Tuesday, November 28, 2017

WFW - Crushing cars at the Dollar Store

Our Words for Wednesday prompts are being provided by Elephants Child this month, she has done a terrific job and I have really enjoyed playing along, if you want to join in simply write a story, poem or whatever ever you want, use some of the words or all of the words, then drop by Elephants Child's blog and let her know.

This weeks prompts are:

invincible, wander, goofy, supreme, purring, pretend
And/or
linen, kick, puny, immense, zoom, sound

Crushing cars at the Dollar Store

After our little Black Friday experience Cindy decided that we should drop by the Dollar store on the way home and pick up a few more Christmas ornaments for our "Outside Decorations".  She was filling me in on this part of her plan while I was loading all the goodies that she had just acquired into the back seat of the truck.

The LINEN bedsheets, my new pillow, a pair of pajamas for someone yet to be determined, and several other items that I honestly don't remember and didn't know that we really needed, call me GOOFY but after the first few items, the rest just don't seem to stick in my memory.

I had to PRETEND that I was excited to be going to the Dollar Store, when I knew for a fact that all I would do was WANDER around and look at all of the goods stuffed into every nook and cranny of the aisles, about the only thing I wanted was a few Christmas ornaments to fill in some bare spots on our tree next to the driveway, not those PUNY little balls but those big honking plastic balls, you know a little bigger than a softball, something that can be seen from the road.

The parking at the Dollar Store was tight due to the narrow parking spaces, and I was standing outside guiding Cindy while she gingerly parked the truck as straight as possible, and far enough into the space to not be sticking out and get the rear end crunched by a rogue shopping cart or another large truck passing by.

Just about the time she was satisfied with her parking and my navigating skills, over the PURRING of the trucks engine, I heard the ZOOM of a truck pass by that was ever bit as big as our Club Cab GMC, the only difference was that it was raised up so far that I would need a step ladder to climb into, and the IMMENSE tires stuck out on each side making it extremely wider than normal.

I watched this truck slow to a crawl as it navigated it's way between parked cars, then it made a right hand turn into the driving lane and that's when I heard a horrible SOUND, a loud crunching noise kind of like crushing an aluminum can.

This truck had caught the front of an SUV and the SUPREME power of this truck was INVINCIBLE as the back tire caught and pulled the front bumper, grill, front wheel well liners and one headlight off of the SUV. It looked like a Monster truck event in the Dollar Store parking lot, leaving the SUV's whole front bumper and grill assembly hanging only by one screw.

The truck slowly finished it's right hand turn and immediately parked out of the way, leaving a trail of parts and pieces behind it. A small woman about my age jumped out and cried "I should have known better than to drive this truck!" It was her husbands truck and they were in town for Thanksgiving, she said this was her first time ever driving her husband's truck, all she was doing was bringing her grandchildren to the Dollar Store.

The police were called and the owner eventually found, he was concerned about how he was going to get home. "This is our only car, I can't drive it like this" he had a friend with him that said "Sure you can, watch this"

His friend reached down and unhooked the turn signal lights, then he began to KICK down on top of the bumper until the whole assembly fell off of the front of the SUV.

As Cindy and I drove away they were trying to stuff the parts into the back of the SUV, the woman was shaking her head and watching, it had been nearly two hours and no police were there yet, but once we got home I realized something that was completely overlooked...

I never went inside the Dollar Store, and I still need those ornaments.

36 comments:

  1. Ha! Today I ventured into a Dollar Store. Quite a coincidence.

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    1. That is something else Stephen, hopefully you made it into the store ha ha.

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  2. It was way more interesting in the parking lot.

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    1. Delores, it was definitely exciting out in the parking lot that day.

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  3. But . . . blog post!! That's the upside to EVERYTHING :)

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    1. Yes Jenny the upside is that I gained a blog post to share with you ;-)

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  4. I don't know if this was a true (or nearly true) story but I laughed right out loud at your punchline ending. You are the king of these word challenges.

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    1. Yes Jean this is a true story all the way down to the punchline, I still haven't gotten the ornaments yet, but tomorrow is another day...

      Thank you Jean I am glad you enjoyed this one.

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  5. Brilliant use of the prompts. And that poor woman. And poor you having to go back for the ornaments. You know that Cindy will find other things you NEED don't you?

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    1. Thank you EC, I felt really bad for that lady, she was so upset and embarrassed, but the owner of the SUV was really decent to her I was happy to see that.

      I think we are going to attempt another trip to the Dollar Store tomorrow, I sure hope we don't forget the ornaments. Yes Cindy will have a list by the time we go.

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  6. Sounds like good ol' Murica, a lot of bad ideas turn worse over a trip to a place that sells cheap crap. I loathe tight parking lots with a passion, I won't go to some places over parking. If I drove a motorcycle I wouldn't care, but sometimes its stressful even in a sedan.

