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Retail Hell Memories: Watertown Lockdown


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From  flannel_is_life, Tales From Retail:

In 2013, I managed a grocery store in an area near Watertown, MA. At that time, police had officially identified and located the now infamous Marathon Bombing suspects and l woke up one day to find out Boston and all the surrounding towns were on emergency lockdown. Nobody in, nobody out. Now, MA has weird laws about being in a state of emergency, and grocery stores fall in that gray area where you're not considered "non-essential", since if somebody were in a life and death situation and needed to get formula for their kid or something, somebody needs to be in the building to offer that service. Any business that was actively open to the public on April 19, 2013 was being forced closed by police and was subject to a minimum $1000 fine for breaking the emergency ban, but l headed into work so I'd be ready for when the lockdown ended.

All day long the phone rang incessantly with people wanting to know if the store was open, the occasional person strolled up to bang on the doors but later in the day I got the following call:

M = Me V = Customer on the phone, insert thick Boston accent.

V: Hey are you open?

M: No, we are not.

V: Why not? I need some food, you don't want customers?

M: The Governor ordered a lockdown. Businesses in the area aren't allowed to open until the lockdown is lifted.

V: Lockdown?? Why, what the fuck's going on?

M: Something to do with the marathon bombing suspect. They think he is in the area somewhere, they're hoping to flush him out.

V: Are you fucking kidding me? THAT'S why you can't sell GROCERIES?

M: I'm afraid so.

V: (tone escalating) FUCKING TERRORISTS, I want to EAT!

M: Yeah, I'm totally sorry for the inconvenience but this is very much out of my control.

V: FUCK THIS. What area do they think he's hiding in? If the police are going to take this long finding him, I'm gonna go find this fucking guy myself! I WANT A SANDWICH! FUCK!

Click. Line goes dead. The store didn't open that night and I don't know if V got to buy his sandwich ingredients elsewhere, but I laugh every time I think about him going vigilante and running around Watertown on lockdown, looking through sewer grates, and poking bushes because a "fucking terrorist" wasn't going to stand between a Bostonian and his fucking sandwich.

-- flannel_is_life




Misty Meanor

As a fellow Boston native, I can definitely say that the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev definitely freaked me out. Hell, up until then, I'd never heard of a terrorist attack happening in Boston. The fact that they just left the backpacks and casually strolled away while nobody said anything really made me mad. If I were there I'd have called attention to it right away!

But yeah, that person was out of his mind. There's a terrorist on the loose and all you care about is a sandwich? Where are your priorities?!


I... I'm imagining some Bostonians going full Beat-A-Bitch on a terrorist over something like this. The police arrive on scene, hearing that there's some sort of gang of angry middle aged people beating the shit out of some unknown person in the middle of the street, and as the cops pull up some cantankerous old lady gets her turn and starts whaling on the guy with her walker, screaming that she wants her damn Depends and if she can't get them soon, by God she will personally hand deliver the terrorist to hell.

I'm probably going to hell for just imagining this, let alone laughing at the thought.


Ilia, at least you'll have company, because that was similar to my first thought when reading this

Kai Lowell

I had a very similar thought. All aboard the handbasket.

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