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January 15th, 2007


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11:44 pm - A visit to an unfamiliar grocery store
I just got back from grocery shopping at Woodman's. I'd stopped at Copps first, but ended up going to Woodman's. I'll explain.

I was on the way back from hanging out with agaysexicon, fuzzyinthehead, and tromatized. I saw that I was approaching a Copps location I'd never been to, and my plan was to go grocery shopping after I'd stopped at home anyway, so I decided to shorten the trip, check out the store, and get the chore out of the way.

It didn't work.

I grabbed a shopping cart, bagged up some apples, and put them in. Then I wandered off to see if I could find a pomegranate, but I didn't see any. I happened at one point to look over my shoulder just in time to see a woman pushing my cart into a different part of the store. She'd taken my apples out and set them amid the ready-to-eat salads in bags.

I'm not kidding. What kind of person does that?

I picked up my apples, got a new cart, and walked on. I decided that the pomegranate wasn't that important. I happen to like pomegranates and crabmoon has never had one before, so I was using her curiosity to justify buying one for myself, but I was a little exasperated, so I decided not to worry about it. I'm sure Copps has pomegranates -- probably in plain sight -- but I was more in the mood to buy necessities and get out.

I've never really thought about it before, but I have a habit of moving my shopping cart only when it becomes necessary to do so. I try to find an area where there isn't much traffic, and I leave the cart there until I have to go on to the next aisle. I do this especially when I'm not sure about the layout of a store Maybe it's a bad habit. Anyway, I pushed my cart to the side and went to look for Morningstar Farms products. They were exactly where I expected them to be. I brought my Chik Patties back to the cart, put them in, and walked on. A moment later, I rounded a corner, and almost bumped into a woman carrying a bag of corn chips and some soda.

"What are you-- where are you going with my cart?" she asked.

I probably said something like, "oh, this is my cart."

"I saw it first," she said, which is a pretty bewildering thing to be told by a complete stranger who clearly has just come from the exact opposite end of the store.

I had the presence of mind to grab some parmesan cheese off the shelf, drop it into the cart, and say, "you're right. And you need parmesan." It wasn't a very good response at all, but it was better than standing there and getting confused. I walked away and she didn't say anything. I can only assume that she took my cart, and I can only assume that the purchased the parmesan and the Chik Patties and the bag of carrots which I neglected to mention until just now.

Anyway, I was annoyed. I'd lost my cart twice, and the prices were depressing me, so I went to Woodman's where the apples looked better (unusual, considering that Woodman's usually has the least-appealing produce in town), I found my pomegranate, and the Chik Patties were more than a dollar cheaper. Frankly, I probably saved twelve dollars.

I can't remember what the point of this story was, but I think it had more to do with people being a bunch of jerks than it did with either of the stores. Regardless, people are a bunch of jerks, and they're eating my apples.
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From:crabmoon
Date:January 16th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
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See most people keep their carts right next to them. I suppose you would do this if you carried a ten pound purse, like me. Boys. Anyway, what bunch of cunts and yeah, pomegranates!
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 16th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
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I love that icon. Yeah, we'll see about the pomegranate. If you like it, cool! If not, cool! As for leaving the cart while I look somewhere else, you're right, I probably shouldn't do it, but I remember a few years ago I left my cart in the detergent aisle at Woodman's for half an hour while I ran home and grabbed my wallet, which I'd forgotten. When I got back, everything was as I left it. It was pretty sweet.
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From:laviorli
Date:January 16th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
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That's too funny.

I've had trouble finding what I want at Copps too and have ended up going to Woodmans and it's right there, I've learned my lesson and just go to Woodmans in the first place.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 16th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I keep trying Copps because so many of my friends shop or have worked there, but yes, Woodman's is my favorite. I also like Cub Foods because its, you know, two blocks away from my house. Cub probably gets more business from me than anywhere else because it's within close walking distance.
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From:evil_jim
Date:January 16th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC)
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Hey! I still have a pomegranate given to me for Christmas by my parents. That along with a pear & probably an orange I should probably investigate before they get all melty. Thanks for reminding me.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 16th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, probably. I hope they're refridgerated, at least. I'm pretty sure pomegranates keep for awhile, though maybe it's just that their thick skins are misleading.
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From:ribsinbacon
Date:January 16th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 16th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! You're the best roommate named Ribs a guy could have!
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From:seanorange
Date:January 16th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Seriously, I have never seen such horrible shopping etiquette.

