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2014-08-13 09:46:20 AM  
We pretty much had our own Publix in my old neighborhood that was saturated with elderly people (candy aisle was easily 60% diabetic/sugarless).  There was also a group home for the disabled near by - the residents used to come to the store in their motorized chairs, etc.

The Publix employees were always top notch with the customers.  They were trusted enough to go into the more severely disabled customers' purses and wallets and take the correct payment.  Very attentive and kind.
 
2014-08-13 11:30:19 AM  
What about my nude pictures of Ernest Borgnine?
 
2014-08-13 11:53:40 AM  
Something something, crab legs.
 
2014-08-13 11:55:46 AM  
And the reward for worst mobile website goes to New York daily news.
 
2014-08-13 11:56:55 AM  
What in the name of holy fark is "frozen banana guacamole"? Is that anything like lobster peanut butter or beef tofu?
 
2014-08-13 11:59:05 AM  
Publix might be expensive, but they have the nicest staff of any grocery I have been to.  And they all know where everything is.

I was waiting in line to get a sub, and the manager saw it was busy, and he put on gloves and a hairnet and started making sandwiches.

They load groceries into the cars of old people and always have a smile on their face.

Plus, usually have some hotties working there.  Aways got hotties shopping there.
 
2014-08-13 12:00:32 PM  
That employee was no loafer.
 
2014-08-13 12:02:02 PM  

Ennuipoet: What about my nude pictures of Ernest Borgnine?


They're lost, and not back from the pile yet.
 
2014-08-13 12:02:06 PM  
fark you websites with auto videos.
 
2014-08-13 12:05:56 PM  
For the Publix employee's sake...

I'm glad it wasn't an incontinent elderly man.

That would have been awkward,
 
2014-08-13 12:10:41 PM  
The Publix I shop at has awesome employees.  How the company finds teenagers to hire who are actually engaged and motivated to do a good job, I'll never know.
 
2014-08-13 12:10:55 PM  
Yea that sounds about right for Publix.  They do stuff like that all the time.  If you ask them for help, they'll usually do their best to do it.  My mom loved shopping there because they'd load your groceries into your car.  I sometimes think they enjoyed doing that because it got them out of the building for a minute and away from their managers eyesight.

I really, really, really miss them since I moved to California.  I mean their bakery and deli were beyond awesome.  I haven't found a comparable place that wasn't super insanely expensive.  Sigh.  Publix cake, I miss you.
 
2014-08-13 12:12:45 PM  
publix...is....amahuzzzinngggg.
 
2014-08-13 12:13:53 PM  

gweilo8888: What in the name of holy fark is "frozen banana guacamole"? Is that anything like lobster peanut butter or beef tofu?


It's a George Carlin reference. "Losing Things" from the "Playing with your Head" album. Ennuipoet gets it too, I see.

http://www.madmusic.com/song_details.aspx?SongID=6370

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ySI8yxZ97I   (skip to about 4:20 if you're in a hurry)
 
2014-08-13 12:25:37 PM  

suelswalker: Yea that sounds about right for Publix.  They do stuff like that all the time.  If you ask them for help, they'll usually do their best to do it.  My mom loved shopping there because they'd load your groceries into your car.  I sometimes think they enjoyed doing that because it got them out of the building for a minute and away from their managers eyesight.

I really, really, really miss them since I moved to California.  I mean their bakery and deli were beyond awesome.  I haven't found a comparable place that wasn't super insanely expensive.  Sigh.  Publix cake, I miss you.


Looking forward to when they finish the one they're building a mile or two from my house... never been to a Publix, but I keep hearing great things.
 
2014-08-13 12:36:09 PM  
They also pay their employees well, give all of them who want full time 40 hours and benefits, and have a program to employ and get continuing care for those with mental disabilities.

They cost a fraction more than some other grocery stores, but the atmosphere, helpfulness, and cleanliness more than make up for it.
 
2014-08-13 12:36:58 PM  

navyboyct99: publix...is....amahuzzzinngggg.


