It seemed like every school had cancelled classes for the day, and many of my Facebook friends who aren't teachers were reporting they had the day off, too. The mall I work at was closed yesterday; this morning I checked their website a couple of times and emailed my boss to see if he'd heard anything, but eventually I gave up and realized I'd have to go to work today.
I allowed extra time to get there and left the house at what should have been the height of rush hour. Instead, this is what traffic looked like:
|Where are the cars?|
It took me twice as long as usual to get to the mall because parts of the highway were snow covered and made it difficult to see the lane markers. (Although there were no cars parallel to me in any of the other lanes, so it didn't matter.)
My strange shift started by clearing out the 18 voice mail messages from yesterday; all but one of them wanted to know if the mall was open. When I turned the Customer Service desk lights on at 10:00 the mall was eerily quiet, and I could see several stores that were still dark. Foot traffic picked up as the day wore on, but it was still a fraction of what it would be on a normal day.
The majority of the phone calls today were from people who wanted to know if the mall was open. My answer was 'yes', but I'd ask them if they had a particular store in mind. If I didn't know that store's status I'd suggest they phone there before they came. A couple of calls were from parents who just wanted to have a place for their children to run around in, and a handful from disgruntled store employees wanting to know if the mall was closing early or if they'd have to come into work.
My replacement relies on the light rail transit system to get to work. I'd heard the trains were running slow, but he showed up right on time for his shift. He clocked in. I clocked out, and wished him a happy evening as I left the mall.
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