"Free Money" Computer Glitch Leads To Kmart Melee

A computer glitch at Kmart leads to everyone being granted store credit cards – and a large-scale brawl erupting.. Two women started scrapping and then several men got involved. A Kmart worker was punched in the nose and smashed through a glass display case. Customers were calling up friends and telling them to come down to get the “free money,” $850 to $4000 in credit After applications ran out, one customer grabbed more from another Kmart and started selling them in the parking lot for $20 a pop. Watch out, when the American Dream is a blue-light special, consumers are liable to get bloodthirsty.

Computer Glitch Leads To Brawl At Wauwatosa Kmart [WISN] (Thanks to Anthony!)


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  1. ElizabethD says:

    Live, from K-Mart: The Jerry Springer Show!

  2. shan6 says:

    Even the Kmart shoppers hold a tradition of class.

  3. headon says:

    Hmmm a Kmart post following a Sears post. Anybody else see a pattern of bad posts all relating to the disaster that is called “The Sears Holding Company?

  4. backbroken says:

    How classic that KMart shoppers would consider credit to be ‘free money’.

  5. Dibbler says:

    I’m so confused by this article. So a loser who doesn’t pay his/her bills applied for a credit card and was approved so he/she called all their loser friends who came in to apply for credit they had no intention of paying back and were approved. At this point all the loser friends called all their loser friends until Kmart had a mob of low lifes fighting over credit card applications? What the hell is this country becoming?

  6. fordpickup says:

    How is a Kmart credit card free money?

  7. Falconfire says:

    God what a glorious day it would have been to see that. I would have paid good money to watch the white trash inbreds duke it out. Got to love the joke that is middle America.

  8. johnva says:

    “Free money”? Since when does a store credit card equal “free money”? Or were all of these people actually rioting over a $10 signup bonus? I’m confused.

  9. DallasDMD says:

    @Falconfire: I guess bigotry is OK as long as involves allegedly white people, huh?

  10. coan_net says:

    Wow, do that many people not understand how a credit card works and thinks it is “free money”

    I understand that you get a free $10 for applying, so yea – that is free – but when you spend $20 on an application from a guy in the parking lot, you actually lose $10 – meaning that they must think that the credit card is “free money”. No wonder so many people are in debt – their stupid.

  11. DrGirlfriend says:

    This story is depressing on so many levels.

  12. esqdork says:

    People suck.

  13. Phanatic says:

    If the system was glitched and was automatically approving all applications for credit, than that is indeed “free money.” Put down false information on your application, buy $4000 worth of stuff with your fraudulent credit, and go home with it.

  14. target_veteran says:

    I’m confused to the free money bit, unless they were approving people like “John Doe” and “Jane Smith” at 123 Fake St.

    It figures that this would happen in Wauwatosa, though. For those not familiar with the Milwaukee, Wauwatosa used to be suburban, but it’s been a bit ravaged by urban sprawl and people flocking out to Waukesha. There’s kinda three areas to Tosa: a semi-upscale mall with surrounding upper-middle class housing and strips, a trendy downtown/main street area, and what used to be middle class housing areas that really got burned by sprawl. Not sure exactly where this Kmart is, but my guess is that it’s somewhere in the strip area and all three groups kinda decended in there. Milwaukeeans are just a bit on the spendthrift side of things. Sad to see people from back home acting like yokels.

    Then again, Wauwatosa isn’t too far from West Bend, where they trample each other to get their hands on the PS3.

  15. cde says:

    You are all thinking inside the legal box. I’m guessing Kmart gave credit to I.M. A. Leech or Maj. Or. Jackass.

  16. LetMeGetTheManager says:

    And that’s why I do all my shopping at Wal-Mart…they are much classier of an establishment.

  17. stinerman says:

    Its not bigotry if it’s true. The kind of people who’d get into a fight over credit card applications are white trash inbreds.

    And for the record, I’m white. And not too trashy. And have many forks in my family tree.

  18. drkkgt says:

    I think what the article is saying was that originally if you got a credit card, they would give you $10 or credit (ie your first bill was -$10 balance) but the computer glitched and was giving out credit card accounts which already had a -$4000 balance so you could buy $4000 worth of merchandise and then have a 0 balance on the card.

