Stupid News: Mom’s Photo on ‘Net Upsets Woman; Makes It Worse By Complaining
WOMAN UPSET MOM'S PHOTO APPEARS ON 'PEOPLE OF WALMART' COMPLAINS TO TV STATION; MAKES THINGS WORSE: OK, let’s say you find an embarrassing photo of yourself or a loved one online. You feel awful. You want the website to remove it, destroy it, and make sure no one sees it. Basically, you want the photo to go away as quickly and quietly as possible.
Such was the case for a woman in Michigan. Her solution for making it go away, though, backfired. Because her solution was to call the local FOX TV station, which resulted in turning this whole thing into an international news story.
Melanie Wheeler of Ypsilanti, Michigan found out that a picture of her mother had been uploaded to the PeopleOfWalmart website. (--If you're not familiar, that's a site where people send in photos of CRAZY LOOKING PEOPLE at their local Walmarts.)
And even though the picture is quite tame compared to most that show up on the site, and her mother’s face is obscured, Melanie freaked out. Rather than notice that People of Walmart says, quote, "Simply email us and we will take down [a picture of you], no problem" . . . she called Detroit's FOX affiliate to complain about the photo. She's the one in the denimn jacket.
The story made the news … then spread around the Internet, and drew FAR more attention to the photo than it ever would've or should've gotten.