Sampling Rules to Live By
1. Take one. This is not a meal.
2. After taking one, step aside to allow others access.
3. If there are tongs/spoons/toothpicks, use them.
4. Don't double dip, or use toothpicks twice.
5. Make sure your kids observe all the above.
6. If there are others waiting, don't engage the sampling person in long-winded conversation. Especially vital when person is pouring alcohol and needs to pay attention to others who are not you.
Great one about keeping it clean and replenished. Dirty unkempt displays not only turn me off from the product, but from shopping there at all.
Another for the person giving samples: Distill your pitch down to 20 seconds. Yeah I get how unique your artisanal micro-distilled beet-infused vodka is, I really do. I just don't have time for your 30-minute dissertation on every blessed detail on how it's created!
Concerned this thread may be in vain, as anyone bothering to read it probably isn't the culprit!
Great post, you reminded me of many a comical moment in the grocery store watching the adults and kids alike eating samples like it's dinner.
Basic common courtesy both to others around you and the poor soul doling out the bites.
I was at Costco a couple months ago and they were sampling smoked salmon. There was a crowd around the table. I saw multiple people ordering the guy to put more salmon on their 1/16th bagel like they were paying for it. One old white dude grabbed a sample and made a huffy grunting noise at the guy while shaking the thing towards him. After the vultures cleared the round and dissipated, there was one left sitting on the table with this lady hovering over it. As I passed by, I asked if it was hers. "Yes.", she said a little snappily, "I'm just waiting for him to put some more fish on it." while rolling her eyes as if he was incompetent.
I don't blame the guy for taking the path of least resistance and just doing as they requested (demanded) without comment, but damn, I seriously felt for dude because he was really being treated like shit.