Can't deny this, been to one or two and they good stores, but when they end up competing with a new Walmart Marketplace being built across the road, will the need to drop prices to compete kill them?

Winn-Dixie is about to find out what effect that will have and I fear that they, like so many other stores, will fold like a lawn chair.
 
2014-08-13 12:38:31 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Ennuipoet: What about my nude pictures of Ernest Borgnine?

They're lost, and not back from the pile yet.


So long is no one touches my collection of used bandages!
 
2014-08-13 12:40:04 PM  
I love my Publix, and will drive past several other groceries to get to them.  They hire special needs people, and teens, and even special needs teens.  My favorite bag boy is actually about 75, and every conversation is trivia question and answers.  He can't engage in chit chat easily, but ask him some arcane bit of history, and he's off and chattering.  He's probably the oldest person I've encountered with autism spectrum symptoms.
 
2014-08-13 12:41:19 PM  
My only foray into a paid TV gig was back around '89 or '90 when I was an actor in a 30-second spot for Singing River Hospital in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. There was no sound; a voiceover was added afterwards.  The theme of the spot was "The Hospital that Cares, from Top to Bottom." There were four actors: a guy playing a doctor, a woman playing a concerned relative of an unseen patient, her little daughter (about three or four) and me. I played a janitor, sweeping the floor. The entire 30 seconds of action consisted of: the woman talks with the doctor. The little girl notices her (the little girl's) shoe is untied. She unsuccessfully attempts to get her mom's attention. The (caring, benevolent, and not at all creepy) janitor notices the little girl's predicament, puts aside his broom and offer to tie the little girl's shoe for her.  He adds bunny ears gratis. Little girl smiles. The end.

The 30-second spot took all morning to film.  Part of the problem was that I had virtually no experience tying another person's shoes; Al Bundy I'm not. Let alone "Bunny Ears" which I was utterly unfamiliar with up to that day.  Also, the woman and the "doctor" seemed to have a great deal of trouble portraying a believable yet silent conversation without cracking up. In fact, the only one of the four actors who performed in a flawlessly professional manner was the little girl. She apparently had some experience, certainly more than the rest of us had.  She displayed astonishing patience with us, and not just for her age.

I got out of there grateful that it wasn't a full minute spot.  It was aired but I never saw it because I live pretty far from Jackson County. A friend did see it, though; she said she completely lost it when she saw a complete reprobate like me trusted to tie a little girl's shoes.

/sappy story bro
 
2014-08-13 12:45:06 PM  
I used to work for Publix many many years ago so I'll take a crack at some of this...

theflatline: I was waiting in line to get a sub, and the manager saw it was busy, and he put on gloves and a hairnet and started making sandwiches.

They load groceries into the cars of old people and always have a smile on their face.

Plus, usually have some hotties working there. Aways got hotties shopping there.


All the store managers I worked with started out at the bottom, and worked their way up, typically having worked in most departments on their way to manager.  I'm not surprised the manager in this case knew how to work the deli.  I've seen high level managers bag groceries when things are busy.  They insist and train on 100% bag and take out policy.

Mad Scientist: The Publix I shop at has awesome employees.  How the company finds teenagers to hire who are actually engaged and motivated to do a good job, I'll never know.


It's the training coupled with instilling a sense of responsibility to each employee.  When I worked there, I was given "stock" which made me a part owner in the business.  It was a private company then (not sure about now).  The stock was pretty useless to me (needed to have 5 years to start cashing it out), but like I said, I worked with a management team who had all been there, done that, which was motivation for a young person like myself to succeed.

I moved on to other things, but all in all, it was a good company to work for, and I did consider staying with them after college.
 
2014-08-13 12:49:36 PM  

kevljo: I used to work for Publix many many years ago so I'll take a crack at some of this...

theflatline: I was waiting in line to get a sub, and the manager saw it was busy, and he put on gloves and a hairnet and started making sandwiches.

They load groceries into the cars of old people and always have a smile on their face.

