If you embark on a spontaneous road trip without enough money for overnight lodging and consider sleeping in your car on the side of the road, you might be woken up by the police before the break of dawn and told to move along. What should you do with no place to sleep in sight? Well, if there's a Walmart parking lot close by, you could consider yourself saved.

There are 4,000+ Walmart stores in the US, and the company has a policy that allows car-dwelling people to sleep overnight in its parking lots. Some Walmarts, such as one in Flagstaff, AZ, allow people to camp out in the parking lot for whole seasons, and it's all in the name of increasing sales.

Over time, a subculture of nomadic people and families living their lives on the road has formed in the department stores' parking lots everywhere, so check out an article and some photos at Wired to get a closer look at who these nomads are.


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      Worx2749
      • 1 Year Ago
      Besides a couple of motorhome-driving retirees, these people are either homeless or traveling somewhere and can't afford a motel room.
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Indeed...I have noticed a varying number of vehicles from cars to motor homes to truckers using the massive Walmart parking lots in my village.
        cantera.developments
        @d.hollywood
        Thank goodness someone has some passion.....but it is more like guilt on Walmarts part !
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cantera.developments
          Do you know the difference between "passion" and "compassion"? Evidently not.
          Rob8
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cantera.developments
          What does Walmart have to so with lazy, high school drop outs who don't know how to use birth control?
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      ..... People of Walmart?
      Jash
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh man, I have that same t-shirt. Ironically, purchased from Target...
      Clark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Once they're caught washing their underwear in the restroom sink, I think they've overstayed their welcome.
      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      When the zombie apocalypse comes, they will have a head start.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another Republican Success Story.
        phreshoneTX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Look like victims of Democrat economic policies from this angle. 9.5 million people forced out of the workforce since 2009. Growth crippled because of excess regulation, massive government spending increases and the resulting fear of increased taxes. Workers cut to below 30 hours / week because of ACA/Obamacare. There is more to economics than what your freshman lit professor told you.
          Cool Disco Dan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @phreshoneTX
          You left out the fed printing money and causing inflation. Quantitative easing or monetizing debt always lead to inflation. This is felt in food and fuel, the two metrics they leave out of calculating inflation numbers.
          cantera.developments
          @phreshoneTX
          Yes.....and they also left out the $4 trillion sitting in offshore accounts, earned within the 50 continuous states, owned by 300 US citizens collectively known as the 0.5%....who don't give a damn....as I said previously these are miserable POS. See Russel Brand.....a rude awakening is around the corner... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLYcn3PuTTk
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @phreshoneTX
          So because someone has 4 trillion in offshore accounts they should pay you out of the goodness of their heart? Screw you.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @phreshoneTX
          Ha, you think this dum bass actually went to post secondary school. NOT A CHANCE.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        SHUT UP YOU STUPID CHINESE SPAMMER. God you are annoying. Where did this story say anything about fuking politics? I wish you would hang yourself.
        safeerexus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        WTF? Since when did the topic of cars digress into " politics " aka " Who gives a sh*t "
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      See, people who get foodstamps and stuff like that live like kings! Republicans are so smart.
        cantera.developments
        @chrismcfreely
        Likewise....a miserable pos...
        Big Rocket
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        @chrismcfreely (aka CoolWaters): Because, when someone fails at life, it is someone else's fault, always. Sure, that sounds completely logical.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        Repubs are all Lazy GENIUS's. They don't need to LEARN Nuth'n , They Just Know Everything.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoolWaters
          Are you trying for "Most Ignorant Jackass of Autoblog, 2013"? You've got my vote.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 1 Year Ago
        Spoken by someone that knows not a single person that works at Wal-Mart. You must get the entirety of your news from HuffPo.
          car czar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          Well I no a few people that work at Walt-Mart and I must say they have one of the best benefits plans. The problem is they pay their employees so poorly not many can afford it. Also since Walt-Mart is a public traded company take a look at stats reported by labor department almost 75% of Wal-Mart employees receive some type of government assistance. My friends that work there are included in that number. So if they aren't sleeping in the parking lot yet they are one pay check away from being there..
          blasds78
