This Opportunity Passed Them Over

, , , , , | Working | April 12, 2020

(It’s two days before Passover, so I head to the local supermarket to pick up supplies. It’s not the Jewish part of town, so I’m used to there not being much, but they’ve been solid in past years about having stuff even if the display tends to move around the store randomly. This year it’s wall-to-wall Easter candy and nothing else.)

Me: “Excuse me. Do you have the Passover supplies out yet?”

Clerk: “I know we got them in, they should be here somewhere. Hey [manager], where’s the Passover stuff?”

Manager: “Those aren’t going out until after Easter weekend.”

Me: “…as in this weekend.”

Manager: “Yes, they’ll be out on Monday.”

Me: “Passover starts on Friday. If you don’t put them out until Monday, the big meals with specialty treats will be over, everyone will have already stocked up on matzos, and you’re only going to sell to folks who need one more box mid-week.”

Manager: “I don’t know what to say; the display doesn’t go up until Monday. There are some matzos in the aisle with the other kosher foods.”

Me: “The ones with ‘not for Passover’ written on the box in big letters?”

Manager: “Oh, they’re not? Sorry, nothing else I can do.”

(I went across the street to the competitor, where they had plenty. I look forward to next year when that first store’s stock gets cut because of “low demand.”)

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