Dateline: SAINT LOUIS GALLERIA
At around 1:45 p.m. today, pre-holiday shoppers (and, it must be noted, day-job scofflaws) were brought to an abrupt halt in their spending frenzies when all power to about half of the Galleria went out suddenly. The culprit? Fire at The Cheesecake Factory (probably too many candles on someone's giant-ass birthday cake, to go with the rest of their giant-ass portions...I mean, really, people: where do you think we get our giant asses??)
You could almost see folks who had been in a shopping haze awaken and think, "Wait, do I really need this?" They staggered out into the rainy day with wallets still intact.
Curiously, the entire western side of the mall was stricken — except for Victoria's Secret. So that's what those Angels are good for...