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Hints From Heloise: Open-and-shut shoppers

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Dear Readers: Here is more input from a recent column in which a reader saw a SHOPPER open a bottle of barbecue sauce, stick her finger in it and taste it. Apparently, she didn’t like it, so she put the lid back on and put the jar back on the shelf. A manager was made aware of the situation, and he said he would take care of the problem.

Two days later, the shopper went to the store and checked the barbecue-sauce aisle, and the opened bottle was still on the shelf!

I asked for your input, and here is what just a few had to say:

* Margaret, via e-mail, says: “I once opened a newly purchased carton of ice cream and saw the trail of two fingers across the top. Obviously, someone had sampled it and put it back. Luckily, nowadays most items are sealed, so it’s not so easy to dig in.”

* Spiced Up in New Jersey had this to say: “I would have been all over the situation. I would have stopped them dead in their tracks right there in the aisle with a finger-wagging ‘shame on you.’ Forget the store manager — he does not want to rock the boat and lose a customer. Opening, sampling, then putting food back is not only theft, it’s a violation of health code and should be reported, especially since it was discovered that the manager never removed the opened jars from the shelf.”

* Richard P. from Houston had this to say: “Something similar happened to me. I purchased some yogurt recently. The individual tubs, with foil caps, were stacked on the shelf, so I just grabbed a stack of three. On placing them on the cash-register belt, I noticed that one of the foil caps looked odd. Someone had peeled back the foil, swiped a finger through the yogurt, pushed the foil back and then replaced the container under an intact container. Needless to say, I left it with the cashier, but I’m constantly amazed at how rude some people can be.”

* Jennifer E., via e-mail, shared an experience. It’s not exactly the same situation, but it bears reading: “I purchased contact-lens solution and normally check the date, but was in a rush and didn’t. Imagine my chagrin to discover the solution was expired! I returned to the store, told them and advised them to dispose of the outdated solution. On my next trip, I checked and discovered they’d merely put the outdated solution at the very back of the shelf, instead of throwing it out.”

So, readers, what’s your take? The disgusting habits by some cause us all to pay a little more at the store. -- Heloise

HANDY LINT ROLLER

Dear Heloise: I keep a lint roller in the bathroom. After showering and drying my hair, I use it on the mats and tile floor to pick up loose hair. It keeps the floor nice between cleanings. -- Colleen in Omaha

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.

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