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Aug 12, 2012 10:26 PM

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I had to stop someone from buying a brand of olive oil. You can research this, sorry. Have you ever persuaded someone from buying a certain food item. Just trying to help out.

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  1. "someone" define please? A total stranger in a store? Best friend at a mega gourmet shop? What/which Olive oil. Sorry, too many variables in your OP to help.

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    1. re: Quine

      I don't think the OP is looking for help. Just stating that they stopped someone from buying a certain brand of olive oil.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        "Have you ever persuaded someone from buying a certain food item. " That is a question, I was asking for what he meant by his post, and the too many variables to make a comment back.

        The "You can research this, sorry." sounds weird. So I am just trying to understand what the post is about, so I could comment.

        1. re: Quine

          Agree on the sound weird part. And missed that it was an actual question, because it was preceded by the sounds weird part. :-)

        2. re: LindaWhit

          Your exactly right. I stopped someone from buying this brand of olive oil which is on a list of extra virgin olive oils that have found to have additives like vegtable oils. This is a big problem in the industry. Take olive oil and mix it with alternatives. This is not extra virgin. It's a topic that's been kicked from one end of the block to the other. Check the archives on "EVOO."

          One of the better pieces around is Tom Mueller's article here:

          1. re: emglow101

            I do not try to control people and tell them what to buy or tell them what not to buy. I also do not order their food in a diner or tell them they cannot order something. They are adults.

            1. re: emglow101

              Well, as Quine said, these people are adults and one should assume they're perfectly capable of making up their own minds. If you had simply asked them if they were aware that this was a brand that was on a list of olive oils that wasn't actually extra-virgin olive oil, and then let them make up their own mind, I'd be more inclined to give you a pat on the back.

              P.S. Your link goes nowhere at the online New Yorker.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I was polite about it. I did not force the issue. I just made him aware of the problem. Sorry about the link. And he made up his own mind.

                1. re: emglow101

                  Except your initial post's wording doesn't seem that way at all, however. "I had to stop someone from buying..." "I stopped someone from buying..." Sound very forceful and in-your-face. It's probably why you're getting the types of responses you are here.

                  1. re: emglow101

                    See now when this kind of information comes across my desk and I see the product in the store, I talk to store Mgr. and find out for myself what's up with the brand rather than approach another customer. This way the Mgr can deal with it for every customer.

                    1. re: emglow101

                      "I did not force the issue. I just made him aware of the problem"

                      Now I am really puzzled. What was the "problem"?

                      1. re: Fowler

                        The problem is a fraud in the olive oil industry. Berio olive oil is just one of the brands being sued. So is Rachel Rays, Safeway. colavita and many more top shelf brands They are not extra virgin. But they claim to be ! That is the problem

                        1. re: emglow101

                          Were they seeking extra virgin olive oil or perhaps a less expensive version of oil before you butted in?

                          1. re: emglow101

                            If you feel so strongly about it, why not just stand in front of the store with a sign declaring your "beef" with the EVOO industry? Your initial post came off quite pushy and forceful. I have oftentimes helped out people in a grocery store, those looking for help, showing them where things are if they are unfamiliar with the layout. But to tell someone else, a stranger, what I think they should buy or not buy seems to be a little unaware of personal bubbles and boundaries. That's my .02 worth.

                        2. re: emglow101

                          No matter how polite you believe you were, it's still creepy.

                      2. re: emglow101

                        I got mislead with grapeseed oil. It contains mostly grapeseed but had other oils as well. I wish someone would have stopped me.

                        1. re: emglow101

                          it sounds to me that what you did was give the buyer accurate information about the product about which the buyer was unaware.

                          it doesn't sound like you really "stopped" them from buying the product, it sounds more like you just gave them enough information so that they wouldn't get ripped off by misleading or unclear labeling.

                          i am always grateful when someone, even a stranger, helps me in the way that you helped that person.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            >>>it sounds to me that what you did was give the buyer accurate information about the product about which the buyer was unaware<<<

                            How do you know "the buyer was unaware" of what they wanted and may have just been seeking something at a price they could afford?

                    2. Olive oil is a subjective purchase. It's like someone's favorite butter or favorite soda or favorite coffee...
                      Unless this person was a friend of mine I don't think I'd presuade a total stranger to not buy it.
                      Everyone's palate is different and sometimes I've found that the olive oil one person loves is the one another has a distaste for. Some people (not me) like a bitterness to the oil. Some people like it sweeter....unless the store has an area to sample I'd leave it alone.

                        1. You "had to?" What was the deal? Why would you do such a thing?

                          1. I've tried to guide out-of-towners (colleagues, visiting friends, etc.) away from tourist traps they may have heard of in favor of better local restaurants, but otherwise, no.