Walmart cans employees who tossed and smashed Apple iPad units on video

Walmart cans employees who tossed and smashed Apple iPad units on video
Remember that video we showed you of a Walmart nightshift crew in Pikesville. Kentucky? To refresh your memory, these bozos were in the stockroom, tossing boxes allegedly containing Apple iPads as though they were flipping a frisbee across the room. Even worse, one of the boxes was thrown forcefully onto the ground.

Tossing around sensitive electronic devices meant for customers is not smart. But perhaps even dumber is allowing someone to film the dastardly deed. The incident took place in August and according to someone who posted the video on Reddit after receiving it from one of the store's employees, those who were involved in the activity were fired by the retailer and prosecuted.

Even though there is a question about what actually was in the boxes that were being tossed and smashed to the ground, Walmart believes the video to be real. In a statement to CNET, a Walmart spokesman said that the actions on the video made the company wince and was embarrassing. He did note that no merchandise has been returned and the Pikeville Police Department said that no reports about the incident have been filed.

The bottom line is if you are spending hundreds of dollars on a new Apple iPad, or any device, you might think twice about making the purchase at Walmart, although this could potentially happen anywhere. How can the deep discounter repair the damage that this might have caused them? Time will help, but by firing those responsible, Walmart has already made it clear that it has a zero tolerance toward these kind of hijinks. Still, those who have read this story are going to wonder if the device that they just purchased from Walmart was once used as a football.


source: Reddit via CNET

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45 Comments

1. nwright94 unregistered

Get someone in there who deserves and needs a job and will do it right rather than these bozos.

4. Droiddoes unregistered

Yes, because I'm sure getting 16 hours a week at sh*t fifty an hour will change their lives.

9. metalpoet unregistered

Walmart pays more as a big box retailer then most other ones *cough bestbuy cough kmart* Now I do not work for Walmart but some employees make a decent wage for having no formal education. When I worked for Walmart years ago i was consistantly given 40 hrs a week with a set shift and 3 dollars an hour above the states minimum wage. So its the employees that deserve to be fired and in some deep sh*t trouble....its not exactly Walmarts fault. I work for another big box retailer that only deals with electronics and who cares if i dotn feel i make enough money for what Im worth, i would never destroy merchandise simply because it is WRONG.

13. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

they pay more? since when?I know people at other big box places being paid more AND are getting more hours. While at walmart your barely getting part time and barely above minumum wage. I feel for walmart employee's some stores are such drama

20. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Maybe they should stop being lazy and get a different job or an education. Just a thought. I get sick and tired of hearing ignorant people blast walmart just for being successful. No one, and I mean not a single person, is FORCED to work at walmart. Heck, I refuse to shop there because the experience is miserable, but people have bought into the fact that they save 30cents for shopping there. So, honestly, it if weren't for walmart then these people wouldn't have a job at all. For that, they should feel fortunate.

37. metalpoet unregistered

14545 you are a wise individual! Very rare these days :)

35. metalpoet unregistered

what state did they work in because many of my friends and family in california, nevada, and utah make more money at walmart than they do at bestbuy, kmart, and target.

27. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

That's not wat happened in August, mr.spokesman

36. metalpoet unregistered

Im no spokesman sir, i am a huge fan of bestbuy as a customer but as for the employees, walmart pays better and actually gives raises more than once a year.

42. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Man I'm glad I live in Canada, its the reverse here, Walmart is the one that pays less than best buy future shop all that by about $3. Average Walmart employee here gets like 9.80

17. nwright94 unregistered

Better than nothing.

28. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

No one is forcing anyone to take and stay at the job but only to do a good work. If anyone doesn't like ; free to go. What was saw on the video was not accident (that could happen) but extreme stupidity that should be punished. That could happen anywhere - true. The point is to move such irresponsible people to jobs they would fit (or jobs not giving them much way to damage other people/company properties, ie: dumpster tracks). After 2-3 years at a s**tty job, they may get another chance and might appreciate what they took for granted.

12. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

never shopped at walmart before have ya? they will just hire more of the same bozos

18. nwright94 unregistered

I shop at Meijer, much better than Walmart.

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is true.

31. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Bet these same bozos are breaking windows in their neighborhood trailerpark. And now it's even harder to pay the lot rent, and water bill. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Here-is-one-reason-not-to-buy-an-iPad-from-Wal-Mart_id36438

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's because they didn't now they have secuirty cameras in the docking bay area

3. Droiddoes unregistered

"you might think twice about making the purchase at Walmart" This is pretty good advice in general. LMAO @ wal mart

5. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

This kind of stuff happens everywhere, evening shipping before it can even reach the US, look up fedex, ups, and usps on YouTube

10. metalpoet unregistered

Ive seen SOME Fedex guys kicking boxes like they were soccer balls.

24. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

But at least if you shop online you don't have to listen to the same horrible Christmas music since mid October.

34. metalpoet unregistered

If you shop online then you render millions of jobs useless and those millions of people will be unemployed. besides with all the crazy hackers out there ill prefer shopping in a store over online. I will noly shop online if i absolutely need to.

45. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

How is this any different than all those cases of store employees and restaurants stealing credit card info? If I were paranoid about that then I would be about using a credit card, ATM or online banking.

6. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

you might want to think twice about video taping any behavior like this. what did they expect when you post youtube videos of being stupid

7. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

You might think twice about making ANY purchase from Walmart. That place is terrible.

14. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

anywhere you buy anything from there is a chance its been treated like that. Want a gurantee? go to the factory its made at and watch the one you want produced.

16. Droiddoes unregistered

wal mart SPECIFICALLY tells manufacturers to make their product to sub standard quality specs so they can sell them cheaper. If the manufacturer doesn't want to do that, wm threatens to not carry any of their products. What do you think the crap that says "made exclusively for wal mart" is talking about? Yeah, I want to buy my products from a company that is a ok with giving me a sub standard product.

21. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

You may not be, but some of the underclass people in this world are ok with buying crap. Why is it your place to tell them how to, or not to, spend their money?

32. Droiddoes unregistered

It's not my place and I wasn't telling people what to do, no idea where you got that from. If someone wants to buy a peice of sh*t inferior product at wal mart to save a quarter, more power to them. I prefer to be an educated consumer.

40. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

While I'm not a Wal-mart apologist by any standard, I would like to see proof to support your statement. Wal-Mart, while they have a lot of clout, cannot dictate how thousands of products are manufactured. items that are specifically Wal-Mart brands, maybe. but Apple, Sony, motorola, etc? I doubt it. no matter what you may think of Wal-Mart, they are the number one retailer in the U.S. by far, and yes, I can back that up. http://www.stores.org/2011/Top-100-Retailers

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