Bentonville, Arkansas (The Adobo Chronicles) – The country’s top giant retailers — Walmart, Costco and Target — have all reported that they have fully run out of plastic buckets in their stores and outlets. An independent investigation by The Adobo Chronicles has confirmed the disappearance of the 3, 4 and 5 gallon containers from the retailers’ store shelves across the country.
A spokesperson for the Arkansas-based Walmart said that their inventory of buckets began diminishing two weeks ago when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started to trend on social media. “Now, our supply is down to zero,” he said.
Costco, on the other hand, appealed to its members to stop calling customer service inquiring about the availability of plastic buckets. “There is absolutely nothing to go around and no delivery expected from our suppliers for the next six months,” it said in a statement from its corporate office in Seattle, Washington.
Estimates place the number of Ice Bucket Challenge videos posted on the Internet at 1.2 Million. “That’s 1.2 Million buckets purchased in just the last two weeks,” a spokesperson for Target said.
That, of course, is assuming each video involves just one individual.
Hardware stores are worried that they may also run out of tin buckets very soon.