It's frustrating dealing with people who are just "impossible" Living in the small town, this is the only grocery store in town. Over the holidays, not only did they have their open bins of peanuts, but they brought in a HUGE table of peanut display. Sickening, I know. I approached the manager and told him the allergy concern. He kindly said he had never thought of that problem. Days later, the table was removed. I was so thankful, knowing every little step counts. I went to him and thanked him in person. Only to hear him telling me : " well, I am removing it for now, but I am telling you we are putting it back every holiday season.... nothing I can do about it." What do you do with people like this? Some companies just do not care, and they do not deserve our business.
On Feb 25, 2008
Personally, I don't think we can expect the rest of the world to conform to our problem. They do have a right to sell peanuts and unfortunately, it's a major part of most people's diets, especially around the holidays. I know I never thought about it before my son was diagnosed. People don't get it unless they "live it".
It's great that you got him to move it this year. Maybe he'll think about it more over the next year. However, I'm guessing that if you're from a small community you're one of the few there dealing with PA, so most likely he's never heard of it.
On Feb 25, 2008
Sorry that you had that experience. I know it is frustrating. People who don't have to deal with it every day think nothing of it. But we are not in a peanut free world. So, I guess we have to learn to deal with it. Too bad that there isn't another market you can go too. I would maybe thank the manager for accomodating you this time, hopoefully next year when he is putting up the display he will think of you! Therese
On Feb 25, 2008
I agree, peanuts are part of daily diet in many families, and the world should not change just because of few of us. But I am talking about taking actions to keep the people safe - not matter there is one person, or 100 people. There is a nice and brand new grocery store (Schnucks) an hour away from us. When I called to inquire about the peanut issue, the manager said the store only sells sealed bags of peanuts, beasue peanut allergy is such a major concern nowadays. See, that is what I am talking about. Trying, educating, and that makes a big difference
On Feb 26, 2008
It happens in large cities, too. A few years back, a large grocery chain was selling pistachios in huge, unopened bins. You could stand there and watch people sampling a few nuts as they'd walk by. I had a talk with the grocery manager who also complained that the bins were a nuisance, as he was always cleaning up the shells left from the sampling. Of course, his hands were tied as this was a corporate choice to sell nuts in this fashion. After talking to the corporate headquarters, I was told that because the nuts were purchased and resold in bulk, the savings passed on to the consumer outweighed the health risk open bins of nuts might impose to the allergic.
Ironically, it is my local family owned grocers that are sensitive to allergies, and sell only nuts in sealed packages.