Sampling Grapes In the Produce Section: Smart, or Just Being Cheap?
Walking through the produce section, I glanced down at my grocery list and saw that grapes were on the list. I rolled my cart to the cooler section stuffed with separate bags of red and green grapes. My wifeâ€™s words replayed in my head from when we sat at the kitchen table meal planning and making out list for this weekâ€™s trip to the grocery store.
â€œGet some grapes, but only if theyâ€™re good.â€
They certainly looked good, but from experience I know that looks can be deceiving. I casually looked around, and not seeing any employees, I plucked a red grape from the vine of a wide open bag. My mouth puckered with sourness. I looked around again to ensure no body was watching me before moving on to the green grapes. This grape exploded with sweetness as I bit into it. I nodded my head, selected a bag of green grapes and placed it carefully in my cart.
I smiled as I recalled a familiar chain of thoughts. I donâ€™t open up a bag of carrots to ensure theyâ€™re fresh, and I donâ€™t rip open a bag of a new flavor of chips to see if I like them before I put them in my cart. Why do I think itâ€™s acceptable to sample the grapes?
Yet, how many of us have, after a quick glance in both directions, snapped off a single grape to make sure they were pleasing to the taste buds before making our final decision as to whether or not we would purchase the succulent fruit? Itâ€™s just one grape, probably wouldnâ€™t even register differently when weighed at the register. But then again, if a thousand people went through the produce section, each removing a single grapeâ€¦.well, thatâ€™s a lot of grapes.
I decided to solicit an expert opinion.
A friend of mine works in the produce department of a grocery store, so I gave him a call and asked him what his official position is regarding people sampling the grapes. He stated that he generally expects people to try grapes before they buy them, and itâ€™s considered no big deal.
â€œHey, if people want to sample unwashed fruit, go nuts.â€
So there you go, the next time youâ€™re contemplating buying some grapes go ahead and taste one. You may even decide to forgo ensuring there are no grocery store employees around, because they likely donâ€™t care.
Do you sample grapes or any other produce before buying them?
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Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.