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comments you get from checkout cashiers?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 27, 2011 at 6:29 PM

today, at Super Walmart checkout: Cashier: "I've never seen someone buy 3 dozen eggs before." Me: speechless, amused, mind wandering into how is that even possible, she's checked out tens of thousands of grocery shoppers in her time. ps I had a few other items too, canned sockeye, butter,liverwurst, 30% fat sour cream, so it's not as if the 3 dozen eggs stuck out on their lonesome. any funny lines you've gotten?

Ff5307d657eb7bbcc526dc7cf1ddd7fd

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on December 01, 2012
at 02:58 AM

LOL on the "um that's a pepper." I don't expect the cashiers to know much of the less popular produce, but every once in a while I'm shocked when they hold up something like a cucumber and ask for clarification. It's funny, but it always makes me feel kind of sad for them at the same time.

4517f03b8a94fa57ed57ab60ab694b7d

on November 30, 2012
at 11:45 PM

I thought your name was something else.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 25, 2012
at 03:26 AM

One of the local grocery chains here got smart and they have scales with printers on them in the produce section. So you can weigh your produce, enter the PLU code and it spits out the amount of your purchase with a bar code label and the cashier doesn't have to figure out what your produce is. This saves time because cashiers on Saturdays are often high school kids (like you said) who often don't know celery from spinach.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 11, 2012
at 08:10 PM

I had a butcher just about gasp at me when I asked for 5 lbs of ground beef. He asked, "Just how big IS your family?!" Really? That is NOT a lot of meat.

2db7df180a680f63671e8b315ec3d468

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on December 06, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Ha! Love it. :)

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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on June 30, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Glenn, thanks for the smile. I especially enjoyed this .

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 29, 2011
at 09:42 PM

yep, that's the sad truth: it is either sugar (sweet stuff in general) or butter (fat): indulging in 'cake'-like foods (sugar+butter) is punishable by imminent fat gain

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(4878)

on June 29, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Oh, and that's more than a day's worth. He eats the equivalent of 2 drumsticks a day and as an *old dog it keeps him happy and fit.

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(4878)

on June 29, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Imagine what it was like being a vegetarian and feeding this stuff!!!!! (But this *stuff and the corresponding health of my dog convinced me that I should do the same :) )

D064af8cab4e04cb5e1dea7b990f3948

(134)

on June 29, 2011
at 05:41 PM

That actually makes my stomach turn just a little, but I'm guessing you've got one (or three) very healthy and VERY happy pups.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 29, 2011
at 02:01 PM

yes! we do that, too. "no honey, spaghettios dont help you grow up healthy and strong." i chant that through each aisle. hoping someday she will internalize it! :)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:29 PM

That's an awesome comment. 8)

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on June 28, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Yeah, it's funny to know they are likely feeling exactly as smug.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on June 28, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Thanks! Wasn't quite ready for a torso shot...

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Right!? Mine do this too. But they still can't ID half the stuff. What so they have to do - make it scratch n' sniff?

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Yeah, I make jokes sometimes myself when I pop in for a couple of items and realize that I have gotten some really weird combination like that.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:12 PM

I think my cashiers avoid having to ask me what something is by searching for the little stickers they put on produce...lol...

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 28, 2011
at 01:10 PM

I just had figs for the first time yesterday: SOOO much tastier than fig newtons!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:25 PM

Olivia, I completely agree. I used to think grocery store workers knew something about food, or at least got some coaching about being respectful about other people's food choices. After switching to Paleo, I've realized they're just used to seeing "normal (fake)" food and so junk doesn't phase them...it's the real stuff that throws them for a loop.

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on June 28, 2011
at 05:55 AM

The best answer to "Are you allergic to gluten?" is "Not any more than anyone else." ;-)

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on June 28, 2011
at 03:13 AM

*lol* I got a kid imitating Jim Gaffigan going "baaaaacccoooooon". Spent the rest of the check out trading Gaffigan lines. "Hoooot poookets". :-D

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(439)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:13 AM

I clicked on your avatar just to make sure you look like someone that would make that a shocking statement. I bet they thought you were joking.

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

(439)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:10 AM

Lamb. Yum. If I don't shoot a deer this year I"m finding someone to buy a lamb from.

