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Broken Plastic Tray
Posted by on 08/02/2011
One of my favorite frozen dinners are Marie callender's, I like the Turkey and stuffing one. The other Day while shopping at Target, I bought 3 of these Frozen dinners.

Last night I decided to make one when I opened the box the plastic near the veggies section of the tray was broken, the veggies nearly fell out. I opened another box same thing, and the other box. I was foolish for throwing away my receipt or else I would of taken these back but I do plan on letting conagra foods know about this.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Thats a bummer. You could've taken it back. Even though Target can be tough about returns with no receipts, I think they would take it in this case. Did you throw the food away?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
I recently discovered that some of the Marie Callenders frozen meals have the same amount of calories as Lean Cuisine, and have more food. I bought some at Bashas and I ate the Turkey one yesterday. I didn't have this problem with the plastic
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-08-02:
send a message to the customer service of marie callenders. they would like to know this in case it is a manufacturer issue.

very helpful!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
No I still have the frozen dinners.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Nope didn't drop any groceries I just remembered I bought 2 the other day and one 3 days before so I didn't purchase them all in one day so maybe I still have the receipt for the one I purchased 3 days ago.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Wally, talk to the manager next time you go in for a spinach wrap
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
And pick up some super glue while you're there. ;)
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
I fired off a email to Conagra foods see what they say. I can see the Target denouncers getting ready to say I told ya so since these products where manufactured by a different company its not Targets fault.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Wally, they are on sale at Ralphs/Kroger 3 for $9.00. I like the Santa Fe chicken dinner.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
The ones at Target Cost $2.54.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Oh dang Wally! oh Wait, what? I hafta go to Target? LOL
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
lol John if you wanna save 54 cents.
Posted by Old Timer on 2011-08-02:
Most excellent review Wally!

I just went to Target today, great store with good prices. The Target brand dog treats are 1/2 the price of Petco and the dog seems to like them just as much.

I don't think we can blame Target for Wally's problem unless Target dropped them and broke the seal. Sounds more like a Marie Callender's problem who I believe Wally is blaming. If the box was still sealed I probably would have nuked and eaten them.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
They have the banquet dinners for 77 cents a box at Target I don't like those though.
Posted by CrystalSword on 2011-08-02:
M.C. frozen dinners are $2.46 at Walmart right now, that is 4 for under $10....we like the frozen dinners for the most part. Cheaper than cooking a full meal for two people.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Looks like you don't need to go to Target for cheap M.C frozen dinners after all John. You can go to wonderful Wal-mart :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
I'm getting disappointed in Conagra foods. Heck when they arent selling you foul mac N cheese you get deffective frozen dinners *shakes head*
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-08-02:
wally hopefully you did inspect it for plastic pieces in the food or tossed it out entirely.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Mad, I didn't eat any those frozen dinners. But the previous ones I got last week were fine no missing plastic. Guess Target just got a bad batch or some schmuck dropped them while stocking the freezers.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-02:
Conagra is great at responding. I'm sure they will take care of you. I would have taken them all back to Target. They would have taken care of you, too.

If the boxes weren't dented, then the dinners were probably packaged that way.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Wally, can I hijack your review to say I bought some Wheat Thins Stix - Chipotle Pepper flavor today and they are delish!!

I'd write a review, but I'm too lazy to put forth the effort.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-02:
Just.. haha! I was wondering about those. Now I'll have to try them.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Thanks JC, I'll be sure to pick up a box.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
Venice, I don't get too excited about food items, but these are really tasty! I'm a carbaholic so I won't be buying them often b/c even though one serving (14 stix) isn't bad, I'm almost positive I ate 3 servings today while I was running errands. :)

Wally, when you do, write a review. ;)
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-02:
I do get excited about food items and am always looking for new things. I just don't like trying them unless they're free or come with a recommendation. ;)
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-02:
In all probability, it was a stocking error, perhaps dropped merchandise that caused this. Two days ago, while at the grocery store, I noticed several boxes of pasta on the shelf with the same slit cut open on each box. Again, probably just a stocking error. A box cutter running too deep when slicing through the bulk plastic wrap encasing several individual items.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-03:
Yay Wally! But there is no WalMart around where I live. LOL I'm screwed. Actually the Target near me is fairly new and very clean. That's where the asst manager works that I wanted to faceplant into the ground. Maybe I should go pick up some frozen MC meals and see if he's still there... maybe nip his heels with my shopping cart. >:-)
Posted by Alain on 2011-08-03:
Call the Marie Callenders number (800) 776-7437 and the Conagra one (800) 595-7010 and see if you can maybe get some freebie coupons out of both of them. Good review!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-03:
I got a response back for Conagra foods. They apologized for the frozen Dinners and are sending me coupons in the mail.

