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Playing Games in Wal-Mart

By February 27, 2005

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We all know that Wal-Mart sells games. But did you know that you can actually play games in Wal-Mart? Not necessarily with the endorsement of store managers, mind you, but some college students have found creative ways to pass time in the megastore.

Among the games they play, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal and reprinted elsewhere:

10 in 10: Two teams each spend 10 minutes choosing 10 items to put in a shopping cart. The carts are then given to the other team, which must return the items to the shelves where they belong. The first team to finish wins.

Scavenger Hunt: A popular version is known as A-Z; the first player or team to find one item starting with each letter of the alphabet wins.

Aisle Football: This game involves actually tossing a football in the store, so it's not recommended.

Another game mentioned in the WSJ article is "a relay race limbo under the shopping-cart stand."


July 22, 2008 at 12:34 pm
(1) John Nyman says:

I work nights at a Wal Mart Super Center and I have witnessed several scavenger hunts which border on vandalism. Store employess spend a lot of valuable time cleaning up after the idiots are finished and on one occasion a shopper was injured by a dope riding in an electric cart. I say if you want to have fun go to a park or recreation area not a store where people are trying to earn a living and are trying to shop. If I had my way, all of the punks who act like this would be arrested.

August 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm
(2) Big John says:

That is an absolutely ridiculous thing to say…

October 15, 2008 at 8:04 pm
(3) Chris says:

I understand your frustration, but there are far worse things we college kids could be doing. I know as for me and my friends, we just use digital cameras to take pictures of the items instead of actually moving them and causing more work for employees.

November 6, 2008 at 10:23 pm
(4) Jess says:

I understand your frustration infact my friends and I are planning a scavenger hunt at our local wal-mart, but we added a new round. The losing team gets a chance to redeem itself if they can beat the other team, at replacing all of the items they put in the carts. I think that is an easy solution there.

December 28, 2008 at 7:17 pm
(5) Ben says:

Bahahaha I love Wal Mart games.

February 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm
(6) popp says:

dude, you need to lighten up. ok?!? we all did stupid things as kids and if i have learned anything in my childhood its to live for the moment, cause if you dont you will end up as a stiff-shirt working a walmart and complaining about kids having scavenger hunts in the store. BIG DEAL!! would you rather have them graffiti the building? or how about shoplift? hun? is that what you want? a whole bunch of teenagers going to jail for shoplifting because the guy from the night shift wont let them have a scavenger hunt. dude, GET A LIFE

August 6, 2009 at 10:59 pm
(7) Dannie says:

I myself am a kid planning a Walmart scavenger hunt, and I gotta say I thought about that and planned it to not be inconvenient to the employees. Sure, sometimes people get carried away and act stupid, but we just want to have fun. Clean, friendly fun!

October 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(8) abby says:

I’ve had scavenger hunts at walmart several times before. We did ours using cameras, and one of the rules was that you must put every item you use back where it belongs. I see no harm in doing that. I don’t understand why it’s a big deal if we don’t cause any problems.

January 29, 2012 at 10:54 am
(9) Aaron says:

Last night at work I had to deal with these morons. Are you serious? I go to school myself at the moment and work nights at Wal-Mart and find this entire scavenger hut thing as well as other “Wal-Mart games” completely ridiculous and childish. You’re telling me these losers have nothing better to do at midnight than walking around like a bunch of idiots ripping items off of shelves, getting in the way of employees trying to work (we get timed I might add, so holding us up just gets us in trouble), as well as annoying customers? Can’t they be like every other college student on a Saturday night and drink themselves into oblivion?

Sarcasm aside on the last statement, it’s just plain rude and immature to do this kinda crap. These kids are anywhere from 18 to into their 20s, grow up and get a life. I’m 23, do you think my friends and I do this kinda stuff to entertain ourselves? No. Although I respect the fact some people are at least courteous and will put stuff back/not try to bother employees, it’s still something that shouldn’t be done in a place of business.You want to have fun and amuse yourselves? Do it someplace else, somewhere you aren’t a bother to the public. You’re in college, plenty old enough not to do something so inconsiderate and dumb.

March 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm
(10) Kaitlyn says:

DANG. Yall are to serious about this stuff. And Mr. Aaron, you need to calm down. Drink themselves into oblivion? Really? Walmart scavenger hunts are fun, and don’t cause kids to affect their health or harm others. Honestly. There are a lot of kids that do scavenger hunts, and the only ones you notice are the rude ones. So tell them to leave! But there are a ton of good kids out there that don’t cause any harm to anyone. So take a chill pill, ‘kay grandpa? (:

April 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm
(11) alyssa says:

i think that you guys over react if people didnt make a mess employee’s wouldnt have hardly any work and kids are having fun! everyones a kid once. why cant kids have fun if we got arrested for that we wouldnt have any room for the people who kill murder ect. NOW WOULD WE? i think not!!!!

July 13, 2012 at 9:42 am
(12) Mike says:

I like how the majority of people on here defend it by saying, “We could be doing worse.” That doesn’t excuse poor behavior, just because it is not as bad as something else. We are getting ready to do a scavenger hunt ourselves, but the groups actually get money to buy the ridiculous things they pick out. And I am telling them in advance, that if they make a mess THEY will be the ones cleaning it up and apologizing to the employees before we leave.

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