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7/2/2012 9:57:00 PM
Letter: More important problems exist than dirty carts

EDITOR:

Finally, someone is complaining about a very important problem we all face while doing food shopping: contaminated shopping carts! When you think of all the airborne contaminates along with people coughing and sneezing, children in diapers and the common laborer using the carts it is just overwhelming.

I think I have a solution to the problem. Most stores now offer handi-wipes so customers can clean the handles on the carts. If this is not good enough you might try carrying a can of Lysol to sanitize the entire cart and lastly if that will not work try shopping at another market.

I realize you were complaining about people who bring their dogs in the stores. I have never witnessed a shabby (dirty) looking dog in a store. Most people who choose to bring their pets in stores take pride in the animals' appearance and behavior (more so than many people do their children).

I am sorry, but letter writer Missy Lee is getting no sympathy from me. There are so many things to gripe and complain about and here you are picking on poor lil' doggies. I am, however, happy to hear you are a dog lover because I would hate to read your letter if you were not.

G. J. McEwan

Prescott Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Article comment by: To: Jack May

It would probably be a wise decision for you to not step foot out of your house.... In case you haven't noticed, today's modern day efforts and technologies to keep germs at bay are greater than they have ever been in the history of this country. My advice to you is to STAY INDOORS and DO NOT go anywhere where other people are. The big bad germ boogeyman is after you!

Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Article comment by: Jack May

@Geez just grow your own food

1. The baguette loafs did not have a cover. Even if they did the covers would have been filthy with whatever the days foot traffic managed to lay down on the floor.

2. I personally followed the store employee who restocked the meat.

3. I personally watched the stocker smashing all the potato chip bags.

When you say you don't know where I'm getting my information from, I will repeat for the third time. I HAVE PERSONALLY WITNESSED THESE THINGS !!

I would mention the store names but they probably would not get published.


Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Article comment by: Geez just grow your own food...

Please, just grow your own food if you think a dropped loaf of bread is going to poison you. That's why there's a wrapper on it -- no one's hands or any surface is going to contaminate your bread. No returned food ever goes back on a shelf in my store, even canned goods. I don't know where you are getting your information. (People) who bring in their doggies by lying about them being service animals make the world harder to those individuals who do need service animals. Why can't people just be honest and not try to see how many things they can get away with?

Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Article comment by: Jack May

In Prescott Valley grocery stores I have witnessed
1. A female employee coming in from the back room carrying a load of about 10 baguette breads under her armpit. She accidently dropped them all on the floor. Not to worry, she just picked them all up and put them on the shelves.
2. Every wonder why half chips in a bag of potato chips are broken into small pieces. I have seen on countless occasions the person stocking the shelves punch pound and squeeze the bags on the shelves in an effort to insert just one more bag.
3. I have observed the person stocking the bread shelves pull the existing bread loafs off the shelves and onto the floor in order to place a newer load of bread loafs with a later expiration date in the back. Once the newer loafs have been shelved, the loafs of bread on the floor are then re-shelved in the front. I hate to even imagine how filthy the floors are and what a shopper might be bringing into his or her home when they purchase a loaf of bread.
4. I have also witnessed meat being returned by a shopper and then following the store employee has he carried the returned product to the meat displays where he simply set them back on the shelves for sale.


Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Article comment by: Doee this headline reflect the contents of the letter?

If so, show me how. Thanks

Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Article comment by: James Madison

Or if you're really worried about 'second-hand' germs, you could haul a 500 gallon water tank with a gasoline operated pump behind your car and give the shopping cart an acid bath before touching that icky, slimy, dirty, filthy thing.

Do you wear a face mask while shopping, too,so you don't have to breath anyone's exhaled air? Latex gloves anyone?

Sheesh. Have you people ever shopped in a foreign county? Count your blessings.


Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

YES! I leave my dog home during hot weather for his comfort. Many people who take their small dogs into stores in the basket are very respectful and I'll bet most shoppers don't even notice there is a dog there. I do have trouble with the number of defective carts with square wheels and broken welds etc.



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