On Monday we decided that our food stocks needed to be replenished, so on Tuesday morning we headed off to the local Tesco for some serious shopping.
We had only been there for a few minutes (still in the computer supplies section buying a new DVD/RW unit) when the power went off.
Then it came back as the back-up kicked in. Announcements came over the speakers thanking customers for their patience while the checkouts re-booted (or not in a lot of cases!) and we continued. It was as we reached the salads that I realized all was not right - the display was being stripped by staff as the chillers were not running. I grabbed some before it all went. Then we came to the chiller and freezer sections - and these were starting to be blocked off as they also had no power and the manager wanted to prevent them being opened to keep the temperatures down.
A disaster - how could we re-stock our freezers now?
So we trolled around for a while, getting other stuff while they tried to fix the power.
Eventually the power returned but they made no moves to unblock the aisles, and time was running out - our lift was due soon.
So I did it. I am not proud of it, but there was nothing else for it.
I pushed aside a barrier, went into one of the off-limits aisles and grabbed a load of beef and chicken.
Yes, I stuck my fingers up at The Man and did what I had to do.
Watch out for me on Most Wanted!