This Pole In A Walmart Parking Lot Causes So Many Car Accidents, There’s A Whole Facebook Page Dedicated To It (14 Pics) Interview
Crashing your car is a horrible experience that can put you off from driving for a long, long time. But sometimes, there’s nobody to blame but yourself for not being careful enough and driving headlong into a bright yellow pole. You might have been distracted. You might have wanted to cut a corner. Or you might have fallen prey to one of the most infamous parking lot poles in the United States.
There’s a pole in the Osceola Walmart parking lot that is infamous for how people keep driving into it. It’s so well-known for causing accidents that someone actually took the time to create a satirical parody page dedicated to it on Facebook. Check out some of the best photos from the page below, upvote your fave ones as you scroll on down, and let us know if there are any legendary car-walloping objects in your local area, dear Pandas.
Bored Panda interviewed both the Osceola Walmart Pole, as well as the founder of the Facebook page dedicated to it. "I get knocked down but I get up again!" the pole told Bored Panda. Meanwhile, the founder of the page said that they created the account in the middle of the 2020 pandemic. "It was a way to lighten the mood and provide some humor in a trying time." Check out the full interview below.
Does this story sound familiar to you? Are you getting an odd sense of déjà vu? That’s because this isn’t the first time that Bored Panda’s written about an object that people keep crashing into. You can find our post about the W Maple Omaha Rock right here.
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The pole is located in Osceola, Arkansas, around 40 miles north of Memphis. If you're ever in the area, dear Pandas, be sure to send us a photo of the infamous pole or post it in the comment section!
The founder of the Osceola Walmart Pole page said that they never thought that the Walmart Pole would be an inspiration for those who are facing adversity in their lives right now. "So many turn to it as an example. It gets hit, it might lean or even fall, but it always gets back up, most of the time with some help, and it keeps doing its job. We could all learn something from the Pole."
They also revealed to Bored Panda that it's become a local joke how much the pole has been hit. "The pole has become a local celebrity and people love stopping by and seeing the pole and taking their picture with it," they said.
"People keep hitting the pole because they are distracted and not paying attention. They cut the corner too sharp. If they stayed in their lane, it wouldn’t happen. The pole is there to protect parked vehicles from turning vehicles and from coming out of the pharmacy drive-thru. It has accomplished its goal many times."
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The Osceola Walmart Pole page was created in June 2020 and since then it’s grown to have over 4.7k followers. We’re pretty sure that the pole deserves a lot more attention. And, who knows, sharing info about it could actually make people driving around the Osceola Walmart parking lot keep an eye out and act more carefully behind the wheel.
According to the National Safety Council, America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, driving safely in parking lots is harder than we realize because we can get distracted by a lot of things: from GPS systems and text messages to social media notifications and even… taking photos of ourselves while we’re behind the wheel.
Staying safe means staying alert. Focused. Aware of both pedestrians and other drivers. If you obey all of the signs and stay on-mission, there’s no reason why you should end up totaling your car because of a chonky yellow bad-boy parking lot pole.
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Just when you thought things couldn’t get wilder, you realize that the Facebook page admin even posted a poem about the pole:
When the bones are good, the rest don't matter
Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter
Let it rain 'cause you and I remain the same
When there ain't a crack in the foundation
Baby, I know any storm we're facing
Will blow right over while we stay put
The pole don't fall when the bones are good
Beautiful? Beautiful. You can bet that we’ll be taking a selfie near the pole when we’re in the area. Do let us know in the comments if you’ve been to see the mythical Walmart pole yourselves, dear Readers.