Anyways, I'm here today to talk to you about.. something extremely embarrassing. In fact, when I did my most embarrassing moments post, I completely forgot to include this. I don't know how I could forget it though because it was one of the most mortifying moments in my life. Why am I sharing it with you if it's that embarrassing, you might ask? Because it's Monday and I'm sure most people could use a laugh at my expense, I don't mind :-)
So anyways, let's set the scene: I'm a brand new freshman in college (as in, I think it was still August and I don't even know if classes had really started yet), and an older acquaintance of mine who I knew from home was making a Walmart run. Well given that I didn't have a car and needed some supplies, I tagged along.
18 year old me
On the way there, his other friend and he decided they were hungry and wanted to stop at McDonalds. We all get out of the car and immediately we hear a loud noise. "Is that your car alarm?" I asked him. He answered, "My car doesn't even have power locks, no way does it have a car alarm." Alriiiiighty then, well we were in the city and there were lots of cars around so I just shrugged and figured it must be one of them.
With no more thought given to the sound, we walk into the McDonalds and hear the same noise again, only 20 times louder. Welp, that was where the noise was coming from, I assumed their fire alarm was going off because someone had opened an emergency exit door or something...
Except no. No no no. As soon as we walked through the door every single person in the McDonalds stopped what they were doing and stared at us. And when I say stared, I mean full-blown, who-the-eff-do-you-think-you-are-STARED. We were a little weirded out and figured we set off some alarm when we walked in the door, but whatever, someone would turn it off right?
Wrong. We walked up to the counter and stood there and waited to be served (meanwhile, the alarm is screeching AS LOUD AS YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE), but everyone just kept staring at us. Finally one of the guys I was with was like, "excuse me? Aren't you going to ask us what we want?" And the employee was like, "uhh no? That noise didn't start til you came in.. what the hell is going on with you guys?"
We were visibly annoyed at this point. The guys explained that there is no way we could have made that noise happen, told the employee they needed to get their alarm system under control and figure it out. The employees explained that their alarm system did NOT sound like the terrible screeching noise echoing off every wall of the building. They asked us to check our cell phones and make sure nothing we had with us was making that noise. We were like "okayyyy" and rolled our eyes, irritated.
I checked my phone and threw it back in my purse, then smacked the side of my purse to be like "See? Not me?" Except that when I did that THE NOISE STOPPED. Sweet relief (for me and everyone in the store) but yup, the noise had been coming from me all along. I could have died. Right there. On that spot. Just melted in a puddle like the Wicked Witch of the West: "What a world, what a world!"
The employees gave us a look like "told ya so," and I begged the boys to leave, but they wanted to eat and so eat they did while I sat there like Hester Prynne with a big scarlet letter on my chest, everyone staring and whispering about me.
When we finally got to the car, the boys finally asked me what in the heck made that noise. I was still at a loss, so I dug through my purse and lo and behold, it was a rape alarm, similar to this one found here. The description says, in part, "The ear splitting noise is 130 decibels and sounds like a bit like a car alarm." Well yea, I'll vouch for that!!
Dad had given it to me when I worked at a rest stop and I never used it (thus the reason I wasn't aware what it sounded like). I conveniently left it at home when I went away to college. Apparently not though, because my Dad found it and stuck it in my purse and I didn't realize. So when we got out of the car that day, the pin that engaged the alarm came loose in my purse and set it off. When we went inside the McDonald's it became all that much louder because of the confined space. When I hit the side of my purse, the pin must have gone back in and stopped the noise. Super awesome.
So thanks Dad for pretty much getting me banned from McDonalds, haha. Okay I'm not actually banned but I can bet you money that any employee who had been working that day would remember, because honestly, how could you forget that?! Needless to say, that alarm was removed from my purse, though it probably would have actually been a decent defense given the looks of shock people gave me that day in McDonalds!
The moral of the story? Check your purse before you go to McDonalds...
P.S. I'm involved in a great giveaway for a $165 Ulta or Sephora gift card with Chelsea at Southern Beauty Guide! May the odds be ever in your favor :-)