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Great Iced Tea Incident of 2010

Where were you when Neil and Buzz walked on the moon? Where were you when the attacks on 9/11 happened?

Where were you when the Great Iced Tea Incident of 2010 went down?

The cashiers at QT execute multiple checkouts with military precision.

The cashiers at QT execute multiple checkouts with military precision.

It happened at the QT on University, near 52nd Street in Tempe. Chad, Todd and I walked in for our daily refills of iced tea (unsweetened) and possibly other stuff. After I filled the cup up with the first ingredient, iced (that’s not a typo, btw), I went to fill the cup with the second ingredient, tea.

But the well was dry.

Another lady said, “Yep, it’s empty, but I think they’re making more.”

Another woman was all like, “What? No unsweetened iced tea?”

“But I don’t want any pop,” says Chad Saddoris, like an Iowan.

“Ugh, really?” said holySmith!.

At that point, the panic started to set in for us. It was like we weren’t going to have our iced tea for the day. The sense of loss was really starting to swell up inside me, almost to the point of tears. So, in order to help cope with the devastation, we resorted to humor.

Chad was like, “well I guess the price of iced tea’s going to skyrocket now.”

And holySmith! was all, “Yep, now that it’s in demand here at the QT, iced tea’s going to start going for $100 per barrel and we’re going to be paying out the backside for it.”

Then some other people said stuff.

The Iced Tea that almost never was.

The Iced Tea that almost never was.

And finally, the nice girl at the QT had the fresh iced tea machine brewing again. It was only a short wait because that machine magically brews iced tea in seconds. Naturally, we let the two nice ladies fill their iced teas first, because we’re good, Midwest boys like that. Then holySmith! filled his, then Chad filled his. Todd wasn’t having iced tea today. He was just there to get trail mix and be our chauffeur.

And as we walked back out to our shaded parking spot, next to the gas pump, we all reflected on the trials and tribulations that we experienced that day at the QT.

Take time today to reflect on where you were. And never forget the almost tragedy that was the Great Iced Tea Incident of 2010.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Todd September 2, 2010, 1:34 pm

    What holySmith! neglected to mention was how infuriated I was to be forced to wait for their lame iced-tea-drinking asses, having to loiter outside the QT for an hour and a half, trail mix in hand. Luckily, there were a few QT cuties wandering about, or I’d have abandoned those inconsiderate douchebags instantly.

    • Todd September 2, 2010, 2:16 pm

      And by “inconsiderate douchebags” I mean “seriously inconvenienced, heroic QT spelunkers”.

  • Jeley September 2, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Jeley was partaking in chorizo, eggs, and potatoes at Harlow’s.

    Weirdly enough, as I was filling a tortilla with delicious breakfast vittles I could have sworn I felt a disturbance in the force. Not like an “Oh Fuck! Alderaanians just all screamed out at once and then were suddenly silenced.”, but more like “damn dude, did you hear that?..This chorizo is making my stomach want to punch me in the throat.”

    I chocked it up to greasy, spicy pig lips and anus, but still had that bad feeling that something had gone seriously wrong. Now I know that I have a 6th Tea Sense. I am going to quit my job and become a guru.

  • Jeff Martin September 3, 2010, 8:01 am

    “like an Iowan”. Heh. Somehow I lost calling carbonated beverages Pop even though I did so for the first 17 years of my life. (Yes even when I was just born).

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