things that make you want to throttle shop keepers

@jb78000 (15173)
October 23, 2009 2:20pm CST
had one today - i had been buying ratfood by the kilo for ages and today found out it was a mix ok for hamsters. rats need more protein than hamsters - if my wee beasties didn't get extra stuff i would be furious. actually i am slightly - i have been buying stuff i thought was ok and then found out it wasn't.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Oct 09
hi jb wow that is a letdown to find that the ratfood really was not for rats at all, why did they not specify that to you before. LIke me, I had read one should check out the expiration dates on foods more carefully. so when I set out to buy my usual five container of yogurt for so much, I carefully read the dates on all my five containers before putting them in the grocery cart. to my dismay all five containers were outdated. I asked the clerk if he knew that all of that whole shelf of yogurt containers were outdated. He shrugged his shoulders and said, I have no idea, I just work here." Say what? So there I was, thinking is it safe,is it not safe, do I buy these, do I put them back? So finally I just put them back where I found them, then checked on another brand and the dates on them gave me all sorts of time. Whey don't the clerks who stock these shelves not know if something is outdated or not?
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• Australia
24 Oct 09
I take your point, Hatley, and the store manager should have been notified about the problem, but yoghurt is an interesting case. Most use-by dates are extremely conservative. When I was cooking for the St. Vincent de Paul shelter in Melbourne, we got a large amount of our food stuff from the Food Bank, and we had hundreds of containers of yoghurt in our fridges all the time, most of it past the date, yet we knew we could serve it up even 10 days beyond in perfect safety. Some other things are less flexible, like anything with meat in it. Lash
• Spain
24 Oct 09
Hatley, I found a yogurt lurking in the fridge last week. It was dated best before August! The top wasn't blown, so I carefully removed it, to find the yogurt was still delicious. Sell by dates are a big con, although I always make sure to use meat products before the expiry date, or freeze them.
@jb78000 (15173)
31 Oct 09
i've been sold loaves of mouldy bread on occasion
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Oct 09
Oh, and they told you it WAS OK for rats? I say feed the lot of it to the shop keeper...
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
23 Oct 09
rabbit treats those rats like pets you know. Bet all that cake you send her goes to them too.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Oct 09
I used to feed my rats all kinds of things. Including cream of mushroom soup!
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
23 Oct 09
And spoon feed them presumably?
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
24 Oct 09
Hello, Judith. The only time I wanted to throttle a retail assistant was in Morrisons some time back. I bought a set of saucepans in the sale, but the first time I used them, all the coating bubbled up and started peeling off. I took them back, and the girl on customer service, who was about 12, examined them, gave me a suspicious look and said,'You've had these somewhere hot, haven't you?' No, I'm not making this up - those were her exact words. I replied, 'Oh dear, and here's me thinking I could use saucepans to cook food in on my cooker.' he dug herself deeper by coming back with, 'Of course you can use them on the cooker, as long a it's not too hot.' I had to get the manager to get my money back, and I suggested he pick his staff more carefully in future.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Oct 09
Clearly they should have had a warning on those pots: Do Not Use Anywhere Near Heat
• Spain
24 Oct 09
Yes, it makes you wonder, doesn't it? Mind you, I did quite well out of it, because I wrote in to a magazine's letters page with the story and got £25 for the letter of the week. I also wrote an article for Helium under one of the customer service titles, and that's still earning steadily, so thank Heavens for the thickies, I say, even though it was very annoying at the time!
@jb78000 (15173)
31 Oct 09
that one is a classic
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
23 Oct 09
'Caveat emptor' - let the buyer beware... this is the sad truth of modern markets...they will just sell you anything rather than let you return empty handed....so beware....maybe next time they will try to sell you dog-food....
@jb78000 (15173)
31 Oct 09
or wood shavings
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
1 Nov 09
that may be considered as edible too... they might also try to sell something non-edible. btw - welcome back...where have you been?
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
23 Oct 09
My former hay man lied to me, and him such a devout fellow, Bald faced lied to Husband and I about the grass mix of the hay we had been buying for 5 years. We went to him specifically for Orchard grass mix. The horses ate EVERY SINGLE BLADE of this hay. One day, he loads this crappy hay onto our truck, and I asked him what the deal was. He said it's canary grass, same as you've been getting. It was NOT what I had been buying. What it WAS, however, was the brand spankin new Alpaca farm down the road was paying top dollar to all the local farmers, at $7 a bale/bulk loads. So I did take that one straggly load, and sure 'nuff, the horses hated it, laid in it, peed all over it, but did not eat it. We haven't been back to him, our money is better spent elsewhere in the community.
@jb78000 (15173)
31 Oct 09
con artist there then
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
23 Oct 09
My peeve with some are those shopkeepers who cannot answer a single question. It is as though they aren't even familiar with their own line of work. That really annoys me, as do the ones who chit-chat forever with a customer as the line of us waiting continually grows longer. Ugh.
@jb78000 (15173)
31 Oct 09
well they can. the stock answer is 'erm'
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
23 Oct 09
Sorry to laugh but, why did the shopkeeper lie to you about rat food? It seems so silly.
@jb78000 (15173)
31 Oct 09
he didn't know anything
@wmraul (2557)
• Bucharest, Romania
23 Oct 09
Well, I might have had the feeling yet I'm sure it won't happen for rat food Is easy here in my country to find a clerk who have no idea how to sell whatever is in the shop he's working in ..
@jb78000 (15173)
31 Oct 09
same in this country, although this guy was trying to hand out advice on how to look after little animals too.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
23 Oct 09
So the beasts survived the inedequate diet fine then. Can't you just feed them hamsters or something, or chips. I can't recall ever wanting to throttle a shop keeper actually, but I don't have your violent tendencies. If I ever was in that position I'd send a man in.
@jb78000 (15173)
23 Oct 09
they get what i eat. in wee portions. if they didn't they could be ill now.
@kezabelle (2985)
23 Oct 09
You thought it was rat food though didnt you? like did you ever ask if it was actually ok if you did and they said yes it is then yeh id be annoyed but if you alone brought it thinking its alright for rats well how can you be annoyed? hope the little rats are ok x
@jb78000 (15173)
31 Oct 09
they sold it as such. i asked for a kilo of rat food and got hamster mix. aargh.