Monday, June 12, 2006

of mice and moms

The story starts out like this: Jana makes an early-morning run to the grocery store while Brandon is still at home with Rowan. Jana is wearing flip-flops as she normally does from May through September. Jana is scanning her groceries at the self-check-out cashier when she feels something pinch her big toe. She backs away from the scanner, wondering if a big beetle thought maybe a tasty pastry had just plopped in front of it. Jana convinces herself that it was probably her blown-out flip-flop scratching her toe. She continues scanning her goods. Jana feels a pinch on her other big toe. This time she starts sweating a little because she thinks she's either crazy or having some weird physical symptom. Instead of a "tingling sensation in the fingers", she's having a "pinching sensation in the toes". She scans a few more groceries. As she leans into her basket to retrieve another item, she spots the pinching culprit. A MOUSE. Jana then nearly goes into cardiac arrest. She yells out to a cashier she knows by name and points to the check-out stand, "AUDREY!!! THERE'S A MOUSE UNDER THERE!!!" Jana explains what has happened regarding the toe-nibbling and Audrey gets nervous and calls a store manager to the front. The store manager tries to assure Jana that she cannot contract an awful disease via toe-nibbling. Audrey, though freaked out as well, is wearing close-toed shoes and kindly scans the rest of Jana's groceries. Jana runs out of the grocery store, drives home and throws away all her flip-flops.


Blogger Tony Arnold said...

I believe that is a major health violation by the store. Forget about your flip-flops, what about contaminated groceries? Do you really think there is only one mouse in the place?

I am surprised the manager did not give you free groceries. I would contact the district manager of the company and just see what his response is. Would be interesting.

Very brave mouse I would say. My experience is they hide and run. They are aware that exposure results in attempted death. This mouse has become too comfortable in its environment which leads me to suspect a lax environment for cleanliness.


11:00 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

Thanks a lot Tony! You may very well have convinced me to never again enter that store.

11:09 AM  
Blogger tine said...

i now have a certified case of the "heebie jeebies"!

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Adam Hogan said...

Well, you said that you had "too much stuff" in a previous post. Now you can cross flip-flops off the list.

1:09 PM  
Blogger erinlo said...

Oh. My. Word. That is awful. Was it a chain grocery store??? What's surprising and a little scary is that the mouse was actually nibbling your toes. I thought mice were scared of people and don't usually come near them. Yuck.

2:12 PM  

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