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20 Nov 2012 12:08 AM   |   11849 clicks   |   Charlotte Observer
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Lsherm    [TotalFark]  
At Harris Teeter prices, they probably could have afforded to do that for a month.

This is like a Bugatti dealership handing out free gas for a test drive.

19 Nov 2012 09:19 PM
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MrJesus     

Lsherm: At Harris Teeter prices, they probably could have afforded to do that for a month.

This is like a Bugatti dealership handing out free gas for a test drive.


Really? Maybe it's because of my NJ roots, but I find the Teets to be about average. Certainly less than Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.. maybe slightly above Publix and definitely below the Pig.

I'd only call them "pricey" compared to a shiathole like Walmart, Bi-Lo, or Food Lion.

20 Nov 2012 12:11 AM
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UsikFark    [TotalFark]  
Sorry, farkers, they probably can't give out free alcohol.

20 Nov 2012 12:13 AM
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fusillade762    [TotalFark]  
"Free you say? I just realized I forgot a couple things..."

20 Nov 2012 12:15 AM
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onlyadistraction     
omfg

20 Nov 2012 12:16 AM
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Fubini     
I was at a Michael's not too long ago and their "computers were down." This meant that they couldn't process any transactions, including cash-only.

Why they couldn't write this stuff down, I don't know. At the time I was more bemused than anything, but now it seems more like a failure of our society.

20 Nov 2012 12:16 AM
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GoodyearPimp     

Fubini: I was at a Michael's not too long ago and their "computers were down." This meant that they couldn't process any transactions, including cash-only.

Why they couldn't write this stuff down, I don't know. At the time I was more bemused than anything, but now it seems more like a failure of our society.


Wait. Are you expecting cashiers to do... simple math?

20 Nov 2012 12:18 AM
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ladyfortuna     
I don't know what a 'Harris Teeter' is, but that's how you keep the customers happy, and also keep them as customers.

20 Nov 2012 12:20 AM
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Cyrus the Mediocre    [TotalFark]  
But will they still give me funny looks when I buy my dozen cucumbers and vaseline?

20 Nov 2012 12:20 AM
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wildcardjack     
Lets see... Sunday morning crowd. In Dallas that's the smart people getting a few things before the churches let out, but I don't know the mix in NJ. But about 60 shoppers with and average cart of $150 or less and they're out less than nine grand.

Now they go and ask for a recompense from who ever made the computer glitch. Heck, this might even be covered by some sort of insurance product.

/My gym is packed with heathens at 10am on Sunday mornings.

20 Nov 2012 12:21 AM
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7th Son of a 7th Son     
pzrservices.typepad.com 

Seen loading up a cart of Cheesy Poofs

20 Nov 2012 12:23 AM
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OhioUGrad     

GoodyearPimp: Fubini: I was at a Michael's not too long ago and their "computers were down." This meant that they couldn't process any transactions, including cash-only.

Why they couldn't write this stuff down, I don't know. At the time I was more bemused than anything, but now it seems more like a failure of our society.

Wait. Are you expecting cashiers to do... simple math?


Not too long ago when I worked in retail, if a register went out, I would get out an old fashioned sales receipt and a calculator (if there was one), and we would take cash and checks.....and there ya go. Guess all those years of math did not go to waste.

20 Nov 2012 12:23 AM
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Linkster    [TotalFark]  
Customer Service, this is how it works! Eat a profit little now, customer for LIFE!

20 Nov 2012 12:24 AM
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yousaywut     

wildcardjack: Lets see... Sunday morning crowd. In Dallas that's the smart people getting a few things before the churches let out, but I don't know the mix in NJ. But about 60 shoppers with and average cart of $150 or less and they're out less than nine grand.

Now they go and ask for a recompense from who ever made the computer glitch. Heck, this might even be covered by some sort of insurance product.

/My gym is packed with heathens at 10am on Sunday mornings.


So? even if they get some kind of insurance payback for the loss the company still stepped up and made the computer failure right. That is what should be done and I just wish it wasn't "news" but there we are.

20 Nov 2012 12:27 AM
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Happy Hours     
SouthPark resident David Coburn arrived around 11 a.m. at the grocery store for his weekly shopping. Nearly an hour later, Coburn headed to the checkout lane to discover a large line had built up.

Huh? It takes some people that long to shop?

I probably spend about 15-20 minutes in the grocery store and that includes checking out. Maybe it's because I know what I want and I know where to find it. I keep my shopping list in my head. I have a set pattern that I follow through the store. As I pass aisles I ask myself if there's anything I need down there. If there's not I don't go down that aisle.

