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(The Fiscal Times)   The worst supermarkets in the country, slideshowing on the left. Your horror stories, scrolling down on the right   ( divider line
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6540 clicks; posted to Business » on 17 Feb 2013 at 6:30 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-17 08:00:15 PM  
4 votes:

Satosuke: The waldbaums near me sometimes ships in some special needs people from a mental hospital nearby to get them out and doing something like bagging groceries. I'm cool with it, though one time one of them did drool on my grocery bags. I did my best to be gracious about it and I feel bad for the patients, but...eeeeew.

Our local Martin's (which used to be UKrops, now owned by Giant's parent Corp) staffs their baggers exclusively with mentally handicapped adults.  My favorite, Denny, has a noxious gas problem and whenever he farts he just mutters "oh no oh no oh no oh no" to himself while he bags groceries.  It's a real treat to watch old women try to pretend the entire line doesn't smell like ass.
2013-02-17 05:05:03 PM  
4 votes:
A newly-constructed Weis store must have a team of Grease Professionals come in and filthy up the place. You can be the first customer through the door and it looks like it's been open since the McKinley Administration.
2013-02-17 07:15:57 PM  
3 votes:
if i don't like the grocery store, i sometimes take chicken or fish, unwrap it, and hide it behind cereal boxes, or on top of shelves where you cant find it, until it starts to smell. then it becomes a fun game for the people there to find where the horrible stench is coming from. it can also be fun to poke small holes in wine boxes, grind meat of vegetables in the coffee grinder, or put very expensive things in other peoples carts.

how do YOU have fun while shopping?
2013-02-17 06:23:07 PM  
2 votes:
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/keep the damn quarter
2013-02-17 03:21:29 PM  
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We have these in Houston. The prices are low, but I shouldn't have to fight packs of stray dogs in the meat aisle.
2013-02-18 04:20:49 PM  
1 vote:
I live in a mexican neighborhood in south dallas, i goto a Fiesta mercado occasionally to get fresh tortillas. Their meat section is epic, any kind of meat you can imagine and all of it stored just a little above room temp and rank as hell.
2013-02-18 01:53:11 PM  
1 vote:
My horror story from a Giant in PA:  The wife and I were looking at the olive bar when some old lady walked up to the antipasto bowl and started picking meat and cheese out of it with her bare hands and eating whatever she grabbed.  Icked out, we went over to the deli and told an employee what was happening. His response was to just stand there staring into the void.  I swear I heard gears grinding to a halt when we told him.  Finally he stammered something about never having to deal with something like that before and that we should walk to the other side of the store and tell customer service.  My wife said "It's your department, your job, YOU tell a manager!".  That snapped him out of it and he finally shuffled off to tell someone.  We decide to wait and see what happens next, telling another customer what happened.  Guess what? Five minutes later the same woman came back and started snacking again.  They STILL hadn't tossed the bowl out!  The customer we told decided to confront the lady until a manager finally showed up.  My wife and I swore we would never buy anything from the salad bar/olive bar section again.

/Not surprised to see Acme on there for the prices.  Love that place, but it's crazy expensive.
2013-02-18 04:59:03 AM  
1 vote:
I buy my food from open air stalls, or off the back of a truck, directly from the farmers.

/not hipster
//third world
2013-02-18 02:14:52 AM  
1 vote:
Last time I was at Ralph's  on sunset I saw a guy that looked like Zubin Mehta.
He bought some Aunt Jemima syrup, some Kaiser boiler foil and pair of blunt scissors.
I last saw him run out into the parking lot  behind a pair of customized trucks.

/No prices are lower prices than Ralph's
2013-02-17 08:12:48 PM  
1 vote:
I buy all my groceries at the Big Lots.
2013-02-17 07:47:02 PM  
1 vote:
I loved Meijer's random sales, "Buy a car battery and get 3 pounds bananas free!"  Moved too far west for them, now in the subpar grocery market of Minneapolis. Hometown of two national grocers and I'd rather shop at a Walmart in Tennessee.
2013-02-17 07:43:11 PM  
1 vote:

DanZero: Hard to believe A&P is on the list.

Hard to believe A&P is still in business.
2013-02-17 07:24:59 PM  
1 vote:
Surprised this hasn't yet turned into a 'I Heart Publix Subs' thread.
2013-02-17 06:49:19 PM  
1 vote:
List fails without IGA. Everyone I've ever been to has been in a town that has seen better days, or has been bypassed by a new road (and the eventual SuperCenter that follows). I've been to IGAs with meat refrigerators at 64 degrees, frozen food that was literally freezer burned and required an ice pick just to get them off the shelves, and popcorn that had product tie-ins to movies that left the theaters 2 years ago.
2013-02-17 06:43:19 PM  
1 vote:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Whoever made that list has never been in a Grocery Outlet

/cleanliness means no live rodents visible
//might find a dead one behind that box of cornflakes, though
///or in it

there was one close to where I used to work.
We shortened it's name and just called it the "Gross Out".
2013-02-17 04:34:18 PM  
1 vote:
Shaw's in Connecticut. Back in the day I'd stop by the one in New London to pick up dinner ingredients for an old girlfriend of mine, and invariably I'd have to explain to the cashier that the large purple thing I was purchasing was an eggplant. After about the third time I got a blank stare when buying an eggplant, I took to calling it an aubergine just to be a pain in the ass.

The first good that came of being dumped by that girl was that I never had to set foot in that store ever again.
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2013-02-17 03:42:50 PM  
1 vote:
I once reached up on the top shelf and picked up a package of Berger's cookies at the Shop-n-Save in Millersville MD.  As I walked around pushing the cart the cookies looked funny.  I initially thought it was the way the lights were hitting the package.  Then I took a good look and the entire package was filled with white mold.  The expiration date was in the prior year.

I took the package to the customer service desk and the guy just took the package from my hand looked at it and threw it in the trash.  He didn't say sorry or anything else.  Weird.
2013-02-17 03:08:14 PM  
1 vote:
Any grocery store with aisles that go the wrong way.  I cannot shop like that.
2013-02-17 03:01:07 PM  
1 vote:
Murder Kroger

Or any Piggly Wiggly
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