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

(439)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:07 AM

I bought my first Parsnip the other day, and noticed that Rutabagas (whatever those are) were on super sale but they didn't have any, so when I checked out, I told the cashier that it was either a Parsnip or Rutabaga, she could charge me for whichever...and I got the Rutabaga price!!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 28, 2011
at 01:27 AM

it's at really nice health food store. There is no self-checkout. And the cashier chicks are cute. But I'm always in a bad mood when I'm grocery shopping, but it's because I do so much of it.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

(1138)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Yeah I recently had that conversation with my MIL about fig newtons. And the other day she brought him a box of gummy snacks and stawberry kids yoplait yogurt. sigh.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:22 AM

I should do that.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:19 AM

People look at me like a freak when I tell my 3 year old that she can't have Cheerios because they're junk food!

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:17 AM

Oh, come on... who HASN'T considered that at least once?!?! :)

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Or embrace the mechanical nature a little more and use the self-checkouts.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Joshua, you just cracked me up...

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:14 AM

I've even had the cashier at Whole Foods ask me what vegetable I was buying!

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:59 PM

Ummm, hello nice picture!

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:04 PM

"Yes I am... it's a meat up" /wakka wakka

1b3609d952a6ee601610d1cde53b0ec4

(30)

on June 27, 2011
at 10:12 PM

I am so glad you posted this...I forgot I have some Green & Blacks in my desl drawer. Yummy!!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Love it. Yes! A party in my mouth!

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:20 PM

We have a grass fed beef farmer (well, he wasn't grass fed, his cows are) at our farmer's market...I asked him about "beef cheek" and he had never sold it before. The next week he called me all excited with some and boy was it good! Now, instead of in the rendering pile he brings it to the market. Talking to folks, just letting them know where you're coming from can have great butterfly effect. He is also now bringing more organ meats and odd sections and people are buying it! It's awesome :)

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

(400)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:18 PM

Hah. I'm pretty sure she was at least 18, not that I would have even considered having sex in the checkout aisle of Whole Foods...

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:13 PM

AHHHHHHHHH! Torso! (am I an idiot or what? nothing like rallying around something silly, right?)

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:03 PM

BAMBAM, I appreciated your comments. Always wondered what the deal with store bought eggs were, but never cared enough to look it up. How do you feel about Eggland's Best eggs? They make an Omega 3 kind.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Haha that's the only one I get too!

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Just embrace the mechanical nature of the interaction and smile.

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:01 PM

When in doubt, err on the side of not going to jail for statutory rape.

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:57 PM

I agree wholeheartedly about other people's carts. I walk around the grocery store and feel bad for people--almost every cart is stuffed full of junk, processed food in boxes and bags. And that certainly was me before too, so maybe there is hope. Sometimes I feel like everyone is right about this tipping point/critical mass we're close to reaching but then I'm reminded how far there is to go whenever I go shopping.

77ee2b2856251f455e73629f6c58721a

(90)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:51 PM

in other words, what's your beef on casein? (mixed metaphor pun intended)

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:31 PM

I buy 4 doz/week for myself, my guy at the farmers mkt is used to it tho ;)

77ee2b2856251f455e73629f6c58721a

(90)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:30 PM

BamBam, we have your statement: "casein which some scientists claim harms the immune system in large doses", juxtaposed with my quoting Dr. Harris: "theoretical risks of casein". Noting that apparently there are only 'some' scientists', and they 'claim', and they further stipulate 'large doses', we also find there are others who describe these claims as 'theoretical risks'. If I'm not mistaken, you evidence a desire to discuss casein; awesome, start a casein question thread, and I'll be interested in reading your thoughts and information.

Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Yes! (no shirts allowed)

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I know being a checkout clerk isn't exactly a glamorous job, but that first thing strikes me as kind of unprofessional.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:14 PM

I love the crinkled nose look that usually goes along with the question. Furthermore, if these things are stocked in the market and the cashiers have little to no experience ringing them up, then where the hockey puck is all the produce/organs/bones going if not into shopping carts? Is it all thrown out?

