Trashy behavior rears its head when we least expect it.
It could be at the store, on the street, down an alley, on public transport, or even in your own home. Regardless of the setting, we know it when we see it.
In those moments, all we can do is turn our heads, ask ourselves if we indeed did just see what we think we saw, and then try--as hard as possible--to move on with the day.
Some Redditors shared their most memorable observations of low-brow behavior.
rburgundy69 asked, "What is the trashiest thing you have ever witnessed?"
Often, drugs are at the heart of the moment.
Of course, we understand that drug use, for many, is not some haphazard choice, but the symptom of a legitimate disease.
But there are some cases where it just seems like a whole other level of bizarre.
Read the Room, Man
"Knew a guy who bragged about doing drugs while visiting Auschwitz. Like he talked about it like it was some accomplishment and would bring it up anytime someone talked about traveling"
Wasn't the Plan for That
"Friend of a friend of my roommate came over. Saw the computer duster bottle I use to legit clean my computers of dust. Excitedly says 'you do this too?!' and proceeds to huff a lungfull of computer duster."
"Was not expecting that and was not invited back"
Many people shared examples that took place in a common setting: retail stores.
Walmart was an especially popular site.
"I watched a family in front of me where the mom was struggling with three really ill-mannered children while trying to check-out. Dad is just playing some BS game on his phone while she is overwhelmed and then asks for twenty bucks."
"While she finishes checking out he immediately walks over to a scratch lotto ticket machine and blows all of it. Then comes back and asks for more before she has even realized what he did. I just instantly thought 'that guy is trash.' "
Three Step Process
"Morbidly obese woman in an oversized Moo moo dress was browsing clothes at at Belks department store. She stops between two clothing racks, spreads her legs and drops a deuce. A large steaming pile. She then casually looks at clothes for a few more minutes and wanders out of the store."
"I was buying some beer at the corner store and a woman was outside it peeing on some trash while talking loudly on her cell phone saying 'my pu**y is out!!' "
"I also saw a dude shitting against a tiny little tree in the middle of the day outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It's very busy there."
"A public breakup outside Westfield mall in White City."
"Hoo boy. It was so loud and bad that I asked my boyfriend at the time if we should call the police for help for them. He didn't want to get involved."
Nothing to See Here
"I worked retail for a while, one day we had a lady bring in a bag of clothes to return. When she pulled them out and laid them on the counter, roaches scattered everywhere."
"She acted like nothing happened."
Mind Your Bins
"You know those drop off bins where you can leave clothes and household items to be donated to homeless people? A girl I went to college with would throw her trash in those things just because she thought it was funny."
"There's literally a trash bin right next to it, but she threw her trash in the donations anyway. She would also talk about it with pride, as if it was the most hilarious prank of all time."
"Quite literally trash. I work at a target and I have to say, people will literally throw trash onto the ground because walking 100 feet to the nearest trashcan is too inconvenient."
"I have found everything from fast food, to masks, to even used baby diapers."
"I work in retail so I have plenty of stories on this. Buuut it would have to be a lady walking into the store and slamming the door closed (on purpose, the door closes slowly on it's own) Behind her was a man in a wheelchair who was also wanting to enter the store."
"The lady slammed the door behind her besides holding the door open for him. It looked like she did it on purpose because of the way she was walking (looked confident/proud) along with the proud expression on her face. Someone that the man was with did rush to the door to hold it open for him, thankfully."
As Good a Spot as Any
"While visiting Florida, my girlfriend and I went to the local Walmart. On our way out we saw a hot pink party bus pull up and an entire wedding party exit."
"They then proceeded to have the wedding ceremony in front of the store."
Keeping It All Trapped In
"Woman in Walmart spraying herself with lysol in her arm pits and down the front of her pants, then put the can back and drove off on her rascal." -- FireMaster2311
"Walmart shoppers are a different breed." -- Tokzillu
"I... it was bad enough that she did this on the armpits and in public and with a product she has not purchased... but there is nothing about Lysol that makes me want to spray it anywhere near my vagina." -- AeolianMelodies
Other times, the trashiness comes at night--with alcohol. Leave it to the liquid courage to bring the boldest, most upsetting behaviors out of even the most responsible among us.
