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Bad produce, what's the right thing to do?

kmlmgm | Sep 12, 201303:26 PM

I have been wondering about this issue since it happened the other day. Let me just start by saying that our family (2 adults, 3 kids) eats no processed food, for serious health reasons. We buy and consume probably $200 a week worth of fruit and veggies. I shop at local farmers markets and also at two small area groceries. We live in a rural area, stores aren't close by, a trip to food shop takes me one hour, minimum. I have bought a fair share of crappy produce, I usually save my receipts and return the items with an explanation. I think it stands to reason that if I buy as much perishable food as I do, I have to return things often. Does that make me a bad person? My kids eat no sugar, are always happy to eat good fruit, request that even at parties. If we buy fruit with no flavor, why should I flush the money down the toilet? I', asking because I had to return a bag of peaches and a bag of oranges yesterday at the store. The peaches were moldy, I saw that when we got home. (They, along with the oranges, were pre-bagged by the store), I bought them because they were on sale with a big sign that said "Sweet and Juicy" for both items. The oranges were not moldy, just had no flavor, the kids took them into school with their lunches and I chucked what they didn't eat (almost all of it) into the compost. I returned what was left of the remaining, uncut fruit. When I took the items back, the manager had a gruff attitude, said maybe the peaches got moldy after I put them in the bag to return them. I definitely got an attitude from her, but, in all fairness, I have returned mangoes there this year, and she also dealt with me then, and she was decent. I'm sure she remembers me only from that, not the hundreds of dollars I've spent in their store in between with great satisfaction. I need and will respect to hear your objective opinions, even if you disagree with my actions, I just want to know what I should do in the future?

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