This Is Why I Shop Online: Episode #10: “Sinkholes”

Oh, where to begin? When it comes to becoming a victim of a sinkhole, my view was, “That only happens to other people.” Yeah, I wish. Man, was I wrong on that one. (For more info on sinkholes, check out

I had just ordered a killer wireless sound system but the subwoofer was on backorder. But, impatient fool that I am, I couldn’t wait and headed out to buy one after canceling my order online. Big mistake.

So, off to the nearest Fry’s I went. As I was driving there, I remembered that there was a little taco stand across the street from Fry’s that had excellent fish tacos.

I decided that I’d go there first, get some lunch, then walk across the street and buy my speaker. Hmm, I thought, good thing I decided to take this trip. Wrong. I should have just made some at home using this recipe.

I ate my tacos, walked over to Fry’s and began browsing for my subwoofer. It didn’t take long before I realized that I had no way of knowing whether the speaker I chose would be compatible with my system or not. I asked a helpful Fry’s expert who told me he didn’t know either. Great. Rather than make an expensive mistake, I decided to just re-order the one that was on backorder.

Even though I had gotten to eat some great fish tacos, I didn’t want to go back home empty-handed, so I bought a Portable Hard Drive, which I had been planning on getting anyway. Hooray!

I headed back across the street to my car and saw something very similar to this:

Evidently, a water main break had broke, causing a sinkhole to form behind the taco stand and directly under my car. What are the odds? Astronomical, I’m sure, yet it happened.

Long story short, my insurance did cover it. I called a taxi and went back home to reorder my original subwoofer online, cursing my misfortune. But I have to admit that in some weird way, part of me thought it was kind of cool that my car got swallowed by a sinkhole.

All in all, this is how my little adventure worked out:

Cost of Going Out to Shop:

  • Gas: $5.00
  • Fish Tacos: $7.99
  • Portable Hard Drive: $129.99
  • Taxi: $22.00

Cost of Shopping Online:

  • Nothing – I had already paid for the subwoofer anyway.

In conclusion, my impatience murdered my car. Idiot! Oh, when will I learn? Get it through your head, self – Shop Online Every Time!

Please read more in this series by checking out my whole “This Is Why I Shop Online” litany of horror stories.

By: Peter

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