Plus, usually have some hotties working there. Aways got hotties shopping there.

All the store managers I worked with started out at the bottom, and worked their way up, typically having worked in most departments on their way to manager.  I'm not surprised the manager in this case knew how to work the deli.  I've seen high level managers bag groceries when things are busy.  They insist and train on 100% bag and take out policy.

Mad Scientist: The Publix I shop at has awesome employees.  How the company finds teenagers to hire who are actually engaged and motivated to do a good job, I'll never know.

It's the training coupled with instilling a sense of responsibility to each employee.  When I worked there, I was given "stock" which made me a part owner in the business.  It was a private company then (not sure about now).  The stock was pretty useless to me (needed to have 5 years to start cashing it out), but like I said, I worked with a management team who had all been there, done that, which was motivation for a young person like myself to succeed.

I moved on to other things, but all in all, it was a good company to work for, and I did consider staying with them after college.


It still operates the same way, I have a friend who manages one and he started as a bag boy, makes 130k.
 
2014-08-13 12:53:48 PM  
theflatline:
Plus, usually have some hotties working there.  Aways got hotties shopping there.

At mine, there are some damn hot cashiers.  One has moved up from working the register and is now some sort of shift manager behind the Customer Service desk.  Her snug black yoga pants are one reason I shop there.

The other is the matronly, middle aged woman working the deli.  They have online ordering now (which is awesome for me to just go in and pick up my order, all ready to go), so I don't get to deal with her much anymore, but she knew me and how I liked my orders.  She was awesome.
 
2014-08-13 01:25:07 PM  
Publix is awesome.
 
2014-08-13 01:35:20 PM  

anonprime: It's a George Carlin reference. "Losing Things" from the "Playing with your Head" album. Ennuipoet gets it too, I see.

http://www.madmusic.com/song_details.aspx?SongID=6370

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ySI8yxZ97I   (skip to about 4:20 if you're in a hurry)


Much appreciated. I feel 100% less dumb now.

/so only 98% dumb
 
2014-08-13 01:52:25 PM  

Diogenes: We pretty much had our own Publix in my old neighborhood that was saturated with elderly people (candy aisle was easily 60% diabetic/sugarless).  There was also a group home for the disabled near by - the residents used to come to the store in their motorized chairs, etc.

The Publix employees were always top notch with the customers.  They were trusted enough to go into the more severely disabled customers' purses and wallets and take the correct payment.  Very attentive and kind.


pretty much this.
 
2014-08-13 01:58:39 PM  

theflatline: kevljo: I used to work for Publix many many years ago so I'll take a crack at some of this...

theflatline: I was waiting in line to get a sub, and the manager saw it was busy, and he put on gloves and a hairnet and started making sandwiches.

They load groceries into the cars of old people and always have a smile on their face.

Plus, usually have some hotties working there. Aways got hotties shopping there.

All the store managers I worked with started out at the bottom, and worked their way up, typically having worked in most departments on their way to manager.  I'm not surprised the manager in this case knew how to work the deli.  I've seen high level managers bag groceries when things are busy.  They insist and train on 100% bag and take out policy.

Mad Scientist: The Publix I shop at has awesome employees.  How the company finds teenagers to hire who are actually engaged and motivated to do a good job, I'll never know.

It's the training coupled with instilling a sense of responsibility to each employee.  When I worked there, I was given "stock" which made me a part owner in the business.  It was a private company then (not sure about now).  The stock was pretty useless to me (needed to have 5 years to start cashing it out), but like I said, I worked with a management team who had all been there, done that, which was motivation for a young person like myself to succeed.

I moved on to other things, but all in all, it was a good company to work for, and I did consider staying with them after college.

It still operates the same way, I have a friend who manages one and he started as a bag boy, makes 130k.


Publix is an employee-owned grocery.  Employees all have a share in the company, and have a vested interest in making things work for the company.  The higher you are in the food chain there, the more "owner" you are.

