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Produce butchery: am I nuts?

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Produce butchery: am I nuts?

the_MU | May 10, 2009 08:18 AM

Can I run a pet peeve by you guys? When stocking leeks, my local supermarket produce department requires its minions to remove the bottom inch of each one, not just the roots, but the actual white part of the vegetable. This exposes the interior to air and causes them to spoil really fast. Nobody would do that to an onion or a scallion and expect customers to buy it.

Don Quixote-like, I've actually approached the poor kids doing this task (in public!) and asked them to please stop, only to be met with the reply "We've been told to do it this way." Of course, its not their fault, they're just doing their jobs. This is not a corporate policy, as other branches of the chain do not mishandle their leeks in the same way, but the policy of the produce manager of the individual store, whom I have NEVER seen out on the floor.

Am I just completely misguided on this or is this really egregious and ignorant?

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