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Aug 20, 2008 08:39 AM

Buying packaged food with a bite already taken out

Maybe I'm just an idiot and need to be more aware but this is the second time I bought packaged food with a bite taken out of it. Has this happened to anyone else??

The first time I bought ice cream sandwiches, rice dream ice cream to be exact. When I got home I realized the package was cleverly re-closed and upon re-opening the box there was one ice cream sandwich with a bite taken out of it!

The second time was yesterday. I bought a bunch of protein bars at Whole Foods. I grabbed 4 of the same kind and threw them in my basket. when I got home once again I noticed one of them was cleverly re-closed and there was a bite taken out of it!

What kind of people go to the grocery store and do this? I'm so grossed out! Is this some kind of cruel joke on me?

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  1. That would seriously upset me. No comment about the kind of people who would do such a thing, but you can guess what I might say.....
    Did you take the packages back? I must say, it has never happened to me, but then I rarely buy packaged ready-to-eat food .

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    1. re: Gio

      yes, i've taken both items back. i just don't understand why they don't just eat the whole thing. i suppose they take a bite to see if they like it but where did someone learn that from?

      1. re: trolley

        It sounds like something a malicious teenager would do, or a little kid.

        1. re: rockandroller1

          That's what I was thinking too. A "juvie" prank -- and a teenager wouldn't need to even be malicious to think this was funny....I probably would have thought this was outrageously funny when I was about 13 or 14....

          1. re: rockandroller1

            Huh, I instantly though it was an adult who was trying these "alternative" foods to see if they liked them without actually buying one. Not a lot of teenagers roaming Whole Foods in my area.

            People can be, at time, amazingly self-centered and selfish and self-entitled.....this is a perfect example of all of those. Hopefully the store took them back without question.

          2. re: trolley

            I once bought what appeared to be a brand new Food Saver vacuum sealing unit from Costco. When I got it home what was inside was a used several-models-old version of the same thing. Apparently a customer had bought a new one, replaced it with their old, tired unit, re-glued the box closed and returned it. The returns department said they had never seen a better re-sealing job.

            Not as gross as food that's been tasted, but shows you what some people will do.

            1. re: Midlife

              i had a similar experience with a blender at Bed Bath & Beyond...the box contained an earlier model, and it had clearly been used because they didn't do a very good job of washing it!

        2. I've never had it happen with food. But I have learned never to take the hand cream on the front of the shelf. Always take one from the back. The front one usually has been used. Why do people think this is okay??? I'm sure the same person wouldn't think of putting the whole package in their bag and stealing it.

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          1. re: Sooeygun

            I admit to opening lotions up and smelling them. Some smells give me migraines or asthma attacks so I need to know what I'm getting into. While I don't actually take lotion and put it on, some do smell different after being worn for a few minutes so I can see why people think it is okay, especially when many places offer testers and others don't.

            I can't say I've ever heard of food being resealed and replaced though- that's somewhat disturbing.

            1. re: Sooeygun

              they do it because there is no such thing as a sample in most places any more.

              You and me, we're going to take a gamble and buy the product, or just decide we don't want it that bad.

              Personally, I save a lot of money that way - I'll wait until 50-100 reviews are posted on makeupalley before I buy something. I still get plenty some duds and kick myself until I use it up.

            2. Truly disgusting. But I think I actually know someone who might do such a thing. So many years ago that I can't count them, I went grocery shopping with an acquaintance. On the condiment aisle, we saw something - maybe it was a jam of some kind - that intrigued her. She actually opened a jar and took a sniff to see if she'd like it, decided she didn't, and put the jar back on the shelf. When I said, "Somebody else is going to come along and buy that and it's supposed to be refrigerated after opening. They could put it on a shelf, not knowing, and then end up with spoiled - even dangerous - product when they go to use it!" she looked at me like I was being ridiculous and said something like, "Yeah, you were probably the hall monitor in grade school, hunh?" and walked down the aisle.

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              1. re: Deenso

                I think I know that person, too! Funny, though, neither one of us describes her as a friend.

              2. ?!?!?!?!???!!!!!
                crikey. that has to be a prank. i hope.

                i've never, ever encountered this. hopefully, i never will.

                two questions:

                1. were the ice cream sandwiches purchased at the same whole foods?
                2. do you live with anyone?

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                1. re: cimui

                  1. the ice cream sandwiches were purchased at the now defunct wild oats which was several months ago.

                  2. i live with my husband but he's definitely not the culprit since i found out about it while unpacking the groceries.

                  also, my "repackaged" food wasn't re-sealed shut like the repackaged non food items of goodhealthgourmet and midlifes. it was sort of finagled back together...

                  1. re: trolley

                    well there goes my more innocuous roommates / friend / SO prank theory.

                    a friend of mine who worked at k-mart in high school was telling me about fellow employees who'd open packages while unpacking shipments from the manufacturers and take out one or two bars (or boxes) of food for their lunch. (part of why K-mart went bankrupt a few years ago, no doubt.)

                    i don't think a customer would have time to reseal the box of ice cream sandwiches -- but the fact that your protein bar had only a single bite taken out of them and wasn't really repackaged makes me think it was a customer... hopefully a kid who honestly didn't know better.

                    were the teeth-marks made by big teeth or little teeth? ;)

                    (just kidding. i've made you answer enough questions.)

                    really hope this never happens to you again, trolley!!

                    1. re: cimui

                      An acquaintance worked at a grocery store as a teenager and said that the staff would sometimes take one bite out of a carton of ice cream - this was before they were sealed with plastic. I think they thought it was funny, a little bit of teenage rebellion.

                      1. re: julesrules

                        That's so weird - I once bought some ice cream that had one scoop taken out of it! I threw it out - and never returned to that store!

                2. That's as bad as seeing someone order a sandwich from the deli, getting a doughnut or cookie from the bakery and eating in the store and stashing the bag. Free lunch anyone? I think it's terrible.

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                  1. re: jcattles

                    ugh, it happens all the time in grocery stores, and it's appalling. i always find opened packages of food on the shelves - people decide to help themselves to a snack, and then leave the remains. it's not really any different than the ones who walk around the store eating out of their salad bar or prepared foods containers before they pay for them. i caught my sister doing that once when i took her to WFM with me. i was mortified - and i told her that if she got busted for stealing/shoplifting i was NOT bailing her out :)