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Walmart announced senior shopping hours and pickup hours for at-risk customers, but it has not implemented a staggered daily shopping schedule based on age.
Social media posts falsely claim that Walmart is implementing a staggered shopping schedule that allows only certain age groups to shop in stores on designated days.
A screenshot of the faux announcement shows someone saying they "guarantee this is true."
"I confirmed it with my boss. I’m thankful this is happening. Hopefully Kroger, Publix and Target will follow suit. I’ve been risking my life along with my family’s life to service these stores with excessive amounts of people and their all time attitudes. Yesterday was the worst."
The alleged Walmart announcement, which contains multiple grammatical errors, reads:
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic effective immediately Walmart is adopting a staggered shopping schedule as follows. We apologize for the (sic) inconeince: Monday Age 66+, Tuesday 56-65, Wednesday 46-55, Thursday 36-45, Friday 25-35, Saturday 24 and below, Sunday Emergency shopping only."
This is a hoax.
There has been no Walmart or Sam’s Club policy change that involves a shopping schedule separated by age group.
"The staggered shopping schedule is completely false," Rebecca Thomason, a Walmart corporate communications senior manager, told PolitiFact. "We do have senior shopping hours and recently announced pick up hours for at-risk customers."
The pickup hour Walmart recently announced will run at select locations from 7 to 8 a.m. and will be reserved for "customers over the age of 60, as well as first responders, customers with disabilities and anyone designated high-risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," according to the organization’s website.
The company has implemented new policies for seniors and at-risk populations amid COVID-19, but it hasn’t mandated that certain age groups have to shop on specific days.
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Facebook post, April 3, 2020
Walmart.com, Latest Walmart Store Changes to Support Associates and Customers, March 18, 2020
Walmart.com, Walmart Reserves Daily Pickup Hour for Those Most At-Risk, updated April 14, 2020
FactCheck.org, Walmart Hasn’t Adopted ‘Staggered Shopping’ Based on Age, April 7, 2020
Snopes, Did Walmart Introduce a Staggered Shopping Schedule?, April 8, 2020
Email interview, Rebecca Thomason corporate communications senior manager at Walmart, April 15, 2020
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