Maybe the Hot Dog Guy Knows Where They Are
By Jeff Salter
You’ll need to read this entire post to get to the moral of the tale. All I heard in the initial conversation was, “Can you pick up a bag of frozen chicken pieces?”
Knowing that my batting average is about .333 (or worse) in getting the actual product my wife wanted, I said, “If you’ll write it down, in detail, I’ll do my best to find it.”
So she wrote down: “1 bag of frozen chicken already grilled and cut into chunks. Kroger brand is fine.”
At Kroger, I asked a guy stocking packaged meat, “Do you have any of this?” and showed him my note.
“Shopping for the wife, huh?” He added silent commiseration. “I’ve never heard of that, but let’s go look.”
I followed him about 65 feet to a freezer cabinet marked “chicken”. He rummaged around and, with a big smile, produced a bag. “I think we’ve got a winner,” he intoned.
I thanked him profusely and continued on. As I shopped, my eye was drawn to the word “RAW” on top of this bag. The photograph showed grilled chicken, but that word seemed to void the notion of the package’s visual imagery.
So I tracked the meat guy back down. He was stocking hot dogs by that point.
“Sorry to bother you again, but are you sure this is the only bag of frozen chicken pieces y’all have? This says ‘RAW’ and my wife had an idea it would be grilled already.”
He shook his head. “That’s the only stuff I know about.”
I continued to mull over the contradiction between the image of grilled chicken parts and the word RAW. So I wandered over to a female employee stocking ice cream. Showed her the same note.
She also nodded silent commiseration.
I explained that the hot dog guy only knew about the RAW version.
“Over here, Hon,” she said, as she led me to a completely different freezer cabinet… also marked CHICKEN. Sure enough, in this instance, the picture showed GRILLED and the text also indicated GRILLED.
I thanked her.
The morals of the tale?
1. Never give up trying to get precisely what you were sent for.
2. You can’t always trust the hot dog guy to know where chicken pieces are housed.
3. The ice cream lady usually knows more than the hot dog guy…
This was originally a Possum Trot Pundit Post from January 9, 2014.
Have YOU ever gone to the store to get something your spouse wanted but you’ve never purchased that item before (so you have no idea where it is)?
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