Evicted Walmart Shopper Says She’s No Hoochie Mama


An Oregon woman says she’s fuming over being asked to leave a Walmart store because of her attire.

The 51-year-old walked into the store, by her own admission, wearing a bikini top and shorts. Store employees approached and asked her to put on a shirt or leave the store.

She claims she was horrified and embarrassed, and told a local television crew that she is no “hoochie mama.”

“If you don’t like the way someone looks, don’t look at them…I hadn’t done anything obnoxious or outlandish.”

The store’s spokesperson claims customers complained, that she was verbally abusing other customers, and that she was not escorted out. Says the store has apologized more than once.

By the time you reach the age of 50, if not long before that, it’s not too much to ask that you have developed a sense of decorum. No matter how hot it is outside, Walmarts are air conditioned. And it’s wholly inappropriate to walk into a Walmart wearing a bikini top.

Many people have complained about the store asking her to leave via double standard: a typical response has been, “Have you seen the people who shop at Walmart?”

If you’re going to complain about the people who shop there, implying that they’re a lower class of people who don’t know how to behave or how to dress, then you shouldn’t complain that the store apparently does make some attempt to change that.&nbsp  Either their appearance is a problem, or it isn’t.&nbsp  Either the store should do its best to “clean up” its clientele or it shouldn’t.

Pick one and run with it.

For the record, I shop at Walmart at times. Not because it’s my favorite store, but because I have enough fiscal sense to want to pay less for something when I can. It’s just a little further down the road than a much nicer grocery store that generally charges more for nearly everything.

And though I’m nowhere near 60, I already have enough common sense to know that no matter how sweltering it is outside, I’m not about to walk into a Walmart (or any other place of business) with no shirt on, and then start verbally abusing anyone who might dare to ask me to put on a shirt.

Other complaints involve “Freedom of Expression”&nbsp and “proper notification.”

This isn’t really a Freedom of Expression argument, because Walmart stores are not government institutions. They can create and enforce a dress code. They can, if they wish, ask customers who misbehave to leave. They need not tolerate people who are uncooperative just because they want to express themselves one way or another.

The notification argument comes down to whether the store posts on its front door that someone must come in wearing a shirt instead of just a bikini top. I think this goes with common sense: I’ve never seen a Walmart store post a sign on the front door saying you’re not allowed to hit people with shopping carts, but they’ll surely spring into action if they see you do that.


Check out the link above and you’ll see more of the situation. What do you think? Was Walmart within its right to ask the woman to cover up a bit? Would it have bothered you seeing such a display? Would you mind your kids seeing people dressed like this in a store?

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  • Disclaimer, I didn’t watch the video, but I did flip to the link from the Post-Chronicle. Holy sh!t, woman! You are only 3 short years older than me, and we obviously share the same sweet tooth and lack of will power. I haven’t owned a bikini in nearly 3 decades, back when I could eat half a chocolate cake and metabolize it without an ounce sticking to my ribs. Get a freakin’ clue.

    OK, now that I’ve got that off my chest, so to speak, I have to say that the little mini-market near my house tends to attract shoppers that make People of Wal-Mart look like they’ve just stepped off the fashion runway. This woman would *almost* be overdressed at that store. I’ve just learned to avert my eyes (and don’t get me started on the language I hear in that store!), buy my overpriced-but-necessary missing ingredient and GET OUT. It’s really sad, but over the years we’ve had to make it into a game for my now-college-aged son: count the shoes, don’t look at the people, just the shoes.I wish we could go back to the years of public shaming in situations like this. On the other hand, I’m pretty sure that there’ve always been people who didn’t have a clue, or even care that they were being inappropriate. My mom used to shudder and sniff loudly at women who went shopping with their hair in curlers. Yes, I’m that old. 🙂

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