Walmart Would Like You To Know That They Accept All Forms Of Debit

Meg: Accepted?
Ben: it must mean they take all forms of debit
Meg: Yep.
Meg: I can’t post typo things though. Too hypocritical.
Meg: I’d have to write, “Further proof that Walmart’s grammar is only marginally better than my own.”
Ben: aw
Ben: then the terrorists have already won

That doesn’t even look like a word. [Writing on the Wal]
(Photo:Tim and Cheryl Stolberg)


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  1. Shappie says:

    Haha, it took me awhile to see what you were talking about.

  2. Cad06 says:

    Just ignore that red squiggly line underneath when you put it in the word processor before you mash “print”, there, ace. Aside from the fact that you picked the wrong word.

    • Jachim says:

      Unless things have changed since I worked there, it looks like that was printed on a very simple sign-making utility that has no spell check. Hell, even the manager’s systems didn’t have a real word processor/spreadsheet, just a stripped-down version that was near impossible to work.

    • Grimreaperx2 says:

      Walmart has a program called Smart that runs on a OS that I dont know of. I think it might be a linux or something. (I build computers btw) Anyway they use a very basic if even that text editor that lets them make signs. If you put to many words on a line you risk cutting off the words when you print and you have to manually move down to the next line. Forget spell check or grammar check half of them can hardly type…

  3. Dead Wrestlers Society says:

    My goodness. That’s not even close.

  4. clevershark says:

    So, is it “execpted” or “acecpted”? :)

  5. clevershark says:

    (because it looks like the original intent was to announce “no debit accepted”, so cash or CC only)

  6. Munsoned says:

    Meg, your grammar is not bad. People on here are just 7th grade middle school english teachers trapped in Consumerist bodies.

  7. machete_bear says:

    Would that hold up legally if one demanded to use debit?

  8. FredTheGreat says:

    @clevershark: Wow you really are “clever”

  9. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    clever shark is clever

  10. Shadowman615 says:

    Jeez, must be that cognitive thing where your brain fills in the blanks, because for a minute or two, I only noticed the usage error and completely missed the spelling. I was scratching my head at the comments, though. ;)

  11. swissdietcoke says:

    the red squiggly line doesn’t show up if you type in all caps. bummer for walmart.

  12. Pylon83 says:

    There is no legality either way. Unless there is some law requiring them to take debit cards, even if they had a sign that says “ALL DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED”, they would be free to dishonor it at any time. Such a sign doesn’t create any sort of contractual obligation on Walmart.

  13. clevershark says:

    Well, I take execption to those snarks!

  14. Meg Marco says:

    @ErnieMcCracken: Hey, thanks!

  15. UpsetPanda says:

    You know, it’s one thing if this was a hand written sign (which would be ghetto enough) but this looks like a pretty professionally done sign, and that just makes it all the more hilarious.

  16. just_paranoid says:

    ‘execpted’ is websters word of the year. i wonder how many times that sign was used in their store?

  17. SpdRacer says:

    @Shadowman615: That is because our brain only needs the first and last letter of a word to be correct and it fills in the missing info.

    • TMN says:

      That theory was heartily disproved. They cherry picked the transpositions they used to illustrate it in the first place..

  18. crazyflanger says:

    execp ted? How come Ted gets to use debit. That bastard.

  19. clevershark says:

    It does take talent to design a sign that a)says the opposite of what you want to say, and b)then proceeds to butcher the spelling.

  20. just_paranoid says:

    @SpdRacer: yaeh i raed taht sowmehre. i tihnk it wsa at a jmmiy jhon’s.

  21. MFfan310 says:

    The Wal-Mart here misspelled Blu-Ray as “Blue-Ray” on the Harry Potter DVD display… a minor typo that I can accept, as Blu-ray is a new technology that many people have either a) haven’t heard of or b) have heard of, but are waiting for the Blu-ray/HD DVD format war victor to emerge before they buy the darn players. But this particular Wally World typo is un-“except”-able!

    Still, I bet that one could easily use a Visa/MC/Discover debit/check card at that checkout lane as a credit card (read: by asking the cashier to push the “credit” key and then signing the receipt instead of using a PIN). And the funds would still come out of the customer’s checking account anyway whether the customer signs or uses a PIN, so it would be no big deal. Problem solved.

    • CPC says:

      The format war ended at least three years ago. The only place you can get HD DVDs now are eBay and thrift stores.

  22. Shadowman615 says:

    @CaffeinatedSquint: I wouldn’t go that far. It looks to me like someone just printed text on white tabloid-sized paper or card stock. No professionals needed, just a big printer.

  23. y2julio says:

    @Pylon83: Aslong as your debit card has a Mastercard/Visa logo and Wal-Mart has Mastercard/Visa logos, indicating that they accept those cards. They have to then accept debit cards.

  24. azntg says:

    @MFfan310: Probably. The difference between debit and credit in the US is if you key in a code or if you sign.

    But then, there’ll always be one or two people that will probably take out their debit card with a Visa/Mastercard logo on it, stare at it, look at the misspelled sign, stare at their debit card again and say: “Damn, I can’t use this debit card!”

    • CubeRat says:

      No, there are legal differences between debit card and credit cards. While many consumers think that using their debit, or check card, as a credit card gives them the same consumer protection, this is not correct.

      Credit Cards – consumer is using the issuer’s money.
      Debit Cards – consumer is using their OWN money.

      Credit cards have consumer protections for charge backs and fraud that are not the same for debit cards. Some issuers will opt to give consumers similar protection, but they are not LEGALLY required to do so.

