They locked all the patrons in for two hours. People were just wandering around in the dark bumping into each other, and my mom was really scared that someone would try to mug her or something. They refused to open the doors for fear of shoplifters.
My mom had parked her car by the garden entrance of the Super Wal-Mart, but they wouldn't let her out that door when the lights came back on; she had to run through the rain and lightning all the way across the lot and by the time she got there, she was soaked. My mom has a disability and she's not supposed to stand for more than an hour at a time on her right ankle, so what with the two hours wandering around (all the seats were taken that were available and my mom was too shy to ask someone to give one up) and running through the rain, by the time she got back her ankle was swollen up really badly and she could barely walk on it.
I insisted this must have been illegal, the equivilent of kidnapping, but everyone I know says it's just what happens when the power goes out like that. Does anyone know?