Better Type Fast: Live Chat Is Only Available One Minute A Week

Interesting. Very interesting. (click to enlarge(

Interesting. Very interesting. (click to enlarge)

Trying to contact a Walmart customer service representative in a live chat is apparently an exercise only to be undertaken by the fleetest of fingers, the tersest of typists. Because as Consumerist reader Jasmina points out, it’s only available for one minute every week.

At the time of this writing, the link to open the live chat shows the hours for service, or should we say, minute for service? As seen above, it’s only open on Fridays from 1:00 a.m. to 1:01 a.m.

It’s worth noting one very important thing here: If you try to find live chat on the Help page, there’s no link sending users directly to it. I had to Google it to find it, which could indicate that Walmart discontinued the app and just hasn’t taken its landing page down. Which still makes for a pretty funny situation, eh?

After all — customers who used Live Chat in the past might not see it on the page but figure maybe they’re just missing something, then go ahead and Google it anyway, only to come upon the one-minute window results.

We’ve reached out to Walmart for comment to see if that is indeed the case, or if it’s really true that the live chat gates only open for a scant 60 seconds every Friday at 1:00 a.m. before slamming shut again at 1:01 a.m.

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