“Welcome to a world where no shoes and no shirt are no obstacles, where parking lots are filled with dead deer, Bengal tigers, and old men in thongs riding bikes…”
Are you familiar with the law of diminishing comedic returns? In essence, anything that you find hilariously funny, will be — by degrees — less funny each time you are exposed to it. This is particularly true of jokes and Weekend at Bernie’s. It is completely untrue in the case of People of Walmart.com Shop & Awe, a September 7 release that provokes loud laughter each time it is opened.
The premise is simple, people take pictures of people shopping at Walmart or parked in Walmart’s parking lot, then post them to peopleofwalmart.com. Not everyone who shops at Walmart will have the opportunity to be featured at peopleofwalmart.com; that privilege is reserved for the selected elite — those men who dare shop at Walmart dressed in garbage bags or tutus, and the women who want to see just how far lycra will stretch.
Remember when a visual definition of low-class was a woman going out of the house with rollers in her hair? Pick up People of Walmart.com Shop & Awe and learn how good taste is relative, and those women in rollers were models of refinement compared to some Walmart shoppers.
I spent nearly half a century in an area where there were no Walmarts, then moved to a small city with five (and two Sam’s Clubs!). It took a while for me to be able to enter a Walmart — I’d been warned against them — but once I broke the ice, I warmed up to the experience. I’d seen a few people who were dressed in ways that…well, they should have known better. Or, at least, their keepers shouldn’t have let them out on the street looking like that. So when I first learned of the website, I had to check it out.
My first visit, I laughed so hard I had tears running down my face. As if what people think is suitable shopping attire isn’t funny enough, Kipple, Kipple, and Wherry provide captions for each picture that will have the reader in stitches (which is actually more than what some of the photo subjects are wearing). I probably got through about 176 pages; as of this writing, there are 395, and they add more pictures every day, or so it seems. At this rate, I’ll never see them all.