A hard day at the office

I might have expected something like this on Black Friday, but not on the following Monday:

An employee of Walmart in Ada faces felony charges after allegedly setting two fires in the bathrooms at work Monday morning.

Police say Lois Smith, 49, lit a fire in the trash can of the women’s bathroom and lit another fire in the trash can of the men’s bathroom.

Says the police spokesperson:

“[W]hen confronted she said that yes she had done it, that she was stressed out at her job and was upset so she started the fires.”

There are four degrees of arson in this state; this will be at most second-degree. (First-degree requires that the structure burned be an actual residence, and that it be 85% destroyed.)


  1. McGehee »

    4 December 2014 · 1:17 pm

    I’ve been stressed out and upset. Never occurred to me that setting a fire in a wastebasket would ameliorate either of those things. I’d be all, “Oh c@rp, I’ve just set fire in a wastebasket and everybody’s looking at me like I’m some kind of unstable person.”

    And if I were the sort of person who would set fire in a wastebasket to feel less stressed and less upset, I might also be the sort of person who would sole the everybody’s-looking-at-me problem with gunfire.

    And that’s when things would get out of control.

  2. fillyjonk »

    4 December 2014 · 3:37 pm

    Yeah, what McGehee said.

    Then again, I’ve never worked at a Wal-mart, and the level of stress I feel after shopping there when they’re busy would probably be 100X worse if I were working there and having to “serve” those people.

    But still, yeah, setting fire to a trash can seems pretty unproductive.

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