As the Internet continues to reel from the news that a heart wrenching story about a Pueblo Walmart cashier may be false, the customer who recorded the viral video has doubled down on her story, saying the whole thing is true.
Paige Yore recorded the viral video about a Walmart cashier who went to work even though his mom had just committed suicide and she disputes the company’s claim the whole incident never happened, reports KRDO.
“What I am doing is not about the fame, it’s not about the money, it’s not about being on ABC. It’s about touching people’s lives in a world where we all forget what the meaning of Christmas is.”
The video Yore posted got 25 million views before she made it private, but she claims it was never about the fame, reports KRDO.
“I just want everyone to know that I am here to inspire people. I’m not here to cause any problems. I’m just a normal girl from Idaho, just another cow girl, and just happened to go viral.”
The video, recorded in the front seat of her car, tells the story of Yore’s latest Walmart shopping experience in Pueblo, Colo. Yore says she stood in line behind a woman who became frustrated with a young male cashier who was slow to ring her up.
The cashier was having trouble ringing items up and couldn’t remember any of the codes and the customer finally lost her temper and ripped into him when her card was declined, which is when Yore stepped in to defend him.
“It’s not his fault that you don’t have money.”
That’s when the cashier broke down crying, walked around the bagging area and hugged Yore explaining through his tears that his mother had committed suicide that morning and he was only at work because he needed to pay the bills.
In the video, Yore says she gave the cashier all the money in her pocket.
She said the lesson is not to yell at store clerks even if they give you bad customer service because you don’t know what they’re going through, reports the Business Insider.
“Even if your customer service sucks, even if whatever happens, somebody is rude to you being your customer service, don’t jump down their throat because they are fighting a battle that none of us know about.”
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The video went viral and news outlets across the country also picked up the story.
The problem, is that Walmart denies the incident ever happened. The company reviewed the surveillance video and a spokesman told BuzzFeed there was no evidence the cashier was yelled at, he never came out from behind the bagging area to hug Yore, and she never gave him any money.
“This is not true.”
To top it off, Walmart says the cashier’s mother is still alive and he doesn’t know what Yore is talking about.
Yore doubled down on her story Monday night, saying every part of the store was true. She said she visited every Walmart in the area, but wasn’t able to find the cashier.
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She says she’s received numerous death threats and thousands of hateful emails after Walmart denied the incident ever happened. Yore says she doesn’t want to start a fight with Walmart, but she stands by her emotional story. She deleted her Facebook account Tuesday.
What do you think? Did the emotional Pueblo Walmart cashier story ever happen or was Yore just out for her 15 minutes of fame?
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