PLEASE READ! I WOULDN'T WANT THIS HAPPEN TO ANY OF YOU! CHERYL
Hi all! For those of you who don't know, I used to work
at Walmart for a short time, but quit
Before I quit though I did buy a pair of cheepie flip
flops to wear over a weekend trip to the beach, Long Boat Key April 20th
to be exact.
I actually got the stupid shoes with a picture in mind
then I wore them a few times
these are the actual flip flops
This is the picture I had in mind (I bought 2 pair that
Well, after wearing them my feet would be red and sort
of tingly, but I figured that it was just because it was first flip flops
of the year so my feet need to get used to them. Blabity blabity... Well I
have now had this chemical burn for 11 days, (As of July 3rd) I really
thought it would just go away on it's own. It is absolutely going away
very well at all...this started on June 22nd 2007 and has just gotten
worse basically. I have only worn those shoes 15 minutes here, half an
hour there, hour there...and so on, NOT enough time to burn my feet like
I apologize for you having to look at my feet,
this is the first picture I really thought to take, what
you can't really tell is how swollen the red part is...UUUGGGH! this was
Jun 28, 2007 9:00 PM 6 days into it
These picts were taken July 1 2007 (Morningish)
this was taken the 2nd of July 2007
this was taken the 3rd of July 07
taken the 4th of July 07 (morning)
Both of these were taken around 11pm on July 4th, I had
to wear shoes & socks for a couple of hours so my feet are in bad shape
Those cheep flip flops weren't so cheep huh...
Taken July 5th around 9pm
this was taken July 6 2007 around 5pm
The 2 above were taken the 7th of July
this was taken Sunday Jul 8
this one was taken Monday July 9th
This was taken Monday 7-9-07 around 10 pm, I am in total agony, my toes
and left foot is SO swollen!
This should be going away now & here I am in total
agony....There is liquid seeping out of these burns, it is so gross.
I took this to show how swollen my feet got, last night(7-09-07 around
midnight) was very scary, I really thought I was going to end up in the
ER. (The blue color you see is some soothig gel)
this was taken 7-10-07 Started my steroids, and antibiotics, hopefully
this will go away fast.
this was taken Wed. July 11 2007 around noon.
My Doggie's worried about my feet. (He's such a good boy) 7-11-07
I am so sick of looking at this... this is 7-12-07 they look pretty much
the same, still hard to walk.
7-13-07 healing but they hurt so bad!!! I am walking on the sides of my
feet still, but now I can't wiggle my toes due to the pain,
Update Today (7-13-07)I called CMI to tell them that the
manufacture did not call me, they will not respond to me at all.
This is 7-14-07
7-16-07 still hurts, still walking funny, the skin is
super tight and when I try to put shoes on it is STILL very painful.
I know my feet are going to scar...you can tell.
Update again today I called CMI to tell them the
manufacturer will not call me, I have not heard back from CMI, is this how
they treat ALL their customers?? I run a business, my own business,
It is not good to just ignore someone...I can't believe
they are just going to ignore me.
This is 7-17-07
Before anyone asks, I guess I skipped the 18th for
pictures, sorry, I do graphic design & photography, I guess I let the day
get away from me.
This is 7-19-07
I have worked very hard to remove the scabs...I know
that is so gross, but it's a fact, anyhow, this is what my feet look like
today (Friday) as of 8pm. They still hurt, and I can still only
put on my old beat up tennis shoes, not my tennis shoes
that I like, I tried & it about made me cry! But the good news is that
this is finally getting so much better! It looks great huh?!
(sad part is, I am actually serious)
I will be updating this page as I need to but I really
will keep it updated.
I am wondering just how much this is going to scar? I
will be glad when this is over.
7-6-07 Under advisement of my attorney I have boxed up
the actual offending flip flops and tucked them away in a safe place.
Like I said I got these stupid shoes for a picture, then
ended up wearing the yellow ones and got all these burns on my feet from
7/2/07 I tried to alert Walmart to a possible problem so
that no little kids might end up with this (it hurts after all!)
The only reason I didn't buy MY OWN son a pair of these
is because I thought he would not be able to walk well in them, he is only
3 after all.
I called the home office and nicely explained that I
used to be an employee, and I bought the shoes, and I just want to make
sure that no kids were hurt...bla bla. The home office was pretty decent
about the entire thing. Then the store in Summerfield called, July 2nd
1:44 pm and left a voicemail, They told me I had to come in. The GM
(Richard) told me who to talk with the training manager (Mike Sidel) and
when he would be in. He (Richard) seems to be a nice
guy. I went in 15 minutes to a half an hour after getting the voicemail. I
thought it was important to go in there.
I couldn't believe how rude and mean, and obnoxious Mike
was to me, he acted like I was making it all up, I tried to show him my
injuries so he would take it a bit more seriously
& he turned his head away so that he could say he never
saw it. Infact, everyone in the office was acting as if I were the "bad
guy" I told him the details and he filled out a report. He asked me,
"well, what do you want me to do about this?" I told him
that "if there was infact a problem with the shoes that I wanted to make
sure someone knows so this doesn't happen to anyone else" .
He told me "well, nothing will come of this because you
bought them in April and you are just now reporting this?"
When I tried to explain the timeline to him he didn't
want to listen and turned his back on me so I just quit talking.
