Click2Houston - A Richmond woman and her family are upset after she was the target of a YouTube user’s online prank.
YouTuber Lauren Love has more than 100,000 people who subscribe to her page.
She begins the video explaining that she dressed up pretending to be a high ranking Walmart manager.
“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,’” Love said in the video.
The video shows her going up to some employees, praising their work, and to others saying they’re not doing a good job and “fires” them. She then tells them it’s a prank, but on the last clip, a woman she pretended to fire broke into tears.
“Really, I was really so crushed, I felt so little, I felt so powerless,” said Maria Leones, who has worked at Walmart for six years. “At that very moment, I felt so little, because back home I had a very good reputation because I’m a professor.”
This is the classic “Your Mom” joke gone wrong when Maria brings up how her husband is currently having heart surgery and that she really needs this job.
I’m kinda torn here.
On one end it’s just a prank, but on the other end it’s always tough to see an older woman cry. Especially because you can tell that she was genuinely upset, and it wasn’t just some sort of sympathy/fake tears.
I’m not a big fan of YouTube pranks, but I tend to lean on the side of the YouTuber this time though. How the hell was she supposed to know that it was going to go south like that? She couldn’t get in there and vet how every employees personal life was going. That’s just not how pranks work.
So, I’m sorry to Maria, but everything is going to be alright! No one was making a mockery out of you personally as it happened to many of your other employees with the intent to make a funny video.
We as a society don’t have to take it too serious and can just chalk it up to a prank gone wrong. No need to ban the girl from getting 97 cent boxes of Whoppers, Walmart.