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Your mom taught you to lift the lid to check for cracked or broken eggs when buying them. The cashier at the check out always seems to open the top to double check for you.
Tonight I stopped for eggs at Kwik Trip in Two Harbors. I took a dozen eggs from the cooler, opened the lid and looked inside. The eggs were fine, but the act of checking them seemed so routine and mundane. I thought, there has to be a way to make egg inspections more fun.
I had an idea and got twelve of my buddies to go along with it - to help me pull a little prank.
There was a gal putting burritos in the warmer. She had a black marker clipped to the front of her apron. “Excuse me. Could I borrow your Sharpie?” I asked. “Sure.” She said handing me the writing device.
She stood there shaking her head in disbelief while watching me. “Don’t worry,” I assured her, “I’m buying these.” “You Are now!“ she said.
I took my place in line. When it was my turn, I stepped up to the counter handing the egg carton to the clerk, Sandy. “Did you check the eggs?” She asked. “What do you mean?” I replied acting quite naive. She checked them for me.
When she lifted the lid, her eyes nearly popped out of her head. She looked shocked, to say the least! Then made a snorting noise and started laughing. “What the...how the...did you do this?” She asked. “Did I do what?” I responded innocently.
Together we shared a good laugh. Two customers behind me stretched their necks to see what was going on, then joined in the laughter.
Sandy asked, “Did Joan see this? Don’t go away, Joan has to see this.” Then Sandy talked into the secret microphone, “Joan, can you come up front please.” Joan started laughing as well.
I took a picture of the eggs, to share with you. Of course there’s always that one guy in every group photo who blinked and had his eyes closed when the shutter snapped. Oh well.
You can see a few of the eggs are winking at the cashier. One of them was saying “Hubba hubba!” Another “Hey good lookin’.” One egg even whistled at her. Oh my. They were all carrying on, but how else would you expect them to behave? Even the sign in the store warns the customers: “Fresh eggs.”
It was all fun. I hope you see the humor - frankly the whole thing cracks me up.
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