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Monday, July 25, 2005

There Go My Plans for Friday Night

My favorite news item from the weekend:

Wal-Mart has ditched a program that helped single shoppers find love in the discount store's aisles.

Officials at Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., ordered their Roanoke store to put an end to Singles Shopping, the only program of its kind at Wal-Mart's U.S. stores.

Taking a cue from Wal-Marts in Germany, the month-old program encouraged customers on Friday evenings to pick up a red bow they could place on their shopping carts as an invitation to other singles. "Flirt points" were set up in various sections of the store.

A Wal-Mart spokesman declined to comment on the reason behind the program's cancellation.

On a related note, the so-called "Social Safeway" up in Georgetown is supposedly a place to meet singles in DC. Who are these people who flirt with strangers while out doing their shopping?