Shaquille O’Neal may be worth $400 million, but he’s not above dropping a few major dollars at Walmart. That’s if his credit card isn’t declined.
A 2018 clip of Shaq telling the story of an ill-fated shopping spree at Walmart recently went viral again after “The Late Late Show” reposted the hilarious moment from the talk show on Instagram. In the clip – which dates from an April 13, 2018 appearance on the show – Shaq tells the story of his $70,000 shopping spree at Walmart to host James Corden and guest Victoria Beckham, who he says is was the “biggest purchase in Walmart’s history”.
The shopping excursion came in 2008 when Shaq was traded from the Miami Heat to the Phoenix Suns. Arriving in Arizona for the first time after a red-eye robbery, the basketball icon, now 50, soon realized his accommodation was in short supply.
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“I’m the type of guy, I have no patience,” he says in the clip. “So when I get to Phoenix, they have an apartment for me, [but] there is nothing in it.
So Shaq went to Walmart at 3 a.m., losing $70,000 on five televisions, printers, laptops, appliances, linens, and even underwear. The problem is that when he went through the checkout, his card was declined and then declined again.
“Now I say, I know I’m not broke“, he says in the clip. “So I just said [to the cashier]”Okay, I’ll be back.”
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That’s when American Express security called to let him know that a “thief” was shopping at Walmart with his credit card. When Shaq said he was the would-be thief, security turned over his card, but not before asking what we’re all thinking: “What are you buying for $70,000 at Walmart?”
While there’s absolutely no moral to this story, there’s one thing we can all take away from Shaq’s shopping spree at Walmart: The next time you feel bad about your Walmart total, don’t.