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    How Dorothy Does Her Shopping

    | Fort Worth, TX, USA | Bizarre, Top

    (This happened during a tornado that crashed down just up the street from the store I worked in. The power went out, and one of the AC units had almost been ripped off the building. After a brief panic in which all customers and staff were shut in the tornado-shelter/assistant manager’s office, we employees locked down the building and started counting down registers, waiting until the storm had calmed down to let anyone go. It was raining, and the parking lot was actually flooding at this point.)

    Me: “Wouldn’t it be funny if someone came tearing in here, possessed with the desire to buy something? Because obviously, in the dark, during a tornado, this is the best time to beat crowds.”

    Norma (team lead): *laughs* “That’s mean.”

    (Not ten minutes later, standing by the glass front doors to watch the storm, we see a woman run across the four-lane highway outside, dodging between stopped cars. She tears across the parking lot, carrying her high heels in her hand, and stops to put them on before trying the doors to our building. She tugs, but they’re locked, so of course, she knocks. After a moment of amazement, our Ladies department manager Lara answers the door.)

    Lara: “Ma’am, we’re closed.”

    Woman: *panting* “Really?”

    Me: “Tornado took our power out.”

    Woman: “Are you really closed?”

    (By now, both the captive customers and the employees are exchanging glances. I look at Norma, who stares wide-eyed at the woman.)

    Lara: “There’s really no way we could ring you up for anything. We have no power.”

    Woman: “Oh, that’s too bad. I thought now would be a good time to get some shopping done! I’ll just go back to my car, then.”

    Lara: “Ma’am, there is torrential rain pouring down out there, and the wind is moving the cars.”

    Woman: “Well I can’t buy anything, why should I stay?” *leaves*

    (Though our policy states that we should try to detain people, we cannot legally do that, so Lara lets her go. I turn to Norma and say…)

    Me: “…didn’t I just tell that joke?”

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