A study of “missed connection” posts on Craigslist, where love-struck hopefuls try to track down and win over a stranger who caught their eye, found that Walmart is the most popular place for people to find love at first sight, according to Psychology Today magazine.
It could be the halo of fluorescent lights, the everyday low prices, or maybe a shared glance in the check-out line. Whatever it is, more people thought they saw their future spouse at a Walmart than anywhere else in 15 states.
Not all connections happened at Walmart, of course.
In New York, the most frequently cited spot was the subway, and in California, the popular gym chain 24 Hour Fitness.
Age also plays a role.
The most common place for missed connections for 20-somethings was an ice cream store. At 30, it was a bar, and for people over 40, it was a strip club or adult bookstore.
An Indianapolis man might have thought he was just minding his own business today when he was cruising along Ind. 135 in Johnson County.
The only problem — well, there were several — was that he was driving a small motorized shopping scooter, police said, that could barely be seen by other motorists.
He was northbound in the southbound lanes.
At 3:49 a.m.
And the scooter, police said, did not belong to him but rather was the property of an area Walmart store.
Yet another problem: When police stopped the scooter, they noticed its operator – Marcus Earl Degraphenreed, 27 – had glassy eyes and seemed to be disoriented. Degraphenreed failed followup field sobriety tests, a police report states.
When a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy saw an “in-store use only” sign on the scooter normally used by disabled customers, he asked Degraphenreed where he got it. The man replied simply that he found it, a police report states. He did not specify where he found it.
Police arrested the man on preliminary charges of theft and driving under the influence. He was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital for a blood draw.
The Amigo brand motorized scooter was returned to the Walmart store at County Line Road and Emerson Avenue in Greenwood.
It was the Wal-Mart in Kenosha, WI. We were done shopping. I had my 3 year old daughter. She always tries to go to those claw machines but I never have cash/change. She’s stubborn and just stands there staring at the toys inside so I just picked her up and was headed toward the exit when a group of about 4 frat looking douchey guys in their early 20’s/late teens entered. One threw one of those little “firecrackers” that’s just basically a tiny bag of gunpowder behind us – startling us. I felt they wanted to make the fat mom drop her baby so they could snap a photo and send it here. This is my Walmart story. You’re welcome.
And I must add on the way in there was a shopping cart with about 4 “empties” of Miller Lite cans. Classy!
A man riding a motorized Walmart shopping cart has been charged with DUI this week in Florida.
The bizarre incident took place in Brooksville, Florida last weekend and according to reports resulted in a man being charged with both felony retail theft and disorderly intoxication.
Local man, Timothy Carr, was seen driving around a Walmart store recklessly, according to reports, and even drove to the alcohol section of the store to pick up some alcoholic beverages.
Carr took some alcoholic drinks from the shelf and opened one and began drinking. He then apparently drove the vehicle recklessly around the store, bashing into the shelves, knocking numerous other items off onto the floor, according to witnesses.
Carr has been arrested for retail theft before in the past, and this is in fact his third such offense. Because of the number of offenses, his charge has now been escalated to a felony crime, and he could even face jail time.
Police say Carr, a transient, was spotted around 9 p.m. local time on Sunday drunk and behind the wheel of a motorized shopping cart, according to WFLA.
Carr allegedly told police he was a transient, and that he did not have money to pay for the alcohol.
Carr is not the only person to be arrested for driving drunk in a non-street vehicle. In May of last year another man called Joe Bruss pleaded guilty to driving a Zamboni drunk. According to WCCO, Bruss had an alcohol level of .32 when he was arrested for being drunk while working as a part time ice rink attendant. His alcohol blood level put him four times over Minnesota’s legal driving limit. In that incident parents and pee-wee hockey players were forced to stand by and watch in amazement as Bruss recklessly swiveled and swerved across the ice.
A DUI in Walmart is relatively rare, and usually more extraordinary behavior is associated to the store’s Black Friday sales and chaotic scenes as consumers fight for the best deals.