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Subtle Sabotage in Supermarkets – parents beware!

By poptop 29 November 2008 29

Woolies - Tuggeranong

If you ever wondered how shelf packers maintain their sanity, other than building barricades of cartons across the aisles?  Here is an example of an Evil Packing Genius’s cunning work, spotted at Woolies in Tuggeranong this morning.

How many sleep-deprived parents are now at home, stuffing their offspring with Chicken and Tuna Temptations?

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ant 10:12 am 06 Dec 08

I *do* hope that’s a troll!

go the creek 9:35 am 06 Dec 08

I’ve also wondered about the safety of baby food being sold in the same aisle / directly across from washing powders and detergents as they are in some major supermarkets.

Granny 11:17 pm 30 Nov 08

Now with a bonus feather in every packet ….

; )

ant 11:14 pm 30 Nov 08

Cat treats. As far as teh cats are concerned, Cat Treats are covered in feathers, or have scales and claws.

Granny 10:34 pm 30 Nov 08

Frankly, I swear by NEW Temptations(R) Cat Treats … just like a chicken and tuna milkshake only crunchy!

lobster 10:26 pm 30 Nov 08

I have been feeding my baby, Jessica, that stuff for weeks now.
She doesn’t like it. But she has grown some nice fure.
Her coat is so shiney and so silky smooth now too!

poptop 3:13 pm 30 Nov 08

Ant,

I’ll email the Steve Irwin kiddie ride photos to Johnboy.

He can decide whether to put them up or not. [Or circulate them to other appreciators of the ridiculous].

The photos don’t qualify as current affairs any more – I took them in May 2007 and I don’t think the ride is there any more.

SheepGroper 12:05 pm 30 Nov 08

imarty said :

Hell my young fella ate a few handfulls of compost straight out of our own heap at around 18 months and was never the worse for it. Probably made him better for it with all the intestinal flora and their relationship to allergies etc.

There you go, the next marketing opportunity, a completely natural and organic supplement for rugrats.

Mr Evil 11:08 am 30 Nov 08

Storm in a tea cup – or poo in a gelato bowl?

ant 10:21 am 30 Nov 08

I thought it was pretty funny , poptop, but then grew amazed at people getting all horrified that some “parent” might mistakenly feed their kid these cat treats and how shocking it all was. I’d briefly forgotten that children were now sacred.

Put up the steve irwin ride photo! Maybe his relatives and friends will come and hurl badlly-spelled abuse, which is always entertaining.

poptop 8:53 am 30 Nov 08

Good grief! I shared a moment of ridiculousness from my Saturday morning chores, little realising that the placement of kitty treats would tap deeply into the RiotACT psyche.

I’m so glad I never posted my snaps of the Steve Irwin kiddie ride that appeared in the Hyperdome shortly after the environmental warrior’s untimely death.

I still have them somewhere . . . Too soon?

Sleaz274 12:11 am 30 Nov 08

Mr Evil said :

Call the Terrorism Hotline – it’s obviously an extremist plot to turn all our children into pussies.

Hahahahahaahahahahahahahahhaahahhaha

that has made my somewhat hungover day

Granny 10:44 pm 29 Nov 08

Maybe the Kittens shop there ….

*chuckle*

Mr Evil 10:17 pm 29 Nov 08

Call the Terrorism Hotline – it’s obviously an extremist plot to turn all our children into pussies.

imarty 8:25 pm 29 Nov 08

Agree with many here, honest mistake by the stacker. Mother feeds baby aforementioned food let alone pick it up and place in trolley not likely.
If food eventually gets to baby then surely no major dramas. Hell my young fella ate a few handfulls of compost straight out of our own heap at around 18 months and was never the worse for it. Probably made him better for it with all the intestinal flora and their relationship to allergies etc.

Granny 7:32 pm 29 Nov 08

Sooner or later the baby will eat from the cat bowl anyway, and will not only survive but probably even enjoy the experience.

; )

Fiona 6:40 pm 29 Nov 08

bd84 said :

No doubt poptop whipped out the camera to take a pic of the cat food on the shelf to load online then went about their shopping without thinking about removing the product or telling a staff member about it. Which would probably be worse than accidently putting the product there in the first place.

Who wouldn’t have laughed, whipped out their camera and done the same? 😀 Not that I want to be anywhere NEAR the baby food isle. *runs*

johnboy 6:23 pm 29 Nov 08

A sense of humour wouldn’t do some of you any harm either.

bubzie 4:11 pm 29 Nov 08

crap, i think i’ve just fed my cat organic mini rice cakes…my bad.

bd84 3:57 pm 29 Nov 08

Clown Killer said :

I doubt that it’s a mistake. Retailers have known for a while that us consumers are creatures o habit and that after a few visits we quickly get used to the layout of the store. To combat this they will move produce around – its why stuff like the sweet and savoury biscuits change ends of the isle – you go to get BBQ shapes and find yourself looking at iced vo-vo’s, you weren’t planning on buying iced vo-vo’s but now that they’re staring at you from the shelf where BBQ shapes used to be, why not? The same applies for sticking products in unexpected contexts – you go to but baby food, but hey – look at that interesting pet treat.

The most outlandish version of this marketing I have come across was at Big W last Christmas. They had a huge toy catalogue delivered to letter boxes across Canberra, but when you went to the store there was no toy section as such – it had been dismantled and instead the toys were distributed throughout the store in small cells – so if you wanted to get a particular item from the catalogue, chances are you’d be exposed to about half the other merchandise in the place.

Yes and it’s all a consipiracy theory by the secret government organisations too..

Anyone with half a brain would realise that some probably 16 year old kid stacking the shelves at midnight has probably not paid enough attention and seen green similar coloured packaging and dumped it on the shelf with the other green products. If a mother was stupid enough to not pay attention to what she was buying and then feeding her child then the child would be better off in the care of someone else.

No doubt poptop whipped out the camera to take a pic of the cat food on the shelf to load online then went about their shopping without thinking about removing the product or telling a staff member about it. Which would probably be worse than accidently putting the product there in the first place.

As for the conspiracy theory, the layout in most supermarket chains are generic and you will find the same goods in a similar site in the store, depending on the size of the store of course. Place on the shelf is also determined by the popularity of the product and how much the supplier will pay to keep it there. As for Big W, it was probably the safest way to display the goods instead of having 400 crazy mothers with prams in the same 100m2 of the store..

Common sense is a great thing to have hey.

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