Did Walmart and Sam's Club adopt a staggered schedule, allowing shoppers to visit on specific days only according to age groups to help combat COVID-19? No, that's not true: A meme that's circulating on social media to suggest this confusing schedule change has been shot down by an official Walmart Twitter account.
The claim spread on social media, for example in this Facebook post (archived here), which was published on April 2, 2020. The post was shared with this short intro:
This is how the post appeared on social media:
The fact that the multinational corporation sought to "apologize for any inconeince" -- as opposed to any inconvenience -- might have suggested that this wasn't true. But loyal shoppers may have been too panicked by the proposed new hours to notice the typo.
When @APhillips0296 tweeted a query to Walmart and Sam's Club on April 3, 2020, shoppers got the answer they needed.
Here's what she wrote, before sharing the meme:
Walmart Help responded, calling out this schedule change as fake:
@SamsClub This is being circulated around FB. Is this a legitimate notice from @Walmart & @SamsClub? pic.twitter.com/6JhpzYBvUd-- Annie 🍀 (@APhillips0926) April 3, 2020
Hi, Annie. This appears to be a fake image. Our hours are still 7AM to 8:30PM. Check out the link below for more info.
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Hi, Annie. This appears to be a fake image. Our hours are still 7AM to 8:30PM. Check out the link below for more info. https://t.co/2nWjPdqy2k-- Walmart Help (@walmarthelp) April 3, 2020