Always Lock Your Doors
"A group of people I used to work with went out bar hopping. The one closest to management level had to pee."
"She couldn't wait the 20 yards to the next bar, found an unlocked car, pulled up her mini skirt and peed in the passenger seat."
"My cousins and I went to a random girls quince ( a 15 yr olds birthday) and the girls mom was soooooo drunk. She was on the floor with her ass hanging out, literally her pants were below her butt cheeks, trying to be sexy."
"The poor girl was standing there with the face of embarrassment begging her to get up."
"I saw a drunk 20 something pretty blonde chick once take a sh** in a bush behind the Fresh Slice in Central City."
"Her friend tried to stop people from seeing, but she was drunk too so she fell down on the shi**er friend."
"That wasn't a great night for them I think."
Everyone's Fighting Their Own Battle
"Walking home late on a Saturday night in a town centre, turned a corner and there was a guy getting it on with his date over a wall while her friend was sat next to her puking all over herself"
Keep your head on a swivel out there, people. You never know where or when you'll be forced to witness a thing you'll always wish you hadn't.
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How does one describe the gift that is Walmart to anyone? Let alone a person from another country. To many, Walmart is a mecca; a shopper's nirvana, on a budget. There is basically nothing you can't get at Walmart (especially the Super Centers). And most of the things at Walmart are for a few pennies less than most places.
Of course we all know the real reason to shop at Walmart... people watching. And behavior studies. Always have a journal at Walmart... the things you will see. It's legendary. You can't get that kind of free entertainment at Target.Redditor u/Filmologic wanted to know how we could best describe one of America's landmark stores by asking.... Americans, how would you describe Walmart to Europeans?
Do the Dew!
You ever just want to spend an afternoon cruising around on a scooter, drinking a 64oz container of Mountain Dew, just perusing a bunch of deals?
Somewhere, a dentist cringes, at your child size Mountain Dew.
Walmart owns ASDA. Same products from the same brands and the same slogan, even the in-store announcements are mostly the same. I'm from the Midwest, and when I spent a semester abroad in the UK I was shocked at how American it was.
Imagine ASDA, but blue and with bad lighting, then put a small automotive center, McDonalds, news agent, cheap optometrist, and a nail salon under the same roof, and that's Walmart. AndyWinds
One Stop Dumb
Its meant to be a one stop shopping center with food, clothing, electronics, etc. Since it is a HUGE company they have been able to really drive down prices. The low prices mean it tends to attract people of lower socio-economic classes than we see in similar stores.
Because humans are really judgmental, we really look down on those less fortunate than ourselves and mock how dumb the people of Walmart are.
Cheap supermarket with better selection of random crap and sell guns. May have a fast food chain inside. ReallyLongElbows
You know how if you want several different types of things you need to like.... go to ikea for a lamp, and then media market for a video game, then Rewe for rice for the recipe you're making for dinner, then Rossman for your prescription and some handsoap? Here you just go to Walmart.
"people of Walmart"
Not just the pricing, location and branding. Target and Meijer and Kroger are relatively competitive on price, but they set up in upper-middle class areas. And Target especially is leaning hard into the MILF demographic
Also, theres plenty of poor people that aren't "people of Walmart". To be a proper Person of Walmart, you need at least 300 pounds of excess fat, liver failure and/or lung cancer, a poorly done tattoo or 10, and a Trump bumper sticker. I'd argue the typical Person of Walmart is actually, on paper, middle class, just with a complete inability to plan.
So Many Walmarts!
I have 6 Walmart stores all less than 30min drive from my house(not counting the SAMS Club) Almost all are open 24/7. We have one that has 2 floors. Groceries, underwear, cigs, beer, dog food, car battery, new fishing rod and a ps4 game at 1am? No problem. Oh, u can also grab a whole roasted chicken to go for a snack.
Walmart is a store where, in the US, a full-time employee still qualifies for subsidized housing and food stamps.
Sort of like Amazon, but in a physical store. They sell everything pretty much, and it's pretty cheap. Not as bad as people talk about it. Target is the only other physical store I can think of that is similar.
Cheap, crowded, and there's a slight chance you might run into your fifth grade teacher wearing pjs and a snorkel.
"My" Walmart Only!
