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Repeatedly Rotten Garlic And Onions
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CARROLLTON, GEORGIA -- Wal-Mart and Ingles are the only two grocery stores in town open 24 hours, and Ingles is two minutes away vs. 15 for Wal-Mart. I work second shift, so if I cook dinner after work, I normally go to Ingles. The prices are a little higher, but I'll happily pay a few dollars more to avoid the drive and the long lines to check out at Wal-Mart.

I've had a few bad purchases in the past. Shrimp that was bad despite being in date, a whole cut up chicken that was bad. But I always run back to the store and exchange it. With the shrimp, I also forgot a red bell pepper which they gave me for free. And, I can understand meat going bad, that can happen at any grocery store.

But their produce is horrible sometimes. Two months ago, I went in to get an eggplant, and they had two, both of which were half rotten. Again, not a major complaint, I was trying to buy an eggplant out of season, but, really, just take them off the shelf. I've bought asparagus to find that, while perfect on the outside, the inside of the bundle was slimy. Pretty much every time I go in, I buy garlic and onions. I always inspect them because I know the track record, get them home and find the onion has bad spots, or the garlic has green centers or, in this last head, was actually rotten. I just don't understand how on such a high turnover item, that doesn't really go bad quickly, why they can't keep quality produce in stock. I mean, it's only fifty cents for a head of garlic, so I don't take it back, but it is frustrating to be cooking and then realize you don't have such a key component, despite buying it. I'll take fault for the asparagus, even the chicken and shrimp, I should have looked/smelled more closely, but unless they're going to let me cut onions and garlic in half in the store, I don't see any way to avoid this.

Convenience keeps pulling me back, plus I just always hope that may be it was a fluke. But I have started going to Wal-Mart, especially if I need a lot of produce, or if I know what I'm making for two or three meals and can buy it all at once and not stand in line every night.

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Anonymous on 06/16/2008:
It's a shame the state of produce and meats in today's supermarkets.
tnchuck100 on 06/16/2008:
We (America) are importing far to many food products. No effective controls. The only REAL consideration is corporate profits. As Lois says, it's a sad state of affairs.
Simbabe54 on 06/16/2008:
We have the same issue with the Wal Mart by me.We don't buy perishables there anymore simply because they are always rotten or have some other problem.If I were you I would only use Wal Mart for anything non perishable like boxed or canned food.It's worth it to pay a little extra at the grocery store in order to get fresh,usable meat and produce.
heaven17 on 06/16/2008:
"Convenience keeps pulling me back..."

