TikToker finds moldy shoes for sale when shopping at Walmart
A TikTok user has gone viral after allegedly discovering a pair of moldy shoes while shopping at his local Walmart.
The video, which has been viewed over 1.2 million times, was shared on Christmas Eve by TikTok user @seememommin.
“I was walking through the shoe department at Walmart and I smelled something terrible and I was like, ‘What is this? “” she told TikTok.
The video then shows a pair of sneakers, priced at $ 28.66, covered in what appear to be moldy white spots.
“It’s disgusting,” @seememommin says.
TikTok users were quick to weigh in, expressing shock at the apparent condition of the shoes.
“I thought they designed them with bleach stains until you said mold,” one user said.
Others used the incident to defend their refusal to shop at the large retailer.
“This is my 13th reason (for not shopping at Walmart),” wrote another.
Commentators claiming to work in retail have suggested that these issues are related to ongoing supply chain issues and the holiday season.
“PSA! Things like this often happened because of the cargo stuck for a long time because of the holidays, ”they said. “Moisture and insects! “
“I used to work in a shoe store, idk why, but everything happens with mold,” added another.
The Daily Dot attempted to reach @seememommin for comment but did not receive a response until press time. The TikTok user, however, said she brought the shoes to the attention of store workers.
“I just wonder how the fact that it smells bad made me find them so quickly that they didn’t notice it,” she wrote.
Many users also tagged Walmart in the comments section. The Daily Dot contacted Walmart to inquire about the shoes, but also did not receive a response.
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* First published: December 27, 2021, 2:02 p.m. CST
Mikael Thalen is a Seattle-based tech and security reporter covering social media, data breaches, hackers and more.