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People are trying to buy this old Walmart vest so they can steal stuff on Black Friday

What could possibly go wrong?


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 23, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 10:16 am CDT

More people are turning to online shopping each year, but that doesn’t mean Black Friday is dead just yet. Many stores still offer incredible deals that lure shoppers out of their homes in the wee hours of the morning, and those customers will do almost anything to skip a line or gain an advantage.

Case in point: This Walmart vest that went viral when on Twitter. User @OverlyLiked said that would allow you to walk into any Walmart and leave with whatever you could carry.

Although the post was supposably meant as a joke, people started flooding @OverlyLiked’s inbox with offers.

But that was just the tip of the iceberg. The tweet spawned a slew of imitators trying to sell their old work clothes.

Even if there was a chance this would have worked (and there likely wasn’t), Walmart and the other big box stores are most certainly onto the scam by now. Even without all the viral buzz surround the posts, some concerned citizens say they’ve already informed Walmart of the nefarious plan.

Honestly, I’m not sure what’s worse: being caught shoplifting or paying a stranger on the internet $100 for the world’s least flattering fashion accessory? Perhaps you’d be better off shopping online this year and using the extra time to contemplate who you really want to be.

H/T The Chive

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*First Published: Nov 23, 2017, 7:05 am CST