Years ago, I lived in Florida and the best job I had there was working at Hollywood Video. For those confused, this was video store chain where you could rent or buy movies. You would be surprised how often I’ve had to explain that. Anyway, I was a shift leader and would occasionally have shifts by myself. That’s where this story happens.
Florida has rain. A lot of rain and that tended to mean a slow day. Well, it was pouring enough that I could barely see the parking lot. It was quiet until I heard a distant slap. It was strange and I followed it to the comedy section. The ceiling above had begun leaking and the water was pounding on the plastic cases. The shelving units were made of press board, so the water would destroy it if it started coming harder. Guess what started happening as I watched.
I called my boss and he said he would try to get some help when the weather cleared. I was on my own until then. I cleared the DVD’s off the shelf and dried them off as things got worse. I was panicking. Then ‘genius’ struck when my mind wandered to the idea of a water slide. Stay with me people.
Take a long, deep bucket used for mopping the floors and a big trash bag. Cut down the sides of the trash bag until you have a long piece of plastic. Use packing tape to connect the plastic to the top of the shelving unit and the bucket on the floor. Watch the water flow into the bucket and the few customers you have stare at the ingenuity like it’s modern art. I even got some applause.
I admit that I was proud of this and sorry I never took a picture. The look on the next shift’s face when they saw it was priceless.