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

(3325)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I'm always the one to stump the cashier and cause some crisis at the register where they have to take out their booklet to look up the code for the dragonfruit or charimoya that "no one has ever bought before". I recently stumped a butcher (at a local grocery store) by asking for marrow bones and pork belly. They had to take my number and call me because no one there knew what I was talking about! Tropical fruits I can understand, but asking for something other than a muscle from a butcher? C'mon!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 27, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Yup, same for me for various produce. Kale, shallots, parsnips, anything outside of the usual often triggers a, "What is this anyway?!"

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

(400)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:58 PM

paleohackers should know better ;-)

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:56 PM

We are lucky enough to have a few grocers that sell "Twin Brooks Creamery"...it's not raw, but it's not heavily pasteurized, not homogenized and the cream rises to the top in the bottle. (we always fight to see who gets that first little spoonful of yumminess)

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

(3325)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:51 PM

I don't know which is worse: having a cashier comment about ones groceries, or having a fellow paleohacker pick apart ones food choices and thinly veil their judgment in a "for informative purposes" disclaimer.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:48 PM

Is sour cream and whipped cream casein free?

77ee2b2856251f455e73629f6c58721a

(90)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:32 PM

hey BamBam, fair points, always appropriate on the eggs info distinction. been there, knew that, sometimes it's economics 101 you know? Re paleo/dairy I respect Dr Harris' points, capped off by Archevore step 12: "If you are allergic to milk protein or concerned about theoretical risks of casein, you can stick to butter and cream and avoid milk and soft cheeses." works fine for me, with whipping cream @30-35% & sour cream 30%.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:31 PM

Yes! Funny! When I buy any organs the cashier (especially if a teenager) crinkles their nose.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:30 PM

Invite me please!

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:22 PM

That's odd. I was a cashier when I was a teenager, and people regularly bought loads of eggs. I just assumed they had a large family, and I'd consider it rude to comment on someone's purchase anyway. It's not my business.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Trickling Springs Creamery has it in glass (grassfed, organic, and no carageenan too!) if you're in the eastern united states.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Yes, you did. Sorry if I jumped all up in your grille...

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:08 PM

There is only a tiny amount of casein in breast milk compared to that of a large mammal. And we stop breast feeding (biologically) at about 5 years old.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:06 PM

I said it was just for informative purposes.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 27, 2011
at 07:03 PM

I just don't understand the need to jump all up in someone's grille just because they bought eggs at WalMart. Is WalMart evilz? (Okay, probably...) Are they ideal eggs? No. But better than Cheeze-Its. And another thing, casein is not a problem if your stomach acid is working. It will be cleaved at least once, rendering it harmless before it leaves the stomach. Breast milk isn't designed to hurt babies, for gosh sakes! Now if you're on a PPI inhibitor or have low levels of hydrochloric acid for some other reason, you should skip the dairy.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Where, oh where, do you ever find heavy cream in GLASS bottles?!? I'm so jealous!! Are you sure there's no carageenan in there? That's the scourge of my heavy cream quest.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:56 PM

He said he bought 30% sour cream. That is loaded with casein.

A0b8c4cc369f93ee987ce15b1bf323fe

on June 27, 2011
at 06:53 PM

FYI eggs do not contain casein. That is found only in dairy (milk-based) products. Eggs are not considered dairy products.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Just for informative purposes. Supermarket/Walmart eggs are laid by feed-fed chickens. Free range just means they're not cooped up in a cage. They roam around and eat soybean oil/corn oil based feed. Those Omega 6 fats compete with Omega 3's that our body needs. And dairy products are loaded with casein which some scientists claim harms the immune system in large doses and can cause digestive complications.

77ee2b2856251f455e73629f6c58721a

(90)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:44 PM

'cart full of garbage' - bust out laughing!

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23
Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

on June 27, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Just about every time I check out anywhere:

"Your doctor must hate you, how high is your cholesterol?"

I usually say "Great now that I'm not eating grains any more."

2db7df180a680f63671e8b315ec3d468

(8)

on December 06, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Ha! Love it. :)

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:52 PM

On two separate occasions, I got: "Holy Bacon, Batman!"

