Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly portrayed the man’s attempt as serious in nature. We have since reached out to both the original poster and Walmart for verification, and apologize for the confusion.
A Texas man’s humourous photo has become a viral hit after he posted what seemed to be a rather simple – if not time-consuming – attempt to make some money off the retail giant Walmart.
The idea: stand under a sign at a Walmart reading “Pharmacy Drive-thru”…one where the “P” seems to be dangling rather precariously. Then wait for the sign to fall – and cash in on the inevitable lawsuit.
Of course, Manuel Garcia of Weslaco, Texas wasn’t planning on actually suing the company. He tells Global News he spotted the damaged sign, and saw an opportunity for a funny photo.
“Honestly when I posted that picture on Facebook I never thought I would go viral,” Manuel told Global News. “I posted just to mess around with my friends, never did I imagine it would go viral and crazy all over the world.”
The photo was posted to Facebook on February 14, with a caption reading “Here waiting for the P to fall and knock me out to be able to sue Walmart.”
The humourous image quickly went viral, garnering over 45,000 shares as of February 17.
“The first picture with the blue shirt, just stood under for the picture and left,” Manuel said. “Then [when] I saw how crazy all this was I went again the following day, and took a second picture with a pink shirt and put ‘Day Two’, but I wasn’t there for days or hours.”
Global News brought the photo, taken outside a Walmart location in Edinburg, Texas, to the attention of Walmart’s head office. Quite aside from the non-serious threat of a lawsuit, the company says they’re happy to learn of the photo’s existence for maintenance reasons.
“We want to thank Mr. Garcia for making us aware of our falling ‘P,’ and we’re glad he wasn’t harmed during his stunt,” Charles Crowson, a spokesperson for Walmart, told Global News. “His sharp eye and camera skills helped us fix the sign quickly, and we’re grateful for his efforts.”
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