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          You're surprised? HuffPo owns Autoblog.
          inthelv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          And you from the "I got mine screw you ima Christian Times"?
      svntsvn
      • 1 Year Ago
      This story is a reminder of being greatful for what you have in life
        Rob8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @svntsvn
        I guess you can't be "greatful" for a good education.
      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aaaand, this is exactly why I stopped going to walmart years ago.
        cantera.developments
        @cgm9999
        You miserable piece of humanity.....worry about yourself when your fellow countrymen/women/children suffer.
          Rob8
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cantera.developments
          If we don't worry about ourselves, who will? That is how people become "car dwellers".
          cgm9999
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cantera.developments
          @cantera.developments: At ease with the jump-to-conclusions-self-righteous ad hominem attacks, please. This "miserable piece of humanity" is a 10 year veteran of the US Army Special Forces (18B) and has experienced WAY more pain and suffering in the service of my country than any walmart beggar has. The problem with my fellow countrymen (to include yourself) is that they lack perspective. We live in a fantastic country, although, if you ask the average person, they would disagree. Why? Poverty in the US looks MUCH different than poverty in the countries I've been sent to. In the US, even those who live below the poverty line can afford TVs, cell phones, air conditioning, fast food, a cheap car, cigarettes, alcohol and any number of luxuries that are only possible because of our economy. Our public facilities alone would make the average pashto-speaking, cave-dwelling Afghan faint in utter disbelief. We have functioning roads, schools, libraries, parks, police departments, and human services organizations that any schmo off the street can take advantage of and that's a testament to how advanced of a society we are. In a word, even the poor here live impossibly luxurious lives compared to the people I've been deployed to train and lead into battle. So forgive me if this "miserable piece of humanity" cringes with abject disgust whenever some ungrateful and uninformed maggot accuses me of being uncharitable, uncaring, or nonchalant when my countrymen "suffer". Sir, you don't have the slightest idea what suffering means. I've seen resilience, grit, and dedication from people so beat down and oppressed that you couldn't possibly fault them for throwing in the towel, however, they don't. I love these people, because they remind me of what true perseverance looks like. Yet, when I come home from a deployment after giving people across the world a slight chance at living a peaceful life free from terror and oppression, I see a country of victims. I see it everywhere I go, to include the local walmart. I stopped going to walmart the moment they stopped being a store and began being a refugee camp that housed desperate and potentially dangerous people in their large dark parking lots. One night, when making a quick milk run to the local walmart, I almost shot a guy that accosted me the second I opened my car door to get out of my car. Before I could react, the guy had a knife to my stomach and threatened to stab me if I didn't hand over my keys and wallet. Sadly, he picked the wrong Green Beret to threaten and found himself in a deep state of unconsciousness with a leaking head momentarily after. Long story short, I stopped going to walmart because once the sun goes down, the place turns into crime alley from Gotham City. It has nothing to do with politics, just common sense. I don't want to shop at a place where I have to fear for the safety of my family, hence my refusal to shop at most Walmarts, that's all.
      R.t Voll
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh look, More people arguing over politics. Republican or democrat this government in the state its in now is corrupt. Republicans don't care about anything but themselves and democrats are whiny b!tches. It really doesn't matter who you vote for at this point.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R.t Voll
        If you think Republicans and Dems are the same, you much watch Fox News, the most DISRESPECTED news site in the world. In other words, you don't know ****.
        phreshoneTX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R.t Voll
        OK, the government sucks, but you're too lazy to at least figure out who creates less damage Thank you very little
          R.t Voll
          • 1 Year Ago
          @phreshoneTX
          Maybe if democrats and republicans quit pointing fingers we could fix this country. But no, Everyone in Washington is more interested on pinning the blame on someone else.
          CoolWaters
          • 1 Year Ago
          @phreshoneTX
          Typical Republican, "I vote for corporate crooks, Don't you Point your finger at me."
        Big Rocket
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R.t Voll
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAT_BuJAI70
          R.t Voll
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Big Rocket
          Yeah that pretty much explains it.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R.t Voll
        Honestly, I have no idea what this has to do with politics. Just stupid people like chrismcfreely that don't have a fonkig clue.
          R.t Voll
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brandon
          It has to do with the current economic situation and the fact that democrats and republicans are more interested in pointing fingers then solving the problem.
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