There's a scene in "The 40 Year Old
Virgin" where two employees in a big box Best Buy type store haul a
big screen TV out to a woman's car without any care for what
they're hauling. The scene ends with the TV being thrown into the
back of a vehicle with a large crashing sound and the two men telling
the woman it's supposed to sound that way.
The scene was played for a laugh, but
in the real world there would have been repercussions along the line
of the woman getting a free TV (or the TV and some of her money back) and the two employees being fired.
What's that? Stuff like that doesn't
happen in real life? Funny you should say that. A video has began to
make its way around the Internet, going viral as they say, that shows
Walmart employees tossing around and throwing iPad boxes onto the
For three or four people left that
don't know, iPads are those computers about the size of a hardback
book (what you hated in school) that the Apple computer company
builds for about $17 apiece and then sells for $500.
Anyway, the video making the rounds
shows four employees in a Pikeville, Kentucky Walmart saying, "This
is why you don't buy an iPad from Walmart," then doing their best
to destroy said iPad in its packaging.
Walmart has said all the proper
corporate things, including that they're embarrassed by the
employees actions, that the employees are no longer with the company
and the store will do whatever is needed to make the customers who
bought the iPads happy.
But this is apparently where real life
and fiction part ways. Despite the best efforts of these employees (overweight, foul mouthed southern men in their early twenties), no
one who bought the iPads brought them back saying, "Hey, this
thing's broken" or "I can't get this thing to work."
This could lead to several conclusions.
One, the packaging for the iPads is incredibly padded. Or, the iPads
themselves are as well made as Apple claims. Maybe the big guys (they
seem to average about 280 pounds) wore themselves out picking the box
up and had no strength left when they threw it down. Or somewhere
there's a poor sap wondering why he can't get his new iPad to
The video is on Youtube and judging by
the comments, these fine young men didn't manage to improve the
view of southerners any. But that's another topic of conversation.
The question that initially came to mind was, in this day and age, if
you have a job, why would you video yourself doing something like
this, then put it on the Internet?
I know, a warehouse job at Walmart
isn't the greatest thing in the world, but still it's a job and
if you lose it there really aren't that many more out there for you
to grab onto.
It also makes a person wonder what kind
of personality defect you have to have to destroy something that
doesn't belong to you? I've known guys like this throughout my
life (and women, also). They're the kind of people you try to avoid
if you see them coming. They're always angry about something and
usually want to talk about how awful something or someone is.
For a while, making a jerk the main
focus of a movie or TV show was the in thing to do. There wasn't
one character in the aforementioned "40 Year Old Virgin" that I
didn't want to slap. Actor Seth Rogan has perfected the loud
mouthed jerk that Hollywood, for some bizarre reason, wants us to
But as the Walmart video proves, we've
got plenty of that in real life. Just keep this in mind as you're
doing your Christmas shopping over the next few weeks. And check
immediately to make sure everything works, even if it's five weeks
before it's opened. Better to take it back now than have a very
disappointed recipient on Dec. 25.
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