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#1 Old 05-04-2003, 11:35 AM
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Okay, this is so nasty. I was in Kroger and I was waiting to get rung up and the lady behind me got her huge pack of meat (ribs or something) and almost right on my packs of tomatoes, I moved them. I was about to blow chunks , it was so gross. I usually try to avoid the meat section of the store anyway. Shannon/Zimma
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#2 Old 05-04-2003, 12:00 PM
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Shannon! I am so glad you are here. I missed you!!

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p.s. that really is gross! I somehow usually block out the meat section of the store and don't even look at it. Every once in a while it catches my eye for some reason and it's so gross!!
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Yea.. My family has a habit of like, cleaning raw meat and then reaching for something I'd like to eat, like the bag of tomatoes without washing their hands first. Not only is this unsanitary in the first place.. It's like, yo. I might like to eat those tomatoes?
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I used to live in Astoria, NY, which is largely Greek. Every morning on my way to the subway I had to walk by this butchery with dead lamb hanging in the window and piles of tripe and tongue other nasties. Every once in a while the guy would come out in his bloody apron to take out the trash. Blecchhh! And the thing is, these rotting corpses in his window supposedly looked appealing to people and brought in business! In my old grocery store, they put the veggie burgers and other frozen veggies in a case right next to more hanging whole carcases!



Of course, nothing tops the time my cab driver invited me to a live goat sacrifice with his family! No thanks dude, can you just take me home?



Now I'm in Denver, fighting my way through the big game mentality. The grocery stores are pretty nice though - lots of fresh produce and even a few health stores like Whole Foods and Wild Oats.



I'll never understand how people find bloody hanging meat attractive and appetizing!
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Where I used to shop all of the veggie stuff (like Morningstar Farms and Boca) was located right next to the pig brains.

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Zim... why shop at Kroger when there's Ukrops? For those of you who don't know Ukrops is a really good grocery store in Virginia... Someone probably *could* put their disgusting meat next to your tomatoes there too but it's less likely to happen in a good quality store. At least I think so.
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We were there for Mark because he needed beer :P

I love Ukrops and I shop there whenever I can.

I like the Kroger in Carytown since they carry lowfat Nasoya tofu.

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I always hesitate to use the shopping cart after watching people dumping those meat packages into it-----they are not gonna wash the shopping carts for you weirdo veggies



So I always end up holding a mountain of grocerys in my arms and go check out, got stared at a lot but oh well, who cares
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Shannon, I'm so glad you're here!!! We have all missed you terribly.
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Freemouse - you can put cardboard boxes into the cart and that way you don't have to get bags, either. Speaking of bags, whenever I buy produce, I don't bag things like apples or peppers, yet the store clerks always try to put them in the little plastic veggie bags for me. Why? Why? Why?
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Speaking of bags, whenever I buy produce, I don't bag things like apples or peppers, yet the store clerks always try to put them in the little plastic veggie bags for me. Why? Why? Why?



I used to work at a grocery store.

Do you put your produce directly on the conveyer belt at the checkout? If you do... DON'T EVER DO IT AGAIN! Use the bags that the produce people give you.

The flesh that is purchased by the majority of the world isn't always completely sealed.. and often the blood soaks right through the seams of the plastic.. which leaves the conveyer belt covered in blood. More often than not, the checkers don't clean the belt (It happens so often.. you'd need a bucket of bleach and a rag in your hand constantly). I always used to warn those that would come through my line of the dirtiness on the belts, but again, most others don't know about it. Just please, be aware of how gross those things are.
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Freemouse - you can put cardboard boxes into the cart and that way you don't have to get bags, either. Speaking of bags, whenever I buy produce, I don't bag things like apples or peppers, yet the store clerks always try to put them in the little plastic veggie bags for me. Why? Why? Why?



That's a superb idea, Essello!! I will try next time!