Posted by Skye on 2011-08-03:
I'm glad they came through for ya wally!
Posted by PepperElf on 2011-08-03:
FYI - they also send you coupons if you send them praise too.

Posted by Starlord on 2011-08-03:
The most likely reason for the three broken trays is that someone at the Target warehouse dropped a case of the dinners. I worked security for Kroger's warehouse and bakery complex in Indianapolis, IN and saw this often. Warehouse workers couldn't care less about busting up merchandise. Simply put the food on a microwave safe plate and nuke them.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-03:
Conagra gives out good coupons, Wally. I hope they more than compensate you for the dinners.

Star, you reminded me of one of the reasons I stopped going to Walmart. The stockers slam the boxes down so hard that I'd end up leaving with a headache. I watched them do it and concluded that it's done on purpose. I think they take all of their frustration out on those boxes.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-03:
I been eating M.C dinners for years they are the better tasting frozen dinners out there in my opinion.

I'll still continue getting the Turkey breast and stuffing dinner. Hopefully Target restocked the freezers with a good batch.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-03:
Wally, you really should let Target know, too, just in case the problem was on their end. Tell someone at customer service. Who knows?..they may give you a gift card.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-03:
Venice, I let Target corporate know also. They gave me your basic corporate canned response blah blah we strive for excellence we will pass this on to our grocery team and that I should take it up with Conagra.


Which I did and they seem to have been more satisfactory then Target on the issue.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-03:
I would still talk to someone at customer service the next time you're in the store. You have nothing to lose.
Posted by Starlord on 2011-08-04:
It is not fair to single out WalMart, since this goes on at any chain's distribution centers, not at the store level. MAybe the stockers where you live do as you say, but I have never seen them act like that at the WMs I go to.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-04:
Star, Walmart is the only store I've ever been in where the stockers slam the boxes down, even if a customer is standing right next to them. It's so loud that I actually jump each time.
Posted by CrystalSword on 2011-08-04:
It is rare that the stockers slam down boxes at Walmart, the ones that are caught, get a warning, then they get fired if it happens again....I worked at Walmart in AZ for awhile and I have relatives that work there and they are in management...neither take kindly to merchandise being disrespected!
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-04:
Crystal, I have only seen it happen late at night in the store where I live in New York. I have watched them do it, and it seems to be deliberate. It's nerve-racking to customers who are nearby.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-05:
I picked up another Turkey dinner the other day. Yup, you guessed it, busted plastic. I had the receipt this time and took it back.

I told customer service about it they said they would look in to it.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-05:
Wally, is the box damaged in any way? Is it slit or dented? If the box is in perfect condition then I think the plastic is somehow being damaged before going into the box. I hope Conagra is looking into it, too.

Those veggies look pretty good. I don't buy a lot of frozen food, but I may have to try these dinners. Can they be put in the oven or are they for microwave only?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-05:
I'm not sure Venice, in the past I have been able to put them in the oven. but, took to long so I prefer nuking them.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-05:
The plastic in the picture looks like it's for microwave only, but I'll check the package to see if it's oven safe. I'd like to try these but don't use a microwave.
Posted by CrystalSword on 2011-08-05:
Venice....YES...they are oven safe...do not turn the oven above 350 and you'll be fine....takes 30 - 40 minutes depending on the contents.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-05:
Crystal, I was so inspired by Wally's review that I just bought a frozen dinner at the supermarket. I choose Stouffers because it was on sale for $1.99. You are absolutely right, they can go in a conventional oven, not over 350. I'm actually heating it in a covered pan on the stove right now because I didn't want to light the oven. I'm curious to see how it comes out, and how it tastes!