How can people spend that much time in a store?

I guess it helps that I usually shop anywhere from midnight to 5 AM so I don't have to deal with other customers but that is sometimes tempered by the fact that it's when they restock and clean the floors,

I did run into a problem once when their POS software was being updated. That was a drag.. I left my cart at the register and wandered around for about 30 minutes. They did not give me my shiat for free. I spent the last 5-10 minutes watching as files were uploaded and installed. You'd think a store like WalMart would have a better method for updating their POS system, but they don't.

20 Nov 2012 12:27 AM
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Kraftwerk Orange     

MrJesus: Lsherm: At Harris Teeter prices, they probably could have afforded to do that for a month.

This is like a Bugatti dealership handing out free gas for a test drive.

Really? Maybe it's because of my NJ roots, but I find the Teets to be about average. Certainly less than Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.. maybe slightly above Publix and definitely below the Pig.

I'd only call them "pricey" compared to a shiathole like Walmart, Bi-Lo, or Food Lion.


I agree, the Hairy Titty is generally quite reasonable. Especially when they sell gas cards at 20% off - that promotion has been running nearly a year now. Hands down, I'd rather shop there than either our Piggly Wiggly or the Food Lion down the street. HT = better quality, better selection, and better sales (buy two get three free).

20 Nov 2012 12:27 AM
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The Southern Dandy     
As a free market republican, I would've monetized their waiting around and charged them rent while they waited.

Giving away free food is SOSHULIZUM!!!!

20 Nov 2012 12:32 AM
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Kraftwerk Orange     
Sorry, that should be "buy three get two free" sales at the Hairy Peter.

Love that place, but I might have had one too many Gulden Draaks before posting.

20 Nov 2012 12:32 AM
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KarimiSoup     
I drive by Harris Teeter at least twice a week. It's on my way to Wegmans.

20 Nov 2012 12:32 AM
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cyberspacedout     
For the next 40 minutes, he stood in line with other customers as Harris Teeter workers served them samples of turkey and ham subs, pimento cheese crackers and sushi rolls.

Bravo, subby, we finally have a correctly used Hero tag.

20 Nov 2012 12:32 AM
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wildcardjack     

Happy Hours: How can people spend that much time in a store?


Because the other half is wrangling the kids for a change. I agree with you, and hit my short list of wants as quickly as possible most of the time. But I remember shopping with my mother when I was a child and we went up and down every aisle as she went through her bin of coupons.

/Hey mom, guess why we're fat. You bought every carb and fat laden item they printed a coupon for.
//I didn't know there were vegetables other than lettuce until after I moved out on my own.

20 Nov 2012 12:33 AM
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Happy Hours     

fusillade762: "Free you say? I just realized I forgot a couple things..."


No shiat - I usually spend about $40-50 every time I shop for groceries. If I realized it was free I think I'd leave with about 4 times that amount. Yeah, how much more lobster do you have? Just the 30 pounds in my cart? Okay, what about steak and Alaskan king crab?

Can't hit the booze aisle in the grocery stores here - it's all 3.2 beer and they're not even allowed to sell it after midnight which is when I usually shop. 3.2 beer is evil Worst concoction ever.

20 Nov 2012 12:33 AM
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Soupysales    [TotalFark]  
FTA: SouthPark resident David Coburn arrived around 11 a.m. at the grocery store for his weekly shopping. Nearly an hour later...

Coburn estimated the value of his groceries was about $110.


If he was really there for an hour for $110 worth of groceries, I hate this guy. He's either wandering the aisles on his phone, telling the deli person that "no, I'd like the non-fat free-range turkey sliced a little bit thinner. That's ok, I guess, but maybe just a scootch thinner.", or fondling the produce like it's his goddamn fetish.

20 Nov 2012 12:38 AM
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Silentbob768768     
Prior to the hurricane I was responsible or prep at a retailer in the Hudson Valley NY. We have a back up system prepared to use hand written tickets and receipts for sales if the power goes out and our generator isn't running at full power (even at about half power our registers will work the biggest concern is the reboot when the generator kicks over). Reviewing this program with the cashiers was mind blowing...they were dumbfounded at the idea of doing everything by hand, quite a few did not understand...I even got calculators for them...it made me weep for the future.

20 Nov 2012 12:39 AM
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hbk72777     

MrJesus: Lsherm: At Harris Teeter prices, they probably could have afforded to do that for a month.

