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The Grapes of Wrath

By Vix - 15 December 2011 14

Now that summer is upon us I was wondering if someone out there could answer a question for me – what is it about grapes that makes (almost) everyone feel entitled to sample grapes in Canberra supermarkets?  

I’ve never seen someone take a bite out of an apple or any other fruit/product but for some unknown reason grapes are fair game… what’s the story???

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The Grapes of Wrath
GardeningGirl 7:32 pm 16 Dec 11

Auntyem said :

I saw an old bloke in the supermarket licking his fingers and feeling the grapes many moons ago, so I don’t taste them. I give them a good wash when I get home like I do with all my fruit and veg.

Ewww, flashback to a lunchcounter woman licking her fingers before picking up the greaseproof paper to put my lunch in.
Grapes are small and easy to pluck and being only a small part of the whole bunch possibly don’t really feel like stealing and it’s good to identify which have annoying seeds and which are seedless, but I have to say I’ve been disappointed more often by other things, broccoli for example. I’ll have to take my frypan and portable hotplate to the supermarket next time.

Auntyem 5:09 pm 16 Dec 11

I saw an old bloke in the supermarket licking his fingers and feeling the grapes many moons ago, so I don’t taste them. I give them a good wash when I get home like I do with all my fruit and veg.

artuoui 7:41 pm 15 Dec 11

johnboy said :

The Canberra bit was me trying to get some specificity onto the subject.

I was going to say! I’ve never ever seen it happen in Dickson Woolies.
But you gotta think if you taste one and you like it – you might buy a kilo, whereas without the sample, no sale! If supermarkets were worried about it they’d spray a taste deterrent on them, instead of just factoring it in to their pricing. The same logic applies to dumping their trolleys in Sullivan’s creek

Rusalka 5:54 pm 15 Dec 11

I’ll admit it, I do it. I was “taught” to do it as a kid by watching my parents do the same. I remember being an indignant, self-righteous 9 year old accusing my Mum of stealing. She said that she was sick of buying really expensive grapes in Canberra and then finding out they were unripe or blown up with water when she got them home.

As the one paying for grapes now, it makes complete sense to me, so I do it too. But I buy the bunch I picked one from and only ever eat one.

Happy to be yelled at for my anti-social behaviour though.

johnboy 5:37 pm 15 Dec 11

The Canberra bit was me trying to get some specificity onto the subject.

creative_canberran 5:25 pm 15 Dec 11

It’s an accepted customer, and though you may not have seen people take a bite out of fruits like Apple, many fruit and veg shops have pre-cut samples. And what does the OP mean about “Canberra supermarkets,” I was unaware only Canberran’s did it.

fgzk 5:16 pm 15 Dec 11

If they taste good and don’t have a pip, then I buy some. If they taste like crap I don’t. Never been questioned over this habit. Never brought home American grapes that no one would eat.

I also pull bits out of pineapples, closely smell cantalope and stick the finger in the ends of avocado. Fresh food, is good food, that gets eaten.

Waiting For Godot 5:09 pm 15 Dec 11

shirty_bear said :

You really think this comparison is valid? What the … ?

How about … grapes are little? Technique also works for snow peas, f’rinstance.

Also macadamia and pistachio nuts.

Cummerbund 5:01 pm 15 Dec 11

There are more ambitious taste-testers about:
I’ve seen half-eaten cakes and half-full {or half-empty?} soft-drink bottles left on supermarket shelves.

zippyzippy 4:57 pm 15 Dec 11

I have a relative who also thinks that this applies to apples, peaches, plums etc… Pretty embarrassing.

the_sid 4:25 pm 15 Dec 11

I liked the suggestion that this strange phenomenon is unique to Canberra…

HenryBG 4:21 pm 15 Dec 11

Chillies are little, too.

It’s the Ned Kelly impulse.
I don’t do it, myself, and I don’t feel bad about about looking down on the ill-educated bogans who do.

dpm 4:20 pm 15 Dec 11

Hmmmm, here’s hoping the RA think tank can nut out this ‘wicked problem’! My guesses would be: (a) to check they were ripe/ok to eat, and (b) because they’re small so ‘no one will mind’? I suspect that then, kinda like natural selection, it has just become the norm as no one gets in trouble for it…!
Maybe someone needs to start eating apples to see if it becomes allowed. If so, they might become free game to! Hahaha!
🙂
(Disclaimer: I don’t eat apples, grapes, cherries or nuts at the supermarket or F&V shop!)

shirty_bear 4:09 pm 15 Dec 11

You really think this comparison is valid? What the … ?

How about … grapes are little? Technique also works for snow peas, f’rinstance.

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