A Wichita Falls woman was living her best life last week as she cruised around a Walmart parking lot drinking wine from a Pringles can. Local police were called after employees sought to ban the woman from the store parking lot.
Police were called at 9 am to the Walmart parking lot at 2700 Central E Freeway in Wichita Falls, Texas. Officer Jeff Hughes, a WFPD spokesperson, said police were informed by dispatchers that the woman in question was wearing a blue jacket and black pants. Officers were told the woman was riding around on an electric shopping cart intended for those with mobility issues and was drinking wine from an empty Pringles canister.
Hughes said employees told him that the woman had been circling the store's parking lot since 6:30 am while sipping her drink. When police arrived, they found the woman in a neighboring restaurant. They proceeded to inform her that she had been barred from the Walmart parking lot. Officers said the woman wasn't arrested and her name was not released.
“The involved party was not arrested, she was simply barred from the address, which means that she was advised not to come back to the property. If she does return she could face criminal trespass charges,” Sgt. Harold McClure, a Wichita Falls Police Department spokesperson, told MUNCHIES. “When officers located the subject there was no evidence or probable cause to warrant any type of arrest.”
The Wichita Falls Walmart location is open 24 hours a day, yet employees did not confirm if the woman purchased the chips and wine inside the store. The story, which has been shared endlessly online and talked about by late night comedians, has also inspired a Houston bar to begin serving wine in Pringles cans.
The Branch in Spring Branch, Houston, will serve mini cans of original flavor Pringles filled with either boxed Chablis or Merlot for $3 each. The bar will begin serving wine-filled Pringles cans tonight at 10 pm. Patrons are advised to avoid the Walmart parking lot after leaving the bar.
Last year, Walmart challenged a Texas law that prohibited the sale of liquor in publicly owned stores in the state. The US District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled that the ban on liquor sales by publicly owned companies violates the Dormant Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. Texas law, however, allows Walmart to sell beer and wine. Just avoid drinking it in the parking lot while riding an electric shopping cart.