A Youtuber Told Walmart Employees That They Were Fired As A Prank, Now Users Want Her Blocked From The Platform
YouTube couple Joel and Lauren live for uploading videos. You could say that’s their profession. With 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube — and millions more following them on other channels and Instagram, Joel and Lauren must know a thing or two about pranks, vlogging, and challenges. At least that’s what they claim to be: experts at knowing what is funny. Their latest prank, however, did not go over well with their audience — or anyone for that matter, and for a good reason.
It was far from funny.
Joel and Lauren pulled their latest prank and made a joke out of hardworking Walmart employees.
Let me recap what went down. On April 23, in a YouTube video titled “CEO Firing People Prank” (which has since been deleted), Lauren dressed in a short-haired wig and said, “So, I’m going to be going up to Walmart employees and basically observing them and then I’m going to be, like, ‘You’re fired, let me see your badge.'”
In the video, Lauren approaches different Walmart employees and tells some of them “good job” and others that they have done a “bad job” and that they are fired.
According to Click2Houston, Lauren would tell people that it was just a prank. For the most part, Walmart employees didn’t seem to mind that some random woman was firing them. Then the prank just spiraled into cruelty.
Lauren approached Maria Leones, an immigrant from the Philippines, who’s worked at Walmart for six years.
Lauren went up to Leones, who was working at the register, and said: “I’m in charge now and I don’t appreciate the way you’re working so I’m going to need to see your badge and vest.”
Leones was in complete shock and thought about how her insurance covers the medical needs of her husband. She began to cry and plead for her job.
In an interview with a local news station, Leones explained that her husband recently underwent a quadruple bypass after a heart attack and depends on her to cover his medical bills. Lauren then realized the nature of her cruelty and began to apologize.
“I’m sorry, don’t cry. You’re OK. I’m sorry. You’re not fired. You’re doing a really good job,” Lauren says in the video.
Love concluded her video saying “Hope you guys enjoyed the video. It was honestly hilarious, it turned out really well,” after saying that she felt so bad for Leones that she offered her woman $50. Leones said she never got the money.
Walmart doesn’t see the humor in the joke either.
A spokesperson for the company told People Magazine in a statement that Love was banned from their stores.
“This prank is offensive and the people responsible are no longer welcome in our stores. We’ve taken actions on behalf of our associates, including asking YouTube to remove the video and calling their attention to the bullying nature of this hoax,” the statement read. “Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support.”
People on social media are letting the Youtuber have it.
Next time a weird person comes up to you at Walmart, you must be ready.
People will recognize Lauren with a short wig from now (she wears it often in her pranks). So if you see her coming, you know what to do.
We don’t support violence, but perhaps a pretend body-slam?
Why did they ever think this would be funny?
They definitely went too far.
Yeah, there was nothing funny about it.
With so much division in the country, do we really need people playing with their emotions, especially when it concerns work and medical insurance?
So what did Walmart have to say about all of this? It wasn’t good.
In a statement provided by Click2Houston, Wallmart said: “This prank is offensive and the people responsible are no longer welcome in our stores. We’ve taken actions on behalf of our associates, including asking YouTube to remove the video and calling their attention to the bullying nature of this hoax. Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support.”
Yikes, Joel and Lauren better find a new place to get diapers but don’t even think about pulling this crap at Target. We’re watching you!