That being said, they do a good job of finding employees that respond to this incentive.
 
2014-08-13 03:04:52 PM  
Story needs the Florida tag.  Hey, ya take the good with the crazy.
 
2014-08-13 03:29:19 PM  
Ten years ago I lived in the South, three blocks from a Publix. All glory to the Rosewood location in Columbia, SC, whose sushi counter lady knew me on sight and would have my a box of my favorites freshly prepared by the time I was done shopping for other stuff.
 
2014-08-13 03:43:08 PM  

Hospitaller: Can't deny this, been to one or two and they good stores, but when they end up competing with a new Walmart Marketplace being built across the road, will the need to drop prices to compete kill them?


Probably not.  I've mentioned this before on here, but they run quite a few sales and BOGO promotions, and you can go onto their web site to look and see what they are before heading out to shop.  Those can bring the total cost way down.  Additionally, Publix always has friendly and knowledgeable employees, and you don't often have to wait in the checkout line very long - they're not like Walmart where you have to wait half an hour to get checked out because there are only three cashiers available and you've got too much stuff to use the self-checkout area. Stuff like that matters to a lot of people.

/former Publix bag boy
 
2014-08-13 03:54:21 PM  
Soooo, Publix is Canadian?
/funny, I've never noticed one ...
 
2014-08-13 03:59:04 PM  

cgremlin: Hospitaller: Can't deny this, been to one or two and they good stores, but when they end up competing with a new Walmart Marketplace being built across the road, will the need to drop prices to compete kill them?

Probably not.  I've mentioned this before on here, but they run quite a few sales and BOGO promotions, and you can go onto their web site to look and see what they are before heading out to shop.  Those can bring the total cost way down.  Additionally, Publix always has friendly and knowledgeable employees, and you don't often have to wait in the checkout line very long - they're not like Walmart where you have to wait half an hour to get checked out because there are only three cashiers available and you've got too much stuff to use the self-checkout area. Stuff like that matters to a lot of people.

/former Publix bag boy


A Walmart Marketplace recently opened up across the street from my Publix in the vacant Winn Dixie that the Publix ran out of business.  So far, both seem to be doing fine.  I won't go in the Walmart on principle, and a Publix emplyee told me they did see an initial drop in business when the Walmart opened- on the order of 15% overall.  The Walmart doesn't have a bakery and the deli they have is laughably tiny.  I think the Walmart Marketplace is merely poaching customers who were previously going to the next town over that had a MalMart supercenter.  Those weren't Publix customers anyway- the super price-conscious ones.  The customers who value quality produce, good service, and a pleasant environment will continue going to Publix.
 
2014-08-13 04:06:15 PM  
I had a friend that lived in Boca Raton where the Publix had valet parking.
 
2014-08-13 04:08:39 PM  

JollyMagistrate: They also pay their employees well, give all of them who want full time 40 hours and benefits, and have a program to employ and get continuing care for those with mental disabilities.

They cost a fraction more than some other grocery stores, but the atmosphere, helpfulness, and cleanliness more than make up for it.


Cannot agree more. The only complaint I can come up with about Publix, and my local one at that, is that there's one employee who's a bit too friendly. Not THAT way, he's just very enthusiastic about being friendly and it can be jarring.

Compare this to the sullen Aspies working at the other places, and the extra 5 bucks on your receipt seems worth it.
 
2014-08-13 04:12:15 PM  

dpaul007: JollyMagistrate: They also pay their employees well, give all of them who want full time 40 hours and benefits, and have a program to employ and get continuing care for those with mental disabilities.

They cost a fraction more than some other grocery stores, but the atmosphere, helpfulness, and cleanliness more than make up for it.

Cannot agree more. The only complaint I can come up with about Publix, and my local one at that, is that there's one employee who's a bit too friendly. Not THAT way, he's just very enthusiastic about being friendly and it can be jarring.

Compare this to the sullen Aspies working at the other places, and the extra 5 bucks on your receipt seems worth it.


He may think you are Penn Jillette.
 
