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‘She had to learn on the job. She left me by myself’: Walmart worker says she was ‘trained’ by woman who wasn’t even trained

‘I’m boutta quit.’


Jack Alban


Posted on Jun 7, 2023   Updated on Jun 14, 2023, 12:45 pm CDT

A Walmart worker has gone viral on TikTok after posting a video in which she claimed that she received her job training from a coworker who wasn’t trained herself.

TikToker Mashara Jones (@thiccalicious41) vlogged her first day on the job and asked the camera, “This my first day, why they ain’t teach me sh*t?”

@thiccalicious41 I thiught ts was sweet them first 4 hours THEM LAST FOUR KICKED MY AHHH omg😭my dogs are hollinnnn #fyp #walmartassociate #walmartstocker #stockingjob #firstjob #fyp #foryou #working #overnightjobs #walmart ♬ original sound – Aura💕

The TikToker goes on to say that it’s her first shift as a Walmart stocker and shows herself surrounded by boxes of products on pallets. Jones then says, “the lady that’s training me, she’s like, they didn’t teach her sh*t either. She had to learn on the job.”

“She left me by myself [with] five pallets, so wish me luck,” Jones explains. It seems the Walmart worker in charge of the new hire’s training left the untrained employee alone with five pallets worth of packages to unpack and restock by herself.

Jones can then be seen sitting on the floor as she opens boxes, telling the camera that her feet hurt. Later in the video, she refers to her job as “slave work,” before it cuts to the creator retracting and saying it, “wasn’t that bad.”

A number of viewers could relate to the Walmart worker’s complaints about not being sufficiently trained on her first day.

“Walmart will not train you my first day as a customer service host i had to teach myself,” said one person, who, like Jones and her coworker, had to learn on the job.

One commenter said that they had held the same position as Jones, but were ultimately terminated. “Girl they fired me after 5 days cus i was moving to slow.”

Another said, “They didn’t teach me nothing either just threw me on the floor and expected me to know what to do.”

One user said that the lack of training led them to quit working for the Walmart, exemplifying one of the many pitfalls of insufficient on-the-job training for new hires. “Same and I quit in a month can’t believe I last that long,” they shared.

A second expressed a similar frustration, simply stating, “I’m boutta quit.”

Another claimed that although they had been hired for a cashier position, the store had them perform roles outside of the job description.

“Yo I was ah cashier n was doin everything but cashiering,” this person wrote, echoing a common complaint among Walmart workers who say they’re often expected to cover roles across departments despite not being hired for those jobs.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Walmart and Jones via email.

Update 12:43pm CT June 14: In an email to the Daily Dot, Jones shared her shock at the virality of her video, as well as her disappointment with working at Walmart.

“Going into Walmart I thought it’d be a nice experience. It was not,” she wrote. “They just threw me out there and expected me to know what I was doing. I hate that that’s a universal experience for everyone else too.”

She urged the chain to improve its training processes to make a better experience for employees. “Walmart should take the time to train people to prevent any issues in working,” she said.

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*First Published: Jun 7, 2023, 5:38 pm CDT