  19. SaraAB87 says:

    I heard that this was happening in almost all kmarts because they wanted people to sign up for credit cards so they were approving everyone, in order to get more signups.

  20. DallasDMD says:

    @stinerman: The story has not fully established the race or the inbredness of the people involved.

    In fact, I looked at some of the pictures and the video of the story and I see several Black people. How would you or anyone else respond if I called them savage n-words?

  21. DallasDMD says:

    @stinerman: [www.wisn.com]

    watch the video and come back on here with your racist garbage again, punk

  22. johnva says:

    @drkkgt: That would explain it, but the article is really poorly written if that’s what they were trying to say.

  23. cde says:

    @DallasDMD: Just cause their black doesn’t mean they can’t be white trash, inbred, or rednecks.

  24. DallasDMD says:

    @cde: Yeah, and I’m a white “black man” myself.

  25. forever_knight says:

    @Falconfire: enough with the bigoted/racist comments.

    don’t see it? just replace “white trash” with “black criminals” or “illegal mexicans” and maybe you can see the point.

  26. mandarin says:

    Somehow I keep picturing Homer Simpson in the middle of this mess :D

  27. zibby says:

    Let ’em kill each other.

  28. Buran says:

    @Phanatic: Until they track you down and prosecute you for credit card fraud.

  29. cde says:

    @mandarin: You mean Peter Griffin. Homer doesn’t do many blatently illegal things (Except Insurance Fraud)

  30. Buran says:

    @cde: Then they’d be black trash, wouldn’t they?

  31. Buran says:

    @forever_knight: Yeah seriously, what’s with all that? They have poor judgment and manners, that much is obvious, but I agree, the racist BS is uncalled for.

  32. zibby says:

    Funny story, funny comments, A++++++ would read again.

  33. zibby says:

    Oh, and this never would have happened at Caldor’s.

  34. camman68 says:

    @coan_net: “their stupid” or they’re stupid”?

  35. richcreamerybutter says:

    @forever_knight: middle american trash is equal opportunity. :) I mean no offense to Middle America, or Trash for that matter, but the combination of the two can be both deadly and hilarious.

    Regardless, the phrase “K-Mart Melee” has very much pleased me today.

  36. Alpine75 says:

    I have made deliveries to that K-Mart. Trust me, the people who shop at that K-Mart are not exactly…the nicest people around. They even have uniformed security who check people’s receipts when leaving. That after they’ve gone through the security scanner. I’ve never seen that at any other K-Mart.

  37. Murph1908 says:

    Moron. He is calling out racist garbage spewed by Falconfire. Let me explain it for you.

    Falconfire made an outright racist statement. Dallas called him on it. You supported the racist statement, saying if it were true, it’s not bigotry. Dallas tried to explain it to you, and you called him the racist.

    Get a clue.

  38. Listen, everyone just stop fighting and listen to “Short People,” okay?

  39. JayXJ says:

    Sounds like the usual K-Mart, Sears, JC Penny card routine. Here’s how it works. You fill out the application and get $5 or $10 off of that purchase for filling out the app. The computer says yea or nay on a card. If it is yes, you can shop with that card number and the computer print off of your approval.
    Plenty of people are filling out the apps for the $10 off, why not. Then it starts approving EVERYONE. Illegals, homeless people, your dead uncle Bob whos info you used, etc… Chaos ensues.

  40. mac-phisto says:

    “It was a nice brawl. It came from inside to outside. If you go up there, you’ll see hair, earrings, all pulled out on the ground,” Wilson said.

    best. quote. ever.

  41. trollkiller says:

    I wonder how much merchandise walked out the door during the brawl.

  42. RvLeshrac says:

    To all those saying you can just put down false information and get a credit card… well, you can’t.

    You have to provide a photo ID, or at least a utility bill, to establish your identity. Doesn’t apply to pre-screened offers, of course, because they’ve already established who you are and assume (sometimes wrongly) that the mail with your name on it is going to wind up in your hands.

    The stores are required to hold that information for a number of years. This is how they stop Random Employee #32865 from just running an assload of fake applications.

  43. Falconfire says:

    Wow it seems that my calling people white trash (which they where) touched a nerve here from some of you people.

