People of Walmart
|People of Walmart|
|Slogan||"A collection of all the creatures that grace us with their presence at Walmart, America's favorite store."|
Type of site
People of Walmart is an entertainment website featuring user-submitted photos of socially awkward or undesirable customers who were photographed while shopping at Walmart. The site has been promoted largely on sites like Digg and Funny or Die, and linked on Facebook and Twitter. People of Walmart was founded in 2009 by brothers Andrew and Adam Kipple, and their friend Luke Wherry, who grew up together in Harrison City, PA and attended Penn-Trafford High School.
The website was founded in August 2009 after three men in their 20s--Andrew Kipple, his brother Adam, and their friend Luke Wherry--noticed at a South Carolina Wal-Mart a woman who looked like a stripper to them in a t-shirt that read "go f*** yourself" with a 2 year old in a harness and a man with a beard reminiscent of those worn by ZZ Top.  They created the website to share what they find truly remarkable, ignoring more stereotypical redneck or mullets. While they created the site for their own social circle, it immediately went viral, enabling Wherry and Adam Kipple to leave their prior jobs. Andrew Kipple is a student. Wal-Mart has not commented.
In addition to avoiding the ordinary, the trio refuse to post photos of people who are disabled or working Walmart employees.
The site has given rise to various other similar websites, some with variations on the theme.
The People of Walmart site is divided into tabs including photos (broken up into newest, top rated, by state and random), stories (love letters and hate mail), videos and a submit section. There is also a store where items such as tee shirts, mugs and sweatshirts can be purchased with the People of Walmart logo. According to the website, People of Walmart is a member of Three Ring Blogs, which includes blogs like “That’s my boss,” “dumbtweets,” “Girls in yoga pants,” and “How I was dumped." Three Ring Blogs is a network of blogs where people can post anonymous content, most of which has a humorous focus.
Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar declined to comment saying in an e-mail that it "doesn't seem like it's news that there's a website that allows people to post photos on it".
Melanie Wheeler was extremely upset when she found her mother’s embarrassing image on the site accompanied by the caption, "A member of the Canadian division of the Trench Coat Mafia."  They contacted the press to express their disgust in the website and how they had felt violated. However, the People of Walmart FAQ states that if a user finds that he or she is unwillingly shown in a picture, "Simply email us and we will take it down, no problem. If you like your photo but hate the caption or comment send us an email and we can remove it.", and the picture was not removed.
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