I never used to think so but now I really feel like Walmart is a horrible
company. You would have to been there but it was almost as if since I was
a former employee, he was going out of his way to try
and be mean to me. I have heard this is a common Walmart
practice, but I didn't really believe it til now.
After he filled out the incident report I had to ask for
a copy as he didn't seem to want to give me one. I then took on the stance
that I wasn't leaving until I got a copy so he made me a copy.
I limped out of the store and went home, a bit shocked
and a lot disgusted.
All I wanted to do was let them know that there might be a problem with
some Chinese made shoes since I am not allergic to latex or rubber. I have
always worn rubber flip flops like this and never
had any type of problem. I am not a sue happy type
person but automatically he was defensive and basically acted like a
complete jerk to me. So now I have decided to let every single person who
will listen know exactly what happened to my feet and how a representative
of Walmart acted toward me.
We'll see what happens next.
I spent hours on the phone trying to get a doctor's
appointment and finally
7/3/07 I went to the doctor today, it was actually a
community clinic where the poor people go, I am fairly poor so this I
thought would be fine. After answering several very personal
and inappropriate questions and a five hour wait
she said it was "defiantly from the flip flops"
(but then you'd be hard pressed to think otherwise huh?)
She also said it may scar and gave me some cream that
doesn't seem to be doing alot for it.
Anyhow, while I was at the doctors The insurance company
for Walmart called and left a voicemail for me (You can play it on the top
of the Page)
this is my dog, he has nothing to do with this, but he's cute huh?
Update July 9 2007
I just got an email from a girl saying that she had the
I took out her email addy to protect her, but otherwise
I just copied & pasted her email
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007 12:42:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Flip Flop Burns
My name is Holly and my feet have the same marks on them as yours. I have
had this problem for 5 weeks now.
My feet itch like they have a yeast infection. It is
awful!!! I saw your question on Yahoo Answers.
I paid $2.88 for my flip flops at Wal mart. They are
rubber with a bright pink strap, and a yellow bottom with white flowers on
I would like to contact the FDA also; how do I do that?
Click here for my original post, notice the LACK on info
that I put in the post about the flip flops? She emailed me and described
perfectly the flip flops.
She has described the flip flops to a T, the ones that
burnt my feet are yellow with pink straps. The very same as she is
describing so I am going to try to help this girl to.
7-9-07 9pm I talked with Holly, it is like hearing me
tell the story, her situation is nearly identical to mine, she even bought
her flip flops right around the same time as me, mid to end of April.
(you have to wonder if it wasn't a bad batch huh?)
I couldn't believe it, her story is the SAME, I posted
another question on yahoo answers hoping to find more people that this may
have happened to, I know Holly & I aren't the only ones out there.
7/9/07 I spent some more hours on the phone today trying
to get another doctor's appointment because my feet are getting worse, It
isn't a rash so that stupid cream is not doing anything at all. I have
been told no appointment til October, we don't even see people who are
uninsured, we are not taking any new patients at this time...I have heard
it all today.
But I finally found an urgent care place that is the low
low price of $135.00 I felt like I hit the lotto!
So I jumped in the car and went there, and will have her
final report later this week, she said that it is a reaction from the flip
flops, and she has never seen anything like that. I was given 10 days
worth of antibiotics, and a script for steroids which I will have filled
tomorrow. My feet are killing me, I am walking on the sides of them
because the skin rips open if I try to walk on them like normal. Holly
pointed something interesting out to me, This is not a rash, it is a burn,
but if this were a rash, it would have spread beyond the lines of the
straps by now, so far, the only skin affected by this "reaction" is
exactly where the straps were. A rash simply does not behave this way.
Thank You Holly, I am for some reason having a hard time getting people's
attention to the fact that it is not a rash, you worded it perfectly.
This is the letter I got from Walmart so far
So what, I am supposed to call China?? Because the
product that Walmart sold me burnt my feet?!
I just found out that CMI is actually Sam's Club/Wal-mart's
"Any reimbursement adversely affects Wal-mart's bottom
line, and they have figured out that most people will not take the time to
sue them " Go figure huh?
It looks as if Walmart has an agreement with the
supplier that they are responsible for any stuff like this so I betchya
Walmart and CMI have to be named on any legal action.
Ya know, Walmart has the responsibility to their
consumers to sell stuff that, albeit cheep, is SAFE to their consumers,
but it almost looks like passing the buck.
But ya know, one could argue, at what point is Walmart
negligent? I think we have already crossed that line....
I absolutely can not believe it, they never even checked
into it.....I thought I would go in since I can kind of walk now, but
I thought these shoes would not still be on the shelves.
WHY are they still on the shelves when they can't be sure they are safe??
If ANYONE has now or has had a problem with flip flops
purchased in April 2007
and have the pictures & documentation to prove it
contact me or The consumer protection agency , and get a lawyer.
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This is a link someone sent me for the Consumer Product
Holy cow everyone! I have gotten so many nice emails, I
want to take a second to say thank you to all the people who have taken a
second from their day to email me,
I didn't know this page had really gotten out there
until I started getting so many emails.
That is really nice of everyone who has emailed me, and
I will respond to each & every email. Be patient because I have quite a
Thanks again everyone, I appreciate all your advice,
tips, hellos, and agencies that I might file a complaint with.
Update July 22 2007 Today is my best friend Stacey's
birthday! I have known her for about 20 years!
How cool huh!? Too bad I am here in Flofida & she is
still in Michigan...
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