A. P. Bell Fish in Cortez- worthless after Tom died
- Veggo Dec 25, 2010 05:20 PM
Tom was a straight shooter and fastidiously honest to Walter, the owner, even after I dragged Tom out of the refrigerator and slapped him and pounded his chest to make him red instead of purple, 2 years ago. But Tom died 2 weeks ago.
The crabs I bought there Thursday and bragged about here yesterday and ate today, truly sucked. All but raw.
Walter, Karen, and Caroline, wake up.
I miss Tom. And others do, also. And he had your boat afloat.
Tom was where the rubber met the road with their retail operation, including simple things like bringing stone crabs to a full boil. I have no doubt that many others had a rude negative experience with stone crabs from Bell last Thursday, they are done in batches of about 100 pounds and I bought 3. Tom's death trivializes my $49 of crabs, and the camera I bought to photograph them, and my ruined Christmas dinner. I won't complain, but I hope that A.P. Bell Fish will get its house in order. One of the floor guys hit me up for a $5 tip for filleting a single gray grouper and the owners' family spends only enough time with me to calculate my bill to the penny.
The only one I'll miss there is Tom.
Veggo, The" mandatory tips" are getting annoying. I bought 3 Black Grouper a few weeks ago and an unnamed employee was not exactly happy with the$12.00 tip I gave him for about 15 minutes work, and besides he is on the clock with A.P. Bell. The staff is getting a little greedy with a tip expected by the guy who pulls the fish from the walk-in, I could, and do, pull my own fish, the tips for the cutter, and I believe the guy who filled my cooler with ice also "would not refuse a gratuity.
Interesting. I also pull my own fish and as I mentioned above I once pulled Tom from the refrigerator. I'm not sure how aware Walter is or isn't that so many of his retail customers are getting shaken down, and I will enlighten him. A fillet station with a posted price for the service would be a good idea. In any case, that whole area is totally non-compliant for retailing to the public and the way I feel at the moment, it wouldn't bother me if they were tagged for a littany of code violations.