    1) Since when was white trash racists slang? Its not like I went through here calling them crackers…


    I mean jesus I was expecting some heat at calling middle America a bunch of rejects… but white trash? Talk about picking out the wrong thing to get pissed off about.

  44. MENDOZA!!!!! says:

    (reads artice, then comments)
    ummm, wow.
    since when did “white trash” become a racist word?
    Was Toby Keith informed?

  45. HOP says:

    the sears holding co. oughta unhold the k-mart and let it fall into the cesspool……sears doesn’t seem to good to me either…starting to carry shoddy crap……..just dosen’t seem like the sears i usta know……..

  46. jacknval says:

    A new word for the day from the lady with the injured knee – “Trampede”, love it! When do the lawsuits against K-Mart begin?

  47. MaliBoo Radley says:

    You know, Kmart is rather ghetto. Not a race specific ghetto, just generic ghetto. It’s equal opportunity ghetto. People of every colour of the rainbow can be totally trashy at a Kmart.

    It’s odd that Kmart now makes Walmart seem classy.

    Give me Target any day of the week …

  48. NoWin says:

    I do not see “white trash” as racist. It is what it is, when it is. And I’m a whitey.

    Some may want to bone-up on the exact definitions of the following, as many people mistakenly use one for the other(s):

    Racist vs. Bigot vs. Prejudical.

  49. NoWin says:

    ..suppose it helps if I spell correctly: prejudicial

    Me be white trash today.

  50. Morgan says:

    @Falconfire: It’s not the term you used; it’s that you assumed that they were all white; from the comments of those who watched the video, that’s not the case. Calling people idiots for not somehow knowing you’re white doesn’t help; there’s no reason we should assume you’re white until you’ve told us, and it doesn’t make the assumption that only white people would fight for free money/unwarranted credit any less racist.

  51. Techguy1138 says:

    @Buran: Actually no. They would not be “black trash.”

    White trash is a double insult. It’s racist because you need to quantify “white” trash. It was assumed that just “regular” trash was non-white.

    So white trash is actually STILL a blow to all non-whites.

    Mandatory cultural sensitivity training can teach you all sorts of crap.

  52. theWolf says:

    Packers fans are funny.

  53. MaliBoo Radley says:


    Surely it’s some sort of racial progress in that a lot of us assumed that this was a group of white people at the Kmart?? I mean, we didn’t all jump to the this must be a bunch of blacks/hispanics.

  54. B1663R says:

    ok people are we all in agreement then? profiling works!!

    Falconfire assumed they were all white because of the location.

    just like you hear on the news that a piracy ring getting busted. you think Asian. gang shooting, black. pedophile, white male. Carjackings, mexican.

    see the news is right! racial profiling works!!


  55. mac-phisto says:

    @Techguy1138: so what is the culturally sensitive term for a family that shares various relationships (i.e. -> your mom is your sister & your cousin), has more thumbs than teeth, can move on a moment’s notice simply by removing the blocks from the wheels of the double-wide, & calls a trip to wal-mart “family fun nite”? texan?


  56. DallasDMD says:

    Any time you make any kind of remark that mentions race, it is a racist remark, by definition (a racist is someone who practices racial classification of any sort). Calling people white trash is racist, regardless of whether you are a white, a white jew, or anything else.

    I am offended by the use of ‘white trash’ and slanders about working class whites being ‘inbred’ (there is no supporting evidence that this occurs in any significant amount) from you college educated / city-slicker types. I have family who comes from the background of people you would call ‘inbred white trash’; they are neither inbred or trashy. They live a modest lifestyle on a low income.

    It also burns me up because many of you think that since there is a legacy of anti-black racism, its okay to compensate by being racist towards whites and making up all sorts of false statements about whites.

    I can see right through all this hypocrisy and cowardly Marxist dogma. Shame on all of you.

  57. MaliBoo Radley says:


    Southern Baptist?

    Here it comes …

  58. MaliBoo Radley says:


    I think you need to take a chill pill.

    I don’t want to live in a world where we can’t joke about race. If we can’t joke about our differences, what are we going to do with ourselves? This cultural sensitivity is crazy.

    I don’t want to start channeling George Carlin or anything, but this is all pretty loony. You can make a joke about anything! Everything is funny to someone. If you don’t like, if you don’t think it’s funny, just ignore it. Change the channel, go to a different webpage .. whatever.

