Lileks: When grocery store sampling crosses the line

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 21, 2013 - 10:35 PM

After a fracas over free deli samples, a tour explored how some grocery stores deal with sample hogs.

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lordhawhaw1Mar. 22, 13 1:40 AM

I used to take my family to Costco over lunch to try all their food samples. By the time we were done, we'd gotten a free meal. Don't judge as it isn't easy feeding four mouths on one income and besides, I still had to pay for the membership. Still, it's more ethical than getting an EBT Card when you don't really need it. A much bigger problem than overdosing on free food samples.

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lydia1952Mar. 22, 13 7:33 AM

I have always found the free sample thing rather nasty. All those people standing around sneezing/coughing/wheezing over the food. God only knows what bugs you're going to pick up. Ick.

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rdhunkinsMar. 22, 13 8:25 AM

It ought to be plainly obvious that the purpose of these samples is to encourage people to BUY the product, not to walk off with a freebie meal. But human nature being what it is, people game the system, and it eventually collapses.

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lvlndnMar. 22, 13 8:50 AM

Quite funny, James...also reminds me of guests at hotels where they have free breakfast leaving with 4 banana's, 3 apples, 4 bowls of cereals and 6 hard boiled eggs plus several muffins...yes, I saw this at a LaQuinta in Phoenix...I'm sure there was a good reason, it just caught my eye...there's a sign posted that says don't take any food with you, please...

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ginny6Mar. 22, 1311:20 AM

Chuckle.

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hobie2Mar. 22, 13 5:07 PM

It balances - Years back, went to resort hotels with the kids (using my hotel points from much business travel) in the club rooms with the freebies... A couple times, a family would scoop up all the freebies and take them away somewhere - my kids took one serving, ate it there, doing what the areas are set up to do - relax, mingle a bit... Staff complimented me on their wonderful behavior, hit my chest with the paddles to revive me and so I could ask of it was my kids to which they referred. And they loved the kids - staff saved freebies from "the grabbers" for them, they told us of their friends and cousins having luaus we go to and "do not offer money", took me to play softball on their town team, and a bunch of other neat things that I am fairly sure that the scarfers didn't get... Nice people appreciate people who respect others... And what kind of an idiot takes all the samples and puts them in a bag to take home? Munchie attack from another planet?

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forpeopleMar. 22, 13 8:20 PM

Very funny article and made me laugh out loud especially since I sometimes embarrass myself by eating more samples than I think I should. But really, wouldn't it be better just to give the our offending sampler a little lecture and warning not to do it again?

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kennyrogersMar. 25, 1310:44 AM

what's funny is when walmart gives you a plastic cup, a spoon, and a napkin and puts one potato chip in it. the dishes cost more than the free sample,lol.

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