This morning after I dropped Noodle off at school and before I had to be at work I decided to go to Fresh and Easy. I think they are a West Coat chain, but if you see one, you should check it out.
They usually mark their stuff down, the things that are about to get to the sell by date, in the early afternoon. For some reason though when I went in this morning it was like Christmas morning. I spent $68.33. Wanna know what I got? 4 Rib-eye steaks,4 pounds of 97/3 Angus Ground Beef, 2 Grill packs that have 4 hamburger patties, 4 Italian sausage links and 6-8 pieces of chicken in each, and 4 Pot Roasts.
Other than the pot roasts which I will be making into BBQ beef for a birthday party this weekend, everything else is going straight into the freezer. (It doesn’t even need to be re-packaged, thats the easy part of it!).
When I saw all that they had marked down I immediately called MamaB and my mom. My thought was share the wealth right? I circled the store and decided to look one more time at the meat before I left. I found 3 other packages of Rib-eyes and picked them up. I knew that I had plenty with the 2 packages I already had, but knew MamaB and my mom were on their way so I put them in my cart in case they wanted them. An older lady was standing close to me watching me while I did this. I walked to the front of the store, MamaB walked in and I put them in the cart she was pushing. I told her if she wanted them fine, if not ask my mom if she wanted them and if she didn’t just put them back. I didn’t see a damn thing wrong with it.
As I walked towards the check out a woman who works their asked me if I found everything ok. I said “And them some”. As she turned her back to me she said something to the effect of “We mark things down for all of our customers”. I assumed she was implying I bought “too much”. I said “I left plenty for other people”. She said “I meant for our walk in customers”. She was mad (and maybe the old lady told her I took at the steaks) that I called my friends so they could come to the store that pays her paycheck and buy things at said store. Maybe I am wrong, but is there really a difference? A customer is a customer. And remember it is all food that is within a day of them not being able to sell it AT ALL!
Now, I was not mad enough to walk out of there without buying the food I had in my cart. But the more I think about it the more it pisses me off. You would think in this day and age with the economy the way it is they would be happy for word of mouth advertising.
Next time I go would I do the same thing? You betcha. Not for the benefit of the store, but hey my friends and family need to eat as well, so why not pass on a bargain to them as well.
Tell would you have done the same or was I wrong? I’m a big girl, I can take it.