The chickens we don’t even have yet almost got us arrested!
On our way home from Joplin, we stopped in at a farm supply store. I’m not going to say the name of it because I don’t want anyone to think badly of them. We were inside talking to the lady in the chicken department. How many eggs per day will they lay? Which ones will lay the most eggs? How long will they lay before they stop? She was very nice and helpful. We decided to buy a book about chickens and were at the front checkout paying.
All of a sudden we looked up and here come three Sheriff’s Deputies . . two come in the right door, one comes in the left door and they kinda have us surrounded. They’re looking at me. I think they decided I was harmless. They’re looking at Vince. Maybe not so harmless; looks pretty calm; looks can be deceiving . . you never know.
We were the only customers in the store. The deputies kept looking from me to Vince to the checkout lady. She obviously knew them — it’s a very small town. She said “What are you doing here? What do you want?”
They said: The silent alarm went off.
I’m still standing there in shock. I was halfway scared the way they kept looking at us.
The checkout lady said “Oh, the new girl was cleaning and re-arranging” and she picked up this little gadget about the size of a key chain. That was the silent alarm and I guess the new girl moved it from Point A to Point B and in the process, pressed the button.
The checkout lady was laughing as she picked up the microphone and said “Susie, come to the front and see what you’ve caused!”
I’m still not so sure the sheriff’s guys are convinced we’re ok. They said “we’ll just walk around the store and have a look”. Like . . maybe these people have threatened you and you’re too scared to tell the truth. By now, we’re done paying and I said “can we leave?” The lady said yes, one of the deputies said yes so Vince and I walked out both laughing but happy to get in the car and get the hell out of Dodge!
Should we take this as a sign that we shouldn’t get chickens?