It seems that Walmart now supplies a substantial percentage of America’s groceries. While I am all for free enterprise, I hate to see any company become a giant among the stores. It creates a situation where they can control prices, supplies, and demands.
So, we head off to Walmart ourselves, forced to stretch our grocery dollars as far as possible. I’m not crazy about shopping there, because at the end of the project, I know there is the horrible long line to stand in to pay for our purchases. It never fails to disappoint me on that expectation either, no matter what the day of the week or time of the day, there’s always a shortage of cashiers to manage the number of customers trying to check out.
But this time, there was a twist in the whole plan. There were empty shelves. While its never an unusual situation to find that a certain product has not been restocked, I found something this week that really concerned me.
Crisco products were missing in two stores, in two different towns, from the shelves. Not all of them–they both had the stick version of shortening. I wanted the traditional canister style package though, and neither store had the normal or the small size can on the shelves. The other missing item we are all accustomed to not finding in a Walmart–the store “associate” working in the aisles. There didn’t seem to be any employees working in the grocery department, and we’ve all been trained to not ask for help from someone in another department to prevent the homicidal urges from assaulting our senses as we are confronted with yet another dumbstruck look at the question we dare vocalize in their presence.
I can’t help but wonder now though.
- Is Walmart discontinuing Crisco shortening?
- Did Crisco cease production, going the way of Hostess?
- Is there some new injunction against shortening that I missed hearing about?
Nevertheless, I haven’t exhausted my options. I have a Kroger’s and a Piggly Wiggly nearby too. I’ll check there for shortening sometime this weekend. I might have to pay a bit more than I would at Walmart but that extra quarter or so will buy me something priceless: courteous employees who can smile and lines short enough that I can’t read a whole magazine while I wait.
Heck, that luxury might be worth a few dollars, don’t you think?
Then again, that might be why the coupon sites are offering so many coupons that are only good at Walmart..they are trying to make up for employees who are miserable and their frequently empty shelves.