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Useless Yet Fascinating Trivia: The Largest Walmart Purchase in History
Shaquille o'Neal claims he holds the record for the largest purchase ever made in Walmart history. Here's how it happened.
When Shaq was traded to the Phoenix Suns mid-season in 2008, he moved into a new empty apartment. Eager to furnish it quickly, he took a trip to Walmart in the middle of the night and spent about $70,000.
"I have the highest purchase in Walmart history. The CEO will confirm that," O'Neal says on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Walmart did not respond to request for comment.
"I spent so much American Express thought my credit card was stolen," he says. The card was declined twice, and then he received a call from the security team notifying him of what they suspected was a fraudulent charge.
Once O'Neal confirmed that it was, indeed, "Shaq," the four-time NBA champion worth $400 million, in the Walmart checkout line, they lifted the hold and allowed the purchase to go through. The shopping list included "pants, socks, underwear, tank tops, TVs, printers [and] computers," he says.
Here's video of Shaq discussing his proudest life achievement.
Hammer and Nigel discuss the complexities of how ANYONE could manage to spend $70K at Walmart in one trip in the clip below.