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    1. I have noticed the parking spaces are getting tighter all the time, a lot of times it's not worth even trying to park because getting a door open will be nearly impossible.

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    2. Ha Ha, you should see one of the TV advertisements here. An old lady drives into a tight parking spot and can't open the door, the attendant gathering carts (trolleys) is laughing at her, so she backs out and comes back later in a sporty little thing with doors that lift up.

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    3. That sounds like a hilarious commercial River.

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  7. As a firm believer in Even Steven, I suspect those guys in the SUV must have done something that required retribution. The lady driving her grandchildren to the Dollar Store should have GOOD karma. So she was merely an instrument of Even Steven, used to lay the smackdown on those ne'er-do-well SUV guys.

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    1. Val, She definitely deserves good karma after all of that, she worked so hard trying to locate the owner and to make sure that she did the right thing, she set a good example for her grandchildren in my opinion.

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  8. Good story... I have only been in a few dollar stores and as a rule I don’t go out on Black Friday (I paddled instead)

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    1. I can see you paddling away on Black Friday, I know that you had a very enjoyable day by doing so, a perfect way to avoid the nonsense in town.

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  9. Sounds like the parking lot was way more fun than the dollar store. I would have enjoyed watching this.

    Have a fabulous day, Jimmy. ☺

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    1. Sandee, There was a lot of action in the parking lot, the crash looked a lot worse than what it actually was, the whole nose of a car hanging down touching the asphalt always does I suppose. Yes you should have been there, your expertise would have definitely been appreciated.

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  10. Wow, that really could have become parking lot rage and fortunately it didn't. Both parties behaved responsibly.
    If you go back for those ornaments, you might want to park in the back of the lot:)

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    1. Patti, That is exactly the reason that I didn't leave her alone, I knew this was simply an accident and I didn't want the unknown owner to show up and freak out on her, but he was really understanding and actually comforted her, I won't be using that parking lot ever again, the manager of the Dollar store said she refuses to park in it.

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  11. A fabulous story! I used to drive a Ford dually and was always afraid of doing the same thing to someone. My exercise during that time came from parking at the farthest ends of parking lots to avoid all other cars ~ even if it meant walking 1/4 mile to get to the store!

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    1. Your depth perception is really thrown into a different light when stepping into a large truck like that from a smaller vehicle isn't it? Parking away from the crowded area is a very smart thing to do, it looks like it kept you from having the same fate this poor woman did, well done Cindi.

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  12. Always interesting folks at the Dollar Store! And we've had issues in these parts with the cops never showing up.

    Who doesn't love big balls? Lol!

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    1. I'm not sure if the cops ever showed up or not, one police officer drove by we waved him down, he waved back and continued driving, I couldn't believe it...

      The big balls are always better lol.

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  13. I feel so bad for the SUV owner who now has to repair all that damage. Hopefully insurance will help with the cost. I hope the monster truck lady has insurance. I didn't know monster trucks were allowed on the roads.
    You'll have to go back for those larger decorations so your tree will look fabulous from the road. I've seen trees here with just skinny strings of tinsel draped over them and they just look awful. Outside decorations need to be a bit 'over-the-top' in my opinion. But tasteful, not those tacky blow up plastic candy canes and stuff.

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    1. Good thing River is that the insurance company the truck driver mentioned having is a really good company, I have a feeling the SUV owner is going to be taken care of just fine.

      We made a repeat visit to a Dollar Store today and my tree is now decorated to my satisfaction, I don't care for the blow up Christmas decorations either so there are none here.

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  14. It was the quick shift from feeling sorry for the poor woman and suddenly laughing at your final sentence that made me laugh. You sure know how to tell 'em, Jimmy.

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    1. I have a feeling that she never made it inside the Dollar Store either. I am happy that you got a good laugh out of reading this one Valerie.

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    1. The floor show was indeed something else Fran ;)

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  16. Oh this is disturbing incident Jimmy .

    i feel sorry for the suv owner .
    I can imagine the nervousness of lady who drove the truck of her husband for first time and banged as once i did same once .
    once when my sister left the car for while and i thought i must give it try ,it was my first experience which went horrible ,i missed something and car banged into the car's back side next to it .i was horrified though thankfully nothing much was damaged and my younger sister did not yell at me

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    1. It is indeed very disturbing to be in an accident like this, I am glad that your experience was a minor one and your sister was not upset with you enough to yell at you.

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  17. Gee, nothing that exciting ever happens at OUR Dollar Store. :0 (Thank goodness!)

    You did a great job telling your story from the list of words provided. If I didn't know you were trying to use specific words, I would never have guessed!

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    1. Susan, That was the most excitement I've had at the Dollar Store in a long time.

      Thank you Susan, I appreciate you my friend.

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