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A man banned from Walmart for life claims that he was ejected and banned from the store for price matching. However, according to reports, it appears that the man was actually banned for the way that he behaved following a dispute over price matching. It's a subtle difference, to be sure, but it's a difference nonetheless.

According to a Dec. 10, 2013 report by, "A disabled former professional wrestler was banned for life from Wal-Mart for ad matching, one of the retailer's proudest traditions." Is that what really happened?

Joe Cantrell is a former professional wrestler living with disabilities who makes a habit of going to Walmart and requesting discounts based on their price matching policy. Everything went fine until one day last week when Cantrell visited a Walmart in San Tan Valley, Ariz., and his requested price matching was denied. Cantrell reportedly got upset and took his complaint to the store manager.

It wasn't until four days later on another trip to Walmart that Cantrell was confronted by police and banned from Walmart for life. The manager had apparently called Pinal County Sheriff's Office and claimed that Cantrell intimidated and threatened him. Cantrell has denied those allegations.

The man banned from Walmart for life was handcuffed by police but released after he became upset and started crying. Police reportedly determined that the former wrestler was not a threat. However, the possibility of charges for disorderly conduct, intimidation and threatening remain.

Walmart sent a statement to ABC regarding the incident:

"We make every effort to make sure our customers have a good experience in our stores. As in previous situations, we attempted to work with this customer. However, in this situation, the associate felt unsafe and so we contacted local law enforcement. We are continuing to cooperate with law enforcement on their investigation."

As you can see from Walmart's statement, it was the man's alleged behavior, not his price matching hobby, that caused the man to be banned from Walmart for life, at least according to the retail giant.

In November of this year, Walmart's prices made headlines for a very different reason. A Walmart glitch was blamed for unreal deals on the retail giant's website, including $33 treadmills and $9 computer monitors. Thanks to a so-called "technical error," the retailer's already low prices were reduced to ridiculously good deals that were quite literally too good to be true. A spokesman for Wal-Mart's online operations, Ravi Jariwala, apologized for any inconvenience that was caused due to the glitch but declined to comment on what would happen to purchases that were made during the snafu.



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