There are a few things in life that are universally agreed upon. For example, when you’re at a restaurant and your family ordered dinner half an hour ago, you flag down a server pronto.
Or let’s say you’ve been grocery shopping. When you wheel your cart up to a 14-person checkout line, you glance around for someone to open another register ASAP.
And what happens when you’ve been sitting in an endless string of cars during summer highway construction, and some motorist zips straight to the front with his blinker on? You think twice — or three times, or four — about letting that wise guy cut in.
Now, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky resident Forrest Hunter has officially added another item to this all-too-familiar list of frustrations. On his Facebook page, he has helpfully entitled it, “When you get sick of waiting on somebody at Walmart.”
He’s also included an amusing illustration that’s gone instantly, uproariously viral across social media. The captioned video shows Hunter standing alone in the store’s sporting goods section.
He’s leaning against the counter, looking pretty darn determined to get some results. He’s holding a receiver in his left hand and speaking into the team member intercom.
Evidently, an amused acquaintance captured the short visual snippet. Here’s the alert Hunter broadcast over the store-wide PA system: “Customer needs assistance in sporting goods, please. I’m the customer.”
Did it work? Well, the answer appears to be a resounding “yes” on several different levels.
First and foremost, Hunter told local CBS news affiliate WKYT that an embarrassed store associate hustled over to help without delay.
Secondly, Hunter said that he didn’t get reprimanded for using the intercom. Of course, it’s entirely possible that this awkward incident will be used as part of Walmart employee training for decades to come.
Thirdly, Hunter’s exasperated strategy seems to have resonated with shoppers around the world. As proof, his Facebook page also features a recent post sharing coverage of the incident in a British newspaper called The Daily Mail.
“That ‘UK’ isn’t University of Kentucky,” Hunter wryly explains, referring to the URL, “that’s ‘United Kingdom’ baby, lol.”
Which leads us to one last universal truth: When your impromptu plea for service instantly racks up millions of shares all over the planet, you’ve hit a hilarious nerve.
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