Do not buy these flip-flops at Wal-Mart, even though they only cost $2.44 per pair. If you buy them, your feet might end up looking like this:
Or much worse.
You can read the saga here. In brief, a young woman who had been employed by Wal-Mart at one time bought these flip-flops with the resulting reactions where the flip-flop straps met the skin of her feet. When the blistering and pain became worse and worse no matter what she did, she went to the store from which she bought the flip-flops and spoke with the manager, who behaved like a jackass and wouldn’t even look at her feet, let alone remove the stock of flip-flops from the shelves. She says:
He told me “well, nothing will come of this because you bought them in April and you are just now reporting this?” When I tried to explain the timeline to him he didn’t want to listen and turned his back on me so I just quit talking.
I never used to think so but now I really feel like Walmart is a horrible company. You would have to been there but it was almost as if since I was a former employee, it is my opinion he was going out of his way to try and be mean to me. I have heard this is a common Walmart practice, but I didn’t really believe it til now. Now it is my opinion that is correct.
After he filled out the incident report I had to ask for a copy as he didn’t seem to want to give me one. I then took on the stance that I wasn’t leaving until I got a copy so he made me a copy.
I limped out of the store and went home, a bit shocked and a lot disgusted. All I wanted to do was let them know that there might be a problem with some Chinese made shoes since I am not allergic to latex or rubber.
I have always worn rubber flip flops like this and never had any type of problem. I am not a sue happy type person but automatically he was defensive and basically acted like a complete jerk to me.
So now I have decided to let every single person who will listen know exactly what happened.
Utilizing the power of the internet, she posted pictures of the flip-flops and her feet and described the way Wal-Mart had responded. Immediately, others began e-mailing her to tell her of their similar difficulties with these flip-flops. Each person thought she must just be having some kind of allergic reaction.
Meanwhile the young woman who bought the flip flops has continued to suffer with what feels and acts like a burn. She has spent a lot of money on treatments and on doctors. Wal-Mart sent her a letter to tell her the statute of limitations had run out on her claim, but that they had asked the factory — in China — to conact her. Nice.
This is the factory in China where the shoes are made. I wonder what might be happening to the workers’ hands?
The good news is that as of a couple of weeks ago, the young woman’s site had received 19 million hits! Nevertheless, as of August 31, the shoes were still on Wal-Mart shelves.