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    The Rotten Eggs Aren’t The Only Rotten Eggs

    | TX, USA | Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I work at a big chain retail store that also has a grocery section. On this day, my store has a power outage that lasts several hours. There’s a generator that keeps lights, necessary systems, and two registers going, but it’s not strong enough to power the refrigerated/frozen section. We block off those aisles and announce over the PA that we will not be able to sell any cold foods. I see a customer ducking the cordon and opening a refrigerator door.)

    Me: “Excuse me, ma’am? Because of the power outage, these aisles are closed. We can’t guarantee the cold food is safe to eat anymore.”

    Customer: “Yeah, I heard, but I just need some eggs.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but we can’t sell those. There’s a [Grocery Store] across the street if you need.”

    Customer: “Why would I go there? I’ve already got these. Hey, what the h***? These eggs are all warm!”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am, because of the power outage. The refrigerators haven’t been working, so all the cold food has thawed. We can’t sell it.”

    (The customer drops the egg carton on the floor.)

    Customer: “Then why the h*** are they still on the shelf? What kind of sick store would try to sell bad food to people?”

    Me: “…that’s what I’ve been trying to tell you, ma’am. We CAN’T sell it. That’s why these aisles are blocked with the ropes and signs saying ‘Do Not Enter.’”

    Customer: “That’s it. I’ve had enough of your stupid policies! I’m taking my business to [grocery store across the street]!”