The grocery store (Near) nearest to our house (relatively speaking).
Well, I still will buy groceries there, but never again will buy meat from their meat counter. I stopped buying pre-packed ground meat from them since the day that I got a 90% lean tube of ground beef. When I cut into it, one quarter of it was a glob of fat.
If I don't want to make the extra stop at Smaller-But-Nice-Meat-Counter-Store, I usually just pick up a couple things from the Near store's meat counter. Went this weekend to get my main grocery shopping done and stopped at the meat counter to get two things. Two meat guys behind the counter busy with a machine trying to package some stuff. Little loud, so didn't hear me when I tried to get there attention. Eh, I will get some more stuff and swing back.
Second stop, one still working machine while the other has walked back for something. (He may have finally gone to get the phone call that the front area had been paging them for the last 10 minutes) Eh, I will finish up and try again.
Third time, some guy -customer- has a couple packages of meat from the counter, but the guys are busy with the machine. The one guy stops with whatever he is doing from waiting on the guy, looks me in the eye (I smile), and turns and walks away. The other guy is cleaning up the machine and as I try to make a movement to get his eye, he turns around and walks to the couple that have just walked up to the meat case and are standing a few feet away from me. The meat guy only talks to the man.
So I decide that I can go to the Smaller store after work to pick up what I need.
Added insult to injury. At the cashier this conversation happened:
(a management team member - said so on his tag - is on the house phone at her register finishing a conversation with someone. Cashier is a young woman around 18)
Hi, how are you today? Did you find everything you needed?
Me - Well, except that the meat department wouldn't wait on me, yes.
Cashier - Okay then. (Think she just hear the yes) I will take your bags.
<she starts ringing me up when the management guy gets off the phone>
Management-Type - Hi, Ma'am. Did you get everything thing you needed?
Well, I got what I could get from the main part of the store.
She was almost done and I didn't really want to waste anymore time.
It's hard to explain while typing but it was as if they were trying to ignore me. What is worse is that this company is over-vigilant at greeting customers and trying to be very helpful. (I have had a stocker go back and unpack a pallet because he knew that the flavor sparkling water I was looking for was on it. He just hadn't gotten to it yet.)
So I will go to the store but not bothering with the meat counter.