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    Unhappy Conversation at the grocery store...

    Fresh produce worker: Hi Mam! Can I help you with anything?
    Me: Yes, I need organic rasberries, please. (he was in the way)
    FPW: Oh! You want those... Why do you think they are different?
    Me: Less pesticides.
    FPW: Not it. The difference is the price. Pesticides are everywhere, in the water, in the air, your rasberries are the same, you're just paying more for the same thing. We (produce workers) laugh at customers like you for beign so gollable!
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    I didn't say anything more.
    What would you have said?
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    You're worried about the opinion of a minimum-wage earning grocery store employee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    You're worried about the opinion of a minimum-wage earning grocery store employee?
    No, I'm not worried, I was just wondering what others would have done/said. It was a strange experience. He shouldn't be laughing at customers. It was just weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    You're worried about the opinion of a minimum-wage earning grocery store employee?
    Not everyone is a wage slave, there are a lot of educated people who are having to take menial jobs like that. This guy is pretty dumb, though, he probably has a point, and you're best off buying from a local farm or TJ's pesticide free frozen fruit like I do. Plus, everyone at TJ's is cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post
    Not everyone is a wage slave,
    Granted. It does tend to be the default.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post
    there are a lot of educated people who are having to take menial jobs like that.
    Maybe true, but contradicts your previous point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post
    This guy is pretty dumb, though,
    I can forgive him for dumb, but his customer service/interpersonal skills are terrible, for which his punishment is working in a grocery store produce department for minimum wage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    Granted. It does tend to be the default.



    Maybe true, but contradicts your previous point.



    I can forgive him for dumb, but his customer service/interpersonal skills are terrible, for which his punishment is working in a grocery store produce department for minimum wage.
    Sure, I agree, but you can't really stereotype anyone for working a minimum wage job as being stupid. He'd be stupid in a higher paying job too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post
    Sure, I agree, but you can't really stereotype anyone for working a minimum wage job as being stupid. He'd be stupid in a higher paying job too.
    I actually know a very smart person who works in a produce department at a major grocery store, but he's the exception and his co-worker's saying stupid things stories are a constant source of hilarity.

    I reserve the right to stereotype whoever I want at any time, and will continue to do so in spite of your lack of permission.

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    He's probably right, to an extent. The farmers wouldn't intentionally use pesticides, though the guy upwind from him could. Our water supply is also chop full of chemicals, at least here in the USA. About 50 years ago they started adding flouride to "help people's teeth," and it's been the same ever since. Some places you can even smell the chlorine in the water, usually cities. I am fortunate to have grown up with well water, and my dentist can see the difference (creepy, no?)

    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    You're worried about the opinion of a minimum-wage earning grocery store employee?
    I used to work at a grocery store, and those in the produce department made $18.30/hour. That's over twice as much as the USA's federal minimum wage. That was also a couple years ago, so I would assume they now make more.

    The amount of cross-contamination that happens on those produce trucks (same truck, all kinds of produce, organic or not, crammed into one truck) is also probably enough. Those who work in the industry have an inside look on things--for example dishware is one of the dirtiest things you could ever stock, after stocking a pallet of dishes my hands were black! Wash everything you buy. I recall the time we found worms in a bag of catnip, and also the time we found a fruit fly infestation in a crate of oranges. I fondly recall the day when the produce lady screamed as she found poisonous spiders in the bananas.

    Grocery workers are not 'below' or 'uneducatated,' regardless of whether or not they make minimum wage. Cut the negative stigma, they work just as hard as everyone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathleen View Post
    I used to work at a grocery store, and those in the produce department made $18.30/hour. That's over twice as much as the USA's federal minimum wage. That was also a couple years ago, so I would assume they now make more.
    It's a huge mistake to generalize that produce workers across the country make more than $18.30 an hour. Around here general employees at supermarkets make a dollar or so more than minimum wage, and I suspect that is how it is in most supermarkets in the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    It's a huge mistake to generalize that produce workers across the country make more than $18.30 an hour. Around here general employees at supermarkets make a dollar or so more than minimum wage, and I suspect that is how it is in most supermarkets in the country.
    Suspecting the rest of the country's produce workers make a certain salary based on what the wages are where you live?

    Sounds like you and I could be making the same error.

    Around here, unions have driven wages for grocery workers up. I don't know how strong the unions are where you live, or if they even exist, but worker unions have pushed a long time for fair and livable wages for grocery workers.
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