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2020-11-24 8:06:40 AM  
What's wrong with truth in advertising?
 
2020-11-24 8:10:51 AM  

OdradekRex: What's wrong with truth in advertising?


It was accidental, which was the problem.
 
2020-11-24 8:40:05 AM  
Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.

It's a shame. Giant used to be awesome when they were local, headquartered in Landover, MD; best produce you could find. Then they got bought out by some multinational company (Ahold, I think) and their quality went down the tubes.
 
2020-11-24 8:44:07 AM  

Ginnungagap42: Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.


Well, the Martin's label of Giant, which is the version they open in places that want to do some good food shoppin' but think a Giant is just too full of itself and crawling with them fancy pants suburban and city elitists. Imagine a Food Lion that actually requires all shoppers to wear clothes and you're in the ballpark.
 
2020-11-24 9:08:41 AM  
WAAAAY ahead of you.
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2020-11-24 9:11:04 AM  
Lol
 
2020-11-24 9:14:07 AM  
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2020-11-24 9:15:14 AM  

Ginnungagap42: Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.

It's a shame. Giant used to be awesome when they were local, headquartered in Landover, MD; best produce you could find. Then they got bought out by some multinational company (Ahold, I think) and their quality went down the tubes.


Yep, the Dutch giant called Royal Ahold. Pronounce it however you'd like, it works.

/used to do advertising for them
//but there are also two Giants, one in PA and one in MD
 
2020-11-24 9:15:50 AM  
I was honestly chuckling at the boldness of the pun, maybe even applauding it, but sadly it was unintentional.
 
2020-11-24 9:18:53 AM  

Ginnungagap42: Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.

It's a shame. Giant used to be awesome when they were local, headquartered in Landover, MD; best produce you could find. Then they got bought out by some multinational company (Ahold, I think) and their quality went down the tubes.


The  Original owner are turning in their graves I have no doubt.  Decent people, unionized their workforce and offered a wide selection of everything.  Sad to see what they've become
 
2020-11-24 9:20:35 AM  
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Spready Vedder refuses to go hungry (go hungrrraaaaaaaayyyeah!)
 
2020-11-24 9:20:47 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: I was honestly chuckling at the boldness of the pun, maybe even applauding it, but sadly it was unintentional.


I imagine the person who designed the ad winked after they said "I had NO idea!"
 
2020-11-24 9:21:41 AM  
I haven't physically grocery shopped since March.
 
2020-11-24 9:22:31 AM  

Ginnungagap42: Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.

It's a shame. Giant used to be awesome when they were local, headquartered in Landover, MD; best produce you could find. Then they got bought out by some multinational company (Ahold, I think) and their quality went down the tubes.


Live in Delaware so we get the Giant MD brand. They have jacked their prices up so much its almost as bad as Whole Foods.


Pocket Ninja: Ginnungagap42: Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.

Well, the Martin's label of Giant, which is the version they open in places that want to do some good food shoppin' but think a Giant is just too full of itself and crawling with them fancy pants suburban and city elitists. Imagine a Food Lion that actually requires all shoppers to wear clothes and you're in the ballpark.



I now shop at a Food Lion. My bill is about half what it was at Giant and the quality is about the same. No pantsless shoppers at mine. I also started buying my produce at a local asian produce market which cut my costs down as well.
 
2020-11-24 9:26:40 AM  

eagles95: Ginnungagap42: Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.

It's a shame. Giant used to be awesome when they were local, headquartered in Landover, MD; best produce you could find. Then they got bought out by some multinational company (Ahold, I think) and their quality went down the tubes.

Live in Delaware so we get the Giant MD brand. They have jacked their prices up so much its almost as bad as Whole Foods.


Pocket Ninja: Ginnungagap42: Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.

Well, the Martin's label of Giant, which is the version they open in places that want to do some good food shoppin' but think a Giant is just too full of itself and crawling with them fancy pants suburban and city elitists. Imagine a Food Lion that actually requires all shoppers to wear clothes and you're in the ballpark.


I now shop at a Food Lion. My bill is about half what it was at Giant and the quality is about the same. No pantsless shoppers at mine. I also started buying my produce at a local asian produce market which cut my costs down as well.


I lived in Northern Virginia when there was a big scandal about warehouse cleanliness at Food Lion.  Local TV station did an undercover thing, shot video of rats swarming over pallets.

Afterwards, Food Lion actually ran ads showing them moving and cleaning the warehouse.  They had freshly painted the floors and shelving, and the president was walking through the warehouse and talking directly to the camera.
 
