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San Diego Judge Fines Walmart $2.1 Million

Today, San Diego Superior Court Judge Jeffrey B. Barton, modified a 2008 judgment against Walmart, and fined the retail giant an additional $2.1 million.

Working in conjunction with the City Attorney and the California Attorney General offices, the District Attorney’s Consumer Unit successfully brought charges against Walmart in 2008 for overcharging its customers.

A $1.4 million judgment against Walmart was issued, ordering them to take measures to ensure customers paid the advertised price at checkout.

Part of 2008 judgment tasked Walmart with implementing and maintaining a “Get it Free” program in its California stores through 2012. Signs posted at checkouts would notify customers that if they were charged more for an item than its advertised price, they would receive the item free.

Upon inspection of several Walmart stores, prosecutors allege that Walmart failed to comply with the requirements of the 2008 judgment by not posting signs and continuing to charge more than the advertised price for some items. Without admitting guilt of the alleged violations, Walmart agreed to pay the additional $2.1 million, and extend its “Get it Free” program for another year.

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Today, San Diego Superior Court Judge Jeffrey B. Barton, modified a 2008 judgment against Walmart, and fined the retail giant an additional $2.1 million.

Working in conjunction with the City Attorney and the California Attorney General offices, the District Attorney’s Consumer Unit successfully brought charges against Walmart in 2008 for overcharging its customers.

A $1.4 million judgment against Walmart was issued, ordering them to take measures to ensure customers paid the advertised price at checkout.

Part of 2008 judgment tasked Walmart with implementing and maintaining a “Get it Free” program in its California stores through 2012. Signs posted at checkouts would notify customers that if they were charged more for an item than its advertised price, they would receive the item free.

Upon inspection of several Walmart stores, prosecutors allege that Walmart failed to comply with the requirements of the 2008 judgment by not posting signs and continuing to charge more than the advertised price for some items. Without admitting guilt of the alleged violations, Walmart agreed to pay the additional $2.1 million, and extend its “Get it Free” program for another year.

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Oh, so they had a "get it free" program in California, huh? I never knew that. While I don't go to Wally's all that often, I do get in there, oh, once a month, and never saw any signs. I'm just wondering if that corporation is getting so big and so powerful it can just shine on lawsuit settlements and judicial orders. Raising the ante by about $2 million should get their attention in Bentonville, but you never know.

To be honest, I've never been charged more than I should have in a Walmart, and I watch such things very carefully. I can't say the same for other stores. Sprouts/Henry's seems to have a really hard time making their shelf tags agree with the registers, and the difference is usually in their favor.

It will be most interesting to look for the "Get It Free" signs on my next trip to that den of iniquity. I'll be watching closely. Heh, heh.

March 21, 2012

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