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(Cracked)   Here are five horrifying secrets supermarkets don't want you to know, with #5 enough to make this with the "Sick" tag   (cracked.com) divider line 168
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2013-07-15 06:40:46 PM
Good to see CRACKED back to 2 pages for a 5 item story.
 
2013-07-15 06:51:00 PM
If they're so horrifying, why do they want us to see them? Or are they not actually secrets? Sounds to me like subby is a liar.
 
2013-07-15 06:57:09 PM
Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously
 
2013-07-15 07:32:38 PM
I guess some grocery stores like whole foods want you to know this about their competitors (but not themselves)?
 
2013-07-15 07:37:39 PM
Hate to tell you this subby, but there is literally poop everywhere, and its actually ok to be exposed to little bits of it - that's what your immune system is for.
  Now obviously, if there is visible poop on the cart, then you shouldn't use it.  And produce should always be washed, mostly due to salmonella  (especially melons - wash thoroughly before slicing)

  As for the other stuff, most of that is already known and not that gross.  You can actually eat most many spoiled foods with minimal health effects, it will just make you retch if it smells or tastes gross.  Peanut butter for example can go rancid, but that's about the worst that happens to it.  For many, many foods, the date on the package is a sell by date, not a use by date, which could be months or years later in some cases.
 
2013-07-15 08:32:28 PM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: Hate to tell you this subby, but there is literally poop everywhere, and its actually ok to be exposed to little bits of it - that's what your immune system is for.
  Now obviously, if there is visible poop on the cart, then you shouldn't use it.  And produce should always be washed, mostly due to salmonella  (especially melons - wash thoroughly before slicing)

  As for the other stuff, most of that is already known and not that gross.  You can actually eat most many spoiled foods with minimal health effects, it will just make you retch if it smells or tastes gross.  Peanut butter for example can go rancid, but that's about the worst that happens to it.  For many, many foods, the date on the package is a sell by date, not a use by date, which could be months or years later in some cases.


My rule is if it has to be stored in the fridge, it's gone within 24 hours of the use by date. Stored at room temperature, it's fine. I buy meat in the red sticker (huge markdown for close to expiring at my supermarket) area and freeze it. Thaw it out 24 hours beforehand and you've got cheap meat for a meal.
 
2013-07-15 08:50:08 PM
www.ci.temple-city.ca.us

Blaming janitors for poop on carts? No. Try babies.

That's what the fold down seat with the two legs holes up front is there for. That way 20 or 50 different babies can leave 'their mark' all over that seat and handle area. Ever seen store employees wiping them down?
 
2013-07-15 09:04:02 PM
Well, which is it? Do they want us to know them or not?

/already knew them
 
2013-07-15 09:08:40 PM

Godscrack: [www.ci.temple-city.ca.us image 500x500]

Blaming janitors for poop on carts? No. Try babies.


Yes...that was explained in the article.
 
2013-07-15 09:27:32 PM
I'm surprised that people are unaware of #5.

First thing I do when I come home from the market?  Wash my hands.
 
2013-07-15 09:33:33 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously


Dumpster runs?  You use a grocery cart to take your trash to the dumpster?
 
2013-07-15 09:42:38 PM

timujin: The My Little Pony Killer: Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously

Dumpster runs?  You use a grocery cart to take your trash to the dumpster?


Yes. I take a lot of garbage out, working for a restaurant and all. The grocery store is okay with this practice.
 
2013-07-15 09:52:45 PM
I don't care about most of these, at a glance.  Mislabeling food as other food, though, is not okay.
 
2013-07-15 09:59:16 PM

Equilibrist: Good to see CRACKED back to 2 pages for a 5 item story.


Will you f*cking get over it? It's ONE EXTRA CLICK.
 
2013-07-15 10:21:45 PM

timujin: The My Little Pony Killer: Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously

Dumpster runs?  You use a grocery cart to take your trash to the dumpster?


Yep.  I've worked at three different supermarkets when I was going to school and EVERY ONE of them did this same thing.

Hell one supermarket used to dump their deli slop and grease this way.  And Buffy never bothered to wipe the card down afterwards.  At the end of the night you could always tell which cart in the cart corral was hers.
 
2013-07-15 10:41:28 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously


I had an idiot coworker who told me she never washed her produced "because I buy organic, so it doesn't need washing."
 
2013-07-15 11:11:08 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: timujin: The My Little Pony Killer: Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously

Dumpster runs?  You use a grocery cart to take your trash to the dumpster?

Yes. I take a lot of garbage out, working for a restaurant and all. The grocery store is okay with this practice.


ah, all good... I didn't make the jump to "professional" and thought this was for your personal waste.  I was wondering if you were either a: generating a ton of trash or b: only bothered to take it out on a once every six months kind of basis.
 
