Hotel Wal-Mart

Skyler Bartels spent his spring break living inside a Wal-Mart SuperCenter. On purpose.

It was part of a sociology experiment to determine whether the retailer could truly meet his every need, 24 hours a day. He lived off energy drinks, doughnuts, yogurt and Subway sandwiches.

“I got to the point,” he said, “where I was adept at falling asleep on the toilet seat, which sounds kind of weird.”

Read more. (Thanks to Brandon!)


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  1. Bubba Barney says:

    I think that would be my Karmic version of Hell.

  2. Ben Popken says:

    Jessica writes:

    “My friend Mark spent 49 hours in a Walmart over four years ago and he has written extensively about it in a more sophisticated relevent way then your Skylar Bartels. Marc started the day after thanks giving and wanted to spend the weekend in Walmart, not spending a dime. He spent 49 hours not 72 but suceeded in not spending a dime. His project inspired many. He inspired me to spend 24 hours on the New York Subway System. He inspired my brother to spend 2 weeks in a kitchen with three other artists. I hope he did not inspire Mr. Bartels to do the same exact thing. (However I get the impression Mr. Bartels purpose seemed to stem from boredom, the thing that motivates your twelve year old to light fire to the cat.) I am upset that Mr. Bartels is now being offered a book and a movie deal for his “original” idea. “