Clean-Up on Aisle 5


I made a quick trip to Walmart today for some “Fear Factor” items (yes, we’re doing another fear factor, this time for a stake activity). After deliberating over thin or regular spaghetti for the “pick a plastic bug out of a bowl of noodles with your teeth” challenge, I decided on thin and proceeded to load 2 economy size boxes into my cart. When I turned around with the second box I noticed noodles spilling out onto the floor. I grabbed the offending box hoping to stem the tide but unfortunately I grabbed the wrong end and proceeded to tip more noodles out. Finally, I got the torn box upright but I still had to watch the as the pasta in my cart cascaded across aisle 5. I tried to nonchalantly scoot all the noodles together with my sandaled foot but the floor was so slippery and I ended up drawing more attention to myself by sliding around awkwardly trying to tidy up the pasta. Despite my best efforts to be discreet, I received comments from everyone in the aisle. A man walked past and said “Well, accidents happen.” An older lady looked over and said “You be careful there!” and then finally a little girl came up, smiled and said “Do you need help?” Even in my embarrassment I was grateful for her compassion but by then all that was left to do was inform the nearest employee that aisle 5 could use some attention.

8 Comments on “Clean-Up on Aisle 5

  1. ps…I suspect (by the nature of the 3-sided tear) that someone orchestrated this incident and maybe even watched it play out…I hope they got a good laugh.

  2. I hope it doesn’t end up on a Funniest Video or something! I like that little girl who asked if she could help. Kids are so great!

  3. haha, that’s sweet that the little girl offered to help. i hate it when things like this happen. a few weeks ago at walmart a whole box of light bulbs fell randomly when i walked by and i had to go to the grumpy walmart guy to tell him. he wasn’t too excited about cleaning it up.

  4. Ha ha! That happened to me once except it was syrup and it was at Target. One of the kids threw it out of the cart and a huge piece broke off and spilled syrup everywhere. It was so embarrassing.

  5. Lisas comment made me laugh.Just a few months ago I dropped a jar of spaghetti sauce and it shattered and broke. The employees were right there and stood guard until someone got there to clean it up. When I walked by 10 minutes later they were still there, standing guard. How emabarrasing

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