Peanuts out in the open in grocery stores!!

Posted on: Mon, 08/09/2004 - 2:20am
MQriley2's picture
Joined: 05/25/2004 - 09:00

Sorry, this is just me venting. For at least a month now, the grocery stores have been putting bins..HUGE..bins of peanuts out all over the store. Talk about feeling overwhelmed.

I don't know if I am supposed to mention specific names, but I am going to. WALMART!! they are the worst. Every other isle that I go down is a bin of peanuts. I also shop at a military commissary and I am sorry but I was very angered by what I saw yesterday.

The man that tends to the vegetables and fruits came out to look at everything. I noticed that they changed the way the peanuts were displayed. They were now in between the vegetables and fruits on the display. I was shocked, every other column was peanuts. Some had even spilled into the tomatoes and onions and were cracked open. The man came out and pushed the peanuts from the top to the bottom so that they looked neat. Then he went and rearranged the cucumbers and the grapes, then some more peanuts, and then... he went to shake a little boy's hands being polite.

This scared me because I do not know how many times that man would speak with my son when we would go to the store. Needless to say, I have to go out of my way to find daycare so that I can get groceries. My son starts to get itchy red eyes and skin now just by going in Walmart. This is crazy!

I am in South Carolina so I do not know how it is everywhere else. I can see the need to sell peanuts, but why out in the open all throughout the store. Everywhere I turned they were there. There were even shells all out in the parking lot and in the entrance.

Sorry so long, it just ticks me off that I can't even take him to the grocery store now.

Renee asthma/EnA
Quinton: PA/TNA/Soy/EnA/Severe Asthma/whole egg/onion/cocoa bean/chicken/turkey/string beans/potato
Mykiaja: EnA/asthma
Taylor: EnA/asthma

Posted on: Mon, 08/09/2004 - 3:10am
Emmie's picture
Joined: 10/27/2002 - 09:00

Years ago a supermarket I always went to all of a sudden had bins with peanuts. They were all over the floor. I went straight to the manager and explained how dangerous this could be for a person with a peanut allergy. The next time I went back, the bins were gone.
Try speaking to a manager. Hopefully it will work.

Posted on: Mon, 08/09/2004 - 3:16am
MQriley2's picture
Joined: 05/25/2004 - 09:00

I thought about asking to speak with the manager's of these stores, but we are talking about every single grocery store in this town that I have been to: Food Lion, Wal-mart, commissary, Bi-Lo's, and Winn-Dixie. They all have them. I know that some people have the opinion that things like this should not be ommitted, but having them everywhere and all spread out..I would need to send out an email to all of these stores just to make sure that they are fully educated on what they are doing. lol
I need to check to see if South Carolina is a peanut growing state. I think it is..I am not a native so I am ignorant of this state. The military brought me here and hopefully soon it will get me out!! [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 08/09/2004 - 10:14am
jeancbpugh's picture
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

I live in the suburbs of Chicago. Two major grocery store chains here: Jewel (Albertsons) and Dominicks (Safeway). While both have bulk peanuts in the produce section, Jewel uses special dedicated containers with tops. Dominicks uses the regular produce bins.
I just about cried a year ago when I picked up a melon at Dominicks and a peanut shell fell off the bottom...they clearly didn't clean the bins much. Needless to say, we only buy produce at Jewel.

Posted on: Fri, 08/13/2004 - 11:38am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I am so glad that you brought this up, our Wegmans is the same way and for years I have had a problem with it, complaining has gotten nowhere, needless to say I now very rarely shop there

Posted on: Sun, 08/15/2004 - 11:02pm
Jodi2boys's picture
Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00

The same thing at my Walmart (CT, USA). First, after speaking to the Manager, the open bin of peanuts was moved so it wasn't in the middle of an isle. It was in the corner of the produce section.
I still didn't feel it was safe to have it there...did that mean I just couldn't bring my son into the produce section??
So, after speaking to the Manager again...the bin has been removed from the store. I would suggest talking to the Manager and explaining the risks that open bin has to your child.
Good luck!
Mommy to:
Jake~ 5 yrs. old- PA
Sam~ 3 yrs. old- Not PA

Posted on: Mon, 08/16/2004 - 2:11am
MQriley2's picture
Joined: 05/25/2004 - 09:00

I applaud your efforts, as I must say that I have not tried anything yet. I am going to this afternoon, atleast starting at our military commissary, since they have them between all of the produce.

Posted on: Mon, 08/16/2004 - 2:49am
gerilynn's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

I am also inspired to speak up!

Posted on: Mon, 08/16/2004 - 2:53am
MQriley2's picture
Joined: 05/25/2004 - 09:00

Well, I am a wimp, but since I know that our commissary is small, I used email first. I figured I could get all of my ducks in a row if I read and reread it. Knowing my mind, I would forget some good piece of persuasive info if I had to say it to them in person. lol..
I will wait and see what the results are and then I will take it to Walmart. Maybe by seeing that one store was willing and able, they will be too.

Posted on: Mon, 08/16/2004 - 8:40am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

Our Wal-Mart had an open bin of peanuts. I complained to their corporate office.
They removed it and now only sell peanuts in sealed sacks from a vendor.
(It helped that I was a stockholder!)

Posted on: Mon, 08/16/2004 - 12:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Not surprised. Stood by an open bin of them to-day in my local ValuMart (I think a Loblaw's off-shoot, in Toronto) while I was purchasing an onion.
Of course, can complain to store manager.
Sometimes the PA "to do" list *can* seem never ending.
My son just stays out of the aisle when he sees the bushel basket full of them.
Enangering yes. New, no.
Best wishes! [img][/img]


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