People of Walmart

We are still in Gatlinburg and I have a bunch of lovely photos to share with you, but I can’t find the dang thingy that downloads pictures from my camera to my computer. We are headed back home tomorrow, so I’ll be able to write a *real* post soon, but in the meantime…

OK, you all know about the “People of Walmart” website, right? WHAT?! A few of you don’t?! Well, I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to it. Basically it is a site dedicated to the bizarre people/outfits/situations that can often be spotted in the aisles of Walmart stores all over the country. Most of the photos are taken by people who see something priceless, then grab their phone and try to grab a picture of it, so the photo quality is usually pretty bad.  Then they submit their pictures to the “People of Walmart” website and someone writes a funny caption (and some of the captioning can be pretty objectionable, so be forewarned.) And yes, it is basically a site that makes fun of people, but seriously? If you are going to go out in public looking like that, um, you’re kinda asking for it. Also, I grew up in Arkansas, the Mother Church of Walmart, my very first job was at Walmart, and I shop there on a regular basis so I’m certainly not a snob about the kind of people that frequent that store, Shoot, I AM a “People of Walmart”!

So in lieu of a *real* post, I offer you…

There are countless shots like this (and much, much worse) on the site, but I thought I’d spare you. Apparently there are lot of  people out there who are somehow completely unaware that their entire butt is hanging out of their pants…

OK,  I couldn’t resist just one more small example:

Oh, what the heck, I’m going for it! However I will apologize ahead of time, and I completely understand if you feel the need to gouge your eyes out after this one…

There is also an entire sub-genre of mullet photos, but I think you’ll have to agree that this one is in a class by itself:

I thought this was actually kind of ingenius:

And lastly– Fair warning: this could easily be me in about, oh, 20 years or so:

19 Responses

  1. KellyBurton

    OMG… you know, I had to stop following this on Twitter because I was wasting too much time! Shocking, I know…

    SO, when you need to waste more time, check out

    …I *might* even like this one better than the Awkward Family photos. And the fact that I have these ranked in my head? Sad.

  2. LindaB

    These pics look like Friday at our local Walmart……only maybe a little classier.

  3. MostlySunny

    I thought it was just at MY Walmart!

  4. auburn60

    I just want to know how you got all those pictures of my MIL’s extended family. : )

  5. itsvikki2u

    oh my goodness… I do believe these photos were taken at my WalMart. Do people own mirrors? The one thing you can say about WalMart… you never really have to worry about remembering that you need milk/bread etc. and you’re in that “cleaning the house all day” type of attire… because no one will think anything about it and you’ll actually still be overdressed! Glad to be Tori Taff’s friend “) Stay Strong, Vicki

  6. chillybean

    Love this site. I have seen some dandies at Walmart up here in Wisconsin. However, when I was in Benton shopping with your sister, it just seemed like the “dandies” were everywhere.

    I fear the day I will get caught on camera when I am wearing my pajama pants and haven’t combed my hair. Usually when I go to Walmart, I live with the “when in Rome” philosophy!

  7. LindaB

    If I ever see my picture on that website, I’m suing!!!

  8. jd2008

    Okay, so I’m scarred for life, but I was still laughing (and slightly queezy). I read the first half of the caption before seeing the last picture, so I thought that it was you…but then I thought, WAIT- MS. TAFF WOULD NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF WEARING LEOPARD SPOT TIGHTS- so I’m okay now.


  9. Gramma Jac

    One day my husband and I were driving to Walmart (also in WI chillybean). I asked if he was going in with me and he said he wasn’t dressed very well. I said (I apologize ahead of time for being rude!) that he was fine if he wasn’t in a pair of pants WAY too small for his butt, slippers, a too-tight dirty shirt and a ripped small Green Bay Packer jacket. We drove into the parking lot and, walking into Walmart was someone in almost exactly the outfit I described. He looked at me and said, “You’re good!” LOL! Wait ’til I show him the website!

  10. LindaB

    Gramma Jac, THAT’S HILARIOUS!!!! Loved it!

  11. wendmark

    Wrong, wrong, wrong, no-no-no-no-no, TMI, TMI, TMI (TMI now has a new meaning for me “Too Many Images”. I have now seen things that only a therapist can remove from my head! Thank you Tori, I’m now headed to my shrink! LOL

  12. tori

    KellyBurton– I have NEVER seen that site, but oh boy, I DO remember those days… And Awkward Family Photos is totally Madi’s favorite.

    LindaB– My favorite thing about the site is that I have absolutely seen things JUST LIKE THIS at Walmart stores all over the country! (We hit a lot of them on the road…)

    MostlySunny– Well, embarrassingly enough it does seem like there are an inordinately large number of entries from Tennessee and Arkansas!


    itsvikki2u– Isn’t it the truth? I can’t remember EVER thinking I looked too weird or funky to make a quick Walmart stop…

    chillybean– Yep, I would put the Benton Walmart crowd up against anything on that site! Almost every time we go, Madi ends up surreptitiously following somebody around with her camera phone ready…

    LindaB– I’ve found it helpful to just check in occasionally and see if I spot anything that looks like me. So far, so good.

    jd2008– Jess, you are so right, I would NOT make the mistake of wearing the leopard tights! I would have gone with some tiger-striped ones, just to mix it up.

    Gramma Jac– OK, I totally laughed out loud for real on that one!

    wendmark– Honey, trust me: I went easy on you!!!

  13. ibclcisme

    Whenever I need a really good laugh, I always go to that website. It totally cracks me up every.single.time.
    What’s so incredibly hysterical is that these people probably think they are lookin’ good.

  14. tnmusicman

    Ok,everyone jokes about the south but it’s the fine individuals visiting their local Wal-Mart that perpetuate the …………wait, is that ME in that photo??? Ok,I’m off to get a haircut or something!!!

  15. Barbara M. Lloyd

    If there is something to be said positively about everything…..perhaps I have found the one for not being able to see very well. Gracious, as far as I am concerned, LindaB is 5’6″ and weighs 115 pounds. She hasn’t told me any different, for goodness sake. But about our local WalMart “residents,” I’m thinking we might have a litle class here in the south…..but what do I know?

  16. LindaB

    Barb, you think I am 5’6″ and 115 pounds because some sighted person told you that ’cause that’s me exactly.

  17. Gramma Jac

    I came home last night with a project that I needed to get done,…I changed into my pjs to do it. My daughter came in later and reminded me that I had agreed to take her to Walmart. So, with heavy sighing and self-pity (LOL) I agreed. I was thinking “What can I just throw on?” when I remembered “The People of Walmart” (hear: Jaws music). So I got neatly dressed, brushed my hair and my teeth, and took my daughter! As God is my witness, I will NOT be a photo on that website!!! ;-)

  18. Gramma Jac

    P.S. I don’t know why I thought they could see my teeth on a photo,…but ya never know!!!


    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! HON, I’LL FIGHT YOU OVER THAT LEOPARD COAT & TIGHTS!!!!!! LORD, HAVE MERCY………………………….TOO MUCH!!!!!! didnt know bout that site – not sure whether to thank yo, or not – my sides are still hurting…cant take too much of that! peace!

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