WICHITA FALLS, TX — Internet users were quicker to slam Walmart than the woman who drove an electric cart — the kind typically used for handicapped customers — around the parking lot of a Wichita Falls, Texas, store as she swilled wine from a Pringles potato chip can — at 6:30 in the morning, no less.
Hey, she might have worked the graveyard shift and this was just her sunrise version of happy hour — or hours. When store employees called police around 9 a.m. on Friday, she had been cruising the parking lot for about three hours, according to media reports.
The woman, whose name wasn’t released, wasn’t arrested. But she’ll be punished nonetheless.
When police found her at a nearby restaurant, and told her she had been banned from Walmart, the Wichita Falls Times Record News reported.
Come on, Walmart, have a heart, Twitter users impolored.
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Why, why, why? That’s what another Twitter user wanted to know.
Well, why not, wondered a writer for Food & Wine, an arbiter of all things delicious for your palate.
Contributor Mike Pomranz gave it a whirl, writing that the wine-in-a-Pringles-can story had become such an internet sensation that the idea of trying it out was “not totally crazy.”
He happened to have a can of Pringles chips on hand and poured an unfinished bottle Graffigna 2016 Malbec into it “because if you’re drinking wine out of a Pringles can, you definitely don’t want to crack open your best bottle,” he wrote.
“Once the wine hit my palate, I was startlingly unoffended (all things considered, of course). In fact, though rinsing out the can helped get rid of some little powder bits, the scent of Pringles remained strong regardless. You could probably clean the tin further to try and get the smell out, but at that point, you’ve way over committed,” Pomeranz wrote.
He also determined that using a Pringles can is somewhat ingenious, because it will hold a full bottle of wine with room to spare — perfect for sipping. In fact, he wrote, “it’s practically uncanny (pun intended).”
The Pringles can is also waterproof, the lid tightly seals and it “doesn’t seem like it would let you down.”
Overall, though, Pomeranz thinks wine connoisseurs are better off sticking to crystal and proper decanters, though he called the Texas woman’s choice “actually quite inspired.”
“The aroma alone is off-putting enough that it’s truly a last-ditch solution,” he wrote. “That said, as last-ditch solutions go, a Pringles can has suddenly and unexpectedly shot up the mental list I didn’t even know I had of things to drink wine out of in a pinch … I’m also not going to say someone riding around in a Walmart parking lot at 6:30 a.m. drinking wine out of a chip container is a genius, but clearly, she knew something that many of us had never even considered before. That’s gotta be worth something, right? You know, other than a lifetime ban from Walmart?”
(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)