Doesn't sound very convenient to me.
Ponie on 06/17/2008:
Simbabe54, but he *is* paying more. That's what he's complaining about. I very seldom buy prepackaged perishables for this very reason and, luckily, have had no unfortunate experiences at a Wal*Mart Super Center.
wgaguy1984 on 06/17/2008:
I've decided to start going to a farmer's market, there's once every Sunday on the town square. The Wal-Mart normally has really good produce. But the store here is one of the busiest in the Southeast, so there's high turnover. It's just driving there, and then them only having two registers checking people out with lines back to the clothing department.
Ponie on 06/17/2008:
wqaguy, I just love those farmers' markets. However, I find I tend to over buy at them because everything looks so good. I usually have to toss some of my purchases because they go bad by the time I use them up. But--at the time it looks like such a good idea and I can't resist. :)
cherpep on 06/17/2008:
LOL, Ponie! I visit Detroit's Eastern Market frequently, and usually end up passing out fruits & veggies to my neighbors and family. They love it!
Anonymous on 06/17/2008:
I grow my own.
Ponie on 06/17/2008:
cherpep, I go absolutely crazy at that place! There are eight apartments in my building and five of them get some of the bounty I couldn't pass up. I wish they'd sell in smaller containers at Eastern Market. A quart box of zuchinni would last me a month, but I can't buy any less. And, ya' know--of course I could quickly freeze some of the stuff--but it just doesn't taste the same. Never been to the market in Warren but plan to try it this summer.
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Ingle's needs re-think their hiring policy
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HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- Recently I stopped off at an Ingle's grocery nearest my work one night during my lunch break, and I decided to go through the self-checkout, thinking I might save some time. Wrong! I scanned my things out, and paid using my debit card, but I chose to get cash back so I could have a dollar for the Coke machine at work. Apparently it was out of change, and the machine informed me that I needed to pick it up at the "cashier's station". They usually have a cashier at the podium to assist you if there is a problem with the scanner, they need to see your I.D. etc., but this time, the cashier was nowhere to be found. The only 2 people at the podium were a teen-aged boy and an overweight cop. I stood there for a few minutes, and finally the teen-aged cashier came back, without so much as a glance in my direction, and immediately began conversing with the boy and the cop, resuming a previous conversation, I assume. Not wanting to interrupt, I waited politely for a minute, then she finally turned my way. Raising one eyebrow, she said "yeah"? I said "I needed to get my change here". She opened the drawer, got my change out, and without even looking at me, thrust her hand out in my direction and continued talking to her 2 companions, and said to them "I just HATE giving out change". I finally got pissed and told her "Look, honey, handing out change is probably your sole job function, and complaining about it in front of someone who can easily get you fired might not be such a hot idea" She didn't respond, but did glare at me before going back to her conversation. I left, as I was very nearly late back to work, but I went in the next afternoon and complained to the manager on duty, describing the exchange to her verbatim. She did apologize, stating that the problem would be taken care of, but as far as I know, nothing has been done, as the girl is sill employed there. I do not understand why those in the retail business see fit to hire truculent, insolent teen-agers. If they care about their customers, then why subject them to such rudeness? I wish I had gotten the manager's name so I could make a formal complaint to the corporate office, but I was so angry I did not remember. But I will certainly not be patronising that Ingle's again!
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Anonymous on 01/26/2007:
I think you're going a bit overboard here.
Stellaaaaaa! on 01/26/2007:
How is complaining of rudeness going overboard? If someone treated you this way, wouldn't YOU complain to someone in charge, or at least reprimand the offending person?
Hugh_Jorgen on 01/26/2007:
So according to you, the only satisfactory solution is to fire the young cashier? How about explaining their error to them and giving them another chance? You see, we're not all perfect like you. Forgive us.
Stellaaaaaa! on 01/26/2007:
I'm not saying that she ought to be fired, but she ought to be reprimanded for her additude! My husband has had problems with her and so have my co-workers who go to that store. Obviously Ingle's doesn't care how rude their employees are.
*Brenda* on 01/26/2007:
You did imply you wanted her fired and you did say that you are someone who could easily get her fired.

You don't know if she was reprimanded or not. What do you want, to sit in when she gets yelled at?
Anonymous on 01/26/2007:
I don't much care for rude people with attitudes. It's by no means the norm but I notice it when it happens cause I was terrorized with Emily Post as a child. Everybody has a bad day but I have encountered people at retail establishments who being rude is like their norm. So, I can see your point.
Stellaaaaaa! on 01/26/2007:
*Brenda*, I thought maybe if I told her that, it might give her something to think about, and prompt her to be a little nicer to me and others in future.

I'm assuming she hasn't been reprimanded, as she is rude to my husband when he goes in there, and she is also rude to some of my co-workers.

