The Kodiak Walmart has had
its license to sell tobacco suspended for about a month, because it illegally
sold tobacco to a minor. As a result, Walmart plans to implement an I.D.-all
policy statewide for all tobacco and alcohol sales, and retrain Walmart
employees at the Kodiak store.
Jennifer Spall, Walmart's
public affairs officer for Alaska,
said the Kodiak incident was a result of human error on the part of a Walmart
1 22 sec. "Routinely, state
agencies ... which was the problem.")
resident and Walmart shopper Ashley McClusky, who is not a smoker, said she
witnessed tobacco products being pulled off of shelves when she was shopping
2 19 sec. "I just went to
Walmart ... not ask what was going on.")
Spall said employees at
Walmart will be retrained in the proper handling of tobacco sales, and that the
chain plans to implement a statewide policy of checking I.D.'s for anyone
wishing to purchase tobacco products, similar to the store's policies on liquor
purchases in Anchorage.
3 28 sec. "We have
implemented ... and do an I.D. all.")
Spall apologized on behalf
of Walmart for the incident and any inconvenience the suspension of tobacco
sales may cause customers.
4 11 sec. "We regret the
error ... new policy, which is I.D. all.")
According to Spall, Walmart's new statewide
I.D.-all policy for the purchase of tobacco and alcohol will take effect
February 1st, and the Kodiak store will be able to resume tobacco sales on
March 1st. The Kodiak Walmart does not sell alcohol.