This is like a Bugatti dealership handing out free gas for a test drive.

Really? Maybe it's because of my NJ roots, but I find the Teets to be about average. Certainly less than Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.. maybe slightly above Publix and definitely below the Pig.

I'd only call them "pricey" compared to a shiathole like Walmart, Bi-Lo, or Food Lion.


I'm moved here from Long Island, and Harris Teeter is farking expensive. 4 digits for cold cuts, $18 lb for Locatelli grated cheese etc. Thier sale stuff is alright, but "regular" priced items are better bought at BJ's

20 Nov 2012 12:40 AM
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rockforever     

Fubini: I was at a Michael's not too long ago and their "computers were down." This meant that they couldn't process any transactions, including cash-only.

Why they couldn't write this stuff down, I don't know. At the time I was more bemused than anything, but now it seems more like a failure of our society.


It's because they take inventory through their computer system, not because their cashiers couldn't do simple math.

I hope you were there making a giant sign telling kids to get off your lawn.

20 Nov 2012 12:41 AM
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KrispyKritter    [TotalFark]  

Cyrus the Mediocre: But will they still give me funny looks when I buy my dozen cucumbers and vaseline?


funny looks? admiring glances is more like it!

/i wanna party with you, madman

20 Nov 2012 12:42 AM
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Fano    [TotalFark]  
"Dear Consumerist, I never thought this would happen to me but..."

20 Nov 2012 12:46 AM
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Silentbob768768     

rockforever: Fubini: I was at a Michael's not too long ago and their "computers were down." This meant that they couldn't process any transactions, including cash-only.

Why they couldn't write this stuff down, I don't know. At the time I was more bemused than anything, but now it seems more like a failure of our society.

It's because they take inventory through their computer system, not because their cashiers couldn't do simple math.

I hope you were there making a giant sign telling kids to get off your lawn.


We take inventory entirely through our computer system and we can take hand written orders with no power...you just process them when you have power..jussayin

20 Nov 2012 12:47 AM
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wingnut396     

wildcardjack: Lets see... Sunday morning crowd. In Dallas that's the smart people getting a few things before the churches let out, but I don't know the mix in NJ. But about 60 shoppers with and average cart of $150 or less and they're out less than nine grand.

Now they go and ask for a recompense from who ever made the computer glitch. Heck, this might even be covered by some sort of insurance product.

/My gym is packed with heathens at 10am on Sunday mornings.


Best time to shop groceries here is Sunday before 10. Bestest time is when there is an LSU home game. Farking roads are even deserted.

20 Nov 2012 12:47 AM
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Happy Hours     

Kraftwerk Orange: Especially when they sell gas cards at 20% off - that promotion has been running nearly a year


Free clue for you - if they regularly sell gas cards at 20% off, the price at the pump has already been adjusted to take that into account.

I get gas discount points where I usually shop, but the catch is they don't sell gas there. If I want to take advantage of that, I have to drive down the interstate to a different town which I generally try to avoid.

Oh, and for all of you people who complain about shopper loyalty cards, you don't have to give your real name. As far as they know, my name is Bart Simpson and I'm sure they don't care. They aren't interested in me in particular. They're interested in aggregating data for as many customers as they can. Hopefully they're putting that data to good use. It's the old beer and diapers lesson - not that I buy diapers and I don't buy beer at the grocery store, but I'm sure they've already figured out why and the liquor store lobby is too powerful in this state to allow real beer sales in grocery stores. Farking 3.2 beer sucks - it should carry a warning label that says "This will not get you drunk".

20 Nov 2012 12:47 AM
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Self_Manifesto     
Damn, I wish I had known about that. Could have gotten free beer for Thanksgiving.

Also, what the fark are you talking about? HT has the same prices as almost every other grocery store in the Charlotte area. Were you disappointed the sliced ham was more than $1.50?

20 Nov 2012 12:50 AM
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AbbeySomeone     

wingnut396: wildcardjack: Lets see... Sunday morning crowd. In Dallas that's the smart people getting a few things before the churches let out, but I don't know the mix in NJ. But about 60 shoppers with and average cart of $150 or less and they're out less than nine grand.

Now they go and ask for a recompense from who ever made the computer glitch. Heck, this might even be covered by some sort of insurance product.

/My gym is packed with heathens at 10am on Sunday mornings.

Best time to shop groceries here is Sunday before 10. Bestest time is when there is an LSU home game. Farking roads are even deserted.


