I’m from southern Louisiana. Down here, you can walk into any grocery store, big box retailer or gas station and purchase liquor. The first time I traveled to Texas for work, I was shocked when I had to go to a liquor store to make a purchase. I thought this wasn’t normal, until I told the store clerk. She looked at me and said, “Y’all just live in one big party down there!” Not really the case, but I can see the confusion. It was in this liquor store that I had some fun with a bottle lock.
I was traveling for work around the beginning of December one year. It was our annual holiday party and all the regional LP managers flew into our home office to get together, celebrate the year and sit in on some pretty boring meetings. One of the highlights of the trip was the annual secret Santa gift exchange. There was an unwritten rule that the gifts had to be of an alcoholic nature. In the office that day, I happened to pull the name of our Vice President. It was going to be a fun time…
I found myself back in that same liquor store later that night. I knew he was a scotch man, so I was looking for something that I thought he would like. I found a bottle and brought it to the checkout. The scotch was secured with an Alpha Easy Bottle lock. After the cashier accepted my money, she began to remove the bottle lock. I stopped her and asked if I could keep it. She looked at me, very confused and asked why. I told her my plan was to pull a nice prank on my company’s Vice President. She was unsure what to make of my request, so she called over a manager, who after laughing hysterically at my idea, let me leave with the bottle, still secured. He wished me luck and let me know that he had a stocker position open should my boss not find it as amusing as I did.
The time had finally come to exchange gifts, and I seriously could not wait until he opened it. So the party was underway and everyone was exchanging and opening gifts. Except the VP. He had the liquor in his possession, but for some unknown reason, didn’t open it. I was a bit let down. I really thought it would be a hit. A few weeks after our trip I received an email from our VP. It was tilted “a few items to address” and it copied the entire department. When I opened the email, I nearly fell out of my chair. It was a picture of him with a very sad look on his face, holding the bottle of scotch, still secured with a bottle lock. Absolutely priceless.
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