These are rarely if ever really pleasant even if nothing bad happens during these stop and goes we don’t like having to do. Occasionally we might find something to smile about, maybe exchange a few pleasantries with someone we know or even don’t know, or maybe something beautiful that catches our eye for a moment but that still doesn’t make these things something we want to do.
Usually when we make it home if we have someone we relate a short synopsis of something that happened to us it is usually because we got mad about some incident or we ran into an old friend we haven’t seen in a while but that’s it. Rarely and I mean very rarely do we come home with a tale that is out of the ordinary. Tonight I did.
I had a couple of small errands I needed to run and decided to stop in at a Mapco to pick up a couple of bottles of water while doing all the other things I needed to do. It was a fairly calm, not so hot evening that made me roll the windows down on the car and I was just sort of in my own little world when I pulled into the parking lot of the convenience store. As I go to roll up the window this young woman, quite attractive, in a sort of odd bent over position yells out at me, “Sorry but I just had to go.” It was at this point I noticed the sound of something liquid hitting the ground and then notice the very large stream of liquid making its way toward my truck.
I sit there stunned with my mouth hanging open for a moment taking in the scene in the now twilight evening hours and realize what is happening and I busted out laughing. This darling young woman worked for Mapco and she had pulled one of those large floor coolers you find in those little stores where they store ice with beer or soft drinks, usually the former. She had rolled it outside to pull the plug on it as it were to empty the water from the melted ice. She started laughing and apologized to me stating that she had no idea what made her say that, it just popped out.
I walked up to her and said that’s perfectly OK. Best laugh I had all day but her mistake was to pull that on a writer and she could bet she could read about her little joke tomorrow on my website. Turning red she responded oh no you wouldn’t. Yep, and of course here it is.
To that amazing young lady thank you. I wish I could tell Mapco what a joy she is but I’m afraid the story might get her more in trouble than get her a pat on the back or a raise. With her sense of humor and the way she deals with customers she deserves the later. Unfortunately companies seldom have any sense of humor at all. Shame.
Anyway to that young lady I would like to say thank you for making what should have been one of those boring stops a hoot and made my night.