Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Petty cash?

Here's a question for the readers:

I planned to make chili this week. As I was chopping up the peppers, I noticed that while they looked fine from the outside, they looked kind of iffy on the inside, with black spots (but no fuzz, which I've sometimes seen before). They smelled okay. I actually looked online to see if they were okay to eat, and then Pickle woke up from her nap and then we were running late and next thing you know I've tossed everything in the crockpot and gone on my merry way. Thank you, baby brain, for forgetting to remind me to taste one of the pepper pieces before tossing them in with all the other food.

Because of course, those peppers were not okay. The entire pot of chili tasted like rotten vegetables and was a complete waste.

My question: is it appropriate to ask for a refund on the peppers at this point, given that I have no evidence of their non-freshness? They were about $.79 each, so it's not like it's a ton of money - about $2.50. However, I'm also out three cans of beans, one of tomatoes, and a few cents worth of various spices and other ingredients, but I feel like I can only ask for the money back for the bad peppers, and it would mitigate the total damage. This would also alert my grocery store to the fact that their produce is not the quality that I'm used to getting from there. I think I still have the receipt somewhere.

Under these circumstances, would you ask for a refund on the peppers during your next shopping trip?

1 comment:

  1. It all depends on your store. My local grocery store requires proof of purchase and the product, though they did waive an exception the first time. In that case I bought really horrible clementines that cost $9.99. It also depends on how long it takes to get through customer service. If it's more than a couple of minutes it's not worth it. $2+ returned is not worth a ten or fifteen minute wait in my book.

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