Just saw this story on the news. We had a state-tax-free weekend this past weekend, and many people (the SmockLady included) used the weekend to buy school supplies and school uniforms. Most of those purchases were made at Wal-Mart stores around the state. Apparently, at least one Wal-Mart store (I’m assuming the one in the story is the one on Louisville in Monroe) was not only charging the full 10% (4% state sales tax plus 6% local taxes) instead of only 6%, but they were also tacking on an additional 4.9%. So, instead of paying 6% during the tax holiday, the “Always low prices” place was charging customers 14.9%.
Let’s imagine you had to buy school supplies and uniforms for several children. That could easily run you $300.00 or more. Suppose you decided to go to Wal-Mart to buy those items, thinking, “Hey! It’s the sales tax holiday, and Wal-Mart always has the lowest prices. Always. What a combo!” So you priss your happy butt on down to Waldemart on Louisville.
You find all the items on your list and take your $300.00 worth of supplies and uniforms to the counter. With 6% sales tax, your total would be $318.00, instead of the $330.00 you’d pay any other time. However, since you decided to visit Waldemart on Louisville, you pay $344.70. That’s $26.70 more than you should have paid. Wal-Mart just stole $26.70 from you. What if you stole merchandise totalling $26.70 from Wal-Mart? They’d prosecute your heinie off. They’d put you under the jail.
I guess they were hoping not too many people would look at their receipts. The lady in the story did look at hers, and when she went back to the store, the manager on duty tried to tell her that everything was done properly. I guess for a company that has most of its merchandise made by slave labor in China, stealing money from customers over a “tax holiday” weekend is proper.