We’ve got an endurance game for you. How far can you make it into this video about a douche-bro shoplifting feminine hygiene products from the Amazon Go store? Can you even bear to click play on a video that proclaims: “We Stole Tampons from the Cashier-less Amazon Go Store,” but clearly shows host Linus Sebastian holding up a packet of sanitary pads?
How much of this 13-minute video can you stand? Tell us in comments. There’s no prizes. It’s like Naked and Afraid, where you subject yourself to something horrid just for bragging rights about something meaningless. (Warning: you might want to read the full post before hitting play.)
I’ll be honest. I didn’t make it past the first line so full of red flags that I cringed full-bodied for his totally real girlfriend who is not at all imaginary and just lives in Canada. (Also she’s totally a model.)
“So picture this: Your S.O.’s got a feminine hygiene emergency and cannot leave the house to get her own bio-waste management products.”
I was going to leave it there. But I’m a journalist. And so I powered through and watched the whole damn thing. I powered through the “Aunt Flow” jokes that no cashier would actually make. I powered through Sebastian’s lengthy speculation about how this cashier-less Amazon Go store works. I face-palmed when he picked up the Tampax and then set them down in favor of the Always pads. I grimaced as it seemed you can NOT shoplift from Amazon Go’s store setup. So the title is not just stupid, it’s a blatant lie. But then the video reveals an actual loophole, an Amazon honors system that could allow you to retro-actively rob them.
THAT’s what this video is about. So, it’s not just a review. It’s a lesson on how to steal from the Amazon Go pilot store. And just in case you think the pads/tampon thing is a way to introduce a return/exchange discussion: NOPE! Linus Tech Tips just doesn’t know how to read a label on a product that is in every grocery store and many American homes.
However, many on Twitter didn’t get past Linus Tech Tips’ tweet before dragging this dumbass who’s mocking women and seemingly bragging about shoplifting.
That’s…not a box of tampons. https://t.co/WoPtFFHqmj— jillian 🥑 york (@jilliancyork) January 27, 2018
little bro, those are pads https://t.co/ViAAAF7d8f— Elizabeth M. (@_ElizabethMay) January 28, 2018
FYI non-menstruators: tampons are things you insert. These have wings, bro. https://t.co/sejxcM5JQA— kim yi dionne (@dadakim) January 28, 2018
nothing quite says "I'm in tech" like stealing a box of pads and calling them tampons https://t.co/4fA2Y9HNyy— yuri geller (@Sona_Sonara) January 27, 2018
Men bragging about stealing sanitary products when period poverty is a real issue for millions of women worldwide is pretty gross tbh. https://t.co/RKiM1pgMaP— Hannah (@fionchadd) January 28, 2018
ive never hated a person ive met more than i hate this guy just based on this picture with his "tampons" https://t.co/bR2VykloO1— Lil Uzi Squirt (@LootBoxThot) January 28, 2018
So you're a thief and you don't know the difference between pads and tampons… Great marketing. https://t.co/kYxU99DJOL— Victoria Wilson (@RetroSnowflake) January 28, 2018
Now, some on Twitter argue that the tampon/pads thing is beside the point. But I’m not so sure. Was this an honest mistake in titling? Or was the title paired with the header meant to go viral, fueled by Twitter outrage? Is Linus Tech Tips stupid? Or are they cynically trying to court controversy to get views on an otherwise unremarkable video?
Meanwhile, Linus Tech Tips doesn’t seem to care about the dragging, the accusations of clickbaiting, or the implication that they’re too tech-savvy to know about about girly shit like female “bio-waste management” devices. They’re just stoked about the attention.
So just another day on the internet.