish that Christmas tree."
Joe wasn’t arrested, but he says he’s facing charges of threatening, intimidation and disorderly conduct. He has no attorney and he’s still banned from Walmart for life.
Sister station ABC15 reached out to Wal-mart, but the company never responded to the request for comment.
Joe says he if knew ad matching was going to cause this, he just would have paid the extra money.
This black-and-white portrait of Nelson Mandela looking at his reflection in a hand-held mirror, by photographer Adrian Steirn as part of a series of 21 portraits of South African icons, has just made history.
Bought by a private art collector in New York for $200,000 (which will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and the World Wildlife Fund), it has now officially become the highest price ever paid for a local South African portrait.
The buyer, who remains anonymous, said about the portrait: “I am honored to own what has already become an iconic image of one of the greatest statesmen the world has ever known. In a single frame the photographer has captured the essence of dignity, principle, conviction and courage in this great man from whose life’s work and dedication to a greater cause we all have much to learn, and by which I am inspired daily.”
Steirn’s intentions with the portrait was to depict “a man reflecting on his life. As he reflects on his life, we reflect on his legacy and our future.”
Today, the United Nations celebrates Human Rights Day in an effort to advance respect for human rights around the world. In the past year, the use of military drones has become a controversial topic among human rights groups who claim missile attacks have killed innocent civilians. President Barack Obama has defended the use of drone strikes to justify targeting suspected Al-Qaeda militants without risking the lives of American troops.
President Obama signed the 10-year extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act into law before midnight, using an auto pen as he traveled to Africa for ceremonies honoring the late South African President Nelson Mandela. The device Mr. Obama used to sign the bill has been used for the signatures of traveling presidents since the administration of George W. Bush.
The law, first passed in 1988, was set to expire on Tuesday, at a time when plastic guns created by