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(Denver Channel)   Family buys cereal at Walmart, eat some for breakfast, then realize its sell by date is 22 February 1997. THEY ALL SURVIVED. "I just started eating and thinking, 'it just tastes funny. It must be ok'"   ( thedenverchannel.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Shelf life, Natural Granola cereal, Quaker cereal, current Quaker cereal, Rolled oats, Walmart, English-language films, Littleton Walmart  
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2018-03-07 11:13:15 AM  
I'm finding it hard to believe this would still be on the shelf after 21 years. Isn't the stocking rule first in, first out??

/I know,  sometimes people pull from the back (me)
 
2018-03-07 11:19:12 AM  

Snazzy1: I'm finding it hard to believe this would still be on the shelf after 21 years. Isn't the stocking rule first in, first out??

/I know,  sometimes people pull from the back (me)


It's Quaker granola.  I am not at all surprised.
 
2018-03-07 11:21:14 AM  
I'm surprised none of the UPC info changed since then. Or if it did, that it was still in the system.
 
2018-03-07 11:28:54 AM  
You usually have to go to the dollar store to buy that kind of cereal.  He overpaid.
 
2018-03-07 11:41:31 AM  
The surprising part is that they noticed that granola tastes stale
 
2018-03-07 11:47:19 AM  
Looks like Fark needs a WALMART tag.
 
2018-03-07 11:49:48 AM  
Careless Carelses' cereals
 
2018-03-07 12:18:12 PM  
They needed to wash it down with some 20 year old Crystal Pepsi.
 
2018-03-07 12:22:46 PM  
Gah!  February 1997?  I was in junior high high school, dickhead.

/Senior year.
 
2018-03-07 12:25:10 PM  
I bet I have some rolled oats that old.
 
2018-03-07 12:25:28 PM  
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2018-03-07 12:25:28 PM  
You know you're getting old when 1997 doesn't really seem like that long ago, but then you do the math and realize how fast time goes by.
 
2018-03-07 12:25:42 PM  
There's no way this is legitimate.  The box was likely date-stamped wrong.  21 year old box of cereal in sellable condition at a Walmart, or at a distribution center?  Not hardly.
 
2018-03-07 12:26:16 PM  
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2018-03-07 12:26:27 PM  
They will be okay.  According to this crazy lady in Wisconsin, expiration dates are completely arbitrary and meaningless.  She is an engineer - she KNOWS that five year old mayonnaise is just fine.
 
2018-03-07 12:26:57 PM  
Snazzy1

I'm finding it hard to believe this would still be on the shelf after 21 years. Isn't the stocking rule first in, first out??

/I know, sometimes people pull from the back (me)


And first rule of shelf stock club is rotate stock/check dates, I am very aware that it does not happen a lot.
 
2018-03-07 12:27:07 PM  
That's nothing, I own a box of cereal from the mid 1980s....a box of Wheaties with Steve Largent on the front of the box, autographed.

/My ex-girlfriend was a soul-sucking biatch.
//But she was really good when it came to gift-giving.
 
2018-03-07 12:27:26 PM  
Stale is a taste.
 
2018-03-07 12:30:10 PM  
* goes to check the date on my new box of Quake cereal *
 
2018-03-07 12:30:22 PM  
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2018-03-07 12:30:26 PM  
I ate some 20 year old cooter for breakfast in the 90s.  Ain't been the same since.
 
2018-03-07 12:30:31 PM  

Snazzy1: I'm finding it hard to believe this would still be on the shelf after 21 years. Isn't the stocking rule first in, first out??

/I know,  sometimes people pull from the back (me)


Walmart as a whole follows that stocking rule, yes. I don't think the employees get paid enough to care though, since every time I go in I find the new crap in the front
 
2018-03-07 12:30:52 PM  
Reminds me of a CSB. My friend bought an old Chevy pickup truck a few months ago and found a bottle of Budweiser from 2004 under the seat. He took it out and put it in the fridge. Then a couple weeks later we are hanging out drinking one night and I went to grab a beer, and all that was left was a bottle of Bud. So I opened it and drink most of it. He comes out into the garage and says "Ummmm, yeah, that is that beer from 14 years ago."

"Oh sh*t, well, it ain't too bad for Budweiser!" and I proceed to finish it.
Nothing happened.
 
2018-03-07 12:31:17 PM  
Tastes funny, eh? Maybe it was made from clowns.

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2018-03-07 12:31:48 PM  
Serves 'em right for shopping at Wal-Mart.
 
2018-03-07 12:31:59 PM  
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2018-03-07 12:32:45 PM  
Hey, I know those people. I thought it was weird when they offered me a McDLT and an Orbitz.

Sandwich was a little crunchy, but otherwise ok.
 
