Fact Check: Walmart NOT Adopting Staggered Schedule Due To COVID-19

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  • by: Jessica Ravitz
Fact Check: Walmart NOT Adopting Staggered Schedule Due To COVID-19 Fake Schedule

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:

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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:

@SamsClub This is being circulated around FB. Is this a legitimate notice from @Walmart & @SamsClub?
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Walmart Help responded, calling out this schedule change as fake:
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.
This is how that appeared on social media:
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  Jessica Ravitz

Jessica Ravitz, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is a former senior writer at CNN Digital. For more than a decade, she wrote longform narratives and profiles on topics ranging from gun violence, sexual assault and suicide to women’s health, spirituality and race.

 

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