Driving for Uber yesterday took me to the nearby city of Frederick. While there, I thought I’d stop by the newer Walmart on the north part of town. I checked out the diecast car section. I’ve gotten back into collecting Hot Wheels. Not the cheap mainline cars like I did before, but the premium cars. They have Real Riders wheels and a metal base.
Walmart only had one on the pegs that fit my new collecting criteria. It was a car from Project Cars 2 video game. It was the Acura NSX GT3, or so I thought. This is what the Hot Wheels car is supposed to look like:
This is what I found on the pegs yesterday:
Notice the difference? Instead of containing the Acura NSX GT3, the blister card now contains a crappy, cheap mainline car that sells for less than a dollar. Premium cars like the Acura NSX GT3 sell for $5.74.
How did this happen?
My guess is some dirtbag went to Walmart and switched out the two Hot Wheels cars. They then bought the Acura NSX GT3 in the mainline packaging. It saved them less than five bucks. I didn’t see any packaging lying around for the mainline car. That told me they used it to buy the Acura NSX GT3. They probably went through one of the many automated self-checkout registers that are quickly replacing humans at Walmart. I use them myself when buying Hot Wheels. I do this to avoid a sales associate from mishandling the packaging and damaging it. This happened back in the day when I collected mainline cars.
The dirtbag who pulled the switcharoo probably went through self-checkout because they didn’t want a sales associate noticing the blister was opened.
Whoever did this, I hope something bad happens to them. The world has no place for people like this. I hope they get Ebola and their significant other leaves them for a Jimmy Buffett roadie.