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on June 28, 2011
at 03:13 AM

*lol* I got a kid imitating Jim Gaffigan going "baaaaacccoooooon". Spent the rest of the check out trading Gaffigan lines. "Hoooot poookets". :-D

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I bought beef kidneys and the cashier, as she was sliding it across the scanner, realized what it was and just about threw it as if it had a roach/mouse/other-disgusting-critter on it. Both her and the bagger were like, "I didn't know we had this. You EAT this??"

I've also had cashiers ask if [various food, usually veggie] is any good.

A big one is, "How do you cook this?" I have to restrain myself on this one as cooking really does excite me and I'll give them every last detail before I realize what's happening, lol. 8)

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:31 PM

Yes! Funny! When I buy any organs the cashier (especially if a teenager) crinkles their nose.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I know being a checkout clerk isn't exactly a glamorous job, but that first thing strikes me as kind of unprofessional.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:25 PM

Olivia, I completely agree. I used to think grocery store workers knew something about food, or at least got some coaching about being respectful about other people's food choices. After switching to Paleo, I've realized they're just used to seeing "normal (fake)" food and so junk doesn't phase them...it's the real stuff that throws them for a loop.

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:33 PM

Seeing most of the time what I buy has no barcode, I get a lot of "What is this?" as the cashier searches for the code to punch in the register. Usually I answer with, um that's a pepper. IT's amazing how disconnect people are to non-scanable food.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 27, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Yup, same for me for various produce. Kale, shallots, parsnips, anything outside of the usual often triggers a, "What is this anyway?!"

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:14 PM

I love the crinkled nose look that usually goes along with the question. Furthermore, if these things are stocked in the market and the cashiers have little to no experience ringing them up, then where the hockey puck is all the produce/organs/bones going if not into shopping carts? Is it all thrown out?

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:12 PM

I think my cashiers avoid having to ask me what something is by searching for the little stickers they put on produce...lol...

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Right!? Mine do this too. But they still can't ID half the stuff. What so they have to do - make it scratch n' sniff?

Ff5307d657eb7bbcc526dc7cf1ddd7fd

(460)

on December 01, 2012
at 02:58 AM

LOL on the "um that's a pepper." I don't expect the cashiers to know much of the less popular produce, but every once in a while I'm shocked when they hold up something like a cucumber and ask for clarification. It's funny, but it always makes me feel kind of sad for them at the same time.

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Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

on June 27, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Cashier, looking at lots of meat- "Having a party?"

Me, after much consideration- "... Yes!"

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:30 PM

Invite me please!

Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

(2854)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Yes! (no shirts allowed)

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:13 PM

AHHHHHHHHH! Torso! (am I an idiot or what? nothing like rallying around something silly, right?)

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:04 PM

"Yes I am... it's a meat up" /wakka wakka

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Love it. Yes! A party in my mouth!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Joshua, you just cracked me up...

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3d25543e03f9a81acc116be07747e336

on June 27, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Interesting that you've mentioned this. When I go to the market and check out, I get funny looks about all the different vegetables I get. Also how most of the cashiers don't know what most of these vegetables are, I've worked in the Food service industry for years, so maybe that's my heads up on what a rutabaga is,parsnips,beets,plantains etc.. It's like I have a cart full of garbage to them or something. I also find it kind of sad that most people don't know what 'Food" is, not trying to come off pretentious or snobby, just a genuine concern for our bodies and health..just a thought

77ee2b2856251f455e73629f6c58721a

(90)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:44 PM

'cart full of garbage' - bust out laughing!

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:20 PM

We have a grass fed beef farmer (well, he wasn't grass fed, his cows are) at our farmer's market...I asked him about "beef cheek" and he had never sold it before. The next week he called me all excited with some and boy was it good! Now, instead of in the rendering pile he brings it to the market. Talking to folks, just letting them know where you're coming from can have great butterfly effect. He is also now bringing more organ meats and odd sections and people are buying it! It's awesome :)

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

(3325)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I'm always the one to stump the cashier and cause some crisis at the register where they have to take out their booklet to look up the code for the dragonfruit or charimoya that "no one has ever bought before". I recently stumped a butcher (at a local grocery store) by asking for marrow bones and pork belly. They had to take my number and call me because no one there knew what I was talking about! Tropical fruits I can understand, but asking for something other than a muscle from a butcher? C'mon!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:14 AM

I've even had the cashier at Whole Foods ask me what vegetable I was buying!

