If you're ever in a Wal-Mart, and you hear the phrase "CODE RED" at location XXXX and you're not faint of heart, head that way for some good spectacle.
CODE RED is for a fire. And we had us a genuine CODE RED on Sunday morning.
The girl on register 10 was going ganbusters and there were people everywhere - as it always is on Sunday mornings at a Wal-Mart. She's scanning and sacking when the old lady who is just starting to put her stuff on the belt starts screaming.
"YOUR REGISTER IS ON FIRE. YOUR REGISTER IS ON FIRE."
The place got deathly still and everyone wanted a good gawk. I wanted to see flames coming off the keyboard or something. The girl trying to beat out a stubborn blaze with her blue Wal-Mart smock or something. Nothing so dramatic.
It wasn't even the register. It was her check machine and printer. Apparently, from what we can figure out, it had gotten really dirty and then a piece of paper had jammed up in there. Some little wheel started grinding and it had gotten really hot and was smoking a little bit.
No flames. No fire. No fire extinguiser. No hot firefighters. Just a little smoke. Someone changed the printer out and the girl kept on ringing. The old woman kicked up a fuss and she had to wait maybe five minutes.
It was still kind of funny though.
Here's other good information.
CODE WHITE is an injury.
CODE ADAM is a lost child
CODE ORANGE is chemical spill
There are other codes for a shooting/firearm, a hostage and severe weather. If you hear BLACK, GREEN or BLUE, it might be a good plan to run the other way. I forget the exact order. I think BLACK is shooting, GREEN is hostage and BLUE is severe weather.