Youtuber Prank Gets Her Banned From Walmart
A woman and her family are not amused at all after she was the target of a YouTube user’s prank. Maria Leones, who has worked at Walmart for six years, says YouTuber Lauren Love “crushed” her when she pretended to fire her. According to Click2Houston, the moment made her weep while hidden cameras captured it.
Lauren Love, who has more than 100,000 people who subscribe to her page, uploaded the prank video called “CEO Firing People Prank” on April 23rd. In the clip, she walks up to busy Walmart employees in a business outfit with a clipboard, rating their jobs. Some she pretended to fire.
Leones, a former professor, was the last person she approached and pretend to fire. That’s when the woman broke down crying. Love then backed down from her character and revealed it’s a prank and that there is a cameraman.
“I’m sorry, don’t cry. You’re OK. I’m sorry. You’re not fired. You’re doing a really good job,” said Love, who hugged Leones.
SMH. Leones told the local news that her husband of 43 years recently had a heart attack and underwent a quadruple bypass. Her job covers his medical expenses and said that’s why she was so upset.
In a statement, Walmart said the heartless youtuber and her little camera man have been banned from Walmart.
“This prank is offensive and the people responsible are no longer welcome in our stores. We’ve taken actions on behalf of our associates, including asking YouTube to remove the video and calling their attention to the bullying nature of this hoax. Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support.”
The video has since been pulled from YouTube.