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

(439)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:07 AM

I bought my first Parsnip the other day, and noticed that Rutabagas (whatever those are) were on super sale but they didn't have any, so when I checked out, I told the cashier that it was either a Parsnip or Rutabaga, she could charge me for whichever...and I got the Rutabaga price!!

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A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:42 PM

actually i've had great responses from my cart, generally being "I want to eat at YOUR house!" (or a version of that). Usually my cart has: assorted meats, lots of veggies, kerrygold butter, bottled (yes, in a glass bottle) heavy creme and assorted fruits. If someone asks, i'll tell 'em how we eat...lots of delicious fats, meats, veggies and fruits. no grains. (with an occasional lapse into a pain de george organic loaf of bread with bone marrow, tomato and raw onion...oh geeze..it's a glutenous splurge but mighty fine). What i'm shocked at is the carts of crap other people with children are pulling around and I have to literally shut my yap to not say anything....not in a mean way, but just want to SAY something...that used to be MY cart...and I THOUGHT I was feeding my children well. It's hard not to, but just like religion, unless you're INVITED to discuss it, you just DON'T do it.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Where, oh where, do you ever find heavy cream in GLASS bottles?!? I'm so jealous!! Are you sure there's no carageenan in there? That's the scourge of my heavy cream quest.

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:56 PM

We are lucky enough to have a few grocers that sell "Twin Brooks Creamery"...it's not raw, but it's not heavily pasteurized, not homogenized and the cream rises to the top in the bottle. (we always fight to see who gets that first little spoonful of yumminess)

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Trickling Springs Creamery has it in glass (grassfed, organic, and no carageenan too!) if you're in the eastern united states.

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:57 PM

I agree wholeheartedly about other people's carts. I walk around the grocery store and feel bad for people--almost every cart is stuffed full of junk, processed food in boxes and bags. And that certainly was me before too, so maybe there is hope. Sometimes I feel like everyone is right about this tipping point/critical mass we're close to reaching but then I'm reminded how far there is to go whenever I go shopping.

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Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

on June 27, 2011
at 06:37 PM

In the summertime it's always "having a barbecue?" since I am buying 10 or so steaks and a couple of roasts. I love smiling and saying "nope, just a weeks worth of beef for myself"

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on June 29, 2011
at 05:17 PM

I've gotten the standard "You eat healthy" or "That's a lot of meat" or "Murder an animal much?" The last one from another customer. I imagine she was a vegan or something.

The best I got was not paleo related: I used to work in engineering at UPS, and at the time I was head of our hazmat response teams. We ran out of clay absorbent so I ran down to Wal-Mart to get some cat litter to tide us over until we could get some more absorbent in. I grabbed 300 lbs of cat litter and headed for the checkout. As I wheeled up to the register the cashier asked me, "What on earth could you possibly need that much litter for?" I looked her in the eyes and replied "I love cats. So much."

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5266ac5977ec9d80ac8047697dbbe55b

(738)

on June 28, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Actually had a curious Trader Joe's cashier go paleo after asking how I was "able to even walk to the grocery store" with a cart full of Kerrygold, uncured bacon, and grass-fed beef (I was even in my Vibrams which I'm sure did something to add to the effect). Instantly curious and asked a few questions. Directed her towards MDA (my personal favorite to recommend - the other ones come after - but I find MDA is the least "scary" for newbies - the other guys come once they report back to me as a believer about the easy wakeup, the insane amounts of energy, the seemingly superhuman strength, etc...) and saw her a few weeks later, looking several pounds lighter and psyched to report back that she was following the diet. Nothing quite like paying it forward with this!

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A2cf19fd438ae7b69ac09792efed8c33

(160)

on June 28, 2011
at 08:55 PM

A very old man in a wheelchair in front of me picked up my jar of pickled herring. His caretaker smacked it out of his hand with a "tsk, tsk. That's not yours." To which he replied, "But that's the GOOD STUFF! Why can't we every get that?"

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Medium avatar

(4878)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:05 PM

If you want to see the cashier's eyes really pop out of their head, you should try shopping for a Raw Fed dog!

comments-you-get-from-checkout-cashiers?

