where do sainsbury's get their staff????

owain_thomas

Active Member
Just been into our local sainsburys to buy some bits for dinner. when I got to the checkout I was asked by the girl on the till what this vegetable was, now this happens from time to time (usually with something exotic) but this was....


















A LEEK! :eek: :eek: :eek:

Now is it just me or should pretty much everyone know what a leek is? Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy but I think this is pretty disgraceful. Any one agree or am I being over sensitive? :rolleyes:
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
LOL........maybe she had led a sheltered life?
 

Garrett

Moderator
What :eek: you had a leek at the checkout. :nono:
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Surely anyone of the Pokemon generation knows what a leek is, Farfetched carries one. What am i admitting to here :)

Dave
 

Miyazaki

Novice Member
owain_thomas said:
Now is it just me or should pretty much everyone know what a leek is? Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy but I think this is pretty disgraceful. Any one agree or am I being over sensitive? :rolleyes:
I think it is pretty disgraceful shopping in a supermarket. Especially for vegetables. You can buy them much cheaper and fresher at a local market, and the farmers get a fairer deal for their produce. Not to mention all the waste you save by not buying packaged ***** the supermarkets dish out! :D
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
Games Guru said:
I think it is pretty disgraceful shopping in a supermarket. Especially for vegetables. You can buy them much cheaper and fresher at a local market, and the farmers get a fairer deal for their produce. Not to mention all the waste you save by not buying packaged ***** the supermarkets dish out! :D
The trouble with local farmers market are that, there isn't one open when the wife says, "get x, y, and z on your way home" when you finish work at 6 or 7pm.......
 

owain_thomas

Active Member
I think it is pretty disgraceful shopping in a supermarket. Especially for vegetables. You can buy them much cheaper and fresher at a local market, and the farmers get a fairer deal for their produce. Not to mention all the waste you save by not buying packaged ***** the supermarkets dish out!
fair enough but I only wanted a leek, some basil and some parsley so I thought I'd save the petrol and go to sainsburys on the way home. there is not a green grocers within a reasonable distance that I could be sure I'd get those three things from, if there was I'd certainly use it. I suppose that's a different rant though...
 

owain_thomas

Active Member
The trouble with local farmers market are that, there isn't one open when the wife says, "get x, y, and z on your way home" when you finish work at 6 or 7pm.......
Nail on head.
 

Mep

Well-known Member
Games Guru said:
I think it is pretty disgraceful shopping in a supermarket. Especially for vegetables. You can buy them much cheaper and fresher at a local market, and the farmers get a fairer deal for their produce. Not to mention all the waste you save by not buying packaged ***** the supermarkets dish out! :D
quite right too......but then you are biased :D
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Sainsbury's are rubbish...I'm surprised they had stock of what you wanted

Can't believe it the 2nd reply made the obvious joke :rolleyes: Shouda been the 1st
 

Steve N

Distinguished Member
A good few years ago I went into WHSmiths looking for a "Callan" book by James Mitchell called Russian Roulette.
The helpful assistant told me that all books on games are on the next section.
 

nsherin

Novice Member
Had a similar incident in one of our Tescos stores, which is in a bit of a 'chavvy' area. I was after some Mozzerlla. Had a look in the cheese section, but couldn't for the life of me find it, so I went and asked one of the staff memebers, very politiely. The respsonse from them: "Wot is it?". My reply "It's a type of cheese - you know, the sort of cheese you'd find on pizza, that type of thing". Reply, "Well if we've got any it'll be over 'ere, innit!"!
 

stealther

Novice Member
owain_thomas said:
Just been into our local sainsburys to buy some bits for dinner. when I got to the checkout I was asked by the girl on the till what this vegetable was, now this happens from time to time (usually with something exotic) but this was....

A LEEK! :eek: :eek: :eek:

