Walmart Workers Record Themselves Smashing iPads In Store [Video] UPDATED

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Updated, Nov. 12, 11.30 a.m.

Walmart has had some trouble with its employees lately, with accusations of union intimidation, sex discrimination, and wage violations, among others. Some workers are planning a huge strike on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year. Others just went into the back room of their store, recorded themselves smashing iPads, and uploaded the video to YouTube Thursday. That prank cost those employees' their jobs.

One Walmart associate at a Pikeville, Ky., Supercenter begins the video, which was posted online Thursday, with the preface: "This is why you don't buy an iPad from Walmart." Another associate then throws two packaged iPads, to a third associate, who catches them. The third iPad gets hurled to the floor, and then dropped, while the fourth is lobbed too hard and lands with a crash.

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"Wow, that motherf*****'s broke," says the narrator.

iPads currently retail at Walmart for $399, which means that at an average hourly wage of $8.83, it would take a Walmart associate 45 hours of labor to earn enough money (even before taxes) to buy one.

More: Why Is It So Hard To Get An $8 An Hour Job At Walmart?

The hooliganism is all the more repugnant coming so soon after revelations of the worker conditions at FoxConn factories in China, which increased American consumers' awareness of the human hands that make each iPad, for a starting salary of $14 a day (it would take them a month of work to buy one).

The associate who picked up the phone at the Pikeville store responded simply, "That situation has already been taken care of, have a nice day," before hanging up. Walmart spokeswoman Ashley Hardie confirmed over email that those associates were fired.

"We've seen the video of several nightshift associates destroying merchandise in the back of one of our stores in August and, as anyone can image [sic], it made us wince," she wrote. "We are also embarrassed."

She added that none of the merchandise has been returned since the "unfortunate incident."

The store is probably tired of the phone calls by now. A commenter on the anonymous forum Reddit claims that when she called the store, the manager told her they'd received hundreds of calls about the video, which has been watched almost 120,000 times on YouTube.

[Warning: The video below includes frequent use of profanity.]





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Claire Gordon

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Leslie Michelle Noah

I was about to go to Target, but after hearing about these Wal-Mart employees I'm going to Wal-Mart to support the store. I'm sick of unprofessional grown temper tantrums by people who only know how to complain to get their way.

November 21 2012 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leslie Michelle Noah

FIRE THEM and hire people who want jobs.

November 21 2012 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leslie Michelle Noah

If Wal-mart would fire their disgruntled and rude employees, I would shop there more often. The security and some of the receipt checkers are so rude. The cashiers are nasty and they stink. it happens when you get big. There's no way to oversee that many people. There are some stupid people in the world. They wouldn't be hired or last at another job, thats why they work at Wal-Mart.

November 21 2012 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mabelz4531

So last I heard people have the right to quite a job and apply elsewhere if you didn;t like working somewhere. What is wrong with these people . You 're not happy and greatfull you have a job go to Target or Kohl;s is Walmart holding a gun to your head and forcing you to work there?

November 21 2012 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
doug

well, I see some more people headed to the unemployment lines just like the idiots at the wonder bread company that just went belly up killing 18,500 jobs!! act the ass and see how quick you hit the door without skidding on the way out!

November 19 2012 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loveandtherain

@Shape Up Kiddo, I was also going to comment that my uncle worked for walmart several years ago and they had a cheer that something along the lines of "Walmart First - Family Second!"
Yea, he didn't work there for too much longer after that.

November 17 2012 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loveandtherain

This is staged. There is no way that any protest group re: walmart would think that destruction of property is the answer to them getting a higher wage. That's RIDICULOUS. Walmart would stage something like this, and a bunch of ipads is nothing to them. I surmise that the reddit commenter was not some random person either. Don't believe everything you hear.

November 17 2012 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
williamstroup.stroup

f=cking morons

November 15 2012 at 6:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shape up kiddo!

a sucsessful writer went under cover to work on minum wage and WALMART was the worst place she worked she wrote a lot about it and workers having to give the WALMART cheer and the time thieves READ NICKEL AND DIMED in AMERICA she met people who lived in ther cars or couldnt save up enough for rent and security to get an apartment so lived in crap apartment hotels this book was researched in 1999 She worked as a waiteress and alot of places and went through a lot of hell You should all read it I never shop at WALMART theres none here but I never would I try to always use small neighborhood stores and know the woners and see how they treat there workers KINDLY I bet if she saw this video shed cheer em on..there actions were illeagle and dumb MAYBE but they sent a messaage in there own way. Im sure they all got new jobs by now Now they dont have to sing the WALMART song or kiss ass for pennies

November 14 2012 at 5:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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dandug001

holy runon sentence. You used only one period in that entire statement.

November 15 2012 at 3:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob C

First of all, I would have fired the manager of that Wal Mart just to set an example of what would and would be tolerated. The manager is responsible for the actions. Second, I would have cameras in areas like this (there may in fact be cameras in there). Third, I would have sought prosecution of all those employees and made their lives as miserable as hell in the process. Forth, I would post this video on numerous sites warning any potential employer of what to expect from these jackasses.

November 14 2012 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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