Some states don't allow the sales of booze on Sunday morning IIRC.

20 Nov 2012 12:51 AM
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Jedekai     

The Southern Dandy: As a free market republican, I would've monetized their waiting around and charged them rent while they waited.

Giving away free food is SOSHULIZUM!!!!


I'm a Libertarian. I would've given them the free food and told them, "You are now umpteen dollars richer. Do something nice for someone you don't know, adopt a pound puppy/kitten, go to a museum or gallery, donate it to a church, buy your kids toys, your SO a nice sweater and maybe a Sunday drive. Money makes you only as happy as what you do with it."

20 Nov 2012 12:53 AM
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Happy Hours     

Soupysales: fondling the produce like it's his goddamn fetish.


This is probably the worst thing about grocery shopping. Do you have any idea how many people have handled your produce before you took it home and ate it? I don't. I certainly don't wash my hands before I go through the produce section.I probably pick up twice as many apples as I put in my cart. I wouldn't be surprised if 100 people before me did the same thing. I don't think I take it quite as far as fetishism, but if I see any flaw on a piece of fruit, I'm going to look for another one.

And it doesn't help if it's something like cantaloupe where you don't eat the skin. Your knife still cuts through the surface and transfers all the germs into it as it slices through. I haven't eaten cantaloupe in over a year because I was one of the lucky ones who got hit with listeria. I'm sure it's just as safe as any other fruit now, but the memory still lingers

Eat well fellow farkers...the next listeria/salmonella/whatever outbreak is just around the corner and it could be in anything you buy at the grocery store. Maybe the person who considered that apple you bought had an open cut on their hand and also had hepatitis.

20 Nov 2012 01:05 AM
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Aulus    [TotalFark]  
A few years ago, the Dahl's (local Des Moines area grocery chain) store on Ingersoll had a complete computer failure, affecting the cash registers and the card readers for an hour or so.

They resorted to greeting shoppers at the door with a paper note pad and a crayon, telling them to write down each item and the shelf price and then go through check out, but with checks or cash only. All the check out clerks had calculators and they added the lists up and took the checks or cash. The whole thing worked like a charm. That particular store has always had a loyal customer base and they increased it that day.

20 Nov 2012 01:05 AM
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Randal2477     

Happy Hours: Soupysales: fondling the produce like it's his goddamn fetish.

This is probably the worst thing about grocery shopping. Do you have any idea how many people have handled your produce before you took it home and ate it? I don't. I certainly don't wash my hands before I go through the produce section.I probably pick up twice as many apples as I put in my cart. I wouldn't be surprised if 100 people before me did the same thing. I don't think I take it quite as far as fetishism, but if I see any flaw on a piece of fruit, I'm going to look for another one.

And it doesn't help if it's something like cantaloupe where you don't eat the skin. Your knife still cuts through the surface and transfers all the germs into it as it slices through. I haven't eaten cantaloupe in over a year because I was one of the lucky ones who got hit with listeria. I'm sure it's just as safe as any other fruit now, but the memory still lingers

Eat well fellow farkers...the next listeria/salmonella/whatever outbreak is just around the corner and it could be in anything you buy at the grocery store. Maybe the person who considered that apple you bought had an open cut on their hand and also had hepatitis.


Or the AIDS , don't forget the AIDS.

/heard you can get that from random toilet seats too.......

20 Nov 2012 01:14 AM
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bborchar    [TotalFark]  

Happy Hours: SouthPark resident David Coburn arrived around 11 a.m. at the grocery store for his weekly shopping. Nearly an hour later, Coburn headed to the checkout lane to discover a large line had built up.

Huh? It takes some people that long to shop?

I probably spend about 15-20 minutes in the grocery store and that includes checking out. Maybe it's because I know what I want and I know where to find it. I keep my shopping list in my head. I have a set pattern that I follow through the store. As I pass aisles I ask myself if there's anything I need down there. If there's not I don't go down that aisle.

How can people spend that much time in a store?

I guess it helps that I usually shop anywhere from midnight to 5 AM so I don't have to deal with other customers but that is sometimes tempered by the fact that it's when they restock and clean the floors,

I did run into a problem once when their POS software was being updated. That was a drag.. I left my cart at the register and wandered around for about 30 minutes. They did not give me my shiat for free. I spent the last 5-10 minutes watching as files were uploaded and installed. You'd think a store like WalMart would have a better method for updating their POS system, but they don't.