    You have the right to be offend and be offended. It’s a great thing about America.

  59. MaliBoo Radley says:

    Whoops …

    I meant “You have the right to offend and the right to be offended”.

  60. Narockstar says:

    Can’t we all just agree that Wisconsin is the problem here?

  61. Techguy1138 says:

    @DallasDMD: Marxist? Please explain.

  62. Techguy1138 says:


    “so what is the culturally sensitive term for a family that shares various relationships (i.e. -> your mom is your sister & your cousin), has more thumbs than teeth, can move on a moment’s notice simply by removing the blocks from the wheels of the double-wide, & calls a trip to wal-mart “family fun nite”? texan?”

    Fucked up!

  63. XTC46 says:

    @trollkiller: Thats what im thinking. When fights/loud confrontations break out in my store I look to the door to see who is trying to sneak out.

  64. ionerox says:


    Walmart is actually much nicer than Target in some areas, it was a blow to my Minnesotan pride to see how “ghetto” the Target in Fayetteville Arkansas was compared to the many Walmarts in the area.

    Either way, K-Mart is on par with Pamida and Shop-ko. Sadly, all three are many steps below either Target or Walmart.

  65. MaliBoo Radley says:



    All the Target stores I’ve been to have been pretty nice. Then again, I haven’t spent too much time in the south.

  66. DrGirlfriend says:

    Marxist dogma?

  67. ancientsociety says:

    “Everyone’s a little bit racist…”

  68. UpsetPanda says:

    @radleyas: I went to the deep south for the first time ever, and wow. There are some parts you don’t ever want to step foot in, but then there are also parts that have serious money and are amazing, and people live well there. It’s pretty much like that for all of the country. You have a lot of inner city in any major city…it doesn’t mean you don’t also have some of the richest people in the country there. It’s everywhere, and it shows that we’re not so different after all.

  69. peejaybee says:

    @DallasDMD: “I have family who comes from the background of people you would call ‘inbred white trash’; they are neither inbred or trashy. They live a modest lifestyle on a low income.”

    Sounds like we have similar backgrounds, except that I don’t have a stick wedged up my ass.

  70. MaliBoo Radley says:


    Oh, I’ve been all over the south. I’ve just never spent much time shopping in Target stores down there.

    Except Jacksonville, Fl. They have a couple very nice Target’s.

  71. forever_knight says:

    @peejaybee: so where’s the stick wedged in your body? is that for..oh nevermind… :D

  72. cde says:

    @mac-phisto: Blue Blooded :D

  73. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

    @radleyas: I agree with Dallas, It is funny how whites are the only race that are allowed to be made fun of by a member of another race and its not racist. It’s also pretty much encouraged to stereotype whites where it isn’t allowed for other races.

    If you cant make fun of any other races than no one can make fun of yours either. If the PC police want to be serious than they need to enforce all the rules not just the ones that protect minorities.

  74. CumaeanSibyl says:

    I love how whenever there’s an ad, action, or company policy featured on here that discriminates against people of color, everybody piles on saying “That’s not racist! You’re reading too much into it! Watch out for the PC Police!”

    But Lord, let a white person get insulted…

  75. MaliBoo Radley says:


    I agree. And I try to make fun of everyone equally.

  76. UpsetPanda says:

    I actually see a lot more insulting of Chinese people on this board than I do any rants about any other race.

  77. Jaysyn was banned for: https://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:


    Actually even the Wal-marts are pretty tidy here too. I never could understand why people lambasted Wal-Mart so much (cleanliness-wise) untill I went into the filth hole that is the Anne Arundel Wal-mart in Deleware.

  78. Dibbler says:

    Well since we’re throwing the political correctness out the window I can say that in my area Target is where the normal middle class white people shop. Walmart is where the illegal aliens and nascar white trash people shop and Kmart is where those scary black people shop. I don’t know where the asians shop since we don’t have many around here. I’m nice to the ones I see cuz they’ll be our overlords someday once China invades us so I might as well get an early start.

  79. MaliBoo Radley says:


    Well, I have been to several Walmarts around this country .. I’ve never been to a clean one. I have no idea why … and the Kmarts are even worse.

