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Jun 13, 2013 06:33 PM

Rip Off Attempt: Foiled

Went to the St. Lawrence Mkt today and thought I'd pick up a piece of tuna for the bbq. I don't really have a favourite fish monger so I went to the closest stall. I picked out a nice looking piece of tuna and here's where it got interesting.
The sales lady wrapped the piece of tuna in a ginormous piece of butcher paper, put the whole thing on the scale and announced, "$19.30".
"Hang ON!", I said. "I don't want to be paying $29.99 a pound for all of the paper you wrapped it in!"
"We have to do that", she said. "We're not allowed to put the fish right on the scale."
"So you're telling me you don't have a piece of paper or plastic you can put it on?"
The sales lady shot me a nasty look, went over to the other side of the stall, grabbed a piece of plastic tissue from the box there, unwrapped the tuna from the package, put it on the plastic tissue, put it back on the scale, and announced, "$18.29!"
I've got the name of the place but I don't know if I'm allowed to post it so I'll leave it off for now. I may not have a favourite fish monger in the St. Lawrence Mkt but I sure know who's never getting my business again.

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  1. I'm in New Jersey, USA....the Weights and Measures Division requires food businesses to subtract the tare weight for containers........a simple wax sheet, e.g., for cold cuts would get a pass.....I would follow your lead and not give them any future business, and tell others your story. I don't think I would fee. compelled to report them unless I did give them another shot and they pulled the same attempt on me a second time....then I would be convinced they are dishonest and should be reported.

    1. Wow, yeah, out of principal that is a good point. Usually when I go to places they will put it on a peice of wax paper, weight it and then wrap it... $1 for the weight of the wrapping, wow... wonder how much extra profit that adds up to.

      1. Fishy business there. Good catch.

        I don't understand them wrapping it before weighing it. What if you decided to get a smaller piece instead?

        1. Must have been some nice wrapping paper. Maybe you could have re-used it to wrap a wedding gift or something.
          Seriously, pretty bad - as others have said, the weight of the container is usually subtracted (like in a pound of potato salad) and, with most items there's the very real possibility of saying a little more or a little less - difficult to do if it's already wrapped.