It's been a long time since I shopped at Walmart. Last night my daughter was mall shopping with friends putting together her Halloween costume so I killed time walking around the big box store and mostly people watching.
I swear if I'm ever at a loss for characters to put in my books I'm heading for Walmart. I don't know if it's our particular store, the fact that it's near Halloween, or that it was late evening but I saw some weird, odd and strange things. Here are just a few:
- A forty-something man was frantically running around carrying a birthday cake. I saw him 3 times in the hour I was there and each time he was bolting around like he was terribly late clutching a large white birthday cake with blue flowers. Weird.
- There were a family of mullets. What I assumed was the mom, dad and son all had mullet hair styles. Last time I saw this many mullets I was in Dallas and it was the mid-1990's. And, no, this didn't appear to be a Halloween idea gone horribly wrong they were just walking around filling their shopping cart with Doritos. Odd.
- There was a skinny, skanky looking woman in her early twenties who had a large white rat in her front pocket. Strange.
I could seriously write any one of these people as a character in a book.
I did end up making a purchase at Walmart. I bought Jodi Picoult's book Keeping Faith. Has anybody read this one yet?
What is your favorite place to people watch?