2020-11-24 9:26:53 AM  
Meanwhile, I get to head out into stores in several towns to work today. Because goodness gracious it's ESSENTIAL that my clients have little signs on the shelves advertising their food or hair spray or diapers or whatever-the-fork during this surge in a deadly global pandemic, and the fact that I may well be unknowingly transporting the virus from one town to another (let alone possibly risking my own life) doesn't matter AT ALL to them as long as the shareholders are happy.

ARE YOU HAPPY, SHAREHOLDERS?

We should be dropping the corpses off at the doorsteps of corporate CEOs and shareholders so they can deal with the consequences of their actions personally.
 
2020-11-24 9:29:18 AM  
Again? How many times this year will they do this?
 
2020-11-24 9:33:45 AM  

AdmirableSnackbar: OdradekRex: What's wrong with truth in advertising?

It was accidental, which was the problem.


It was deliberate and they just got a shiatload of free advertising.
 
2020-11-24 9:33:52 AM  

AdmirableSnackbar: OdradekRex: What's wrong with truth in advertising?

It was accidental, which was the problem.


I don't believe that for one second.
 
2020-11-24 9:36:23 AM  

Ginnungagap42: Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.

It's a shame. Giant used to be awesome when they were local, headquartered in Landover, MD; best produce you could find. Then they got bought out by some multinational company (Ahold, I think) and their quality went down the tubes.


They're still HQ'd in Landover, but owned by Ahold DelTaco or something like that.

I usually go to Giant to grab anything Aldi doesn't have.  The choices here for mainstream stores seems to be:

1. Giant: clean, well-run, huge selection.
2. Harris Teeter: clean, poorly-run, meh selection.
3. Safeway: okish clean, okish run, decent selection.
4. Wegmans: amazing, but I'm not driving 15 minutes each way just to go to the grocery store.

Also, this is a repeat - we had this story last week:
https://www.fark.com/comments/1102287​1​/This-did-not-come-across-as-we-intend​ed
 
2020-11-24 9:42:39 AM  
"...a menacing looking shrimp cocktail ring"
WTF?
 
2020-11-24 9:45:20 AM  

WilderKWight: Meanwhile, I get to head out into stores in several towns to work today. Because goodness gracious it's ESSENTIAL that my clients have little signs on the shelves advertising their food or hair spray or diapers or whatever-the-fork during this surge in a deadly global pandemic, and the fact that I may well be unknowingly transporting the virus from one town to another (let alone possibly risking my own life) doesn't matter AT ALL to them as long as the shareholders are happy.

ARE YOU HAPPY, SHAREHOLDERS?

We should be dropping the corpses off at the doorsteps of corporate CEOs and shareholders so they can deal with the consequences of their actions personally.


Why don't they just lay you off and eliminate one disease vector?
 
2020-11-24 9:51:10 AM  
Izunbacol:
I usually go to Giant to grab anything Aldi doesn't have.

So....everything then? :P

I'm always gonna stan Publix, personally. I've lived and traveled around the US a lot and have never seen a mainstream grocery store as consistently good. Kroger is probably the closest second.

For niche stuff, Trader Joe's is always solid, but they're just too picky about location for as tiny as their stores are.
 
2020-11-24 9:57:24 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: Izunbacol:
I usually go to Giant to grab anything Aldi doesn't have.

So....everything then? :P

I'm always gonna stan Publix, personally. I've lived and traveled around the US a lot and have never seen a mainstream grocery store as consistently good. Kroger is probably the closest second.

For niche stuff, Trader Joe's is always solid, but they're just too picky about location for as tiny as their stores are.


Nah, Aldi basically has most things - it's just those occasional items that are hard to find, or if they're out at Aldi.

And Publix is dear to my heart, but they don't have them here*.  HT is the local face of Kroger, but it's so poorly run.  They simply refuse to have enough lanes open at any time.  I can handle the long line at Aldi because it moves at warp 9.  But a long line at a normal grocery store, behind a septuagenarian fumbling in her purse for her wallet and crinkled coupons?  Shoot me. 

*Wegmans is like Publix, but more upscale.  Publix is basically a really nice version of a mainstream supermarket.  Wegmans is like Publix plus Whole Foods in one store, run by Publix.  Or, for Texans, like a Central Market.
 
2020-11-24 10:00:21 AM  

WilderKWight: Meanwhile, I get to head out into stores in several towns to work today. Because goodness gracious it's ESSENTIAL that my clients have little signs on the shelves advertising their food or hair spray or diapers or whatever-the-fork during this surge in a deadly global pandemic, and the fact that I may well be unknowingly transporting the virus from one town to another (let alone possibly risking my own life) doesn't matter AT ALL to them as long as the shareholders are happy.

