YouTuber Lauren Love recently went undercover to pretend to fire Walmart employees — but her cruel prank totally backfired.
There’s a fine line between pranks and flat-out cruelty, and the internet is pushing back against Love’s fake firing of unsuspecting Walmart workers near Houston, Texas.
Instead of laughs and clicks, she’s now facing a brutal backlash on social media. The disgraced prankster actually made someone’s grandma cry after being “fired” during her shift!
Love entered a Texas Walmart pretending to be a high-level supervisor and confronted employees.
Everyone needs to unsubscribe (stop following) these losers. This isn't a prank and it's just mean. People who enjoy watching other people being humiliated and traumatized are disgusting. Nothing funny about this. Turn it off and get a life.
— Sherry (@HIJKLMNOP55) May 12, 2019
Maria Leones, a Walmart employee of six years, works to support her husband who’s recovering from heart complications.
Her job at Walmart covers their health insurance, so you can imagine how frightening Love’s YouTube prank was to her.
The controversial video has since been deleted, but Love continues to take heat online.
Honestly, I'm so disgusted by this. I can't believe anyone finds this humorous. Taking away someone's source of income and financial stability isn't a joking matter
— Anastasia Masters (@anastasia_mm0) May 10, 2019
the associates and Walmart should sue them
— firetop1993 (@firetop21) May 12, 2019
Hey Lauren Love, you're fired from making Youtube Videos…how bout that! https://t.co/odY2WURCGu
— Russ Russo (@russrusso) May 12, 2019
Whoever this fucking Lauren Love person is BAN her from YouTube. This is fucking funny to you? Lucky you didn't get your head knocked off. Disgusting, Walmart should sue her dumbass. Ass dumb
— Name cannot be blank (@_ScottieF) May 9, 2019
Messing with someone’s head about their income isn’t cool.
Lauren Love should be ashamed of herself, but narcissistic sociopaths like her are incapable of remorse or empathy. Humiliating people just so she can get more views on YouTube? BITCH.
'You're fired': Heartless prank brings Walmart employee to tears https://t.co/tnM8UoM9SH
— Neurotic Workaholic (@WeirdWorkaholic) May 10, 2019
Why flatter her by sharing this? She's a mean person. This should be illegal. How dare she walk into a workplace and "fire" people? If she did this in a school or office she would be arrested. What sick behavior.
— Penelope Khuri (@PKhuri) May 9, 2019
This is cruel. Evidently there are numerous videos like this on YouTube. I posted one in which t/victim was an older woman, t/bread winner beciz her husband was ill. You tube REFUSED to remove the video even tho Walmart contacted them to do so. and banned Lauren Love from stores.
— Lynn bardon (@LynnBardon) May 11, 2019
— Rajeev Tiwari (@JeevyJeev) May 11, 2019
But some shared real-life experiences with firing people — and it’s not fun.
She's clearly never had to actually fire anyone. It's far from a joking matter to be the one to tell someone their services are no longer required. I needed a drink after I did it the first time and regardless of how much you think you want to fire them, it's not easy or funny
— chris owens (@chriso627) May 10, 2019
Tons of pranks on strangers and employees at Walmart exist on social media.
FULL VIDEO THROWING RICE AT STRANGERS IN WALMART FULL VIDEO👇https://t.co/EJEJQMZYK3
— Chris N Crystal (@ChrisNCrystal2) May 6, 2019
— Justin Rodrigues “JRodTV” (@itsjrodtv) April 22, 2019
— WILL, The Prince (@sqwillium) May 12, 2019
Things like this or throwing things at drive thru workers, or any sort of demeaning type of video piss me off. Assuming other people are just play things is one of the lowest kinds of abuse.
— Ben Bumhoffer 🎙 (@BenBumhoffer) May 11, 2019
Pranks can be the most addictive and hilarious videos on YouTube. But frightening innocent Walmart employees for views is beyond twisted. It’s not even funny.
Minimum wage workers on the clock shouldn’t be treated like mindless props for a comedy skit. They’re too busy working hard and grinding away to deal with some YouTube clown.
Lauren Love, you’re fired.