  25. mac-phisto says:

    in the words of a former district manager of mine:

    this is competely unasseptable.

  26. pepe the king prawn says:


    or one of my managers — “well it’s already there, so i guess it’s a mute point.”

  27. Pylon83 says:

    Possibly true, but that is all private contract controlled. It doesn’t make it “illegal” to refuse to accept them. It simply puts Wal-Mart in breach of contract with Visa/MC, etc.

  28. TheUncleBob says:

    Debit ≠ Credit.

    Some banks charge fees for Debit transactions. Or, at least, they used to. Also, depending on the bank, sometimes credit transactions take longer to hit your account than debit transactions.

  29. hc5duke says:

    Clearly the cashier is dyslexic and he/she meant “EXPECTED”.

  30. popeye_doyle says:

    But far, far better than Ben’s.

  31. BillEccles says:

    Hmmm. “Hypercritical,” perhaps?

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

  32. jeff303 says:

    I expected my exception to be accepted

  33. theblackdog says:

    I think my ex wrote that sign.

  34. Tank says:

    just when you think you’ve seen the dumbest thing ever, another one comes along…

  35. jeffj-nj says:

    @jeff303: I am honored to share our name.

  36. danno99 says:

    As my former boss would say ‘that’ll learn them’

  37. Nothing Can Kill the Grimace... says:

    @Pylon83: I’m pretty sure Visa/MC isn’t going to care all that much about one checkout line in one Wal-Mart that can’t accept Debit Cards.

  38. m4ximusprim3 says:

    “You mean we don’t get french benefits?”

  39. RandomHookup says:

    If the editors start worrying about their own grammar and spelling, we won’t have much to comment on.

  40. Ghede says:

    It could be that they are even WORSE than you think, they might mean No Debit Accepted.

  41. Jordan Lund says:

    Red squiggly line means it’s mis-spelled. This word is actually spelled correctly.

    I’d have bought a green marker and put a green squiggly line underneath it.

  42. CumaeanSibyl says:

    @Jordan Lund: No, it’s not. The E and C have swapped places.

    @Ghede: I’m… pretty sure that’s the joke, actually.

    @meghannmarco: Yeah, um, so your occasional typos? Not so much an issue, apparently.

  43. hmbddd says:

    I once saw stickers which read “Camera for research purposes only.” It was meant to be placed stealthily on the little electronic eyes that automatically flush toilets in public restrooms. I wish I could find those stickers again, they were great!

  44. Dtyler says:

    @CAD06: actually the program that wal-mart uses for thier printed signs is pretty archaic, and has no “little red squiggly” or even a spellcheck, that being said when I worked for the company (worst, 4, years, ever) one of my managers would have me spellcheck it before she would print it

  45. kostia says:

    Man alive. If you’re not sure–and clearly, in this case, the signmaker was not sure–don’t guess! USE ANOTHER WORD.

    In this case, might I suggest the word “CARDS”?

    No. Debit. Cards.

  46. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Hey Wal-Mart…use a dictionary…it ain’t rocket surgery.

    On the other hand, Wal-Mart dictionaries are probably translated from Chinese into English, so who knows what you’ll get.

    Dyslexics of the world, untie!

    That’s even worse than the classic “Employee’s Only” sign you see in so many places.

    @ErnieMcCracken: Yes, I am a 7th grade middle-school English teacher trapped in a Consumerist body. Now put your head down on your desk and stay quiet until the recess bell rings.

  47. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Oh, and another thing, shouldn’t the word “Walmart” in the title be hyphenated? :D

  48. coren says:

    @azntg: Sometimes I have to key, sometimes I have to sign, sometimes I do neither (and I only ever use a debit card). I don’t even bother to question it at this point, as long as my statement comes out ok

    @TheUncleBob: I don’t know if my Credit Union (OH NOES BANKS V CUS!!) is special, but I’ve never paid a fee for a debit transaction.

  49. PølάrβǽЯ says:

    @swissdietcoke: @Jordan Lund: Walmart doesn’t use mainstream word processors to make these signs. They use some rudimentary DOS-based notepad-like program, so no red squiggly, no spell check at all.

  50. PølάrβǽЯ says:

    @Shadowman615: Actually, it’s plain old 8.5×14″ paper, printed on a Lexmark network laser printer.

  51. Curiosity says:

    @Pylon83: Specifically, that is where legal tender comes in versus something else – if you incur a debt by contract (even a sales purchase) without any contravening clause then they must accept cash, but still can refuse credit.

  52. UCLAJason says:

    @Pylon83: I essentially agree. It is not “illegal” not to accept CC/Debit Card even if one is contractually committed to doing so. One may have a third party beneficiary claim etc. It is not worth the time to assert such claims. The best thing is to report the violation to Visa/Mastercard.

  53. Curiosity says:

    Obviously though, it would be worthwhile to aggregate such claims into a class action at times.

  54. Curiosity says:


    It is the basic difference between public law (the statutes as well as private rights to sue under the statutes) and the private law of contracts. You can breach a contract and pay the price for such a breach, and while it is essentially in some ways a breach of trust (a subjective ethical question), it is not illegal.

  55. haggis for the soul says:

    Maybe theoretically they accept all debit but my debit card never works on their stupid terminals at my local store.

  56. Elle86 says:

    what ever happened to Spell check? Or better yet, some decent schooling would be nice.

  57. 451.6 says:

    Maybe they meant expected? I use my CC everywhere so I can rack up points.

  58. Clux_the_Chicken_Penguin_Hybrid says:

    This isn’t that much worse than Chick-fil-A’s BRILLIANT slogan to recruit employees: Never Work Sunday’s Again.