I usually take about an hour. I shop biweekly, have a list, and have two kids. Checking produce and waiting at the deli, butcher and bakery counters takes up the most time.

20 Nov 2012 01:15 AM
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wombatsrus     

Happy Hours:
Eat well fellow farkers...the next listeria/salmonella/whatever outbreak is just around the corner and it could be in anything you buy at the grocery store. Maybe the person who considered that apple you bought had an open cut on their hand and also had hepatitis.


Stop giving people ideas for mischief.

20 Nov 2012 01:20 AM
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Linkster    [TotalFark]  

Happy Hours: Soupysales: fondling the produce like it's his goddamn fetish.

This is probably the worst thing about grocery shopping. Do you have any idea how many people have handled your produce before you took it home and ate it? I don't. I certainly don't wash my hands before I go through the produce section.I probably pick up twice as many apples as I put in my cart. I wouldn't be surprised if 100 people before me did the same thing. I don't think I take it quite as far as fetishism, but if I see any flaw on a piece of fruit, I'm going to look for another one.

And it doesn't help if it's something like cantaloupe where you don't eat the skin. Your knife still cuts through the surface and transfers all the germs into it as it slices through. I haven't eaten cantaloupe in over a year because I was one of the lucky ones who got hit with listeria. I'm sure it's just as safe as any other fruit now, but the memory still lingers

Eat well fellow farkers...the next listeria/salmonella/whatever outbreak is just around the corner and it could be in anything you buy at the grocery store. Maybe the person who considered that apple you bought had an open cut on their hand and also had hepatitis.


Why you wash your produce BEFORE prep, not completely harmless but better than nothing!

20 Nov 2012 01:22 AM
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debug     

Happy Hours: Soupysales: fondling the produce like it's his goddamn fetish.

This is probably the worst thing about grocery shopping. Do you have any idea how many people have handled your produce before you took it home and ate it? I don't. I certainly don't wash my hands before I go through the produce section.I probably pick up twice as many apples as I put in my cart. I wouldn't be surprised if 100 people before me did the same thing. I don't think I take it quite as far as fetishism, but if I see any flaw on a piece of fruit, I'm going to look for another one.

And it doesn't help if it's something like cantaloupe where you don't eat the skin. Your knife still cuts through the surface and transfers all the germs into it as it slices through. I haven't eaten cantaloupe in over a year because I was one of the lucky ones who got hit with listeria. I'm sure it's just as safe as any other fruit now, but the memory still lingers

Eat well fellow farkers...the next listeria/salmonella/whatever outbreak is just around the corner and it could be in anything you buy at the grocery store. Maybe the person who considered that apple you bought had an open cut on their hand and also had hepatitis.


Most of us are smart enough to wash our farking produce before we eat it or serve it to someone. About the only thing you really can't wash well is a peach. Maybe a tomato, I don't know because I don't eat those disgusting things.

20 Nov 2012 01:29 AM
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panfried     

Aulus: A few years ago, the Dahl's (local Des Moines area grocery chain) store on Ingersoll had a complete computer failure, affecting the cash registers and the card readers for an hour or so.

They resorted to greeting shoppers at the door with a paper note pad and a crayon, telling them to write down each item and the shelf price and then go through check out, but with checks or cash only. All the check out clerks had calculators and they added the lists up and took the checks or cash. The whole thing worked like a charm. That particular store has always had a loyal customer base and they increased it that day.


This..

I couldn't just say thanks for free groceries and walk like I made out like a democrat, while calling all my friends, telling them to make a run on the store. I go shopping expecting to spend X amount on whatever staples I need, I'd sure as shiat pay that amount demanding they'd take the money, or leave and come back when the system was up and running. Those groceries cost the store owner or vendor, they need to be payed for by the end user to complete the supply cycle. I'd had more respect for the store if they showed they could do simple math and took cash rather than take the easy and very expensive way out by not trying at all, hell at least apologize to the customers and ask them to either wait out the storm or come back because your employees where too stupid to operate a calculator or manually check out the basket. We have become too dependent on technology and this is a prime example. Hold manual checkout training, drill the clerks on how to handle a computer/scanner failure. Thats how I'd know you where prepared and had TRAINED employees. THATS what brings me back to a business.

20 Nov 2012 01:34 AM
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Intoxoman     
Whats funny is that store(Morrowcroft) is the Harris Teeter flagship store. It's surrounded by million+ dollar homes. Somehow I doubt that they would be letting that happen in a poorer neighborhood. Though they tend to shut those down anyway (Independence-Sharon Amity?). I used to eat lunch there when we were working close, they had an awesome deli.