You need to visit my Walmart. In a 12 foot section of shelving units, most of it is bare. My local Walmart is the only Walmart within a 4 hour drive radius and they're CONSTANTLY empty and their employees don't know crap. It's embarrassing and honestly they should do our community some good and shut down, or fire the manager.
They even had to shutdown for a week because of a massive flood in the area and you'd think they'd finally catch up, get their crap together and stay on top of the ordering? Heck no, still empty as hell.
Not to mention they got caught after the wildfire evacuation selling tainted products from the fire. They got in massive crap for that.
Every product generally under $300 (most under $5) that you've ever imagined made in China, plus a grocery, toy, McDonalds, hardware, garden, electronics, craft, sports, jewelry, clothing shop, in a store the size of Liechtenstein.
Made in China.Giphy
In 1990, I had the pleasure of escorting a group of exchange students from the Russian boondocks to a 24 hour Walmart Supercenter the size of an airplane hanger. One cheekily said:
Just like Russia: everything's made in China, and if you really want it, it's out of stock.
So Much Good!
Don't forget the car tire center.
And hair care, nail salon, fast food restaurants
Banking, guns, gardening stuff, gaming lounges, booze, photo processing, taxes (Many peoples, Sorry! flooded with comments)
Gas station (/u/FizzyBeverage)
Hunting/fishing supplies (u/holymuffins)
Eye care center (u/chunwookie)
They do have almost everything. I have several friends that I don't think have gone to a store besides Walmart in years. I used to live between a Walmart and a Home Depot, and I don't think in all of the years I lived there I went to store that wasn't one of those two.
Everything you could want at 1/2 the price and 1/10 the quality.
I was about to describe it as "the lowest form of retail in the United States" then I remembered Dollar General & Dollar Tree exist.
Don't forget the non-existent customer service.
You can definitely get the exact same thing cheaper at Walmart than most other places. Also, their return policy is legendary if you're willing to use it.
Also, I'm Canadian. Not sure if that changes anything.
Like absolutely giant.Giphy
I've been to Walmart, as a European, and I live to tell the tale. They sell GUNS. In a supermarket! Also that was in a small town and the store was still HUGE. Like absolutely giant. Basically a small mall on its own. I've never seen such a supermarket in Europe.
Viola, it's a Walmart.
So imagine all those small shops that specialize in different wares and services, from clothing to electronics, from jewelry to crafts. Now gather them all in one place. Then turn on the compactor switch. then crush them, grind them, mangle them and their dreams and then add guns. Viola, it's a Walmart.
The Sunshine Store.Giphy
If Florida was a store.
Ex-Floridian, please take this humble fake gold 🏆🏆🏆
I knew someone was gonna say this lmao.
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Walmart employees deal with a lot of crap (including quite a bit of the literal variety). The everyday job of dealing with customers can wear on you enough, but the sheer level of weird that seems to happen in Walmart is even worse.
Reddit user u/TheWrestlingValet asked:
Be prepared, some of these responses might actuallworse than you're expecting.*Content Warning: sexual reference, death, violence/murder*
The American Family Association--classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center--got their pearls tangled from clutching so hard after they saw -gasp!- a commercial with gay people!!!!
Retail giant Wal-Mart, not exactly known for its tolerance or liberal policies, has been releasing a week-by-week video dating series called "Love Is In The Aisle."
A couple of strangers meet for a blind date at Wal-Mart and get to know each other while browsing through the aisles.
This week's episode featured Pat and Andy, two gay men who quarrel a little bit over squash and cast-iron skillets.
Check it out:
Cheesy, definitely scripted, but we'll take it, Wal-Mart!
It's a SMALL step in the right direction.
But the American Family Association is not having it.
Tim Wildman, president of the hate organization, wrote:
"In a move that most Christians probably never expected to see retail giant Walmart has posted an online video that normalizes homosexual relationships."
"For most Christians and other traditionalists, the idea that marriage is between a man and a woman is sacred."
"We've seen many large corporations reject that in their marketing, but I honestly never thought Walmart would join the cultural revolution and reject the beliefs of its customer base."
He encouraged members to harass Wal-Mart, complaining about their "offensive" and "pro-homosexual" video.
