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If you think Shaquille O’Neal only shops at luxury retailers, think again. “My two favorite stores: JCPenney and Walmart,” he told “NBA on TNT.” And he wasn’t lying. Shaq actually holds the record for the biggest purchase in Walmart history. As he told James Corden back in 2018, he once spent $70,000 in a single trip. He had just been transferred from Miami, Florida to Phoenix, Arizona and while he had an apartment waiting for him, it was completely empty. “I have no patience,” he shared and so, he drove to Walmart around three in the morning to get everything he needed in one go. “I gotta go get four, five TVs, I gotta go get printers, I gotta go get laptops, I gotta go get appliances, sheets, towels, underwear, T-shirts,” he recalled.
However, he hit a brief snag when he went to pay and his credit card was declined, twice. The American Express security team actually called to tell him his credit card had been stolen. When Shaq informed them the purchase was indeed legit, they unblocked his card so he could complete the purchase, but not before asking what everyone was thinking: “What the hell are you buying for $70,000?!” Turns out the biggest spend of the night was five 80-inch TVs at $2,000 each.