2018-03-07 12:33:02 PM  
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2018-03-07 12:33:36 PM  
Walmart is known for leaving items on the shelves for decades.

https://consumerist.com/tag/raiders-o​f​-the-lost-walmart/
 
2018-03-07 12:33:49 PM  
You'd think Walmart would have tossed that cereal when they moved from the smaller original store inside the city limits to the super Walmart they're leasing outside the city limits.
 
2018-03-07 12:34:32 PM  
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'Honey, did you check the expiration date on that box?'

'They wouldn't have it on the shelf if it was expired!'
 
2018-03-07 12:37:03 PM  

freetomato: They will be okay.  According to this crazy lady in Wisconsin, expiration dates are completely arbitrary and meaningless.  She is an engineer - she KNOWS that five year old mayonnaise is just fine.


I actually have five year old mayonnaise in my fridge, open, that I am still using.  It's fine.  I don't use mayonnaise that often, and until it tastes bad or makes me sick, I'm gonna keep using it.

It is "reduced fat" mayo, not sure how much that helps.
 
2018-03-07 12:37:35 PM  
It makes sense to me that a reasonably healthier choice for a breakfast cereal would sit unsold on a shelf for 20+ years at a WalMart. Fatties don't eat that shiat.
 
2018-03-07 12:37:51 PM  
You want old product? Look at an elderly person's spice collection.

"GRANDMA!!! This was banned in '87. And I'm pretty sure I can get $500 on ebay for this tin of marjoram. Or $5 from Rick, he knows a 'spice guy'."
 
2018-03-07 12:37:51 PM  
 
2018-03-07 12:38:07 PM  
 
2018-03-07 12:39:30 PM  

noitsnot: "reduced fat" mayo


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2018-03-07 12:39:56 PM  
CSB time:

Back in the 1980s, while I was in college, a friend who was in ROTC had to help clear out a Cuban Missile
crisis-era fallout shelter on campus (it was on the roof of a high-rise dorm, which always struck me as
pretty stupid, but that's neither here nor there), and he ended up with a bunch of ancient survival ration
graham crackers.  Naturally, I had to try one, and while it wasn't bad (on a HEAVILY weighted value of
'not bad'), it did taste like it was literally a bunch of dryer lint compressed into squares with a sprinkle of
sugar.
 
2018-03-07 12:40:52 PM  
1997? Psshh...a friend of a friend who is a home health care worker found this in a client's freezer the other day.

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2018-03-07 12:41:51 PM  
Maybe.

Thoughts, were any Littleton, CO Wal-Marts selling groceries in the mid-90's?  Has packaging changed in the last 25 years?   If this is a real thing, could it have been a distribution mistake.  Some warehouse had this one box?  Or are there a lot of really old cereal out there in Wal-Mart?

Part of me thinks that the family found an old box of cereal in the back of their pantry and decided to have some "fun".   But I'm cynical.
 
2018-03-07 12:44:10 PM  

The_Sponge: That's nothing, I own a box of cereal from the mid 1980s....a box of Wheaties with Steve Largent on the front of the box, autographed.

/My ex-girlfriend was a soul-sucking biatch.
//But she was really good when it came to gift-giving.


 Yeah she was.
 
2018-03-07 12:44:22 PM  

Snazzy1: I'm finding it hard to believe this would still be on the shelf after 21 years. Isn't the stocking rule first in, first out??

/I know,  sometimes people pull from the back (me)


If I had to guess, it probably fell off a palette at their distribution center and was hiding either up high or behind a palette rack. Someone probably found it during an inventory or something and just tossed it on a palette with other boxes.

At my last job, every once in a while I'd get a call from one of our warehouses about something they found that they didn't know what to do with.  There were times it turned out to be something we had written off as lost 5-10 years earlier.
 
2018-03-07 12:44:34 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: There's no way this is legitimate.  The box was likely date-stamped wrong.  21 year old box of cereal in sellable condition at a Walmart, or at a distribution center?  Not hardly.


The box shown in the attached video is slightly different than the current box, but not drastically.
 
2018-03-07 12:44:37 PM  
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2018-03-07 12:45:28 PM  

idrow: You know you're getting old when 1997 doesn't really seem like that long ago, but then you do the math and realize how fast time goes by.


This. My baby sister was born that year. Always saw her as a baby. Woke up today to the realization that she can legally drink now.

/Jesus I'm old
 
2018-03-07 12:45:30 PM  
"It Just Tastes Funny, It Must Be Ok"

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2018-03-07 12:47:08 PM  
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2018-03-07 12:47:24 PM  

idrow: You know you're getting old when 1997 doesn't really seem like that long ago, but then you do the math and realize how fast time goes by.


My son was born in 1997 , which seems like just a minute ago to me...until I see him ...
 
2018-03-07 12:47:34 PM  

MBZ321: 1997? Psshh...a friend of a friend who is a home health care worker found this in a client's freezer the other day.

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Wow, 1486? I didn't even know they had PathMark back then.
 
2018-03-07 12:47:43 PM  
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