Magazines at checkout

Tam finds a particularly egregious form of artificial dissemination:

So, some goldbug site reports that his sister’s cousin’s mother’s boyfriend went to Wal-Mart and tried to buy some .22, and the computer told the cashier that they were out of ammo and wouldn’t be ordering any more.

Which story, of course, immediately went viral, despite the fact that it couldn’t possibly have been true:

Does nobody think that if the administration had arm-twisted Wal-Mart into discontinuing ammo sales, the first person you’d hear it from wouldn’t be a cashier in the sporting goods department, but rather Barry O. himself, doing some nerdy student government brainiac version of a sack dance behind the podium in the White House Briefing Room?

Bordering on Urkelesque, it is.

If nothing else, this proves that crap is not a zero-sum proposition: the population continues to grow, and crap per capita is definitely not declining.


  1. Roger Green »

    16 January 2013 · 10:20 am

    But it could have been the sporting goods manager who was told they were unavailable (probably a run on them) and extrapolated a story he told to the clerk.

  2. CGHill »

    16 January 2013 · 10:56 am

    I’d believe there was a run on them. Still, there are karmic penalties for statistics via rectal extraction.

  3. fillyjonk »

    16 January 2013 · 12:07 pm

    Or it could be, “I don’t want to be arsed to go look for them, so I will tell the person a story I think they will accept as plausible.” (viz. urban legend about the guy ordering some item from the “online and pick up at store” website after unhelpful clerk said he didn’t know if they had any, and didn’t want to go looking for one – because after the “online in store” order clerk would HAVE to go looking for it)

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