For the record, though, I leave my cart unattended in Woodman's all the time with no ill effect, so just cut your losses and go there first next time!

(although now I'm afraid of telling you next time I'm going, for fear that you might show up to screw with my cart just to make a point!)

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 16th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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The whole experience was just kind of lousy, but no, obviously I can't blame Copps. I find that the Worst Ettiquite Ever is almost always displayed by other grocery shoppers.

Actually, it's the third worst, now that I think about it. The second worst is at the east side Best Buy, where on two separate occasions I've heard employees refer to a customer as a "cocksucker," and the very worst -- only narrowly beating out the Best Buy incidents -- was the guy who had a loud telephone conversation in the middle of Nick and Liz's wedding ceremony.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 16th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Criminey, did anyone kick his ass...?

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 16th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
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It was two different guys, and both times I called and lodged a formal complaint. I swear, four out of five times that I shop at Best Buy, I hear an employee say something like that, though not usually about a customer. I'm not horrified by profanity, but I am horrified by the general attitude of the sales staff at that particular location, and I've almost completely stopped shopping there.
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From:lantry
Date:January 19th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I won't even shop at Best Buy any more. I bought some antivirus software from them and brought it home and found it wouldn't work. I tried to get an exchange on it, but the package I bought had been the very last copy. So instead the manager decided to take it into some back room and try the disk on one of their machines. He came back out with it and told me it worked just fine and there was nothing more he was going to do for me. I tried to insist they show me it working, because I didn't feel like taking it home again until I had seen it for myself. He then refused to show me anything, and then basically accused me of piracy and any other variety ot theft, and made suggestions of calling out security. He then had the nerve to suggest that I bring my computer in and pay them to look at it. I am never shopping there again.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:January 16th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
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After that experience, I would have shopped somewhere else, too. No offense to Copps.

Woodman's has good produce if you catch them at the right time. Mostly, it's not the right time. My ex-roommate always had good luck with their produce, though. I always figured I could save money on other things there and then stop at another store for produce, if need be. I still like Woodman's simply because they have so damn much to choose from. The new layout of the store on the west side confuses me, though.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 16th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
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I've never figured out the west side Woodman's because I almost never go there.

I guess my preference for Woodman's is just sort of a default -- I've been familiar with the store since I was in elementary school, and their prices are good. They're unionized, and I feel good about that, though I've never figured out whether that makes a difference to me or not regarding grocery stores. If someone introduces me to a new ethnic food or an off-brand soft drink, they usually have it. Some of the yuppies I know are intimidated by the diversity of their clientelle, so I get more credit than is reasonable for being adventuresome.

I dunno. I like Woodman's.
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From:ribsinbacon
Date:January 16th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I should mention I usually give my buisness to Woodman's because I belong to the same union. they're better price wise too.

Cubs is also in the same union as I am.
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:January 16th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
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I sadly work at Copps and there's no excuse for them. Most the people who shop there obviously aren't the brightest or they'd be at Woodmans. We're over priced, and alot of the actual service people aren't that smart or nice either. So I guess its a loose loose situation. I generally go to Woodman's. Once or twice even in my Copps uniform.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 16th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, this was not the Copps you work at, so you don't have to appologize for it. I've never had a problem with Copps employees, and you can't really blame Copps for their customers. People talk about Copps selling higher-quality stuff, than other stores but as far as I can tell, the only real difference is that Copps locations are more visually appealing than, say, Woodman's, which in my experience has been true. Usually I hear people complain that the produce at Woodman's is ugly. Know why that is? Woodman's has a huge clientelle, even compared to Copps, and they must have worked out that it's less of a nuissance to shoppers to stock big, ugly palettes of product once or twice a day than to have their stockers creating constant traffic congestion.

I'm not sure what the point of mentioning all of that was. I do like Copps but I never shop there because I find the layout slightly confusing, and they're very expensive. I used to have a very rigid, standard grocery list that always cost me somewhere in the ballpark of $28 at Woodman's (roughly $28, because the cost of produce fluctuates), and the one time I took that list to Copps, the same stuff ended up costing me $44.
A visit to an unfamiliar grocery store - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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