Sometimes we all get that slap in the face on SOME subject. It may be a DUH moment (why didn't I think of that) or it may be an "aaaahhhh this is why I do what I do" moment.
I got one of those yesterday. I read over the grocery ads, which are really lousy this week! I decided to go ahead and run to Kroger, as I just wanted to get a couple things. It was a really nice day (sunny and warm) and was going to be the nicest day of the week - so why not.
I went to get milk, and cabbage for New Year's day (it's tradition). I did get both - but good grief they had cabbage advertised ON SALE for .79/lb.!!!!!! Only 2 stores advertised cabbage - one was .89 and one was .79 - WHAT???? It is normally .49/lb. or .59/lb.!! This is a common NY dish in this area - so they sure are taking advantage of that. Grrrrr.
But that wasn't the real problem.............................
Now mind you, Kroger was closed for Christmas, as they should have been. All I can think, is that they must have been CRAZY busy over the weekend and Monday. The shelves were bare! I don't mean stock was a little low - but there was completely empty sections of the store. Produce was minimal - I would say that department was three quarters empty. There were empty sections in the meat department and totally empty meat coolers.
Minimal milk and dairy was to be found.
(I wish I had my camera with me)
I have never seen a store look so bad, except when they were going out of business.
I asked two different workers what they heck was going on.
SUPER busy for 3 pre-holiday days and the truck that should have been there early Wednesday was a no show. Absolutely NO back stock is kept in their store rooms (no stock in back room is now normal).
They had strip steak, pork loins and corned beef briskets advertised on sale - and there was NOT one (of any of them) in the store. I wasn't going to buy any - but just got curious, so I looked around.
Many people always shop on Wednesday at this store, since it is the first day of sale and you can get your pick of goods. I can't imagine how many disappointed people there were yesterday. I was stunned.
It truly was a grim reminder of why we do what we do. This was a holiday weekend and a late truck. Think what could happen is it was a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, and no trucks coming.
I have always thought about these things, but never really saw the effects of the stores being truly empty (well, maybe if they say the SNOW on the news!). I have always heard that stores would be empty in 3 days if an emergency happened.
It was truly a rude awakening. It was kind of scary.
So dear friends - try your best to keep stocking up and have a nice surplus (at least 6 months) - because you never know what can cause a run on the grocery store - and then BOOM - THE SHELVES ARE EMPTY!
BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING!