You only have to read the brief description on this video, posted to Facebook on Sunday night, to understand why it’s been watched more than 330,000 times.
“I just video tapped a monkey attacking a guy at Walmart in Lancaster Ohio!! #crazy#only@walmart”
Richelle Stewart taped the altercation on her cell phone.
Stewart’s husband can be heard yelling, “Ohhh, no!” as they watch the scene unfold from the safety of their car.
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The monkey was sitting on the shopping cart corral in the parking lot when it jumped at the employee.
A woman, presumably the monkey’s owner, runs up, yelling.
But it’s kind of unclear whether she’s yelling at the monkey or the worker.
“Don’t pull on him! Don’t pull on him! Let him go, let him go, let him go!” she yells.
Grabbing the agitated monkey by the hand, she tells the employee, “If she bites you they’ll put her down.”
As they left the parking lot, Stewart’s husband drove past the employee and told him, “Man, you could’ve gotten hurt.”
Stewart’s video has been shared on Facebook more than 5,000 times since she posted it.
“This is beyond peopleofwalmart.com,” wrote one person, referencing a website that hosts unflattering photos of Wal-Mart shoppers.
Stewart told WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio that the monkey “was just standing on the carts, and this lady was trying to come over and get him. The monkey had escaped from a nearby camper. And we saw the cart guy from Wal-Mart coming over to help her.
“All of a sudden the monkey jumps on him and she pushes him (the employee) out the way.”
A Wal-Mart spokesperson told the TV station that the employee was not bitten and that the monkey’s owner was “grateful” that the worker had helped grab the animal’s leash.
Local media reported that Ohio’s Department of Agriculture is looking for the woman and the monkey to make sure the animal is properly licensed.
“When we posted it on Facebook, we did it for fun,” Stewart told WCMH. “We go to Wal-Mart, we moved to Lancaster and there’s a monkey.”