Macon is a place where strange things happen, and most people can tell you a story about the weirdest thing they ever saw.
Everett Verner saw it on his lunch break while sitting outside the Cox Capitol Theatre. It was Friday, Nov. 16, 2007.
“Out of nowhere, women started flying, running, like bumping into each other out of the front doors” of the theater, Verner recalled.
The women were wearing what he calls “ugly teacher vests.” He later learned there was a teachers event at the theater.
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“They all started running across the street, stopping cars with their hands.”
Other people began streaming onto Second Street from neighboring blocks, creating a “flash mob” of sorts in front of the former Karla’s Shoe Boutique.
Then, a fancy car pulled up to the store -- and Oprah Winfrey jumped out.
“This mob parted as if it were the Red Sea for Moses, and Oprah just slowly moseyed into Karla’s and disappeared behind the mob that closed in behind her.”
But Verner never even got up from his chair.
“Running from two blocks away just to catch one glimpse of Oprah from 10 feet away didn’t seem like a very worthwhile endeavor or a reason to run in front of traffic,” he said.
“But you know, to each his own.”