Does Paige Yore love inspiring people enough to fabricate a story that never happened? Some folks out there believe this could be the case after Yore posted a story about her interaction with a young Walmart cashier who had just lost his mom to suicide.
According to Sports Act on December 9, Yore has appeared in one of her many inspirational videos online to tell the story about her trip to Walmart where she saw a customer berate a young cashier who was fumbling at the register. Yore said that the woman did her best to disgrace a young cashier who was seemingly having a bad day when she stepped in.
After Yore came to this cashier’s defense she claims the cashier walked from behind the cash register to give her a hug. He supposedly thanked her for sticking up for him. What Yore claims she learned next from the cashier has pulled at the heartstrings of many of the 11 million people who watched her viral video.
Yore claims the 16-year old cashier told her that his mother had just committed suicide that morning. He also allegedly said that he had no choice but to come to work to pay the bills now that he is without his mother.
This doesn’t make Walmart look like the employer with a big heart. Why not send this suffering young man home? Yore went on with sharing the life lesson in this story and that is to treat people kindly no matter what, because you never know what they are going through.
According to Snopes, news outlets ran with the story as an inspirational piece, but some social media users were skeptical of Yore’s story because she has so many videos that convey stories like this one. Reddit poster Born Ruff asked:
“Maybe the internet has made my heart cold and dead, but is anyone else at least a little bit skeptical of this woman? Look at the rest of her channel. She has spent the last nine months making similar “life lesson” type videos with very little success. This story fits way to perfectly into what she was already trying to do, and it appears to have just “randomly” happened after she got a makeover.”
The best evidence of Yore’s account being fabricated comes from the media folks at Walmart. When Snopes contacted them they said they were aware of Yore’s claim, which prompted them to go through the security camera footage to see just what did happen.
While the folks at Walmart verify she was at the Walmart store in Pueblo, as she had reported, they didn’t see any interaction that resembles her story. There was no evidence of anyone yelling at the cashier and there was no evidence of a hug between the cashier and Yore.
The most telling evidence of all is that the cashier said his mother is very much alive and had no idea what the Walmart folks were talking about when they asked him about an interaction with a customer. Walmart officials did say that the cashier had an interaction with the customer in front of Yore, but that was because of a language barrier.” The folks at Walmart “asserted” that none of the details Yore posted on her Facebook video were true.
Yore talked with a Colorado Springs News station and maintained that “her account was truthful and that Walmart was lying, but she was unable to locate that mystery cashier with the dead mother to corroborate her story,” writes Snopes.
Hearing about these types of inspirational stories does the heart good, but if they are not true, why not write them and call them just what they are … fiction? By fabricating a story this makes people even more skeptical the next time they hear about a Good Samaritan.
While reading this story it also made this cashier’s employers look somewhat heartless by keeping this kid working through such a sad time. You would think they would send him home with pay as he was grieving for his mother. The story made Yore look terrific, but Walmart cold and callous, so you can understand why they would want to investigate this story for the truth!