I've shied away from frozen dinners because I thought they were mostly for the microwave. I guess it's time to take a second look. There were so many, I had a hard time choosing. I picked Monterey Chicken with mashed potatoes!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-05:
Venice, I like Stouffers also. I had their Mac n cheese tonight, pretty good. I also like their meatloaf and swedish meatballs.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-05:
The Boston market frozen dinners are pretty decent also.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-05:
Wally, I just finished eating my Stouffer's Monterey Chicken. It was quite good. And I had no problem heating it on the stove. It took less time than the oven directions said. Now I want to try some other ones. I never realized there were so many brands and varieties. I've rediscovered frozen food!.. haha
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-06:
I received 4 coupons in the mail today from conagra foods, Thanks Conagra.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-08-06:
I knew they'd come through for you, Wally!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-08-06:
good to hear.
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Marie Calledenders made for a bad Fathers day brunch
Posted by Mokrol on 06/18/2006
BUENA PARK, CALIFORNIA -- Nothing and I mean nothing upsets me more then having to pay for bad food and poor customer service.

Today (father’s day) I took my family out for brunch at Marie Calledenders. Now, normally when we go to brunch we go to the one in are home town of Chino California. That MC has a great brunch, it's very clean and we always get great customer service.

To bad we can't say that about all of them.

We had family in from out of town so we decided to go to another MC in Orange County (5960 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park) where some of the family was staying.

This is where the good idea turned sour.

This had to be the sorriest buffet I every had the sorry miss-fortune to visit. Part of the buffet was in the bar where I had to tell the guy at the omelet bar that my omelet was done. He was to busy watching the soccer game on T.V. to tend to my meal.

They had split the family up into two groups. And this was fine, we get that it's a busy. But when my wife had told the waitress that are children still needed there drink order the waitress snapped at her. No that's when I get pissed... No one talks to my wife that way. She was just trying to make sure that are kids were taken care off.

As far as the buffet goes, I went on the hunt for the breads and found a bar full of pies and a basket of bran muffins. Gee thanks.

So then I started looking for Bacon, no go. At a Buffet, no bacon…. Come on.

So far this buffet has omelets pies and brand muffins. I paid over three hundred dollars for one of the worst brunches that I have every had.

I asked the waitress 7 times for a glass of water before I had to get up and find the hostess (I paid 18% for this).

Thanks Marie Calledenders for the sub-par 300 dollar brunch of Bran Muffins, burnt Omelets, and old pie.
     
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Posted by Doc J on 2006-06-18:
Sometimes, special days result in over-ambitious expectations of grand service. Not the case with your experience. Thanks for the heads up on this particular MCs. Here's a hint too: For special occasions (Valentine's Day, etc) don't go out for dinner on that "special day". Celebrate at home and then go out on a "regular day" for your special meal. Nothing is less romantic/special than poor service, undercooked/overcooked food, overworked/surly staffers, and screaming (unsupervised) kids...all d'rigeur for eateries on holidays.
Posted by DORCAS on 2006-06-18:
I know the exact MC you're referring to. That is close to where I grew up. We went there twice with some friends that we visit when we go home. It was the same crummy service at two different times of day. It just must be poor management as others I've gone to are pleasent. Happy Fathers Day to you :-)
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-18:
Disturbing but interesting all the same.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-18:
Confirmation of the posters perception. If I ever find myself in Buena Park, CA I'll be sure to vote with my feet and avoid that Marie Callenders. Doc J - As always tremendous wisdom.
Posted by Doc J on 2006-06-18:
Disturbing.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-18:
Indeed.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-18:
If it was my family right when you get to the point where you see the cook watching tv. We would've high tailed it out of there and found another place. You also need to do your homework if you had known you were going out on a busy day you should've found a good place that took reservations and made them. Then you would've got your $300.00's worth of service, right! Anyway happy fathers day. XoXo
Posted by rhondam718732 on 2006-06-20:
If Mokrol had elderly family members and children sitting at the table ready to eat and possibly on "eating" schedules it's not a "snap" as Mrs. Manischewitz suggests to just pack up and drive around in multiple cars finding another spot on Fathers Day. Restaurants should deliver good service and decent food or be out of business.
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