The Day Erin Shut Down Wal-Mart
Yup. Who knew she could? I certainly didn’t.
Erin shut down Wal-Mart.
This was when Erin was – oh, say, about five years old and we were doing our Christmas shopping.
We had both kids, Stuart and Erin in tow and Mark and I were checking out rings at the jewelry counter (for Erin I might add). As I was in the habit of doing, I glanced around to make sure the kids were still there, only to find Erin had disappeared.
We walked around the nearest aisles calling her name and when we got no response I started to get frantic.
We returned to the jewelry counter and told the sales rep what was going on.
She quickly telephoned someone to inform them that Erin was missing and before she’d even hung up an announcement came over the intercom announcing an alert code.
Immediately – and I do mean immediately – all entries and exits were sealed and staff were canvassing their sales areas to see if they could find her. Within a couple of minutes the telephone in the jewelry department rang and when the sales rep smiled, I knew everything was all right and breathed a sigh of relief.
She hung up, turned to us and said, “She’s fine. They have her at the customer service desk up front.”
We ran to the front and as soon as I turned the corner and the customer service desk came into view, I stopped in my tracks. There was Erin, as happy as you please with a big smile on her face, looking up at a handsome young staffer with her big blue eyes and chatting cheerily with him.
I couldn’t help but have a vision of Erin as a teenager, boys, dates – you get the drift, I’m sure.
I must say, though, how impressed I was with the concern displayed by the Wal-Mart staff and the speed with which they issued the alert and sealed the premises. I certainly was confident about my kids’ safety when shopping at Wal-Mart after that.