Remember how crappy the Vons by 5 points treated us? With weekly specials on Kool-Aid and Cup-o-Noodles? The Smart & Final “extra” hasn’t been much better in that department, stocking mostly processed foods but this time in bigger quantities. We make do because at least they have some veggies. And at least they have some decent beers. But lately when I’ve gone in just to get a few items (beer, creamer, eggs, cheese, coffee, broccoli, snow peas, aguacates, onions, ginger, aluminum foil: I think that is the extent of my shopping there, with a few other random items) they haven’t had any of the portable baskets available by the front door. Sometimes they run out. But after repeated visits with nary a handheld basket in sight I responded to the cashiers corporately mandated query of “did you find everything okay?” with a question about the baskets.
“Oh, people stole them all, I think we have three left.”
I assume they don’t plan on getting replacements since it has been awhile. Not a surprising strategy for a corporate store in a working neighborhood but you know this wouldn’t fly in a fancy-lad suburb. Poor people don’t complain cuz there’s other bullshit to deal with. I have too many complaints about this world to focus on just one. But maybe this post will reach some Lincoln Heighter that will make the calls, talk to the manager, write a letter.
On my way out I spot one basket. I feel like going back and stealing the last three.
I went by today and things just get worse, now they don’t even have shopping carts! It wasn’t that busy today but look, just the cart I have and one extra.
On the way out, no carts at all. I saw people looking around the parking lot for some and others were asking exiting shoppers if they were done with their cart.
One over there.
One over here.
And one hiding in the corner because its tired of being overused.
Compare the current situation to a pic from when they first opened and had 3 lines of carts. You be stupid S & F!