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*
Had a customer in a motorized scooter (his personal one, not store provided) come up to me at the sporting goods desk and he asked me where the cans of compressed air are. I walk him over to some and he thanks me, grabs a can off the shelf, and proceeded to start huffing it right in front of me.
When I worked in electronics at least customers had the decency to go to the bathroom before huffing...
So I used to stock the crafts section on overnights. I'm kinda an awkward person so no human contact was great for me. This old guy on a scooter insisted upon sitting in my aisle for like, hours. Just staring at the needles.
Ok....whatever. I stocked everything I could. But finally I needed him to move...and honestly I was a little creeped out at this point.. I mentioned it to my manager on the way to lunch.
After lunch he was gone.
...turns out he had died there like 5 hours before.
This definitely qualifies as "worst thing you've seen in a store".
I worked at Walmart for all of my teenage years, and there was so much poop where it shouldn't be. That's the most disgusting. The worst would've been when some thieves attempted to run out the door, followed closely by loss prevention, turned around and sprayed them with mace... Which then wafted into the store. A few seniors had to be taken to the hospital for respiratory issues. Everyone working in the store spent all day coughing as the mace lingered in the air, because heaven forbid they shut the store down and think of anyone else's health.
I've only been working at a Walmart for two weeks, I've had three people lose their temper on me, one woman slam her cart into someone else's cart because she couldn't buy alcohol with an expired ID, and one guy try to walk away with a whole cart of groceries, in which a different customer walked after him and literally dragged him back inside.
Again, two weeks.
I'm getting asked this a lot, so I'll explain:
Stores can't accept expired IDs because they're considered invalid. If Invalid IDs were accepted then it would create an aftermarket for those IDs, which would then make it easier for people under 21 to get ahold of something they could potentially use to illegally purchase alcohol.
My time to shine.
First job out of high school (2009), moved cross country to be with my girlfriend, end up working at a Walmart as a janitor overnight in the worst part of town in Tulsa (Admiral/Memorial for any locals).
This place had everything it could under lock. High theft, and a few people had died there so the workers nicknamed it kill mart.
One night, a guy is in the sporting goods area and wants to buy something. He takes his wallet out, sets it on the counter for a second.
Thief walks up and grabs it, runs off.
The victim proceeds to grab a golf club, chase the man down and violently beat him in an aisle. Blood, Broken neck (I'm like 95% positive the guy died), destroyed aisle.
Everyone in the store flipped, a bunch were calling people to view it in the cctv room.
My manager waved me down and asked me to clean up the aisle so the store would look nice for the morning. You know. The crime scene.
I clocked out for lunch, quit the next day.
Some people signed up for an oil change, then threw one of those household bug bomb foggers into their car while they waited.
When the technician went out to pull the car in, it was full of white smoke from the insecticide and the interior was covered in thousands of roaches all trying to escape the fog.
We told them to leave.
Working 4am-1pm 1st shift stocking. This was a couple years back. Dude's shopping. Regular lookin' guy. I'm puttin' up cheese on the shelf.
He greets me with a kind of passing-by-you type Hello. Then he asks me "hey man, y'gettin' any p**sy?"
I answered vaguely, "eh..". He responds: "Well, some is better than none, amirite?"
I worked customer service at Walmart for a lil bit and one night just as I was closing customer service down a man came in screaming for help. He was wearing a white shirt but it was drenched red in some areas.
He said he was shot twice and he thought he was gonna die. He lifted up his shirt to show us he wasn't just some druggy, and really needed help.
Lo and behold there were two holes bleeding around this mans torso. Lucky for him an off duty paramedic was in line buying groceries and called it in fast for the ambulance.
Didn't work at Walmart, but once I saw an entire family (man, woman, and son) there who ALL had mullets. I thought that was pretty special...
Someone throwing their child's used diaper on top of the freshly baked cookies I just put out. :/
I had to throw out 700 cookies.