Why You Don’t Follow People Out of The Store

This is from a couple years ago, but the lesson remains the same.  Do not follow shoplifters or problem customers, especially when they say “If you follow me, I have something in my car for you.”


It seems that every day we hear about the crazy things that go on inside and on the outskirts of Walmart. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin once officiated a wedding ceremony at a store in her hometown of Wasilla, and last week a Walmart employee made headlines after being arrested for eating Oreos.


Now police allege that an angered Walmart customer in Wakulla County, Florida, Mary Frances Alday, 61, waved a loaded  Smith & Wesson .38 Special at employees after her “dollar-off” internet coupon wasn’t honored on March 1.

While in the process of checking out, Alday became “extremely upset” when Tracy Stockslager, the assistant manager, explained that they could not accept the printed voucher.

According to a report from the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, after Alday’s coupon was rejected, she called Stockslager a handful of foul names and ran into her with a shopping cart, before being escorted out of the store. “If you follow me, I have something in my car for you,” Alday warned.

Stockslager did follow Alday out to her car in order to take down her license plate number. However, when she reached the passenger side of the car, Alday pulled out a gun from her vehicle and began “waving the gun in the holster,” reported investigators.

After removing the .38 from its holster, she then waved it at the employees near the entrance and said, “I have something for y’all.”

Police were able to catch up to the suspect, who fled the Walmart parking lot in her 2011 Ford Escape. The Smoking Gun reported that when a sheriff’s deputy pulled her over and asked if there was a firearm in the SUV, Alday admitted to it.

“Yes, I have a concealed weapons permit and you are not taking my gun,” she said. Then, after refusing to exit her vehicle, Alday reached over to get her weapon from the center console and was tasered.

She has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery.

Unfortunately, the sheriff’s report did not specify what she was trying to buy in the first place.