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Kate Torgovnick
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Love for the Piggly Wiggly.
1 Comment | posted May 08th, 2007 at 04:53 pm by Kate Torgovnick

Today, I had a traumatic writing moment. I had to cut an anecdote that I love, but that has no business being in a book about college cheerleading. So instead of having it disappear into the ether, I’m posting it here because, well, you can’t make this stuff up:

While in Baton Rouge, I stopped at my favorite grocery store chain ever—the Piggly Wiggly. I walked down the brightly lit aisles looking for toothpaste. I found cereal, oranges, mixed nuts, even an entire half aisle dedicated to pig lips and feet (ironic, considering the logo), but I couldn’t find the toothpaste. Finally, an employee rounded the corner in a bright red Piggly Wiggly manager’s smock, and asked in a sweet Southern drawl, “Can I help you find anything?”

“I’m looking for toothpaste?” I said.

“Oh, we keep that locked up,” he replied, his face dead serious.

I thought he was joking, until he walked me to the front of the store to a large metal cage with a sign reading “General Merchandise” across the front. He unlocked the gate with a set of prison guard keys. I walked in, grabbed a tube of Aquafresh, and headed towards the checkout counter. As the cashier rang me up, the manager jangled the keys as he locked the gate behind me.

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  1. katelyn

    san francisco - wal-greens. same thing with soap.

    and razor blades.

    but only with certain wal-greens.

    the ones in the sketchier neighborhoods.

    you can steal the luxuries (mixed nuts, pig’s feet).

    but not the basics.

    life ain’t easy.

    even in the big easy.

    May 9th, 2007 | 6:34 pm

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