If you guessed "power outage", you would be right.
It was about 7:00pm when the lights flickered but did not go out completely. We weren't very busy because the weather was nasty with a mix of rain and sleet.
I had a pretty decent card order I had made out, I had filled the balloons with the last of the helium, and all that was left was to front the store. It was going to be really slow and the assistant manager had almost considered sending me home because of it.We waited a few seconds to see if the lights were all going to come back on, but they didn't. It was weird because some of the lights worked, some of the register functions worked, some of the doors worked, and some of the outside lights worked, but others wouldn't... almost like a brown-out.
I kept waiting to hear a custy have a screaming fit because we couldn't take debit cards, only credit cards and cash. Our registers just weren't functioning correctly. In addition, the cashiers were having to key everything in by hand. Nothing. Not one irate customer had a breakdown because of the power outage!
Granted, it only lasted about an hour, but people were very understanding, very accommodating and we didn't have one argument!
Just as I was leaving, the power was fully restored and the possibility that people CAN be human when the unexpected happens once again has been proven. May it grow and prosper!