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Do You Sneak Samples of Food Before Buying It at the Grocery Store?

Living 2012/09/05 22:19:20
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What can we say? We're gaga over groceries! While we shop for our favorite snacks at the store, we often wonder if our grocery store etiquette is the same as others. Do most people sneak in samples at the candy bins while deciding whether or not they're going to buy the goods? What do you do when the cashier gives you too much change? And is it normal to go grocery shopping three times a week? We're finally going to find out.

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  • David 2012/09/05 22:31:41
    No, never!
    David
    +15
    Sneaking food is the same as shoplifting. Unless they have a table where an employee is giving out free samples you have no right to sample the products. Do you eat an apple before buying any? If you do thing like this, you are making the stores raise their prices to cover the losses. We all pay more for your indiscretion.

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  • pennie jcadla 2012/09/10 18:15:35
    pennie
    Then why are you in the store to begin with. We are taking taking samples, you are taking about a reciept. How did you get that if you never carry cash.
  • Alfred Schram 2012/09/10 15:40:40
    No, never!
    Alfred Schram
    Sneaking samples at the grocery store or anywhere else, only brings the price higher for everybody shopping at the location. I do not want items sneaked from me, why should I steal from anyone else?
  • Howard Alfred ... 2012/09/10 15:45:08
    Howard
    +2
    I only sample grapes. If the package is open, I will sample one grape to taste if it is sweet enough for my household.
  • Vincent Hayden 2012/09/10 15:33:04
    Only sometimes
    Vincent Hayden
    When there are bins I might try a bite to see if I like - I usually wind up buying some. Not exactly honest. I like to go to Costco where they have little stands that offer free samples.
  • Miranda 2012/09/10 15:29:23 (edited)
    Yes, all the time!
    Miranda
    I rarely sample stuff at the grocery store, but I always try grapes because you never know how sweet or sour they are. I don't "all the time" anyway. I clicked the wrong one.
  • tmtbonem 2012/09/10 15:23:43
    No, never!
    tmtbonem
    If I am searching for truth then I must be honest.
  • Sperry23 2012/09/10 15:19:49
    No, never!
    Sperry23
    If they're handing out free samples, fine, but to take food without paying for it is stealing.

    Also, I never buy any food from open bins (grain, candy, shelled nuts, etc). I've seen far too many kids and adults digging their nasty little hands in the bulk food bins. Worse, parents will just grab a handful of candy or a bunch of grapes and give it to their little ankle-biters just to shut them up. What a great lesson to teach your kids; it's ok to steal if you don't get caught.
  • pennie Sperry23 2012/09/10 18:19:15
    pennie
    Your right I see that all the time and I don't either go in those bins and get food that is so nasty I saw a kid whip her nose and with that same hand go her some casy that was not wrapped and go her some cady out of the bin , mother said nothing but hurry and told the other child to hurry up and get him some too.......
  • aukje 2012/09/10 15:15:15
    Only sometimes
    aukje
    Espescially with grapes, I want to know wether they're sweet or sour....
  • Rdtourist aukje 2012/09/10 15:20:46
    Rdtourist
    Maybe you are one of those that buys half a bag of rgapes (sold by the pound) instead of the whole bag as a result of you and your kids taking a sample discount?

