I went into the Walmart in Tulalip Washington. I went into the garden department and purchased 2 bags of pea gravel, paid for them in the garden department, walked out to my car and placed them into the trunk.
I went back into the store to purchase paint for my house. I was at the paint dept with an associate discussing the color of paint I needed. I began to notice the associate seemed to be taking a very long time, he went to the back to "get a ladder" and didn't come back for about 10 minutes. Then he took another 20 to mix the paint.
I noticed he kept looking around me over my shoulders as if he were wathcing for someone. I thought it was odd. But I paid for my paint and when I got out to the parking lot, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My vehicle was surrounded by 3 Tulalip tribal police cars and there were 4 officers and several walmart 'security' personnel.
When they saw me, the next thing I heard was "that's the guy right there." As I walked toward my vehicle, an officer began shouting at me to "calm down and stop" Calm down?? I hadn't even said anything or made any type of threatening physical gesture?! I asked VERY politely, "what's going on?" The officer actually put his hand on his side arm and began shouting at me again to calm down. I was now getting very angry to be honest.
Why am I being talked to like this when I haven't even done anything. Well, a very long story short...the store 'security' called the police saying I was seen stealing the bags of rocks from the garden dept and loading them in my car. I showed them my receipt for the purchase, which they took from me and walked away. All the while, I'm standing there with 4 officers and 1 of them with a very obvious itchy trigger finger.
In the end I was very rudely told to leave the parking lot and not come back today!!! I asked what for? I hadn't done a *** thing wrong! This officer actually walked up to my face and stated the following, this is word for word..."go ahead ***, give me a reason to put you on the ground." I was aboslutley stunned.
I had done nothing and was treated like I had committed murder. I got in my car and drove off. This was very embarassing and attracted a huge crowd of people, most of which knew who I was and were shouting support my direction. To this day, after several letters to walmart, I've received no apology and no reply.
The police officer was incredibly ignorant and self-obsessed. The walmart security and the manager were all horrid and unprofessional.
Product or Service Mentioned: Walmart Manager.