2013-07-15 11:37:36 PM
And then people wonder why the rates of food poisoning is so different between US and Europe ?
 
2013-07-15 11:40:31 PM

eraser8: 'm surprised that people are unaware of #5.


being mentioned in a crack article doesn't mean people aren't aware of it.
 
2013-07-15 11:40:43 PM
I was only bothered by the ice cream potpourri. Seriously--any of that weird B&J potato chip pickle and hot sauce ice cream crap can just magically be turned into chocolate?!? Ewwww
 
2013-07-15 11:40:49 PM
All that and yet I'm still alive, so I give all 5 "secrets" a solid meh.
 
2013-07-15 11:41:38 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: The My Little Pony Killer: Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously

I had an idiot coworker who told me she never washed her produced "because I buy organic, so it doesn't need washing."


That is why I don't wipe my man-chicken before I put it in your mouth after slamming it savagely up your backside.  It's organic.

/All this talk about dumpsters and shopping carts make me want to fondle a hobo.
 
2013-07-15 11:42:30 PM
For god sakes never use the coffee grinder. Trust me on that one. Also if you enjoy fast food then never ever get pickles on anything.
 
2013-07-15 11:43:49 PM

teenage mutant ninja rapist: For god sakes never use the coffee grinder. Trust me on that one. Also if you enjoy fast food then never ever get pickles on anything.


Also things that have failed to kill me. Meh.
 
2013-07-15 11:44:12 PM
#6 - That nice red color on the meat comes from treating it with carbon monoxide. It's not a sign of freshness.
 
2013-07-15 11:44:16 PM
People still go to supermarkets that don't have disinfectant wipes  right at the entrance?
 
2013-07-15 11:44:32 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: Hate to tell you this subby, but there is literally poop everywhere, and its actually ok to be exposed to little bits of it - that's what your immune system is for.
  Now obviously, if there is visible poop on the cart, then you shouldn't use it.  And produce should always be washed, mostly due to salmonella  (especially melons - wash thoroughly before slicing)

  As for the other stuff, most of that is already known and not that gross.  You can actually eat most many spoiled foods with minimal health effects, it will just make you retch if it smells or tastes gross.  Peanut butter for example can go rancid, but that's about the worst that happens to it.  For many, many foods, the date on the package is a sell by date, not a use by date, which could be months or years later in some cases.

My rule is if it has to be stored in the fridge, it's gone within 24 hours of the use by date. Stored at room temperature, it's fine. I buy meat in the red sticker (huge markdown for close to expiring at my supermarket) area and freeze it. Thaw it out 24 hours beforehand and you've got cheap meat for a meal.


You're potentially wasting a lot of food. 24hours? Be brave, the smell test works, really.

Even after that, there's cutting mold away and boiling. I'm not saying I do that, but as Americans, we throw away tons of perfectly serviceable foods.
 
2013-07-15 11:45:23 PM
I eat unwashed produce, old food, food that's been left out overnight, use the same cutting board for produce and meat, etc...
 
2013-07-15 11:46:19 PM
http://youtu.be/dMN00JD2AaM (nsfw language)

/oblig
 
2013-07-15 11:46:40 PM

cameroncrazy1984: People still go to supermarkets that don't have disinfectant wipes  right at the entrance?


At my supermarket, those are in aisle 7
 
2013-07-15 11:47:19 PM
Three horrifying secrets Cracked doesn't want you to know:

3. Bill Ward, who contributed artwork to the magazine in the 1980s, was better known for his fetish porn illustrations.

2. The author of this listicle doesn't tell you how commonplace each of these practices actually is, because he doesn't know.

1. Cracked.com is just BuzzFeed with different ads.
 
2013-07-15 11:47:30 PM
Headline: "5 Horrifying Secrets Supermarkets Don't Want You to Know"

They were neither horriying, nor secrets.  So, yeah -- it's a standard Cracked article.

Why do people still greenlight junk from that stie?
 
2013-07-15 11:48:01 PM

teenage mutant ninja rapist: For god sakes never use the coffee grinder. Trust me on that one. Also if you enjoy fast food then never ever get pickles on anything.


Crap, I like pickles on my burger. Care to elaborate?
 
2013-07-15 11:48:33 PM

Godscrack: Blaming janitors for poop on carts? No. Try babies.

That's what the fold down seat with the two legs holes up front is there for. That way 20 or 50 different babies can leave 'their mark' all over that seat and handle area. Ever seen store employees wiping them down?


I've never seen anyone like hand wiping them, but I've seen the store like hosing them off.
 
2013-07-15 11:48:54 PM

Deedeemarz: I was only bothered by the ice cream potpourri. Seriously--any of that weird B&J potato chip pickle and hot sauce ice cream crap can just magically be turned into chocolate?!? Ewwww


Really?  That was the least bothersome one to me, because hey, you end up with chocolate ice cream! Woot!

