A disagreement over a $1.00 coupon turned into a very tense situation recently at a Wal-Mart in Crawfordville, FL. On Friday, March 1st, sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call from the store’s Assistant Manager Tracy Stockslager, who stated that she had been called in to try to resolve an issue at the store’s service desk.
She related her story of how the customer, later identified as Mary Alday, was very upset that the store would not honor her internet coupon. Ms. Stockslager had tried to explain to her that it was Wal-Mart’s policy to not accept internet coupons, which only made Ms. Alday even angrier. Ms. Stockslager told deputies that Ms. Alday called her several foul names, and that she intentionally hit her with her shopping cart. As Ms. Stockslager was escorting Ms. Alday out of the store as she was calling 911, and stated that Ms. Alday informed her not to follow her (to her car). Ms. Stockslager informed her that she intended to get her vehicle license plate number, to which Ms. Alday reportedly replied, “If you follow me, I have something in my car for you”.
Ms. Stockslager says she remained at the front of the store, where she was joined by several other Wal-Mart employees, including a member of their Asset Protection team. She continued stating that Ms. Alday, whose car was parked some 20 yards from where they were standing, went around to the passenger side of her vehicle, and as she returned back around the rear of the vehicle they observed she had a holstered handgun in her hand. Ms. Stockslager then stated that Ms. Alday un-holstered the handgun, pointed it in their direction, and said, “I have something for y’all”. The gun was later discovered to be a loaded, Smith and Wesson, .38 Special.
Shortly after fleeing the Wal-Mart parking lot in her 2011 Ford Escape, Ms. Alday was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy, who asked her if there was a firearm in the SUV. She replied, “Yes, I have a concealed weapons permit, and you are not taking my gun”. After twice refusing the deputy’s request to exit the vehicle, she was tasered, and taken into custody when she “reached over the console for something in the passenger seat”.