A Walmart customer noticed something was wrong after walking into the baking aisle.
TikToker Mattie (@whats.my.name.now) demonstrated how she found hair dye spray on the same shelf as cake decorating spray, and expressed concern that people shopping for baked goods might buy the hair spray because they thought it was safe even for cake pickers.
“So I’m in the baking aisle right now and they have all these colored sprays that you can, like, you know, put on cupcakes and stuff, and then they have this spray. And I looked at it and I thought the picture looked weird. It is literally meant for your hair. And there are more, so it’s not like it’s misplaced and there’s a label. I don’t think the tag does it justice, but someone made a mistake,” says Mattie.
Her TikTok has garnered over 552,000 views.
@whats.my.name.now I’m surprised I caught this tbh #foodspray #food varnish #roast #baking spray #edible color #foodcolor #hair #hair products #tintedlace #tintedlacespray #walmart ♬ original sound – 🍓Mattie🍓
This isn’t the first time a Walmart customer has been faced with a canned spray conundrum. In 2016, a Redditor uploaded a photo of two Great Value deals — one a butter-flavored cooking spray and the other Lemon Scented Furniture Polish. The user who uploaded the video joked that they “almost killed (their) family… making pancakes” and showed a photo of the two items side by side.
A former Walmart employee explained how this type of confusion can happen. “I used to work there. You’d be surprised how often labels throw us off,” they said. “We put it on the shelf and the customer would point it out. We put so many products on our shelves that sometimes it slips away.”
Judging by the comments from other people, it would seem that this is simply not a problem unique to Walmart. “At tjmaxx this would happen ALL THE TIME! bath salts in the food department, loofahs and sponges, luxury food oils with skin oils,” said one.
Then there were customers who bought products that were misplaced. “This happened to me once!!! I wanted an olive oil spray and someone put the oil spray on my HAIR with all the food grade oils! My food went in the trash,” they wrote.
The Daily Dot reached out to Walmart via email and Mattie via TikTok comment for more information.
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*First published: September 15, 2023, 7:27 PM CDT
Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot covering human interest trends/social media stories and real people’s reactions to them. He always tries to incorporate evidence-based studies, current events and facts related to these stories to create your not-so-average viral post.