During power outage, Market Street customers check out for free - FOX34 Lubbock

During power outage, Market Street customers check out for free

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A two-vehicle crash at 103rd Street and Indiana Avenue Sunday afternoon caused a power outage in parts of south Lubbock. This includes FOX34; our broadcast was interrupted for a couple hours.

Lubbock Fire Rescue reports one vehicle hit a utility poles. Live wires fell onto the vehicle, trapping the driver inside. The power was cut to the area to safely remove that person.

We are told there are no serious injuries. The downed lines also caused several small fires, which were put out by passers-by, using fire extinguishers. 

The power also went out at Market Street, about a mile west of the wreck. 

Instead of making customers wait until power was restored, or making them put their groceries back, management decided to give shoppers an early Christmas present, of sorts. The customers left with their groceries, without having to pay for them.

"We just wanted to make sure we took care of our guests," store director Allen Smith said. "You know, it was right after church, we had the church rush. It was busy. We wanted to make sure that we got them out of there. So we just decided it was one of those deals where you had to just decide in a quick moment what to do.

"So you just look back at what you're trained to do and do what you think is best... and that's to take care of our guests at all costs."

Smith said it probably cost the store thousands of dollars in groceries, but, he says, it's worth it to serve their customers.

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