2014-08-13 04:22:54 PM  

Buttknuckle: dpaul007: JollyMagistrate: They also pay their employees well, give all of them who want full time 40 hours and benefits, and have a program to employ and get continuing care for those with mental disabilities.

They cost a fraction more than some other grocery stores, but the atmosphere, helpfulness, and cleanliness more than make up for it.

Cannot agree more. The only complaint I can come up with about Publix, and my local one at that, is that there's one employee who's a bit too friendly. Not THAT way, he's just very enthusiastic about being friendly and it can be jarring.

Compare this to the sullen Aspies working at the other places, and the extra 5 bucks on your receipt seems worth it.

He may think you are Penn Jillette.


Penn and I had this out recently and even he thinks I'm better looking.

ic.pics.livejournal.com
 
2014-08-13 04:31:24 PM  
Christmas commercial, "Look Around" It's a very sweet reminder of what Christmas really is.

Publix is my store; I wouldn't shop anywhere else. Winn Dick Me can DIAF.
 
2014-08-13 04:48:12 PM  
Another huge Publix fan. Deli is the best, the service is top-notch. We used to have a special-needs kid bagging and a friend bought three loaves of bread. Bagger says after the first one: First bread ! After the second, he says: First bread ! After the third one, he says: First bread ! My friend says, No, that's Nos. 2 and 3. Bagger goes: No, those were my first breads bagged today. CSB

Also, the day it opened around 15 years ago, the line the first day started around 5 a.m., like people didn't believe it would open the next day, too.
 
2014-08-13 04:52:35 PM  
I love Publix.  As another poster commented above, the employees have stock in the company, so it is in their best interest to keep the guests happy.  I'm not complaining.
 
2014-08-13 04:52:46 PM  

Keys dude: Another huge Publix fan. Deli is the best, the service is top-notch. We used to have a special-needs kid bagging and a friend bought three loaves of bread. Bagger says after the first one: First bread ! After the second, he says: First bread ! After the third one, he says: First bread ! My friend says, No, that's Nos. 2 and 3. Bagger goes: No, those were my first breads bagged today. CSB

Also, the day it opened around 15 years ago, the line the first day started around 5 a.m., like people didn't believe it would open the next day, too.


Was he purchasing potato bread?

/sorry
 
2014-08-13 05:05:42 PM  

Spanky McStupid: Christmas commercial, "Look Around" It's a very sweet reminder of what Christmas really is.


Publix (and their ad agency of the time) was responsible for the very best Christmas commercial ever made.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33kp7YTdQi0
 
2014-08-13 06:51:21 PM  
Appropriate for this thread
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2014-08-13 10:43:24 PM  

theflatline: Publix might be expensive, but they have the nicest staff of any grocery I have been to.  And they all know where everything is.

I was waiting in line to get a sub, and the manager saw it was busy, and he put on gloves and a hairnet and started making sandwiches.

They load groceries into the cars of old people and always have a smile on their face.

Plus, usually have some hotties working there.  Aways got hotties shopping there.


They're not, or at least they're not here. Their prices are comparable to shopping at our local Walmart Supercenter, AND they price match, AND they double coupons, AND they take competitor coupons. Those last two things are things that Walmart doesn't do, and the difference here is that the cashiers know their shiat, so it doesn't take you eons to get through the line if you want to price match and use coupons. I've saved a lot of money shopping at Publix, and I've never once had a cashier have to call a manager over to help them put in a coupon or price match-- compared to Walmart where I'd end up paying more, and that's IF they take a coupon or price match. (Usually they have to call a manager, which takes a lot of time, and then they might not know how to ring something up.) I've avoided Walmart like the plague ever since my first trip into Publix, and even if it wasn't cheaper, I'd still shop there just because it's a more pleasant experience.
 
2014-08-14 01:42:06 PM  
I thought elderly men who shopped at Publix didn't wear shoes with laces - usually, they wear
sandals and black socks.  (It's a mostly Florida chain.)
 
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