    Damn, that irritates me to see.
  • aukje Rdtourist 2012/09/27 14:50:17
    aukje
    I actually do this, but when I get to the check out I ask the cashier to charge me twice for the bag because I ate half of it. I live in a very small town where I know the owner of the supermarket personally as well as all the check out girls.
  • Jilly 2012/09/10 15:13:19
    Only sometimes
    Jilly
    I sample grapes. If they are sour, I don't buy them. Other than that, my answer would be no.
  • DANNY59 2012/09/10 15:12:46
    No, never!
    DANNY59
    After working for a major grocery chain for 17 years and seeing all the stealing and just plain old nasty things people do while they shop, gives me great reason to never act like that!
  • Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/10 15:11:52
    No, never!
    Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA
    I have asked a store employee before about getting a taste of something before I purchase it...like at the deli when selecting meats and cheese...and I even had a produce manager at a sprouts store....give me one of every apple to take home when I was asking about all the different kinds they had...if you want to try something ...just ask....other wise you are a theif
  • harlandh 2012/09/10 15:11:38
    Yes, all the time!
    harlandh
    Don't sneak;just test one. Never buy something you don't know an can't return. The supermarket may even plan on you feeling guilty about tasting and buy something.
  • Mytstar... harlandh 2012/09/10 15:14:51
    Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA
    why not do the honest thing and ask for a taste
  • jason 2012/09/10 15:06:49
    No, never!
    jason
    No.
  • Anne 2012/09/10 15:04:51
    No, never!
    Anne
    I like shopping at Costco because there are more than enough free samples being offered and therefore, I don't spend as much on groceries.
  • PapaBC 2012/09/10 15:03:28
    No, never!
    PapaBC
    +1
    I hope that I am as honest as the stores are with me.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/09/10 15:03:17
    Only sometimes
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +1
    I'll taste a grape before buying the bag to see if they're sweet, tart, or meh...
  • jo jo 2012/09/10 14:57:02
    No, never!
    jo jo
    Absolutely not...it is stealing.
  • Vincent... jo jo 2012/09/10 15:35:58
    Vincent Hayden
    You're right, I might feel the same if I had an orchard and people wanted to sample the harvest.
  • Alexander T Steward 2012/09/10 14:54:01
  • becky 2012/09/10 14:53:36
    Yes, all the time!
    becky
    lol my mom showed me to do that
  • jo jo becky 2012/09/10 15:02:41
    jo jo
    That's sad but you can take the high road. Please don't steal from the grocery store. Prices go up because of people like yourself.
  • the d*ck 2012/09/10 14:52:59
    No, never!
    the d*ck
    No it's stealing
  • ChellBerries 2012/09/10 14:52:44
  • the d*ck ChellBe... 2012/09/10 14:57:24
    the d*ck
    If everyone did it there would be no grapes...Plus I don't want your greasy thieving hands on the -1 bunch of grapes I'm gonna buy...
  • ChellBe... the d*ck 2012/09/10 15:00:56
    ChellBerries
    +1
    That's why you wash 'em dear.
  • Mytstar... ChellBe... 2012/09/10 15:17:49
    Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    of course you wash the items...because people have handled the stuff even if they arent stealing a bite
  • ChellBe... Mytstar... 2012/09/12 15:07:17
    ChellBerries
    Yes, that's logical, yes.
  • John Galt the d*ck 2012/09/10 16:51:35
    John Galt
    You don't pay for the bunch, you pay by the pound, so that fraction of an ounce for a single grape is not being charged to you.
  • Rdtourist 2012/09/10 14:49:57
    No, never!
    Rdtourist
    Would you mind taking a sample of a wrench from the display at Sears to see how it works? Same thing, taking and not payng for any item is simply theft.
  • harlandh Rdtourist 2012/09/10 15:16:46
    harlandh
    +1
    So now I am supposed to pay for tools I can't use, too?
  • Rdtourist harlandh 2012/09/11 16:12:17
    Rdtourist
    Of course I meant to take in the sense of taking it home or removing from the store's sales area permanently.
  • John Galt Rdtourist 2012/09/10 16:57:02
    John Galt
    I have no problem trying out a tool that may be out of the ordinary, in the store, before buying it. The difference is generally that a defective wrench (TV, dishwasher, bottle of soda, dress suit, etc.) can be returned, a bunch of grapes cannot, usually. There is a colossal difference in checking the freshness/ripeness of a product and helping yourself to unintended "freebies!" If you push on the end of a melon, or lift and inspect the eggs in a carton, should you have to pay for the items because you have in some way altered or "defiled" them?
  • IDont EatFlesh 2012/09/10 14:49:40
    Yes, all the time!
    IDont EatFlesh
    +1
    with the prices these days, i'm surprised people pay for anything
  • the d*ck IDont E... 2012/09/10 14:59:45
    the d*ck
    Whatever
  • jo jo IDont E... 2012/09/10 15:04:04
    jo jo
    It's stealing...plain and simple. Stores have to charge more because of theft.
  • IDont E... jo jo 2012/09/10 15:08:23
    IDont EatFlesh
    whatever....

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