She stopped at the Murphy USA gas station the other day, and noticed fancy televisions mounted on top of the gas pumps. Digital televisions, with bright colors showing the forecast and daily headlines. Mommy wondered why the kindness, until she looked around and realized the gas station was in a very low spot off the road, with a huge rock retaining wall blocking the view from the street. Ah ha, she thought, muggers paradise. How easy would it be for Mr. Bad Guy to walk up behind you while gazing upon that lovely television to take your money and your keys, shove you in the trunk, kill you, wrap you in a Confederate Flag, and dump you in the woods off a lonely stretch of secondary road? Very easy. And now she believes that Walmart is supporting criminal activity to divert their customers’ attention and create easy victims.
She always says that Walmart is the #1 reason why she got her CWP. Everybody has to go there at least some of the time, so you get a glimpse of your entire local society – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s a snapshot of your world.
She’s not falling for it. She said that if anybody tries to lure her into a mugging, the forecast will be either a .32 or a .380 in their fanny, depending on what she’s carrying that day. Furthermore, she will not visit their gas stations anymore either. She says their gas is so poor quality that it must be made from dinosaur urine –you have to use mid grade gas there, or your car will hesitate. She was just going for convenience the other day, but will not make that mistake again. It’s probably for the best anyway. She always said that if aliens landed at Walmart and thought it represented all of humanity, the planet would be dead before we knew the aliens had arrived.
She might be right. She might be silly. She’s probably both. At any rate, I’m glad she was wise enough to notice the dangers of Walmart generosity and chose to stay alert rather than being enamored with sharp pictures on a screen.
Be careful out there, friends. Always be mindful of your surroundings, and don’t fall for attempts to draw your attention away from what’s around you.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a lovely rest of the week.