A 14-year-old boy's WalMart stay ended when employees discovered the teen's multiple “secret hidden compounds” inside the store. Authorities said the child lived undetected in a Texas Walmart (which is open 24 hours) for four days after his escape from his relatives house, AJC reported today.
Employees of the WalMart store in the town of Corsicana, about 50 miles south of Dallas, found the 14-year-old boy and two shelters that he had assembled with boxes behind the store shelves.
CBS 11 News said one of the campsites was on an aisle carrying baby products behind boxes of strollers. The other was behind stacks of paper towels and toilet paper.
“You never expect that you’re at Walmart and someone has been living there for four days. That’s crazy,” said Myrna Aguilar, a Walmart customer.
The teen ate items from the store and he created a hole in the back wall of the drink aisle so he could drink juice unnoticed. In order to avoid being caught by WalMart employees, the boy wore diapers instead of using the restroom and he also changed clothes periodically.
A trash trail led to the teen’s discovery, according to CBS 11. Police responded to the store and the boy was released to a relative.There’s no indication Walmart plans to file criminal charges at this point.
The Dallas Police reported that the 14-year-old has a history of escapes from his parents house, but he usually prefers to hide in abandoned houses or stores. This time he opted for the busy Walmart, filled with food, to pass the time.