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Here's a good question: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Here's a better question: If you eat half a cake while walking around a Walmart, and no one sees you doing it, should you pay for it all?
In this week, a woman in Wichita Falls, Texas dared to ask this other, better question, and the answer, according to Walmart and local authorities, is a resounding No. .
Per NBC News The police were called dramatically but okay to the store around 8:10 June 25. An employee told them that the woman, whose name was not released, had "eaten half a cake and said she was only going to pay for the remaining half, claiming she had found it that way."  The woman had no accusations pressed against her, nor was she charged to the cake. However, she was blocked from the store.
"I don't know if she got the whole cake," Wichita Falls police officers Harold McClure told NBC News. "I don't know if she left with the other half of it."
Can anything (half a cake) exist without being perceived (by Walmart employees)? Can we assume the observed world (eating a cake alone in a Walmart hall) works the same way as the observed world? Observation (by someone who eats cake) affects the outcome (must pay for it)? And what is going on at Wichita Falls, where earlier this year, another woman was banned from another Walmart after spending hours driving around the parking lot on an empty scooter and sipping wine from a Pringles can? 19659008] We can never know the answers to these questions. Anyway, I hope the woman could eat the rest of her cake.