In a video that went viral, TikTok user Dani Martinez (@danielanicol_) caught a Walmart Photo Center employee rummaging through the photos she sent to be printed. Shocked, Martinez posted a video on the platform to see if other users knew employees had looked through her photos.
Martinez started the video by zooming in on the employee who was looking at her photos. She had a shocked expression on her face as she returned to her car at the end of the video.
“HHHHH??!! You’re telling me they’re reviewing your pics?!” the overlay text read. “I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life.”
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“DON’T ASK WHAT’S IN PRINT,” Martinez added in the caption.
According to Walmart’s Code of Conduct, all Walmart employees are expected to handle personal information “in a manner that shows you understand and respect its importance to individuals and to our company.”
In the comments section of Martinez’s video, users claiming to be current or former Walmart employees explained that they are looking through the images because they have to discard graphic photos.
“I used to work at Walmart and we had to check because we couldn’t print explicit images so we had to shred them,” claimed one viewer.
Other users shared similar experiences with photo printing services as Martinez.
“Yes… one of the workers made a comment about my… very awkward moment,” one user commented.
“Yes. Unfortunately we’re looking through them, bahaha, I’ll catch some of you [underwear]’ wrote another.
Some commenters suggested how customers can avoid employees seeing their photos.
“Personally, I do the self-print at Walmart and they’re free if you’re quick enough [just saying’]’ wrote one.
“So I just print my own pics on my printer lmaooo,” suggested another.
The Daily Dot contacted Martinez via Instagram direct message and TikTok comment, and Walmart via email.
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*Initial publication: January 11, 2023 4:17 pm CST
Lauren Castro is a reporter from Austin, Texas.
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