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Cheap Shot | Deliverance: F U Scan'I’m going to Winder Farms

By Phil Jacobsen
Posted // July 16,2008 -
I quit. My job sucks. The boss is such a jerk; he never speaks to me. He’s never said, “Great work today, Phil. Thanks to your working here part-time, I was either able to lay off or not hire three people.” His bottom line looks great. Well, he can kiss my bottom line and suck his own rising stock.

Oh, wait. It’s considered polite to give two weeks’ notice. OK, I quit two weeks ago—did you notice?

Last week, I snapped. There is low pay, and then there is no pay, and this job fit into the latter category. For the past few years, I have been working as a part-time cashier/bagger for a number of retail and grocery stores. This week, I quit.

The straw that broke the camel’s back, making my house of cards crumble as flat as a pancake and making me say the cliché: “Take this job and shove it,” was a late-night trip to the grocery store. If a job makes me so angry that I resort to clichés, then you know I’m as pissed as a racehorse.

It’s rare, but on this night, I was in the mood for fruits and vegetables, and my grocery cart looked like a farmers market as I pulled up to the checkout lanes. However, even though this grocery store is open 24/7, it didn’t have a single cashier on duty. You see, not only do I work as a part-time cashier, but if you’ve ever used a self-checkout or a U-scan machine, so do you. We’ve been hired to check, scan and bag our own groceries.

Admittedly, U-Scans do save time if you have a few items. However, when your cart is full of groceries, one of the items you can’t buy is time in a bottle. I don’t fear technological change; I’m not a Luddite. But buying a cartful of vegetables using the U-Scan is a pain in the asparagus.

If a professional cashier were on duty this night, he or she could have had my groceries in the bag and me out of the store in less than 10 minutes. Instead, it took an hour. Each fruit required inputting a price look-up (PLU) code. Each vegetable needed to be weighed and each item set off the alarm, “Please wait for cashier assistance.” It was like a contest called “Who Is the Most Annoyed Person in the Store Tonight?” Me, the cashier, or the line of people winding down the frozen-food aisle? Personally, I thought I won. However, if you were in line behind me, buying only a six-pack of beer, I bet you thought you were the winner. We were all losers, and it’s our own fault. We’ve been such a success at self-checkout that customer service has now checked out. There’s no need to properly staff your store if your customers will work for free. That’s why I quit. I’m not Tom Sawyer’s bitch, and I’ll no longer paint his fence. U-Scan? “F” U-Scan.

/Thanks for reading my rant, because this is why I signed up with Winder Farms. It used to be Winder Dairy, but now it’s a farm. And I’m thrilled to be in their farm league. Once a week, I go online and place my order, and the next day, it shows up on my front porch. I don’t have to wait for cashier assistance, use my gas to drive to the supermarket or wait in a line. Winder is a farm. I can order fruits, vegetables, meat, milk and more. Tonight, for dinner, I’m having fettuccini Alfredo. If you knew me, you’d know this doesn’t happen in my kitchen. Just a minute, you do know me. I’m your friend. If a friend refers you to Winder Farms, you get $30 off your first order, friend. And, so does your friend. Hell, if you save me $30, I’ll be your BFF. Next time you see me, buy me a beer. I’ll drink it. See—we’re friends.

Sign up with Winder Farms. Don’t stand in line. Don’t work for free. Avoid U-Scan like the plague.


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Posted // September 23,2008 at 14:26 The food at Winder is great and it is worth it if you are busy. If you are not busy, then enjoy the U-Scan and the whole shopping experience. If money is an issue, I found a place with great coupons which will save you a ton on Winder:


Posted // September 18,2008 at 09:51 Wow prices must have gone up. I got the no-commitment presentation earlier this week from Town and Country Foods, Inc. Wow, the salesman was such a snake. At one point he tried to convince me to sign up simply because there were four other customers who he didn’t get to see that day because he was so busy. I’m not sure what that has to do with my grocery decisions. nnThe pitch to me was $332 a month for four years, then it drops down to $125 a month. The snake explained that the first four years invovles paying overhead and for the freezer. That’s $9,936 for a freezer and overhead. Overhead is obviously his commission. nnThen when I wouldn’t sign up, he forced me to commit to a date for him to come back. Then he tried to make me feel guilty about the box of meat he brought. We tried the meat and I don’t think it tastes better or worse than what you could buy at Kroger. nnI wonder why one couldn’t just order the food and not the freezer and overhead. It’s obviously a scam.


Posted // September 10,2008 at 16:04 Winder Farms gets rid of impulse shopping and milk is to your door 24-36 hours from the farm. You cannot get fresher, better quality breads, milks, juices or meats anywhere. Trust me - you will save money and have a GREAT quality product! We get it here in VEGAS and most people who get it LOVE IT!


Posted // July 21,2008 at 16:06 yeah winder sucks


Posted // July 21,2008 at 14:29 Well my what a blog we all have going in. it sucks that food is so damn pricey!! How ever I have seen the winder freaks at a shoe in sandy. Let me tell you, they are not all they make them selves out to be. The creepy lady in a cow boy hat realy killed it for me. The best thing to do is just investigate each service and choose for your self!!


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