Medium avatar

(4878)

on June 29, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Oh, and that's more than a day's worth. He eats the equivalent of 2 drumsticks a day and as an *old dog it keeps him happy and fit.

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(4878)

on June 29, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Imagine what it was like being a vegetarian and feeding this stuff!!!!! (But this *stuff and the corresponding health of my dog convinced me that I should do the same :) )

D064af8cab4e04cb5e1dea7b990f3948

(134)

on June 29, 2011
at 05:41 PM

That actually makes my stomach turn just a little, but I'm guessing you've got one (or three) very healthy and VERY happy pups.

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76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:41 PM

I can usually tell when the cashier or customers behind me are vegan, based on their looks of horror as I set down a couple chops from a cute, innocent lamb.

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

(439)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:10 AM

Lamb. Yum. If I don't shoot a deer this year I"m finding someone to buy a lamb from.

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66283d390809787a11a81be7ee5fb98d

(280)

on June 27, 2011
at 10:44 PM

The other day, I bought 10 packages of Kerrygold butter and 6 bottles of heavy cream at Trader Joe's, and when asked what I was going to do with all this, I told the cashier, "simple, I'm going to eat the butter and drink the cream." Wish I had a camera to capture the look on their faces. Gotta love it.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:22 AM

I should do that.

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

(439)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:13 AM

I clicked on your avatar just to make sure you look like someone that would make that a shocking statement. I bet they thought you were joking.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on June 30, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Glenn, thanks for the smile. I especially enjoyed this .

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on June 27, 2011
at 10:15 PM

We've been asked if we run a restaurant, due to the quantity of eggs and veggies.

The Asian food store people get very confused about what us white people could possibly be using so much coconut milk for.

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4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

(1138)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Most of the comments I hear in the grocery store are from my three year old as we go through the aisles and pass other peoples' carts.... "Cheetos!" "Coke!" Cookies!" "Mommy can we get those?" To which I usually reply within earshot of others buying said items- "No baby that's not good for us. We don't buy that stuff remember?" Of course this usually leads to scrutiny of my cart. You can just see them feeling sorry for my poor sugar deprived child just as I am feeling sorry for their vegetable and meat deprived kids :)

Thankfully my child is a very good eater. But grocery stores are full of temptation!

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

(1138)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Yeah I recently had that conversation with my MIL about fig newtons. And the other day she brought him a box of gummy snacks and stawberry kids yoplait yogurt. sigh.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:19 AM

People look at me like a freak when I tell my 3 year old that she can't have Cheerios because they're junk food!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:10 PM

I just had figs for the first time yesterday: SOOO much tastier than fig newtons!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 29, 2011
at 02:01 PM

yes! we do that, too. "no honey, spaghettios dont help you grow up healthy and strong." i chant that through each aisle. hoping someday she will internalize it! :)

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3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

on June 27, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I get the feeling that the people with the junk-loaded carts are judging me as much as I am judging them. Some of the looks on their faces are priceless. As far as the cashiers, I agree that I have probably identified vegetables for them more times than I can count.

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(18706)

on June 28, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Yeah, it's funny to know they are likely feeling exactly as smug.

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Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

(400)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:43 PM

Just two days ago I had a cute girl bagger at Whole Foods ask me "So are you going to compare those different kinds of sardines and see which you like better?" To which I responded "Yeah I'm going to write up a full report, I can give you a copy if you are interested" with a smirk. She then smiled and flicked her hair. I should have asked for her contact info, but she seemed like she might be a bit young for me... I'm still trying to calibrate for that (my first time being single in quite a long time).

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

(400)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:18 PM

Hah. I'm pretty sure she was at least 18, not that I would have even considered having sex in the checkout aisle of Whole Foods...

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:17 AM

Oh, come on... who HASN'T considered that at least once?!?! :)

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:01 PM

When in doubt, err on the side of not going to jail for statutory rape.

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Bb1ba0d71083ceaecd3a3b405a977454

on June 27, 2011
at 07:07 PM

None that I can think of, but I try to buy all our meat and eggs from a local farmer or at our local deli and butcher.

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5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on June 29, 2011
at 01:15 PM

I once checked out with 4 pounds of butter (hey, they were on sale) a couple pounds of bacon, a pound of ground lamb, some heavy whipping cream, goat cheese, a couple dozen eggs and a boat load of produce. The checkout guy says: "You must not eat any sugar. No wonder you're so thin."

