Tide Pods Locked up at Some California Walmart Stores

January 30, 2018 Last Updated: January 30, 2018

Tide pods have been locked up at some Walmart stores in California after videos showing people ingesting the pods went viral online.

The extra security for the laundry soap is to ward off would-be thieves, a Walmart spokesperson told Fox40.

“No retailer is immune to the challenge of crime and Walmart is no exception,” the company said in a statement.

“The decision about which items are subject to additional in-store security is made on data gathered at the store level and often at the discretion of the store manager.”

The so-called Tide pod challenge rocketed the trend of ingesting the pods.

The challenge saw teenagers daring each other to eat the pods.