20 Nov 2012 01:37 AM
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Head_Shot     

KrispyKritter: Cyrus the Mediocre: But will they still give me funny looks when I buy my dozen cucumbers and vaseline?

funny looks? admiring glances is more like it!

/i wanna party with you, madman


Okay enough. I've seen your posts for years.

You're greened for the "Stripes" reference.

/kindred spirit.

20 Nov 2012 01:41 AM
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Hagenhatesyouall     
Co$t of "free" groceries x X hours = Y

Co$t of national advertising = Z

If Y
Hmmmmm.....

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20 Nov 2012 01:43 AM
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StreetlightInTheGhetto     

GoodyearPimp: Fubini: I was at a Michael's not too long ago and their "computers were down." This meant that they couldn't process any transactions, including cash-only.

Why they couldn't write this stuff down, I don't know. At the time I was more bemused than anything, but now it seems more like a failure of our society.

Wait. Are you expecting cashiers to do... simple math?


I run credit charges for my non profit. Ran them via email @ noon and by 5 they hadn't cleared.

/anecdotal evidece is anecdotal but COME ON

20 Nov 2012 01:45 AM
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Gyrfalcon     

ladyfortuna: I don't know what a 'Harris Teeter' is, but that's how you keep the customers happy, and also keep them as customers.


Ta-da.

Happy customers will come back and you make up in volume and word-of-mouth (via stories like this) whatever minor sales you would have lost by handing out groceries. It's an axiom of retail that every pissed-off customers will tell at least 9 other people about their unhappy experience, and one in ten will tell 20. That's a lot of lost business, even over the short term.

Figure they lost less than $10,000 in groceries; they got about $20,000 in free advertising, plus didn't lose at least 50 customers because of bad press---they made at least $50K over the holidays. Win-win.

20 Nov 2012 02:22 AM
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Happy Hours     

Linkster: Why you wash your produce BEFORE prep, not completely harmless but better than nothing!


And how do you wash an apple - or blueberries?

Do you rinse them with water? Do you put them through the dishwasher? Do you get a brush and scrub them?

The way I do it is if I eat the skin (e.g. apples, blueberries) I rinse them off with water. If I don't eat the skin (e.g. oranges) well, I don't really see much point in that. Holding it under water for a few seconds isn't going to get rid of the listeria or salmonella or whatever.

As someone once pointed out, we have an immune system. If you're healthy and the food isn't too contaminated you'll survive and probably won't even feel bad. Problems arise when people are not as healthy as they should be or when the contamination is more severe than they can handle.

/when I was a kid I saw a Dennis the Menace comic strip where Dennis was washing blueberries with dish soap and a brush. He said something like "You told me to wash them". Does anyone actually go to those lengths to wash their produce?

I certainly don't. I rinse it off and hope it doesn't make me sick. If an apple got rolled around in a pile of manure before I eat it, rinsing it off may make it look okay, but I'm not deluded enough to think that took away all the germs which may make me ill.

20 Nov 2012 02:30 AM
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debug     

Happy Hours: Linkster: Why you wash your produce BEFORE prep, not completely harmless but better than nothing!

And how do you wash an apple - or blueberries?

Do you rinse them with water? Do you put them through the dishwasher? Do you get a brush and scrub them?

The way I do it is if I eat the skin (e.g. apples, blueberries) I rinse them off with water. If I don't eat the skin (e.g. oranges) well, I don't really see much point in that. Holding it under water for a few seconds isn't going to get rid of the listeria or salmonella or whatever.

As someone once pointed out, we have an immune system. If you're healthy and the food isn't too contaminated you'll survive and probably won't even feel bad. Problems arise when people are not as healthy as they should be or when the contamination is more severe than they can handle.

/when I was a kid I saw a Dennis the Menace comic strip where Dennis was washing blueberries with dish soap and a brush. He said something like "You told me to wash them". Does anyone actually go to those lengths to wash their produce?

I certainly don't. I rinse it off and hope it doesn't make me sick. If an apple got rolled around in a pile of manure before I eat it, rinsing it off may make it look okay, but I'm not deluded enough to think that took away all the germs which may make me ill.


Yes, of course you use a brush. Link

Like I said above, there are only a few problem items, like peaches and maybe tomatoes. Berries are generally in a package so they aren't too much of an issue.

20 Nov 2012 02:44 AM
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20 Nov 2012 02:49 AM
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