Monday, October 02, 2006

All I needed was a box of crayons!

Actually, 7 boxes for my son's birthday party. So I went to my local walmart thinking that I could be in and out in a jiffy. So there I am minding my own business, grabbing up my crayons, when over the speakers comes a frazzled voice... "Attention all Walmart Employees and customers, abandon your posts and shopping carts and evacuate immediately."
Looking puzzled at the shopper next to me, we immeadiately drop our items and proceed to the exit. Meanwhile, Walmart employees are fleeing the building. Customer's unaware of the issue are left to assume there was a phony bomb scare by some bored kid left home by himself on this No School day. Until you hear on the walkie talkies voices shouting "Get out! " and then some shuffling, then again crazed voices, "Gas main, break, Fire!" ... By that time I was running!
I don't know if you have ever been in a Walmart during the middle of the week, but it is mostly elderly people and mothers with children doing some light easy shopping during non-busy hours. And of course I parked right in front so that the hundreds of people fleeing the Walmart are surrounding my car, making it very hard to leave. But that didn't matter, Managers came running from the building screaming for shoppers and employees to move to the far back of the parking lot.
I wasn't going back for my car.
Turns out, they are expanding our local Walmart to become a SUPER Walmart, and construction crews hit a gas main. With all the welding going on, they hit a gas main AND caught in on fire!!!!

Atleast I had an extended lunch hour! (and a good story to tell)


RWA said...

Wow, I'm glad everyone was OK.

Some friends and I were having a lunch at a local Mexican restaurant when the kitchen caught fire.

We were almost finished, but all this smoke starts coming out into the seating areas - and the employees are telling everyone to get out.

We go outside, the fire trucks come, and it's all a mess.

Needless to say, no one had to pay for their lunch that day.

Alistair! said...

Glad you and everyone else were OK. I Suppose that this really illustrates Walmart's blase ( imagine the accent) attitude to health and safety towards both staff and customers. Walmart is the spawn of the devil.