Clutching their Kohl's shopping bags, Ellen and
Kay woefully gazed down at a dead cat in the mall parking lot.
Obviously a recent hit..no flies, no smell.. What business could
that poor kitty have had here?' murmured Ellen..'
'Come on, Ellen, let's just go...'
But Ellen had already grabbed her shopping bag
and was explaining, 'I'll just put my things in your bag, and then
I'll use this tissue....'
She dumped her purchases into Kay's bag and then
used the tissue paper to cradle and lower the former feline into her
own Kohl's bag and cover it.
They continued the short trek to the car in
silence, stashing their goods in the trunk. But it occurred to both
of them that if they left Ellen's burial bag in the trunk, warmed by
the Texas sunshine while they ate, Kay's Lumina would soon lose that
They decided to leave the bag on top of the
trunk, and they headed over to K & W Cafeteria.
They went through the serving line and sat down
at a window table. They had a view of Kay's Chevy with the Kohl's
bag still on the trunk.
BUT not for long! As they ate, they noticed a big
woman in a red gingham shirt stroll by their car.. She looked
quickly this way and that, and then took the Kohl's bag without
breaking stride. She quickly walked out of their line of vision. Kay
and Ellen shot each other a wide-eyed look of amazement.
It all happened so fast that neither of them
could think how to respond. 'Can you imagine?' finally sputtered
Ellen. 'The nerve of that woman!' Kay sympathized with Ellen, but
inwardly a laugh was building as she thought about the grand
surprise awaiting the female thief.
Just when she thought she'd have to giggle into
her napkin, she noticed Ellen's eyes freeze in the direction of the
serving line. Following her gaze, Kay recognized the big woman in
the red gingham shirt with the Kohl's bag hanging from her arm. She
was brazenly pushing her tray toward the cashier.
Helplessly they watched the scene unfold:
After leaving the register, the woman settled at
a table across from theirs, put the bag on an empty chair and began
After a few bites of baked whitefish and green
beans, she casually lifted the bag into her lap to survey her
treasure. Looking from side to side, but not far enough to notice
her rapt audience three tables over, she pulled out the tissue paper
and peered into the bag.
Her eyes widened, and she began to make a sort of
gasping noise. The noise grew. The bag slid from her lap as she sank
to the floor, wheezing and clutching her upper chest. The beverage
cart attendant quickly recognized a customer in trouble and sent the
busboy to call 911, while she administered the Heimlich maneuver.
A crowd quickly gathered that did not include
Ellen and Kay, who remained riveted to their chairs for seven whole
minutes until the ambulance arrived. In a matter of minutes, the big
woman with the red gingham shirt emerged, still gasping, and
securely strapped on a gurney.
Two well-trained EMT volunteers steered her to
the waiting ambulance, while a third scooped up her belongings. The
last they saw of the distressed cat-burglar was as she disappeared
behind the ambulance doors................the Kohl's Bag perched on
God does take care of those who do bad things!
AND once in a while...He allows us to witness!