Here is a Twitter first for me; THANKS to @Walmart $WMT for their #LGBT 🏳️🌈 #LoveIsInTheAisle blind date video… https://t.co/qDkRrzYAB9— Kirk Clyatt (@Kirk Clyatt)1551385274.0
A lovely step in the right direction! https://t.co/aJ9gLEYFdB— David Christopher (@David Christopher)1551456535.0
"It's clear that Walmart is on the path of elevating homosexual relationships to the same level as the male-female model of marriage."
Wildman drones on:
"At least with a company like Amazon, we knew they were liberal from the outset."
"But this seems more like a betrayal from a well-known friend. Sam Walton is probably turning over in his grave."
Sam Walton, the former CEO of Wal-Mart, went to great pains to try and avoid paying his employees a living wage, so excuse us if we are just a little gay in his store for five seconds.
my new reason for living is people unable to die mad about it after Wal-Mart put up a (actually really cute lol) vi… https://t.co/MsdPv3h6Vx— taber (@taber)1551409659.0
Hate group doesn't want Wal-Mart to acknowledge its LGBTQ customers. Wants to stomp gay relationships in the closet… https://t.co/3ZFMajDWK7— Holy Bullies (@Holy Bullies)1551386539.0
@HillReporter No self-respecting gay man would ever shop at Wal-Mart!— David Bernier (@David Bernier)1551375397.0
The anti-gay Christians outraged about the Wal-Mart gay ad makes me laugh!! Get over yourselves😄😂— Spencer Northcutt (@Spencer Northcutt)1551466667.0
@TheAdvocateMag Come on people.......gays don’t shop Wal-Mart! We shop Target!— Randall Connell (@Randall Connell)1551443331.0
https://t.co/bW6b3KjEKL Dear AFA, The most offensive part of this is gay men going on a date in Wal-Mart.— Ida Slaptcha (@Ida Slaptcha)1551435149.0
Not to overkill the point here, because they are being what they are, but the AFA is a recognized hate group. And c… https://t.co/Ixfp5x5ybm— Thomas (@Thomas)1551383008.0
The AFA has been quite a piece of work in the past.
Since their 1977 founding in Tupelo, Mississippi, the group has almost exclusively campaigned against LGBT people, doing such things as:
"getting some corporations to pull their ads from shows such as Thirtysomething, which had been added to Wildman's list of 'Trash TV' because its plot included a gay romance."
"For years, until 2010, the AFA had a section on its website that supposedly exposed "The Homosexual Agenda.""
"There, a reader could find articles and other AFA publications that claimed LGBT people were trying to force the acceptance of homosexuality on children through sex education programs in schools; condemned companies like Disney for supporting LGBT rights and programming; and, also until 2010, featured a particularly noxious booklet the AFA had published in 1994."
"That booklet, Homosexuality in America: Exposing the Myths, included the bogus research of thoroughly discredited psychologist Paul Cameron as a source."
"One of the publication's authors, Richard Howe, used Cameron's 'research' to claim that LGBT people don't live as long as heterosexuals, that they're more promiscuous and that the 'disgusting details of the homosexual lifestyle explain why so many diseases are present in the homosexual community'."
"Another claim was that 'prominent homosexual leaders and publications have voiced support for pedophilia, incest, sadomasochism, and even bestiality'."
Fuck the American family association— Joel (but a lot merry) (@Joel (but a lot merry))1551366470.0
@AmericanFamAssc Their particular brand of what they call Christianity, the director for the American Family Assoc… https://t.co/Zy7BtyrJ4v— Chris O'Brien (@Chris O'Brien)1551478914.0
The #AmericanFamilyAssociation needs to take a seat. They're almost as big of a joke as #OneMillionMoms (who cannot… https://t.co/4PFYUbdtLQ— Seth Rome (@Seth Rome)1551390943.0
@AmericanFamAssc Humanity hates the American Family Association! Love hates the American Family Association!! Fam… https://t.co/ljp68Gojl9— Kent Elam (@Kent Elam)1551408423.0
Another example of Rt wing snowflakes getting triggered by the existence of LGBT people-and crying out for an all h… https://t.co/fyRlL1g2i2— Totally Fucking Gay (@Totally Fucking Gay)1551385067.0
In response, here are a bunch of gay commercials.
