Even after removal, ‘infamous’ Pittsburg Walmart pole still a source of humor
Walmart removed the pole on August 21st.
PITTSBURG, Kan. – A seemingly normal pole in Pittsburg has become a smash hit in the area, in more ways than one.
“I kind of paid no attention to it at first, but then people kept hitting the pole,” says resident Larry Fleury.
Over the last couple of months, a pole at the Walmart Supercenter in Pittsburg has been hit several times by unsuspecting drivers.
“It became a running joke. Yep, someone hit the pole again,” says Jackie Wadino.
The pole was taken down on August 21st, but not before it could become pretty famous. It has its own Twitter account, a Facebook group has been created for the pole, it has it’s own location on Google Maps, and people from all over the area have taken trips to visit the pole.
“The pole is a big hit, pun intended,” says Fleury.
Oh, and did we forget to mention there’s a children’s book? Larry Fleury wrote and illustrated a children’s book, and has shared it for free with people on social media to help brighten their day.
“I thought, you know what would be fun? I kind of had this idea to go off the little engine that could, you know, like no matter what happens you’ve gotta persist,” says Fleury. “The pole would be the pole that could, and no matter what life throws at it, it just doesn’t fall over.”
And now the running joke has become a source of income for the newly created InkedIn Graphics screen printing store in Columbus.
“Last week, we had an idea in mind, and our designer Kaycen she kind of put a few things together,” says Co-Owner Jackie Wadino.
He posted the design on Saturday the 22nd, the day after the pole was removed, and has already received more than 150 orders.
“Woke up the next day we had orders from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Arizona. Like, people literally all over the country,” says Wadino.
So while the pole is down now, it’s been a source of fun and humor for residents during a hard time.
“It was something to take our mind off of, you know, just a lot of bad things going on in this world. Like I said, unfortunate for the people that hit it, but everyone else seems to came together and made jokes about it. Kind of seems like it was a good thing,” says Wadino.
We reached out to Walmart to see what the future holds for the pole, but didn’t get a response.