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 29, 2011
at 01:29 PM

That's an awesome comment. 8)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 29, 2011
at 09:42 PM

yep, that's the sad truth: it is either sugar (sweet stuff in general) or butter (fat): indulging in 'cake'-like foods (sugar+butter) is punishable by imminent fat gain

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on June 27, 2011
at 10:12 PM

"That's a lot of meat."

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:59 PM

Ummm, hello nice picture!

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on June 28, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Thanks! Wasn't quite ready for a torso shot...

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C1c86f42410cd4788bd9c5cf801dcd8f

(2246)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:30 PM

One of the best ones I remember was buying Coconut oil and cashier asked my what I use it for and I replied "everything"

Then went into detail on how I use it sometimes to make a stir fry with just veggies and meat, with coconut oil.

To hear the reply " oh your young and can still get away with eating that way, I love the taste but I need to watch my weight"

I bit my lip, looked at my girlfriend paid and walked away... it was very close to being an hour long debate...

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8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

(354)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:50 PM

Are those bones for your dog? Me: No way! They're allllll mine.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Haha that's the only one I get too!

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:41 PM

"Does this actually taste good??"

(referring to veggies and periodically fish...sigh...)

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B0454de6d4f4cdd9ca2e59021dc105bf

on June 28, 2011
at 12:12 PM

1991, I was a university student and by some fluke, everything in my basket was healthy-looking stuff like bell peppers. The cashier said something along the lines of, "Ooh! That all looks very healthy." I just smiled. She couldn't have known I was going to wash it all down with an ungodly amount of cheap beer that I'd bought earlier that day.

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on June 27, 2011
at 09:34 PM

I still think my favorite was when I was buying lard and the bagger asked me what I was going to do with it. When I told him I was going to eat it he asked "Is that SAFE?!?!"

ETA: I should mention it was not the shelf stable block 'o lard. It was a big bag of pork fat that I was going to render.

But mostly I just get questions about the number of coupons I use.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:20 PM

For all these years of buying things by myself from cashiers. I still have a hard, and painful time talking to them.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:27 AM

it's at really nice health food store. There is no self-checkout. And the cashier chicks are cute. But I'm always in a bad mood when I'm grocery shopping, but it's because I do so much of it.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Just embrace the mechanical nature of the interaction and smile.

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Or embrace the mechanical nature a little more and use the self-checkouts.

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on June 29, 2011
at 12:52 AM

One from Trader Joe's last week that made me sad: "Oh, somebody DOES buy this {grassfed cream top whole} milk..." I hope it doesn't vanish from their shelves as things are wont to do-

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on November 30, 2012
at 11:45 PM

I thought your name was something else.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on June 29, 2011
at 12:43 AM

I spend about $200 a week on groceries for myself, all organic - greenmarket, etc., so not any grief as I go stall to stall and fill my own bags. BUT when I go to the Trader Joe's or Whole Foods? Them "Woah, you're going to have the best party!" Me: "Yes, just for ME!" then I explain my eating choice and always get positive responses back. I'm tall and super lean so there is definitely a gawking factor but it just makes me laugh :) A girl yesterday asked what kind of things I make, gave a few examples, after she asked for a recipe after I explained a certain technique that I use for a fave salad. All good!

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:36 PM

The only strange comment I've gotten is the cashier saying "What is this?!" when they are trying to look up my produce items- that's happened a few times. Poor kids don't know a veggie from a hole in the ground!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 25, 2012
at 03:26 AM

One of the local grocery chains here got smart and they have scales with printers on them in the produce section. So you can weigh your produce, enter the PLU code and it spits out the amount of your purchase with a bar code label and the cashier doesn't have to figure out what your produce is. This saves time because cashiers on Saturdays are often high school kids (like you said) who often don't know celery from spinach.

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on June 28, 2011
at 12:26 AM

Wow, I'm shocked at some of these answers! I can't believe cashiers would say these things, or make any kind of comment really.

I've never had comments, although I provided my own commentary once when buying nothing but a big pile of bacon and raw kale chips in the same checkout.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Yeah, I make jokes sometimes myself when I pop in for a couple of items and realize that I have gotten some really weird combination like that.