This is Me | AT&T www.youtube.com
McGay: McDonald's Gay Commercial www.youtube.com
The Best Gay Commercials www.youtube.com
Hope this doesn't offend their delicate conservative sensibilities.
Black Friday is one of those unofficial holiday traditions that people love, hate, hate to love, and love to hate. Nobody really wants to stand in line for hours on end. Nobody really wants to wake up before dawn or forego sleep entirely to camp out in front of stores. Then again, Black Friday deals are the only way many people can afford the sorts of things that are on sale. It started with incredible sales at stores, then the stores started opening earlier and earlier, some even open on Thanksgiving day.
Starting Black Friday sales earlier and earlier lead to utter chaos this year since many items were sold out before Black Friday even started.
Yup, you read that correctly. Several large stores sold out of their Black Friday deals before Friday even happened. Game systems were, as always, a popular item. Target and Gamestop sold out of the Nintendo Switch before Thanksgiving Day was over. Target also sold out of the PS4, but don't hate on them too much. Wal-Mart, and Gamestop sold out of them, too. Don't bother checking Target or Wal-Mart for an Instant Pot. Those sold out before Friday as well.
Crowds were understandably annoyed that they waited in line and wandered through this year's Wal-Mart Maze (more on that later) only to find out that the major items they came for were never even there because they had sold out before Friday. Why call it Black Friday sales if you're not going to sell them on Black Friday?
Frustrated shoppers vented on Twitter.
Well, I went to buy the #NintendoSwitch from @GameStop (Switch plus Mario Cart plus $50 gift card) at midnight last… https://t.co/ndGDGBMSqC— John Raizor (@John Raizor)1542892710.0
wow i’m literally waiting in walmart for a new phone and they are almost sold out so i’m hoping we get one. i never… https://t.co/cp4j6L19Pd— imogen (@imogen)1542937727.0
Lol they sold out of PS4’s in 20 mins after opening at 5pm today and it’s not even Black Friday https://t.co/L6Bu5wI1zq— Don Jon (@Don Jon)1542943082.0
@AldiUK wud be great if black friday offers were actually available on black friday !!— leigh evans (@leigh evans)1543052095.0
In order to try and curb some of the expected chaos, many Wal-Mart stores changed their layouts with color coordinated maps and funneled customers through towards registers. Redesigning the entire store so regular shoppers now had no idea where anything was proved to be a controversial choice. Not only were layouts changed, some aisles were capped off completely and it left people trapped in place with no idea that the items they came for were long gone. The maze included arrows on the floors and swirling lines. It was like if Disney and Ikea had a terrible baby.
Again - Twitter was NOT happy.
#1 Crap Award:) “Wow Walmart really blocked most aisles creating a maze and exacerbating the capitalist craziness,… https://t.co/fwvesBqgoE— MedicalQuack (@MedicalQuack)1542997379.0
@mpaschke13 It would be better if they were more organized. We’re waiting until after the big sale is over with— Hannah Nichole (@Hannah Nichole)1542932445.0
@Walmart Went to my local store last night to shop the Black Friday Ads. What a freaking unorganized mess. Whoever… https://t.co/NPXWiFM9je— Tommy (@Tommy)1542980768.0
#Walmart was insane tonight. 2 fist fights employee hit with a rack all over a tv. That was all while trying to get… https://t.co/IiEwnXmIsr— stephen pollock (@stephen pollock)1542935981.0
I just went to Walmart like some nut to look at Christmas decorations they wouldn’t let people go down certain aisl… https://t.co/Eg41FNhzgs— JANICE COMBS (@JANICE COMBS)1542928787.0
Live from Walmart herding cattle I suppose https://t.co/EU5M0dEDSN— Slade (@Slade)1542928462.0
Wow Walmart really blocked most aisles creating a maze and exacerbating the capitalist craziness— 👁 (@👁)1542932702.0
@BillyTolley Me and my family were in Walmart yesterday to just only get groceries and they had the isles closed of… https://t.co/XUTjyJD6Vg— Ashley (@Ashley)1543004708.0
Are you a Black Friday shopper or does the whole thing just strike you as unnecessary? Did any of the early sell-outs change your holiday plans? If you braved your local Wal-Mart and came face to face with the maze, we want to hear about your experience with it. Sound off in the comments!