I’m sorry for everything I’ve ever said, Wal*Mart.

April 22, 2010


Here’s what I love about living in a small town: when you stupidly leave your wallet on top of the self-checkout kiosk at Wal*Mart, some good-hearted soul will turn it in and the management will keep it locked in their safe until you realize 24 hours later that you have lost said wallet. They will be kind and not mock you when you come to pick it up.

True story.

One of my favorite Seward stories to tell is from back in college. I had left my ATM card in the machine (this was olden times, when the machine would eat your card, spit out money, then spit out the card) and the person who used the machine after me took out $300 and returned both the card and the money to my bank, with an after-school special-type message about what could have happened had a non-trustworthy person found my card.

I love my town.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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13 Responses to “I’m sorry for everything I’ve ever said, Wal*Mart.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I think people in Baltimore would be so kind as to take $300 out of your account at the ATM, too. But they would extend their kindness and also spend it for you.


  2. Beth Said on:

    Awww…I love our town, too.
    I lost Tim in Wal-Mart once. I was just reaching panic level when I came around the corner, and there he was holding the hand of some Wal-Mart worker who recognized him and was looking for his red-headed Mommy.
    For all the bad press small towns get for lack of anonymity, I like being known and recognized.

    It’s probably also because I don’t make a habit of doing stupid and/or illegal things in the public eye.


  3. Deborah Said on:

    The downtown pharmacist in Seward opened his store just for me last 4th of July so that I could get antibiotics for Macy’s ear infection. I love Seward.


  4. Karla Said on:

    Oh man, you guys are making me HATE big city life right now…


    • Peggy Said on:

      Me too! These stories make me think I’m looking back in time to the 1950’s when everyone was kind, polite & honest!

      (ok…who is Seward has the DeLorean?)


    • Deanne Said on:

      Blow it off, Karla! We have 24 hour CVS right around the corner! And we’re just a train ride into the city!


      • Beth Said on:

        We have a 24 hour Wal-Mart. And in a small town, everything is right around the corner. 😉


        • deanne Said on:

          Don’t give in, Karla, to the romance of small-town life… think of the whizzing traffic, the tolls, the ez-pass that allows you to zip right through them, the stench of pee in an alley in the summer… think of the monuments and buildings, the shopping malls, and office buildings… Big city life has its romance!!


          • deanne Said on:

            Even if the romance smells bad…

          • Karla Said on:

            You’re right Deanne. Just yesterday I got to go to a 20,000 square foot consignment sale of kids stuff. Of course, it cost a buck to get in and I had to drive an hour and a half to get to it because it was far north and I live far southeast, but 20,000 sq feet!! I think the area was bigger than Seward! On the way back we got caught in traffic (big deal) and we noticed that the Sears Tower, er Willis Tower, seemed to have it’s own weather system because it was covered in fog. Cool!

          • Lloyd Said on:

            Oh sure, bring up the Sears Tower. I don’t think there’s a three story building in Seward, unless you count the tower room at Concordia.

  5. Rae Said on:

    I love Seward too, and I don’t even live there!


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