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Glad you missed me, I had get a new computer because my old one died and that is why I was gone for so long. Shannon/Zimma
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Cloth bags. Washable. Yay.
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On the same note, can anyone reccomend a good fruit/veggie cleaner? I usually use mild dish soap, but I've heard vineager works too - I've never tried it. Any ideas?
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Ukrops! Yay! We go into Richmond several times a month and I love to go to Ukrops. They have such a good selection and my daughters love the shopping carts that look like trucks. What fun!
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Oh man! Right across from the health food section with all of the soy meats and stuff at Fred Meyer here is a huge sign above the meat department of a SMILING COW BBQing DIFFERENT CUTS OF MEAT!!!! It is so freaking offensive I can't even believe it.
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I am so germophobic when it comes to meat in my house. I use different dishes and stuff because I'm so weird. It used to be about germs (I have OCD) but now it is about meat "residues"
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Bleah...I never thought about tainted shopping carts before. I rarely go into a conventional grocery store, but I had to get some lettuce the other day and the guy in line behind me put a HUGE pack of ground beef on the conveyer. I couldn't even look at him, it disgusted me so much. I forgot why I hate grocery stores. Luckily my lettuce was from Earthbound Farms so it was packaged! A Wegman's just opened up around here and they have a huge natural foods area (about the size of our hfs) but I can't stand going past the meat department.
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what ticks me off is sometimes , in the little fridge in the central healthy foods section (where the soy burgers, soy drink, frozen soy and rice deserts and other stuff are), I'll find a pack of hamburger meat some lazy jerk put there as he didn't want it anymore and it was the nearest fridge I guess.



That is so annoying and it happens every once in a while.



I can't stand seeing products people just stick on shelves around the store because they no longer want them anyway (I feel that's so lazy, like not putting carts back or doing a half-assed job of it and totally blocking the whole buggy place ) but when it's a meat product in that little fridge area I go to, it really annoys me.
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what ticks me off is sometimes , in the little fridge in the central healthy foods section (where the soy burgers, soy drink, frozen soy and rice deserts and other stuff are), I'll find a pack of hamburger meat some lazy jerk put there as he didn't want it anymore and it was the nearest fridge I guess.



That is so annoying and it happens every once in a while.



I can't stand seeing products people just stick on shelves around the store because they no longer want them anyway (I feel that's so lazy, like not putting carts back or doing a half-assed job of it and totally blocking the whole buggy place ) but when it's a meat product in that little fridge area I go to, it really annoys me.



Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't be surprised if some people would do that on purpose.
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I have always been afraid of the conveyors. I bag all produce.



I should start bringing a plastic tray or something. So gross!



And the cross contamination thing at home is very serious. That is a good way to get yourself in the hospital or at least very sick.



My dad makes hamburger patties, making sure to clean his hands and put latex gloves on. But then he leaves the gloves on to go grab a beer out of the fridge, look through all the cupboards, etc. E. Coli everywhere!



I told my mother that when I am a parent I am not letting my small children in their kitchen for the sake of their health!
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i don't know what it is about the Giant grocery stores by where i live.. but they always have the most stank, gross stench of fish and seafood! even worse.. it seems to carry throughout the entire store! i can even smell it when i leave!

yarf! ick..
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I went to this natural foods/organic store and they had sardines, tofu and beef stew in a can all on the same shelf. I just thought it was sort of odd.
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I'm a u-scan op/checker at Kroger, and I can confirm the filth of the belts. Ours are cleaned nightly (and daily too, if we're not busy) but they are almost instantly dirty again, so it's almost pointless. In addition to the wide variety of contaminants already there, a surprising amount of people seem to think it's ok to let their children walk around on the countertops.

Can't complain too much though. I would never have tried to quit eating meat if I hadn't been forced to handle big, leaky packages of it all day.
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My Kroger has put in quite a large "natural/organic/healthy" foods section next to the produce. This is quite lucky for me, as I live in a conservative, medium-small town that doesn't even have a healthfood store.
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My Kroger has put in quite a large "natural/organic/healthy" foods section next to the produce. This is quite lucky for me, as I live in a conservative, medium-small town that doesn't even have a healthfood store.



My Kroger is the same way! I live in a small town too where there aren't a lot of choices for veggie shopping. I was so happy to find our Kroger had all those good organic/veggie goods next to produce. ^_^
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ugh. i shop at this asian market for snacks and the gentleman in front of me bought a ton of fish eyeballs blankly staring and all. well like 40 at least. not 46 but more like 40. anyway they were not bagged!!! they were for him to carry them to the register then he just dumped em on the belt. just payed for em then they put em in reg plastic grocery bags. it was pretty gross.

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ugh. i shop at this asian market for snacks and the gentleman in front of me bought a ton of fish eyeballs blankly staring and all. well like 40 at least. not 46 but more like 40. anyway they were not bagged!!! they were for him to carry them to the register then he just dumped em on the belt. just payed for em then they put em in reg plastic grocery bags. it was pretty gross.



do you mean they were just sitting there loose? I got the shivers reading that...
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I honestly don't believe the majority of people stick meat in non-meat freezer to upset anyone. They see a freezer, they have something they don't want, they throw said item into freezer.



Although, I know a number of meat eaters that would have vomited at the sight of the eyeballs. Hmm....gives me an idea...
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