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Sour Grapes

Last night while we were shopping, I saw a young girl (about 15 yo) break of a small stem of grapes from the produce section. I could see her walk with her mother and eat the grapes as they shopped. I was appalled and disgusted, because my mother would have told me that is stealing and because they were not washed. This got me thinking, am I just a prude? Maybe the store makes enough money that it is no big deal. So, I have created my first poll. What do you think?

I need to clarify that in this situation they were not going to buy a bunch of grapes.

This poll is implying that you are not buying grapes.
Poll #1219184 Sour Grapes

Is it OK to grap a handful of grapes from the produce section and eat them while you are shopping?

Yes, I do it all the time.
Yes, but I would never do that.
No, my mother taught me better.
No, it is stealing/shoplifting.



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Jul. 7th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yes: see my comment as well. But aren't grapes most commonly sold by weight, as most produce is? If they're doled out in 1- or 2-pound bunches with price tags on them, it doesn't matter how many you eat before you get to the register so long as they ring you up for the whole thing...
Jul. 7th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
That was going to be my point also. They're sold by weight, so it's stealing.
Jul. 7th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
At some point in my childhood I remember being appalled at a mother who opened a box of popsicles while shopping and handed them out to her kids to eat. Of course, she kept the half-full box in her cart and paid for the whole thing at the register... I guess I was kind of a prude, and my mammy didn't explicitly teach me this, but I had always sort of thought that groceries weren't yours until you actually paid for them. Eating popsicles in the aisles seemed like an unauthorized credit plan. :)
Jul. 7th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Rule of thumb. One grape is sampling to see if the bunch is good and confirming you want to buy it. More is grazing. Wrong.
Jul. 7th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
I would ammend the subject to say that I think it is fine to pick a grape and taste it before purchase to know they are worth paying. Beyond that, suck it up and stop being rude. If you need to snack while you shop, open a package of something that can be rung up at the check-out.
Jul. 7th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, when I am about to buy grapes, I sample one. I have bought way too many BAD grapes in the past.
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Jul. 7th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
I remember my grandmother would pick up green beans from the produce section and eat them while she shopped, i don't remember if she actually bought green beans when she did it though.
Jul. 7th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
It's called theft/shoplifting, period!
It's also tacky,lowclass behavior. Pay for your food like everyone else does you cheap bitch!
The "tasting one" thing makes sense and is accepted behavior by the markets so I don't disagree with it.
Jul. 7th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
I HATE grapes.
Jul. 7th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
You guys aint never been to my local Safeway! We constantly see people go to the bag it yourself bulk rolls/doughnut, and mothers/fathers give each kid a doughnut and one for themself and never pay for it. People go to the deli and asks to sample chicken strips or potato wedges cuz "they've never had them before". You can walk around the store as your shopping and there are opened packages of crackers and ice cream that are half eaten. And the Slim Jim wrappers littering the floor. Its like people are so poor they take their family to the local grocery store to feed them for free. BTW... I take 1 grape to taste before I buy them (I like em sour instead of sweet, so I just gotta find out).
Jul. 7th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Where’s the option for, “I would never do this because I don’t like grapes”?
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
The rules don't apply to ME! I'm special because my mommy says so!
I used to work at a Kroger in WV while I was in college, and for a little while afterward. The local television station was just a block from our store and the local celebrity weatherman used to stop by almost every evening for a pack of smokes and a handful of carob candies that we sold by the pound in the produce section. He never offered to pay for them, and was pretty brazen about consuming them right in front of the store clerks. Our manager had asked him to stop several times, and having gotten nowhere he began charging him 50 cents to cover the cost. Mr. Weatherman challenged me on it one time when he came through my line and said that "we were ripping him off", and that nobody "saw him take the candy." I told him that I had seen him gobble down a handful and that the manager had instructed us to charge him any time we caught him. I also informed him that our manager had saved several prior incidences on the security video tape and that the competing television station might be interested in airing them after we filed a police report. He huffed off, and didn't come back for a while. When he did, he still bought the same cigarettes, but he wouldn't go near the produce section any more. He died from cancer about a decade ago. Karma? Perhaps.
Jul. 8th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
unless they are Ontario grapes...then please buy :o)
Jul. 15th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
I agree it is stealing.

But can you really be surprised in a society where downloading songs is "okay", when cheating is "getting ahead" and when scandal rocks businesses on a daily basis. :(

Course, the mother should've done something... But then again, obviously her parenting style isn't very... influential.
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