After walking every aisle numerous times, camping out near the automated check-out, and even calling the Canadian tire customer service line, only to be put on hold, searchers of a Canadian Tire in Kitchener are close to losing hope they’ll ever find someone, anyone who works there. And have long since given up on finding the D–cell batteries they entered the store hoping to purchase.
“I’m exhausted,” admits one customer, warming his hands by a backyard heater, too tired to notice the display model isn’t connected to a fuel source. “It’s been three days, and all I’ve eaten were sausages from that guy out front, which were delicious by the way. My wife said forget the batteries, but I don’t know how can she even think like that when clearly there are people missing. Someone must work in this store, surely. And they might be injured, or lost, and in need of rescue.”
Another man – who originally came in looking for a tire pressure gauge before getting roped into the largest search operation at this Canadian Tire location since last week, when forty people waited at the automotive desk while the only manager on duty went to Cancun for his afternoon break – says he does’t know what day it is anymore.
“Early on there were sightings of guys in red shirts disappearing in the distance, but now it’s just us customers, wandering around in this land of the midnight fluorescent lights, wondering how we’re going to tell the parents of the people that must have once worked here that they are gone. Forever.
Waterloo Regional Police say they are following multiple leads on the evolving situation, but aren’t optimistic.
“While we are aware there’s a lot more to Canadian Tire than tires,” a spokesperson for the force says, reading a prepared statement, “One of those things is apparently not easily locatable sales associates. We expect this search to continue until we lose interest or find the item we wanted on our own. In our case that is pine-scented air fresheners for our cruisers. You haven’t seen those by any chance have you?”