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To be fair, there is a lot going on at Walmart—falling prices, bouncing smiley faces—so maybe these shoppers can be excused for failing to realize that love was practically staring them in the face in the home goods isle. However, graphic designer Dorothy Gambrell put together an infographic for Psychology Today based on the last 100 "missed connections" ads in each state, and it turns out Walmart was the top location for star-crossed love.
In fact, the trend is so well-documented that there is an amazing blog already in existence dedicated solely to culling the best Craigslist Missed Connections that take place in the country's Walmart stores. A sampling of our favorites include this one, from the paint section of a Greeneville location:
Here's one titled, "Why'd It Have To Be a Snake:"
Not all the burgeoning romance is of the wholesome variety, however. Now, a lesson in hitting on a married woman from Walmart's Ozark location:
"Beautiful Blonde that hit my crotch in Walmart today:"
Aren't you forgetting something?
But it's not only people looking for love at Walmart. Heroes are there, too.