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January 26, 2014

DUVALL: Twitter livens up a banal grocery run

Tonawanda News — Some random thoughts while live tweeting a rare weekend trip to the grocery store Saturday morning:

• Spotted, a lady pushing a cart with a huge brown toy car tacked onto the front of it. Of course, her crummy kid wasn’t even sitting in the thing.

The way they pack grocery store aisles so full these days giving people those carts is ridiculous. It’s tough enough with a regular shopping cart not knocking over a stack of canned peas. Having to dodge that monstrosity is a bridge too far.

• Overheard, a conversation between two employees: “You can clean anything you want just stay away from the ladies room.” I’m sure there’s a perfectly logical explanation. It just sounds creepy.

• I’ll never understand why the breakfast sausage isn’t kept in the breakfast part of the frozen food section with the waffles and juice. It’s all the way on the other end of the store next to the fresh sausage.

If you ask me, it makes absolutely no sense to have the frozen sausage breakfast sandwiches and the frozen breakfast sausage you use to make your own breakfast sandwich a quarter-mile apart.

• The canned vegetables confused me. I have limited kitchen space and usually only cook for myself. The small cans of veggies were 69 cents. The full-sized cans were 49 cents.

I grumbled and bought the larger ones knowing I’ll probably wind up throwing away half of every can.

• Wegmans, my store of preference, really does listen to customers. They go an extra mile to make the shopping experience better. Take, for example, the large case of pre-weighed cold cuts next to the deli counter.

It’s such a simple idea but shaves sometimes 10 minutes off a trip when you can just grab your turkey, ham and cheese and continue on your way.

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