Now is it just me or should pretty much everyone know what a leek is? Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy but I think this is pretty disgraceful. Any one agree or am I being over sensitive? :rolleyes:
Used to work for Sainsbury’s till it turned into a joke. The mrs is a checkout supervisor there still. The problem you describe is so bad at her store that she has to take a basket of rarer fruit and veg around when its quiet and test the cashiers. Somebody already hit the nail on the head the problem stems from a new generation of finicky eaters and microwave meals meaning that people generally don’t know what real food looks like. :rolleyes:
Of course Sainsbury’s want to avoid this because cashiers are just guessing what the products are and so for any weighed items will probably sell for less than they should, with the customer smiling politely to themselves. Of course if the cashier chooses something more expensive and the customer is overcharged, then they have to go and stand in annoying queue at customer services and listen to the women in front moaning about the fact that Asda or Tesco sell this product so why don’t Sainsbury’s. :rolleyes: Leaving me to sigh in relief that I only had to work part time and got out of there when I did. Most of the staff are stupid the management are morons and the customers just wonder around in there self important fashion selecting pre packed washed and chopped carrots.
We had some friends round for lunch on Sunday and whilst I was preparing the dinner they commented on how strange it was that I was making my own roast potatoes. “Why don’t you just get some aunt bessies?”.
Convenience culture just another nail in Britain’s coffin. Wheres the exit?
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
^ while I agree to some extent, has anyone had this problem at Asda or Tesco's?
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Aunt Bessies, ah, I do have some in the freezer, that I use in emergencies. There is a place for convenience food, like when everything goes pear shaped at work, nightmare traffic, finally get kids to bed 2 hrs late and; Oh it's 9:00pm, guess we should eat.

But I do hate serving up stuff that I could have made 5 times nicer and 10 times cheaper.

dave

PS especially beer ;)

Edit:
@LFC yes tescos, yes asda, not waitrose (do their extreme prices mean they pay a decent salary or at least train their checkout staff)


dave
 

stealther

Novice Member
Iam sure all supermarkets have the same problems as Sainsburys with Fruit and Veg and with idiotic staff. I never miss an opurtunity to have a pop at sainsburys tho :D
 

stealther

Novice Member
Regmarch said:
Aunt Bessies, ah, I do have some in the freezer, that I use in emergencies. There is a place for convenience food, like when everything goes pear shaped at work, nightmare traffic, finally get kids to bed 2 hrs late and; Oh it's 9:00pm, guess we should eat.

But I do hate serving up stuff that I could have made 5 times nicer and 10 times cheaper.

dave

PS especially beer ;)
Have to agree with that great thing for an emergancy unexpected guests etc. I also hate serving up stuff that I could make better and cheaper myself. Still I do draw the line with microwave meals wouldnt eat one of them if you payed me. :)
 

huwg

Active Member
LFC_SL said:
^ while I agree to some extent, has anyone had this problem at Asda or Tesco's?
We've done the odd online shop from Tescos, they sometimes even get the order right, but sometimes they go crazy with substitutions if stock is not available.

eg we requested apple juice (a 4 pack of 1L cartons)
they didn't have any 4 packs, so instead of providing 4 single 1L cartons (the obvious choice), guess what they gave us ??




You won't believe this.....






a bottle of red wine !

Fair enough - I like red wine, but my young daughter doesn't, especially with her breakfast.

BTW I've noticed you can buy wine and beer at petrol stations now :eek:
 

IronGiant

Moderator
stealther said:
Iam sure all supermarkets have the same problems as Sainsburys with Fruit and Veg and with idiotic staff. I never miss an opurtunity to have a pop at sainsburys tho :D
Just out of interest, We have a superb photo of my wife's great uncle outside JS Sainsbury proudly sitting on his JS delivery bicycle (Stepney way) at the beginning of the last century (early 1900s), I wonder what JS would think of his company now? (Other than he thought of "Sainsburys to you" a hundred years ago) :thumbsup:

dave
 

stealther

Novice Member
Regmarch said:
Just out of interest, We have a superb photo of my wife's great uncle outside JS Sainsbury proudly sitting on his JS delivery bicycle (Stepney way) at the beginning of the last century (early 1900s), I wonder what JS would think of his company now? (Other than he thought of "Sainsburys to you" a hundred years ago) :thumbsup:

dave
There latest advertising campaign "Try Something New Today" might just pull them back on track who knows. But as an employer IMO they went really down hill in the last few years they were great when I first joined in 2000 though.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
On line deliveries :rotfl:

How would you like your bananas mashed?

We didn't have any size 5 nappies so we sent size 3

We didn't have the whole Peking duck you were hoping to have for supper so we substituted nothing

You ordered lo fat so we sent butter

And the one that really gets me ;)

We didn't have 24 cans of Speckled Hen in stock, so we sent you 3 bottles :rolleyes:

EDIT: to be fair those are experiences in general, not Sainsbury in particular
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Oh Bu**er it's 9:37 and I haven't put the tea on.

spag bol tonight then, how fast can I rustle up homemade :)

dave
 

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