  80. MaliBoo Radley says:


    Ditto. Except the hispanics in our town are shopping at the Kmart. All the signage is in spanish and english in the Kmart.

  81. new and troubling questions says:

    @Nemesis_Enforcer: for real…i knew a black girl (this was in college) who basically believed that there can’t ever be such a thing as a black racist, by definition…but i guess with all the disproportionate advantages that white people tend to have, on average, we ought to be able to put up with a little ribbing

  82. Techguy1138 says:


    There really hasn’t been much at all against Chinese people. There has been a TON against Chinese made imports but not much that says discriminate against Chinese people in general.

    Example against Chinese imports.
    “China makes lead filled crap and tries to pass it off in bulk to consumers around the world.”

    Example against Chinese people.
    “Don’t go to Bill’s auto repairs in Iowa. They have Chinese mechanics that will totally chink your car over”

  83. Trai_Dep says:

    Regards the differing rules for Whites, there’s a reason why there are two separate words for prejudiced and racist.

    On a different note, remarkable that the GOP freaking STOLE a Presidential election, and not a peep or fracas anywhere. Someone offers loose credit cards for buying disposable crap and it’s Mad Max III out there.

    Thomas Jefferson is quietly sobbing somewhere.

  84. phantomfly says:

    Newspaper corrects what TV got wrong:


  85. MaliBoo Radley says:


    If I recall correctly, there was quite bit of uproar about that election. Do you live in a cave?

    As for racist versus prejudice … well, prejudice might have nothing to do with race. Whereas racism is always about race by it’s very definition.

  86. milw123 says:

    So ya, me and da missus pulled up dere at da Kmart on our ski-doo and sees this here fella sellin dem dere credit card app..app..papers and we said “no thanks dere fella”, and da next thing ya know there’s a big ol fight goin’ on and I tell the missus we best skidaddle on home and I didn’t even get a gander at the blaze orange coveralls they got there in the sportin goods so I guess I’ll have to wear my old pair to church this Christmas Eve, don’t ya know. Ya Hey!

  87. Electroqueen says:

    This isn’t madness! This. Is. K-Mart!!!

  88. vex says:


    1) They were signing up in their own names, thus just adding more to what I can only assume is their already trashed credit.

    2) They were signing up under different names, thus committing felonies.

    In both cases, these people are freaking morons.

  89. HeHateMe says:

    @Cassifras: white trash can be racist, depending on how it’s used (the context). Just like some black folks call each other the “N” word as a term of endearment, however when used any other way, its racist. When white trash is used in a derogitory fashion, it is racist also. Way to go DallasDMD! Thank you for speaking out against that BS. You wrote exactly what I was thinking. For some reason, it’s ok these days to be racist towards white people, as if it’s impossible to for it to be racist. Racism goes all ways people, it affects white people also.

  90. trollkiller says:

    One of the reasons why it is ok to be racist towards white people is the white man feels guilty for the sins of his forefathers and is afraid to speak up.

    BUT, the white man’s guilt only goes so far. The generations of white people that have grown up with a rainbow of friends is getting a bit tired of the racist portrayal of white people. For a while it was acceptable to tease the white man because it was ok to tease everybody. Not anymore.

    So thanks to the PC crowd you will see more stories like the one below.

    One more thing, if something is meant as a joke or said without malice, then take it that way and lighten up.

    Signed a rhythm impaired, unable to jump white guy that does shop Wal~Mart and K~Mart.

  91. trollkiller says:

    @ry81984: “Kiss it”… One of my favorite episodes……..

  92. JAYEONE says:

    (wading into the fracas)

    As a born-in-Milwaukee, Southern-Baptist-raised-in-Texas white person, I’m officially insulted by this thread.

    And the Chinese math teacher I have this semester totally rocks!

  93. alice_bunnie says:


    You didn’t read the article did you? Didn’t need to bring any race into it, but when you did you were wrong.

  94. CapitalC says:

    Free money = someone handing me cash.

    Screwed up computer = still fraud if you buy on credit and don’t pay, or simply fill out the information incorrectly… on purpose.

