Peopleofwalmart.com is a photo upload site designed for Walmart shoppers to make fun of other Walmart shoppers. Some of it is disturbing, some if funny and some looks like it stepped right out of my local Walmart.
In the same vein as the lolcats, but not nearly as funny, peopleofwalmart.com encourages Walmart shoppers to upload pictures of their favorite Walmart scenes, fellow shoppers and other oddities and then supply them with a humorous cutline. The problem is that the site spends far too much time making fun of mullets and doesn’t work nearly hard enough on the cutlines.
Some are worth a minor chuckle. Most rate a shudder or worse yet, a quick scan to see if the picture was taken in your hometown. Also popular are pictures of people wearing belly shirts who clearly thought the idea was to show off a large belly and people who need to review the purpose of pants (to cover your butt crack).
I wanted to like this site, I really did. The debate in our household runs deep over which evil empire is more insidious: Walmart or Disney.
Disney indoctrinates us from childhood, telling us girls that life would be better if we just had a handsome prince (or fun-loving beggar with a good heart if we happen to already be royalty) to make our lives complete. Mothers are almost universally absent and step-mothers are evil.
Earlier this week, not content to own the hearts and minds of all little girls, Disney purchased Marvel and its stable of 5,000 comic books characters. Virtually all lunch boxes and book bags will now feature a likeness owned by Disney.
Walmart, is well, nothing like Sam Walton intended it to be. Instead of providing access to inexpensive necessities as Sam Walton had intended, Walmart has damaged capitalism by forcing supplier prices so low that many companies barely break even when they sell something at Walmart. Concerned about off-shoring of jobs? Thank your local Walmart for making American-made too expensive to interest the average consumer.
And that’s not even getting into the dirty tricks that Walmart uses to force local businesses out of business, using its sheer size to force local governments to offer tax incentives and more for the construction of a new Walmart while destroying Main Street.
Still, I am not quite in the category of wealthy enough to boycott the Walmart empire and I love some Disney properties. I try to shop more at local stores, but find that my local Sam’s Club if not Walmart itself ends up with a substantial part of my consumer dollars.
So, when I look at peopleofwalmart.com to see one group of Walmart shoppers poking fun at others they have seen in the store, I recognized many of the types of shoppers I have seen there. The only thing I thought was missing were the sound effects that I associate with Walmart: whiny children and parents who are ignoring them and loud gabbing on a cell phone about things I don’t need to hear. Seriously, wait until you see your best friend to tell him about the primo girl you took home last night and what you did with her. I don’t care.
Peopleofwalmart.com is definitely not sponsored by the corporation or a product of the employees of Walmart, but it should include them. Of course, generally, the Walmart employees are better dressed than their customers. I’ve never seen a Walmart employee wearing flip-flops and showing off their none-too-svelte abs.
But if the site can’t add sound effects to get the real Walmart experience, I suggest peopleofwalmart.com works on funnier cutlines and new jokes.