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Poll: Do you ever sample the grapes?

Yes, whether I plan to buy them or not 18 (21%)
Yes, but only if I'm deciding whether to buy them 17 (20%)
No. That's stealing! 49 (58%)
   Discussion: Do you ever sample the grapes?
Zach · 17 years, 1 month ago

"Could I get a price check on, uh....TWO GRAPES. Yeah, that's right, TWO GRAPES."

I actually haven't, but I don't see it as a problem.

Yvonne Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
Grapes go by weight so if you hadn't eaten them you could technically weigh them and pay for just two grapes (this is what I learned from working at Loblaws).  Personally I figure that grocery stores have probably accidently overcharged you enough money at least one random time to more than pay for those two grapes.
Josh Woodward · 17 years, 1 month ago
I definitely sample them. You can't tell by looking, and they can either be great or crappy. A grape costs under a penny - if they still minted halfpennies, I'd drop one in a tray or something. :)
hkath · 17 years, 1 month ago
Pesticides. I'd rather take them home and wash them first, thanks.
ellen, formerly evil Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
agreed. the thought of not washing the grapes first gives me the willies.
Agent Scully Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
I can't believe all those times when I was a kid, picking strawberries in the fields. My dad and I used to eat them while picking them.

eeeeewwwww!
Sara Woodward Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
I still pick strawberries and black raspberries and eat them without washing them. fresh picked, i think they might be my favorite thing to eat. however, they grow wild on Josh's land, so they haven't been exposed to pesticides...
Agent Scully Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
But what about the animals that relieved themselves on them. :D
Kat Kunz Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
yeah--where was the option for "no, that's gross!" ???  feh.
nate... Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
Pesticides are good for you!
:)
nate... · 17 years, 1 month ago
never buy grapes without trying 'em first!

Only a sucker would do that. :)

Mamalissa! Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
agreed.

but I also go by never try 'em if you're not deciding whether to buy 'em.
bored, bored, bored.... · 17 years, 1 month ago

Oh yeah...and I always take a big 'ol bite out of the tomatoes and I peel a couple of bananas as well. oO~You can't be too careful~Oo

*wink*

lawrence Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
sometimes I just stick my thumb in a peach. and leave it there.
nate... Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
Heheh.
K-Lyn Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
do you make a place for an ant to hide?
angelmusicmaven Back · 17 years, 1 month ago

PEACHES COME IN A CAN THEY WERE PUT THERE BY A MAN IN A FACTORY DOWN-TOOOOWWWWWWN..

Sorry to yell, but you can't do some parts of that song without yelling...

FrüBill · 17 years, 1 month ago
let me help you: They taste like grapes. And yet I still like them under the guise that I really don't know how they taste.....
Andrea Krause · 17 years, 1 month ago

I remember doing it a lot as a kid. But I just can't do it nowadays. I feel it's stealing.

Of course, I even have trouble doing that "grab a drink and drink it in the store if you're thirsty and just put the bottle/can with your groceries at checkout and retropay for it." It's not stealing at all. But for some reason it sets off my goodygoody sense.

Beth Back · 17 years, 1 month ago

I can open up a bottle of soda and pay for the bottle once it's empty, yet I'd never open up a box of cookies or a bag of candy before leaving the store. And, y'know, sometimes I feel a little guilty about opening up a drink--I don't know why, I have no reason to--but I rationalize, and do it anyway. {g}

As for the grape thing, I don't eat grapes at the store, but I wouldn't complain about other people doing it, as long as you're going to buy some grapes (assuming they taste good {g}).

dirty life & times Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
my mother once told me that it was rude to eat candy in the store, even *after* you've paid for it. so half the time i won't do that, even if i'm reeally hungry.
Alan Mendelsohn Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
I could never do either one. I have a very well-developed goody-goody sense. .oO My goody goody sense is tingling! Oo.
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 1 month ago

I think the pre-consuming something you'll pay for at the register wigs me out because...what if you get a call your house is on fire and have to run out of there...or you get sick and have to leave quickly...or your card gets declined and you can't pay for the groceries. In all those situations you can leave the rest of the stuff in your cart to go back on the shelves, no harm done. But you can't undrink the beverage. I think that's the sort of logic that makes me wiggy about it. To consume something before you've purchased it, even if you fully intend to...it's kinda counting your chickens before they hatch or something.

hkath Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
Yes, that is why people walking around consuming our products makes me uneasy as a cashier.

I once had a customer who gave a package of Wine Gums to his kid to eat while he shopped and when he opened it, destroyed the packaging with the barcode on it. It turned out to be the last package of Wine Gums in the entire store, so I had to attempt to look up Wine Gums in our inventory like you'd look up a movie. I wasn't very successful at finding them (there are like 50 entries for each kind of candy, and you have to look them up individually to see if we actually have any of them in stock, then clear the screen and repeat the whole process).

I ended up just letting him leave without paying for them. That pissed me the hell off.
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 1 month ago

And what I REALLY hate is people who consume stuff in the store with no intention of buying. Like you find these half-eated packs of cookies just thrown onto shelves. Grrr.

lawrence Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
I've found "5-packs" of soda before, even.
Annika · 17 years, 1 month ago
I don't like grapes.  I don't buy them, or sample them.
J. Andrew World · 17 years, 1 month ago
You insensative clod!
Rachel Beck · 17 years, 1 month ago
I don't sample the grapes. But on one occasion last year, I asked a produce employee at the grocery store (not a little neighborhood place, either) how two of the lettuces I hadn't had before differed in taste. And he said, "Hold on just a second. I'll wash a leaf of each so you can try them." Bingo. I wound up with something I knew I liked, and I didn't have to do anything that seemed shady to me.
A.J. · 17 years, 1 month ago
Actually in my neighborhood, you are expected to do that sort of thing. They have these huge open bins of olives of various kinds and they completely expect that you would taste them before buying. I couldn't believe it the first time I saw it happen, but then I realized that it is just cultural. It is the same reason that there is no prepackaged meat in the store (or very little) They expect that you'd want it custom cut.
zil · 17 years, 1 month ago
I don't eat them. me=diabetic.

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