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    Disgusting supermarket habit

    Was in the grocery store today and witnessed something that I see a lot -- someone reaching into the bulk candy containers and grabbing candy with their bare hands. Usually it's a kid (and the parents seem to approve of it), but this time it was a 50-60 year old man grabbing a big handful of candy corn and stuffing it into his mouth while his wife didn't bat an eyelash.

    It is disgusting and it is THEFT. Has anyone witnessed the same thing? Does anyone buy candy from those containers? If so, ewwww.

    #2
    Sweeps, I can not even begin to articulate how much that bothers me.

    Some people, even older folks, will eat and drink anything from Red Bull energy drinks to candy to grapes while they're "shopping". Some think that grocery stores unfairly mark up prices in order to fleece the public, so it's only fair.

    People like that are only rationalizing why they are allowed to steal.

    The worst kind are the ones that don't even bother hiding it anymore. They just grab whatever they want, eat and drink all over the store (especially alcohol), and then put the empty containers back wherever for these stores to clean up. And of course, they don't even buy anything to somehow "make up" for it.

    To them, the grocery store isn't for shopping. It's for dining.
    Last edited by Broken Arrow; 12-02-2007, 04:49 PM.

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      #3
      I know what you mean. Ive seen it done with the gummybears container before. I recall hearing a remark though about something like you dont get condemned of theft if you steal under the value of 2 pounds. Funny, You could go into a shop and steal 1 pound worth of candy a day without being punished lol.

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        #4
        Originally posted by WhiteAl View Post
        I recall hearing a remark though about something like you dont get condemned of theft if you steal under the value of 2 pounds. Funny, You could go into a shop and steal 1 pound worth of candy a day without being punished lol.
        Wow, that's crazy. Who makes up these crazy laws in their head?

        At least it's not, "Just another example of rampant, greedy capitalism and the grinding cog of the System. Down with the System! (But hand me another Red Bull.)"

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          #5
          I think that's called "grazing". I agree, it's lame & nasty.

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            #6
            one of the main reasons i buy prepacked candy only. I watched a discovery show, that showed candy at nice resteraunts were riddled with fesis. I wont touch candy that isnt prewrapped again!

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              #7
              I manage a grocery store and you're right it runs rampant. People will grab their child a banana and open it and feed it to them and then hand our cashier the empty peel. Umm hello? How are we supposed to weigh the banana if it's in your kid??? I just charge them .25 for the banana regardless if they are on sale or full price. I figure it just about averages out. We always find half eaten candy bars on the shelf or a half of a 20 ounce soda. If I see them do it I will walk up to the cashier and tell her to ring up their soda and ask the customer if they wanted the rest of it or should I just throw it away. LOL They usually stutter and fumble for words and turn bright red.
              Every time someone steals or "grazes" they are hurting everyone not just the store. We have to make up the loss somewhere and it's usually in the prices of other things.

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                #8
                Okay I am never ever buying a candy from a store (any store from a bin).
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                  #9
                  FLAVOR people! Those pre-packaged gummi bears are boring. The stuff in the bins has...has...seasoning! And each bin is unique depending on which dirty hands massage the contents. What can be more American than variety?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by gackle View Post
                    FLAVOR people! Those pre-packaged gummi bears are boring. The stuff in the bins has...has...seasoning! And each bin is unique depending on which dirty hands massage the contents. What can be more American than variety?

                    Ewe!!!! This is reminding me of my Father-in-law. He often eats potato chips out of the bag while visiting our house, stopping to blow his nose and then right back to eating out of the bag, without washing his hands. Then he wonders aloud why nobody else wants any chips!

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                      #11
                      Oh, no! I;m not eatin' the chips at your house!

                      I've never seen anyone eating in the grocery store. Well, except for the cookies one of the employees hands out to adults and children alike. This store does a lot to be personal and a part of the neighborhood, even though they are a big local chain. There is an employee who hovers in the first aisles beyond produce to hand out cookie. No need for people to steal a snack in this store during the hours that fellow works. It is not samples meant to entice you to buy more. The guy does not tell you where to find the same cookies to buy them, and he does not even stand in the area where any cookies are sold.

                      I've never seen anyone steal and eat or drink in the store, but I imagine it happens a fair amount.

                      I have been very tempted to rip into something to eat when I was have too much insulin, but so far, I managed to get to the register and pay first. But maybe someday.... If that happens, I'd pay afterward, of course.
                      "There is some ontological doubt as to whether it may even be possible in principle to nail down these things in the universe we're given to study." --text msg from my kid

                      "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." --Frederick Douglass

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                        #12
                        For the record I don't have a problem with opening a package and eating some, if you pay for it at the counter. I give my son the heel from the loaf of bread that we're buying to eat in the store.

                        Eating things that come in bulk or by weight though, obviously that's stealing. And again, putting your grubby hands on something that someone else is going to eat, that's not right.

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                          #13
                          Yucky about the chips and candy.

                          I've opened a box of Kleenex in the store before (and then bought it) because I figured blowing my nose while still in the checkout line was better than any other alternative. But stealing is stealing, so I wouldn't do this with anything sold by weight.

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                            #14
                            I took have opened food and eaten it while in the store or waiting in line. Sometimes those lines are long and I am HUNGRY. I never eat anything weighed, and I always pay for the things I opened. I'm honest about it.

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                              #15
                              Yet another reason to eat before you go food shopping. And I always thought I was supposed to do it so I wouldn't buy so much.

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