Not that the others were terribly bothersome either...using Walmart as the example for a grocery store with terrible meat practices kinda comes with a huge 'NO DUH!'.  I can only assume it's store policy to advance the expiration date after the meat has been sitting in a bin all day at Customer Returns.
 
2013-07-15 11:48:54 PM
I used to work at a grocery store, so I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies...

Uh, still reading the article.
 
2013-07-15 11:49:16 PM
The last one, about health inspections is the one that should worry you. My industry is taken to task over and over again about food borne illness, and groceries aren't held anywhere near as accountable.
 
2013-07-15 11:50:51 PM
OK, that was a stupid nonarticle.
 
2013-07-15 11:51:56 PM
I've worked for two different grocery chains over the past thirteen years.

Most of this list is chock full of crap (more than you'd find on a shopping cart).
 
2013-07-15 11:52:06 PM
As someone who works in a grocery store Meat Dept. this is only the tip of the iceberg, and I work for one of the better companies.
 
2013-07-15 11:52:46 PM

Gaddiel: teenage mutant ninja rapist: For god sakes never use the coffee grinder. Trust me on that one. Also if you enjoy fast food then never ever get pickles on anything.

Crap, I like pickles on my burger. Care to elaborate?


Whatever it is, I'm sure the brine solution will take care of it.
 
2013-07-15 11:53:12 PM
www.tommackieracing.com

I'm just glad most supermarkets have these at the door.
 
2013-07-15 11:53:15 PM

PainInTheASP: timujin: The My Little Pony Killer: Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously

Dumpster runs?  You use a grocery cart to take your trash to the dumpster?

Yep.  I've worked at three different supermarkets when I was going to school and EVERY ONE of them did this same thing.

Hell one supermarket used to dump their deli slop and grease this way.  And Buffy never bothered to wipe the card down afterwards.  At the end of the night you could always tell which cart in the cart corral was hers.


I must've worked at the exception. I was at a supermarket deli on Long Island, and, sure, we used a shopping cart to haul around our slop... but it was the same filthy, grungy, festering slop-covered shopping cart every day, dammit. And holy carp, was that thing scary to behold. But we never put it back into the general population.

Also, #3 on that list can vary in terribleness. At my store, we frequently cooked with the meat and cheese ends/leftovers/stuff that didn't sell, and our manager was awesome but was a hardass about keeping the deli clean.

I'm willing to accept we were the outlier, and things could've gone to shiat since I left and/or before I was ever there.
 
2013-07-15 11:53:25 PM

poot_rootbeer: Three horrifying secrets Cracked doesn't want you to know:

3. Bill Ward, who contributed artwork to the magazine in the 1980s, was better known for his fetish porn illustrations.

2. The author of this listicle doesn't tell you how commonplace each of these practices actually is, because he doesn't know.

1. Cracked.com is just BuzzFeed with different ads.


Dude...you forgot a page break in there somewhere.
 
2013-07-15 11:55:25 PM
E. coli.

The presence of E. coli is not a positive indicator of the presence of poop, you can also find it in dirt, which means that your shopping cart might have dirt on it.

"Coliforms can be found in the aquatic environment, in soil and on vegetation; they are universally present in large numbers in the feces of warm-blooded animals. While coliforms themselves are not normally causes of serious illness, they are easy to culture and their presence is used to indicate that other pathogenic organisms of fecal origin may be present. "

// or, it might be poop lordargent.com
 
2013-07-15 11:55:31 PM

Ivo Shandor: #6 - That nice red color on the meat comes from treating it with carbon monoxide. It's not a sign of freshness.


I thought it was usually a combination of nitrogen and carbon dioxide?
 
2013-07-15 11:56:39 PM
I lick the soles of my shoes clean after every time I come in from outside.

Nothing from the grocery store could possibly harm me.
 
2013-07-15 11:57:03 PM

teenage mutant ninja rapist: For god sakes never use the coffee grinder. Trust me on that one. Also if you enjoy fast food then never ever get pickles on anything.


Why? Was there some sort of "pickle incident"that we all should be aware of?
 
2013-07-15 11:57:43 PM
Walmart ... And that's not the Kwik-E-Mart, it's the biggest grocery chain in the world.

I think I would rather get food from the Kwik-E-Mart than Walmart.
 
2013-07-15 11:59:01 PM

Shostie: Equilibrist: Good to see CRACKED back to 2 pages for a 5 item story.

Will you f*cking get over it? It's ONE EXTRA CLICK.


Don't you know, that one extra click for free content is just too much farking effort.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8m5d0_everything-is-amazing-and-no bo dy-i_fun#.UeTFC43bMig
 
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