I was in Tesco recently and they started playing In the Ghetto by Elvis Presley. How weird is this? A song about the cycle of poverty and violence in inner city Chicago. Not what I want to hear when I'm in the grocery store.
I was reading about Tesco eliminating their deli counters and staff canteens. What bullshit.
I've never used the deli counter, I have to say. Although, I can only think of a very small number of grocery stores in the UK that had deli counters, and I don't think that any of my main ones did. Actually, there was a Waitrose that I used to go to that had a deli counter. I never went to it.
Anyway, it's unfortunate. I think it's mainly an older crowd who would use them. The young people just don't like human interraction. They've been conditioned this way. Makes continued job cuts and automation that much easier.
I almost always go to the human check out at the grocery store, though. I'm just trying to keep people employed.
I went to the bank today to deposit some cheques and they always tell me that I don't have to come in any more. Cheques can be deposited online now. I always have to listen to this shit. I assume that they're forced to say it. But they're talking themselves out of a job. And depositing these cheques is the only reason I have for coming to the bank. Most people these days aren't paid by cheque so they have no reason whatsoever to come to the bank.
Back to deli counters. I remember going to them as a kid. My mother always bought lunch meat and potato salad and that sort of thing from the deli counter. Sometimes fried chicken.
But they had live lobsters at this one store in Chicago. It was crazy. I could not imagine getting live lobsters. People do it, I guess, but disgusting. All seafood preparation is sick and wrong but throwing live lobsters into a boiling pot of water has to be the worst.
As a kid, my Mexican classmate told a story about how his family slaughtered a lamb for some festivity and he held the severed head up.
Anyway, it's a sad state of affairs.
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