ARE YOU HAPPY, SHAREHOLDERS?

We should be dropping the corpses off at the doorsteps of corporate CEOs and shareholders so they can deal with the consequences of their actions personally.


Shut up and do your job, hippy.
 
2020-11-24 10:03:15 AM  

blatz514: I haven't physically grocery shopped since March.


It's people like you who take all the fun out of licking grocery cart handles.
 
2020-11-24 10:22:38 AM  

Ginnungagap42: Giant Food?
[reads article]
Giant Food.

It's a shame. Giant used to be awesome when they were local, headquartered in Landover, MD; best produce you could find. Then they got bought out by some multinational company (Ahold, I think) and their quality went down the tubes.


Ahold. Same company that owns Stop and Shop.
Stop & Shop's quality is pretty high. Maybe Giant had other issues.
 
2020-11-24 10:28:45 AM  
Why isn't it advertising any Thanksgiving day foods?
 
2020-11-24 10:28:53 AM  
NikolaiFarkoff:
//but there are also two Giants, one in PA and one in MD

these three have overlapping territories in MD and boy can it be confusing.

Giant Food based in Landover,MD (sold to Ahold in 1998 and is union)
Giant based in in Carlisle, PA (sold to Ahold in 1981 and is non-union)
Giant Eagle based in Pittsburgh, PA (not owned by Ahold and is union)
 
2020-11-24 10:35:23 AM  

Izunbacol: Nah, Aldi basically has most things - it's just those occasional items that are hard to find, or if they're out at Aldi.

And Publix is dear to my heart, but they don't have them here*.  HT is the local face of Kroger, but it's so poorly run.  They simply refuse to have enough lanes open at any time.  I can handle the long line at Aldi because it moves at warp 9.  But a long line at a normal grocery store, behind a septuagenarian fumbling in her purse for her wallet and crinkled coupons?  Shoot me. 

*Wegmans is like Publix, but more upscale.  Publix is basically a really nice version of a mainstream supermarket.  Wegmans is like Publix plus Whole Foods in one store, run by Publix.  Or, for Texans, like a Central Market.


Just to make things fun, Publix now has a couple of newer layouts for the wealthier/healthier areas and they're interesting, but they intentionally lack certain more affordable items, so it kind of feels like being tricked.

I live in a weird stretch of road where were have insane grocery coverage -- within a 3-mile radius, two Publixes, a Walmart Supercenter, Target Supercenter, Walmart Market, a couple farmer's markets, Sprouts, and something I've never seen -- a Whole Foods that went out of business because they couldn't compete. It was only open for 2 years, albeit in a horrible location that was hard to access.
 
2020-11-24 11:16:12 AM  

blatz514: I haven't physically grocery shopped since March.


So basically all your groceries were handled by some rando mere minutes before being dropped at your house.

Better boil everything.
 
2020-11-24 12:43:04 PM  
2014: We'd just moved 2kmi & wanted to host our in-Laws who now are our next door neighbors (we own 10 of 12 homes in our "culture sac "). A local supermarket chain offered a " ready-to-eat Thanksgiving Feast for 30! - Just Pick It Up & Serve! " So, we ordered it 2 weeks before to pick up Thanksgiving Morning. " No problem! " They said.

I went into the store to the Deli Counter. The clerk went to the freezer(!) & wheeled out a cart of frozen boxes. The one with the frozen turkey said: "Directions: 1) Begin defrosting 3 days before as follows:...."

I was hot enough to Fark! I got a refund (had the advert in hand) & we had our 1st & only KFC Thanksgiving plus each favorite dish & desert.

Fark: the next year & every year since our local advertisers still run the same ad. It's still "ready to eat Feast." They are our closest mid-grade chain & except for this advertising lie, year after year; they are a good chain store. But for some reason the advertising dept turns out this deliberately false ad every farking year in September. I just want them to add it is delivered frozen & requires 3 days prep. It isn't ready-to-eat unless it's cooked but talking to their corporate is like having Law explained to me a distracted Kindergartner. They just refuse to get it. I can't be the only customer nearly swindled by this. Sweet Jesus' giblets.

T'ain't fair.
 
2020-11-24 1:05:48 PM  
I bet they did it on purpose to gain attention under the theory that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
 
2020-11-24 1:50:43 PM  
Something that didn't occur to me in the last thread on this: maybe one of their ad guys just thought it was a clever line that would get a few laughs.
 
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