And yes, we could go elsewhere to shop, but the only other place to shop in this town is Wal-Mart.
Anonymous on 01/26/2007:
Stellaaaaaa! First it was Wendy’s now it is Ingle’s and someone is mean to you. You should never write two reviews in the same day from different places. So where are we supposed to think you are and if we can’t keep that the same then how are we to give credence to your story?
So I live in Asheville NC and I am very close to Hendersonville, NC where you say you are. But you say you work or live in Statesboro, GA? Which is it?
*Brenda* on 01/26/2007:
You threatened her hoping to scare her into being nice to you?
Stellaaaaaa! on 01/26/2007:
Lidman, I AM in Hendersonville. The incident at Wendy's happened in Georgia 3 years ago (but is still unresolved). I posted the thing about Wendy's because I thought it might enlighten someone out there that they don't have to put up with what I did, and that they do have options... They DON'T have to quit their jobs or suffer in silence. I never knew about websites such as this in 2004 (I wasn't very tech-savvy back then), or I would have posted this much, much sooner.
Skye on 01/26/2007:
I can understand that you are annoyed she was rude, but wanting her fired is pretty extreme. Maybe she recognizes you as the woman with the husband who is trying to make her life more miserable. You know, teenage angst.
Anonymous on 01/26/2007:
Thank's for clearing that up, I feel better now.
Stellaaaaaa! on 01/26/2007:
How angsty ARE teenagers these days? Has it become fashionable to be angst-ridden? lol
heaven17 on 01/26/2007:
"as far as I know, nothing has been done, as the girl is sill employed there." If this doesn't sound like you expected her to be fired, I don't know what does. An employee can be disciplined and remain employed. What? You want some sort of video tape showing them bawling her out? The disciplinary actions are none of your business. You stated your case and that's all you're entitled to.
Stellaaaaaa! on 01/26/2007:
You're quite welcome, Lidman =^.^=
Anonymous on 01/26/2007:
Skye why didn't you say something on mine?
Stellaaaaaa! on 01/26/2007:
"as far as I know, nothing has been done, as the girl is sill employed there." What I meant is that she was rude, and even after me telling the manager about it, she is STILL rude. So I take it to mean that they didn't talk to her about it, or they don't care enough to. If she was rude to ME, then she is probably rude to others as well, and I just find it appalling that she is still employed there, considering her additude towards me, my family, my co-workers, and probably countless others. Does anyone else know what I mean??
Anonymous on 01/26/2007:
I think I do? Which store is it and I will go check it out.
Skye on 01/26/2007:
I did Lidman :)
Stellaaaaaa! on 01/26/2007:
Ingle's #179(?) on the corner of Chimney Rock and Howard Gap.
Skye on 01/26/2007:
Stella, maybe she was warned verbally, and next step will be a written warning. I bet she is the type of person that sugar melts in her mouth when she is around her managers. I don't really think having her fired is the answer. She just needs to learn better work ethics, and yes, angst again. Maybe she knows you are the one who keeps complaining about her, and knows to push your buttons when nobody that is her higher up is in the area.
Anonymous on 01/26/2007:
I know where that is, what does she look like?
I'll get her
Hugh_Jorgen on 01/26/2007:
Lidman, I'm just a few hours away - perhaps we could stage the first M3C intervention this weekend! I can be at Ingles by 7PM - 8 at the latest!
Stellaaaaaa! on 01/26/2007:
Lidman, you're nuts! lol She's mabye 5'4" - 5'5", long-ish blonde hair, maybe 16 - 17. You'll likely find her slacking off somewhere near the customer service desk/deli area.
DebtorBasher on 01/26/2007:
LOL..Stella, you said Liddy was nuts, but you still gave him the girl's description...LOL...I would have complained to management also...they may have given her a warning...most places will give a coaching,then a verbal, a written then final warning...if it happens again then they are terminated...and they can skip any of them and go directly to the termination if serious enough of a policy also have to remember, some of the younger employee's feel they would rather get fired if they don't like their job (obviously she doesn't if giving someone some change is such a headache)so they can try to collect unemployment benefits...or cry discrimmination.
Justusryan on 01/26/2007:
You pay low prices, that's how businesses make a profit, which is what they are there for. So they have to cut money elsewhere, and that is why you gt less than exempliary employees.
Skye on 01/26/2007:
The cheap always comes out expensive.
CrazyRedHead on 01/27/2007:
They probably won't do anything to her, they just said that to get you off of there back.
truckin21 on 01/27/2007:
Stellaaaaaa: Her attitude toward you??? If your current attitude towards her and her employer is any indication, no wonder she was rude to you. You never mentioned the time you just said during your evening break. That could be anywhere from 6:00 pm to 6:00am. Like they say: everyone has a bad day now and then, it is how YOU handle it as to how long it lasts. Remember, you were a kid once, at you probably felt the same way at times. Kids now adays are only as polite as they are shown.
truckin21 on 01/27/2007:
Also Stellaaaaaa: In this day and age you should start wearing a "tougher Skin". What this "child" did to you was far less than if it had come from an adult.
Anonymous on 02/09/2007:
People should be nice in the stors and if they can't be they should get out!

That's NOT NICE!
Stellaaaaaa! on 02/09/2007:
I'm happy to say that I've avoided Ingle's, and I'm a much calmer person because of it. ^.^
lucky123 on 10/21/2009:
they will not hire someone that would rquire more money. you get what you pay for. if bob ingle still had control over his stores you wouldn't see what is going on in his stores today. such a shame. I know bob and I know who helped him get his first store on hendersonville rd. in asheville.
PepperElf on 10/21/2009:
she is "still rude"?

You haven't yet said what she's done since then.
Were you hoping she would come up to apologize when she saw you next?

and if one teenager's comment about hating to give out change is making you not-calm...
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