1
D2e6eb2ab91f5e11589cf34b44b8e4cd

on June 27, 2011
at 10:06 PM

"You eat really healthy" and "what do you use this for?" when I bought some Coconut Oil.

1
50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:59 PM

"Meat n' Potatos, eh?"

1
8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

(2433)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:18 PM

"What do you do with all those potatoes?"

1
154d799847153f5589f99496a9bdbb71

on June 27, 2011
at 07:30 PM

Having a cook out?

Nope. I just like beef.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 11, 2012
at 08:10 PM

I had a butcher just about gasp at me when I asked for 5 lbs of ground beef. He asked, "Just how big IS your family?!" Really? That is NOT a lot of meat.

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030167d1516b20d4a79f326dded608b0

on June 27, 2011
at 06:38 PM

We buy 4-6 dozen eggs at a time (myself, wife, and two paleo kid-lets like our eggs). By far it's always the standout item in the cart to the cashier.

My wife usually tells the cashier, "oh, my husband is training and eats a lot of eggs."

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:31 PM

I buy 4 doz/week for myself, my guy at the farmers mkt is used to it tho ;)

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on December 01, 2012
at 12:46 AM

Paleo unrelated, but my favorite cashier comment:

"aren't you a little young to be grocery shopping?"

...I'm 22.

But usually I just get the side-eye from judgey vegan Whole Foods cashiers when I stroll up with my cart full of meat. They've never actually commented before.

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4517f03b8a94fa57ed57ab60ab694b7d

on November 30, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Before they get a chance to comment, I inform them that I have a pet tiger and that he's run out of neighborhood children.

0
35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

on June 28, 2011
at 02:18 AM

I was experimenting with different "milks" one time, buying Almond Milk and Coconut Milk and nothing else. The Cashier asked if I'm allergic to gluten and I answered "No, just a Hippie." My friend that was with me thought it was the best answer ever.

At a kids' birthday party, my husband was making friends with another dad, a local rancher. He had decided that our next 1/2 cow would be from this guy, and when he announced it I got all excited asking about grass fed and all that. Hubby isn't on the Paleo Train and didn't know that I've been pissed about our last "grass fed" cow from his boss being fed fancy grains like barley and beer production leftover mash stuff--we found out AT DELIVERY. The poor rancher was probably a bit offended that I talked like my husband was trying to buy me a bunch of arsenic to use as pepper. I apologized for being a hippie. What else can I do?

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

(400)

on June 28, 2011
at 05:55 AM

The best answer to "Are you allergic to gluten?" is "Not any more than anyone else." ;-)

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1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:10 AM

We get paid on the first of each month, and manage money poorly. As a result, we do all of our shopping (or at least 80%) on the first, at Costco. I have been known to buy 3-4 24 packs of eggs at one time. Along with the packs of meat and sausages, I'm always feeling like they're looking at me like I'm TRYING to die of a heart attack...

0
Df37dee1b45f564770863d8a74016cbe

(1035)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:15 PM

As he looked into my cart loaded with avocados and sour cream, "Didn't you forget to get tortilla chips?" Me: "On purpose."

On a different day (while ringing up many pounds of beef liver), "I hear this stuff is good for dogs and cats." Me: "It sure is."

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7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on June 27, 2011
at 08:28 PM

I've never really had any memorable comments. Maybe it's because I'm only usually buying enough food for myself, not a family.

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:40 PM

The only comment I have ever gotten was when running in for chocolate after work. I got an 85% Green and Black bar and the bagger asked if I liked that kind. I told her it was hands down my favorite chocolate and that it wasn't at all bitter and was very creamy.

Negative comments? I can't think of any.

1b3609d952a6ee601610d1cde53b0ec4

(30)

on June 27, 2011
at 10:12 PM

I am so glad you posted this...I forgot I have some Green & Blacks in my desl drawer. Yummy!!

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215d3126214343a5760316f195a06b97

on June 27, 2011
at 06:35 PM

No comments from cashiers. I do find your experience interesting. I have 6 kids and we can go through a carton a day, on average though we buy 4 cartons a week. No reactions yet lol

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