The Moral of the Story From the Parking Lot at Target

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The Moral of the Story From the Parking Lot at Target


So we were at Target to look for a gift for an upcoming bridal shower, and once we had made our selection, we headed to the front to check out. It was a Saturday evening and there were lines at every register. So my husband, Charlie, pipes up and says, “I’ll go get the car and bring it around.” This is his way of not having to stand in line…he does it all the time. But he doesn’t SAY that…no...rather, he packages it like he is doing something for me, to make things easier for me.

Well, the car was about 50 steps from the front door (as per usual), so he certainly was not rescuing me from a long hike out to the far end of the parking lot. But this time, his little charade caught up with him, and I came out of the store just in time to see the whole thing unfold.

The car was about four rows deep, and I saw him doing something – I could not tell what – to the driver’s side door. I stood back for a moment to see what would happen, because he had been out there plenty long enough to have gotten the car and pulled up to the curb. But he had not done that…he seemed to be having trouble getting in the car. As soon as I realized this, it also occurred to me that I didn’t remember parking there…I thought we parked on the next aisle a few rows deeper. I scanned the area, and sure enough…there was our car. He was trying to get in the WRONG car! HAHAHAAA!!!

I started walking briskly toward where he was, when I noticed both him and the car rocking up and down! He was trying to manhandle the Corolla! I shouted out to him, “Stop! Charlie! Hold on!”... but he kept on rocking the car. I suddenly became mortified and hurried to within close range and “whisper-shouted,” “STOP IT, you idiot! That’s NOT our car!!!”

He looked up from his obsession and said, “This is our car, Sheila!”

Not only did I feel the need to laugh (he NEVER knows where we're parked…it’s like asking a baboon to go fetch the car…HAHA), but I felt an even stronger need to pee, AND I was so embarrassed I could have crawled under the car. And while I don’t even think anyone actually noticed what was happening, I was embarrassed nonetheless.


This broke the spell, and he slowly looked through the glass to the back window, and it wasn't there…the sticker, that is...of a dragonfly that I have told him a thousand times to look for to know it’s our car. He dropped his head as if to say, “Seriously???” Then, in solemn resignation to his stubbornness, he asked, “Well where is it then?”

Once we got in OUR car and had left the Target parking lot, I LMAO!!! It was SO funny to watch him refuse to give up at something which was obviously never going to work out! After a few minutes of me horse laughing at the poor guy, he got mad at me…which made it even funnier.

Moral of the story: If you are having to rock your car up and down in order to get the door open (when it ordinarily opens with ease), you might be at the wrong car.

Plan of action if this happens to you: Cease and desist the rocking, and move back to the sidewalk and stand still until your wife arrives to escort both of you safely and legally to your car. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT try to think at this point; just move back to the sidewalk and stand still.


(I love you, Charlie!)       ;  )




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Shawna Green
Keller Williams Realty-Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
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lol, too funny!  Thanks for sharing, I needed a good laugh!

Jan 28, 2011 01:41 PM #1
Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
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Too funny. Typical guy. I did a similar thing a few weeks ago, trying to get into a Chrysler that wasn't ours... I even looked in and thought, "why did Aimee take the kid's booster seats out?" Duh.

Jan 28, 2011 02:48 PM #2
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Poor Charlie! That is hilarious! I'm glad the other owners of the "alleged car" weren't around to cause him more grief!

Jan 28, 2011 03:13 PM #3
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Hey Shawna...Glad you enjoyed the story...I wish I had a video of it!

Hey Jason...HaHa! Yep...typical guy. I so enjoy witnessing such things!  : )

Hey Don...Yeah, I am too, although that would have added a whole new level of funny to the situation! I had no idea when I married him that he would be so much fun to laugh at! HAHA!!!

Jan 28, 2011 04:14 PM #4
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

My favorite mistaken identity story involves coming up behind a sister -of a best friend, covering her eye and saying guess who...only to find out it was no one I had ever met.

Jan 29, 2011 12:23 AM #5
Karin Lundeen
Keller Williams Realty - Denver Southlands - Centennial, CO
Realtor Centennial Homes For Sale

Sheila,  Funny, funny, funny...we did a similar thing except the car we thought was ours was not locked and we got in it.  The seat was all jacked up differently, I couldn't find my sunglasses...Oops- wrong car!  LMAO

Jan 29, 2011 01:00 AM #6
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Now that's downright awkward, Steve! I hope someone was there to laugh at it!  : )

Karin...HAHAHA!!! I'll have to tell Charlie about'll make him feel better!  : D

Jan 29, 2011 04:30 AM #7
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Jan 29, 2011 04:38 AM #8
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

I love the moral to the story, good advise!

Jan 29, 2011 07:01 AM #9
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