Walmart Allegedly Prevents Customers From Completing Purchases During Viral “3 Cent Sale”

Customers attempting to take advantage of what Walmart officials call the “accidental 3-cent sale” say the company refused to honor the discount.

Some customers have turned to TikTok claiming that the store refused to let them purchase the 3-cent sale items because the items weren’t supposed to be on the sales floor.

TikTok creators @naturallysunday, @tishsfreebies, and @orlandoqponqueen each shared videos about the Walmart 3-cent sale items ranging from bras and underwear to summer clothing and a vanity mirror.

TikToker @tishsfreebies says she “scored big time” showing piles of clothing while she waits in the checkout line.


GUYS RUN DEALS $0.03 THANKS WALMART @Walmart GREAT FINDS #tishsfreebies #tishsglitches #couponcommunity #walmartclearance #walmartdeals

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Although Tish was able to purchase the 3-cent items, others claim they weren’t as lucky.

For instance, TikToker @chelsssfarmer says her purchases were flagged by a Walmart employee upon checkout.



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In a video posted Wednesday, she said, “[The employee] basically said ‘I think the home office store accidentally clearanced out like all the seasonal summer items—like shorts and all that—and that’s why they’re all ringing up three cents,’” @chelsssfarmer explained. “And I think that they caught it and that’s why it’s not letting you purchase any of the three-cent items. They’re all being recalled back.”

Some TikTokers dealt with a bit harsher Walmart employees who attempted to prevent customers from taking advantage of the sale.

User @latinchic66 says the was kicked out of her local Walmart after her attempt to buy a cart full of 3-cent items. According to her, the manager “yanked” her cart from her.



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Another TikToker, @hideeblue7, says she was arrested for trying to buy Walmart 3-cent sale items.


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In the video, a Walmart employee appears to be pulling her cart away while attempting to stop her from recording. She was allegedly arrested for “trespassing” after refusing to leave the store.

Another customer, @ahappycouponer, says multiple 3-cent items were taken out of her hands by a Walmart employee while she was checking out. After accusing her of stealing, the manager said they would call the police and they kicked her out of the store.

Viewers encouraged customers to report these incidents to Walmart’s HR department. Some went a step further telling them to take legal action against Walmart.

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