I popped into the Stop and Shop today to pick up a bottle of Kombucha. I'm hooked on the cidery, vinegary drink, which I add to seltzer, since it's pricey stuff. Speaking of pricey stuff? How about a "cost free flu shot" at the pharmacy? As I was checking myself out (the unpaid labor kind, not "hey there hottie" in the mirror kind) I was surprised by a large display of Reese's Cups on the checkout machine. Stop and Shop stopped hiring cashiers years ago, and trended to more and more of the self-check out machines. My guess is that they are losing a TON of impulse purchases because we now wait in line and then march up the the next available check out machine without browsing the National Enquirer headlines or contemplating a pack of Doublemint Gum or a box of Tic Tacs. The scanners and machines are convenient only to a point. Though it is kind of cool to pretend that the scanner is a phaser set to stun. Oh, back to my point.
There was this big bucket of KING SIZE Reese's cups perched precariously on the machine. And below it? Stop and Shop now includes a charity and you have to OPT OUT of donating at every purchase. YES is on top to round up your change. NO is on the bottom. You often have to look to even see WHAT is the darn charity. I checked this one, "Cure Children's Cancer." While you stare at the Reese's cups, you are supposed to figure out what is this charity? So I looked closely. And it's Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital System. Every food within 15 paces of the cash registers and check out machines is toxic and contributes to cancer: from my beloved Entenmann's treats, to potato chips, to candy of all sorts. Most of every American Grocery store is one big cancer causing mess. Cancer machine behemoth Memorial Sloan Kettering is asking for donations. Do they treat patients for free?
Then, on the way out of the store (and in) you get to read this giant sign at the pharmacy. The line for Rx drugs is long. "Save time!" Oh my goodness. Get your "Cost Free" flu shot! Just look at all the vaccines you can get at the grocery store in America. We are a nation of sickness. Food that kills. Medicine whose side effects are worse than the ills they treat.
It's time..... to Stop. And shop somewhere else. Kim