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its usually good to get to know your neighbors anyway. :)


Why does a power-outage bring out the bitchiness in people? I can understand how sandwich guy could be upset about losing stock (he should have insurance for such things), but hair-hacking bitch needed to get over it. Damn. I suppose she would have died before cell phones too.

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This reminds me of the great city blackout of last year. Before I was laid off from Big Fancy, my city was hit with a tremendous power outage. Apparently public utilties is on a regional grid that we share with another state. An utilities worker made a grave error and accidentally shut off the wrong button that powered our part of the city (which covers almost the entire southern state area). We were without power for almost a full day.

You'd be surprised at the some of the stupidity of people who wanted to shop at stores and local businesses who had no power to operate. For some, it became one big party where people got to know their neighbors. Yup, good times.

As for the employee, last I heard, he for sure got terminated and was facing criminal charges but I don't know what happened to him since.


@QG: That reminds me of another story. Years ago, when I was still living with my ex, our town's power got knocked out on the hottest day of the year. It was out for more than half the day, so people were driven outside in hopes of some semi little breeze. Those who had a car took off to the mall in a different town, but at that time my ex and I didn't own a (working) car.

Luckily, my oldest was still on formula so I didn't have to worry about milk spoiling, but some of our neighbors had milk drinking toddlers.

Well, we decided to go for a walk down town, seeing if we could score some ice cream from the ice cream truck or something. In that town, there was a local theater that put plays on each weekend. It was a Sunday so they had an early showing, but without lights or sound, it obviously wasn't going to happen. We watched little old ladies and men flipping shit because their play was canceled (I think at the time it may have been a bigger name play like Cinderella or something Shakespeare.) We saw people throwing fits in the Dairy Queen parking lot. It was madness.

Power came back on around dinnertime. For some reason people thought places would be magically stocked for dinner. Local fast food joints were flooded with angry people cause their food spoiled so they couldn't make dinner. They didn't stop to think that these places were in the same boat as them.


We had power outages at Awful Waffle a good bit. I remember one time, we were sitting outside in front of the pitch black restaurant in the middle of a pitch black town at night and smoking. This man drives up, looks at us, looks at the building, then back at us and goes "Y'all's power out?"

I said "No, sir. We just saw that the rest of the town was out and felt kind of lonely."

The man realized what he had asked, laughed, and drove off.

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