  95. HeHateMe says:

    @trollkiller: Did you happen to see where CBS 4 Denver placed that article on their website?? They have it listed in the “weird news” section of their website. Just goes to show you how seriously they take it when it’s a white person raising the issue. Just imagine how far away from the weird news and onto the front page that story would go if it were a black or hispanic man filing suit and portrayed that way in the video instead of a white guy. Carry that white guilt high on your shoulders! heh

  96. trollkiller says:

    @HeHateMe: Yeah I noticed. Did you watch the training video? If they find the jokes they were showing as examples offensive, they would never survive at my job.

  97. jenl1625 says:

    @Radleyas and IONEROX,

    In my experience, how nice any of the KMart/Target/WalMart stores are is mostly determined by how long it’s been since it was built or remodeled. They all seem to start out very nice, but get run down. And it’s amazing how well the store’s condition seems to be reflected by its shoppers.

    There was one particular KMart when I was a kid that I saw go through the cycle a couple of times – bright, shiny, new, and pretty “in”; gradually declining and becoming a place that only nasty people shopped; being remodeled and back to being that bright, shiny, fun place to shop . . . .

  98. synergy says:

    That’s just SO sad. Americans are rapidly hitting the bottom of the barrel. Wait for the morning after. It’s really going to suck for the economy.

  99. synergy says:

    @milw123: Channeling some “Bushwhacker” French der?? ;D

  100. hinten says:

    As a matter of fact it is. Why do you think it shouldn’t be in this case?

  101. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

    One of the reasons why it is ok to be racist towards white people is the white man feels guilty for the sins of his forefathers and is afraid to speak up. @trollkiller: Seriously! At this point yeah I can acknowledge we did some f’d up stuff. But what can I do about it? I didn’t do it my dad didn’t do it his dad didn’t do it at what point can it just be part of history. What I really hate is everyone else can have “pride” in thier race but whites. If we have pride in our accomplishments we are all of a sudden a hate group. And I don’t mean the nutballs in the aryan nation type pride. What is funny to me is the classification of white. It seems pretty broad to me but out here in Socal it seems that everyone is a lot more particular. I have friends whose parents were born in Armenia if you ask them they will ID themselves as Aremenian and not white. While another friend who came from Mexico city and is whiter than I am with Blue eyes and blonde hair does not ID himself as Mexican. He calls himself white.

    But what people fail to realize is so did everyone else. It’s not like we invented being bad. I guess to me it seems like everyone convieniently forgets that other races have been doing the same thing to each other since we crawled outta da pond.. As a species we are almost predisposed to put up barriers to people we view as different or worth less in our minds.

  102. ShadowFalls says:

    I don’t see how this would work right unless you are using someone else’s social security number than your own. Otherwise, Kmart will just correct the mistake later and you owe $4,000. You would have nothing prove otherwise and would be stuck with a debt.

    If you are using social security numbers that are not your own, you will get prosecuted for a federal offense and looking at some time.

    If you are using your own, you are screwed anyways. They will just check their logs for the day at all affected locations on who was approved and make corrections.

    So in the end, no free money here, just more people ruining their credit or going to jail.

  103. evixir says:

    Okay, unlike most of the people barking in this thread about what sort of population was involved in this melee…

    I’ve actually shopped at this Kmart back when it wasn’t a huge annoying depressing chore to do so. That was a long, long time ago. Any time since then that I’ve set foot in this shop, merchandise is all over the place, the cashiers and workers don’t care about anything, and the population who shops there regularly are pretty rude and classless people. It feels dirty and you want to shake your bags out after you leave the store lest you picked up some sort of ‘guest’ traveling with you as you perused the aisles. Makes for a really unpleasant shopping experience.

    This melee does not surprise me one bit, and it only amazes me that it doesn’t happen on a weekly basis. And it’s also the reason I choose to drive 10 miles to a decent Kmart rather than 5 to this particular Kmart. This one should burn to the ground, frankly. It’s that bad. It didn’t have to be, but they insist on hiring the worst managers who hire the worst people and it compounds itself until you have situations like this brawl erupting and making headline news.

  104. Trick says:

    The reason why it is free money is that these people probably have bad credit and have no intentions of paying off the credit card.

    If it weren’t for the computer glitch, they would not have been approved and would not have been able to get their “free money” by ripping off K-Mart/Citibank.

    No worry though. The people will ignore/hide from the collections agencies and Citibank will sell even more of itself to the middle east!