2016 Prime Gail Lewis

2016 Prime Gail Lewis

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Updated Nov 27, 2023 at 08:39AM EST by Mateus.

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2016 Prime Gail Lewis refers to a viral video of the former Walmart employee Gail Lewis, who shared her story about working for 10 years at the store. The video inspired a series of jokes and an ironic fandom was created on TikTok imagining how Lewis would deal with customers in her prime, in 2016.


On November 16th, 2023, TikTok[1] user @fluffygaileena uploaded a video saying goodbye to her post at the Walmart located in Morris, Illinois. Gail Lewis, who worked for 10 years at the store, was overcome with feelings as she said farewell to fellow employees. The video (shown below) garnered over 24 million plays and 3 million likes in a week.


♬ original sound – fluffygaileena


Lewis' farewell video inspired a series of ironic memes on TikTok in which people imagined how the Walmart employee used to work at her prime back in 2016. For instance, on November 25th, 2023, TIkTok[2] user @bigfreezies posted a video of a football tackle paired with the overlay text "POV: you tried steal from Walmart in 2016 but prime Gail Lewis is working her shift." The video (shown below, left) amassed more than 10 million plays and 1.5 million likes in three days. On November 23rd, 2023, TikTok[3] user @vincentsview252 uploaded a "world reaction" after Lewis announced she was leaving Walmart. The video (shown below, right) received roughly 14 million plays and 2 million likes in five days.

@bigfreezies GAIL LEWISπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯#Gaillewis #walmart#2016 #blackfridaysale ♬ original sound – brakzy
@vincentsview252 I guess its true…. You dont really know what/who you have until they arent there anymore πŸ˜” #gaillewis #walmart #vincentsview252 ♬ Ambient-style emotional piano – MoppySound

Various Examples

@noahglenncarter Gail Lewis the best employee in all of history just retired #walmart #gaillewis #foryou ♬ Very Sad – Enchan

@stream.rewind #gaillewis #emote #shoplifter #walmart ♬ Ukulele ! – Sebukulele

@jaguars.clipz Prime Gail LewisπŸ˜•II #gaillewis #trending #xybca #foryou ♬ original sound – Jags

@rjsucks_ Walmart will never find another like Gail Lewis #gaillewis #walmart #fyp ♬ original sound – RJ

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External References

[1] TikTok – fluffygaileena

[2] TikTok – bigfreezies

[3] TikTok – vincentsview252

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