Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Return to the land of grocery science

Recently I posted about grocery store technology, particularly in the area of self checkout lanes. I have recenlty come up with a new reason to utilize the self help lanes...grocery store employees. It is hard to believe that unemployment is so high in this country when you take a look around at the people helping you in the grocery store. In fact, you can make the same commentary about any type of store anymore. Unless someone is making a commission on your purchase (you know if they are by the way THEY hold the merchandise when they escort you to the checkout lanes), there is no knowledgable service anymore. There was a time when you could go to the grocery store and ask where they have chocolate covered spaghetti noodles or some obsure product and the employee would say "aisle 11, half way down, on your right, third shelf from the bottom, between the raisins and the cocoapuffs." Now when you ask where they have ketchup, they look at you like they have never heard of it and say , ''uuuuummmmm, did you look in, umm the produce aisle???" Don't even think about buying a tv or stereo at walmart or any other big box store unless you have done the research yourself and already know more than the manufacturer. The people working can't give you an answer over the quality of two different tv's that is any more useful than, " ummmm, this tv is 26" and the other is uhmmm, 25" so this one is is one more inch of quality than the other."

Of course then there is the fun again at the checkout lane. The paper or plastic question seems to be the only thing gone over in training for the grocery bagger. Don't bother trying to be "green" and buy the reusable cloth grocery bags that many stores now sell. The bagger will put them right into the plastic bag, as if you purposely bought them for home use later. I recently bought a box of popsicles on a +90 degree day, and bought one of the insulated foil bags to keep them from melting. The bagger placed the popsicles into one plastic bag and the foil bag into another. So much for smart shopping...

3 comments:

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Looseyfur said...

LOL, I was just writing to someone about this! But it was a rant on department stores. Outside of driving 3 hours to Nordstrom's going to Macy's is like going to a flea market sometimes. Everything is just strewn about. The carpet is from 1954 and the dressing rooms are just disgusting.

I remember shopping at Water Tower at Marshall Fields with my grandfather when I was in 5th grade. He used to be a VP for MF in the 60's. And he took one look at the disarray that was the shoe department, took the elevator up to the executive level and returned 15 minutes later with two suits, who called over the shoe department managers and chewed them out in front of 100 customers on a Saturday.

All my grandfather would say was, "I remember when part of the service was WANTING to be in a store. Why would anyone want to buy anything that came out of a pile or a bin. Little did he know about the Wal-mart $7 DVD bin (didn't that used to be $5 BTW?"

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