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Old 10-16-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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Grocery Store Free Samples... sanitary?

So, do you try those unattended samples sometimes found in grocery stores?
Cheese, meats, produce in the little plastic things?

How about the attended ones? Especially cooked food? Do you trust that it is correctly prepared?

Myself... depends on how the unattended ones look. If they look fresh with few taken, I;ll try them.

As for the others, well, Costco on the weekend is a great free lunch! ;) ;)


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Old 10-16-2008, 10:12 AM   #2
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I would not eat from free samples , because who knows whose hands or fingers have been in it.

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Old 10-16-2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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They don't have unattended samples up here, they all come with a server.
And I would trust any prepared samples as long as the store also prepares food, which they all do up here.
That said, I never grab any free samples of "eat-it-now" food. The closest I come is asking to taste something at the deli counter.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:28 AM   #4
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I take them if they look like something I would like. I am a little wary or the unattended ones like the cheeses. Those I will give a once over. If there is a decent amount there then I usually feel pretty safe. If it looks like it has been picked through then I keep walking.

I have no problem with the attended ones. I have never seen those sit around too long. It seems like they are constantly cooking or serving new ones.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:32 AM   #5
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I would think the attended food items would be safe. You simply would not know about the unattended ones.

I never try food samples. In my area, they do not look good.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:38 AM   #6
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There is a store near my house "Market Basket" very gourmet. There stuff I would try no questions. I can't afford to shop there often. I normally shop at Shop Rite. When I get my lunch meats, they give you a slice of everything you get to try. I usually go at lunch time.
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:49 AM   #7
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I think those who prepare them have to have a food handler's permit (except maybe the produce samples). So I don't worry about attended items. With unattended you just don't know who has sneezed on them, or whose kid has mauled them.

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Old 10-16-2008, 11:51 AM   #8
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This post is perfect timing. Last night I was standing at the deli counter watching a little boy triple dip crackers into the dip. Okay, so he was just a child, with the flu, or some other contagious thing going on? Who knows? No one paid any attention to him especially his more than aloof mother.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:11 PM   #9
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I tend to stay away from any of the samplings if it involves a product the server touches. Yes the server is wearing plastic gloves, but she also grabs other things with those same hands in between the food. Sanitary it is not IMO. I'm not that desperate for free food.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:18 PM   #10
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I don't bother with any of them. I get too annoyed by everyone crowding around, filling up the walkway and pushing to get 1 nibble of free frozen pizza...
Seriously? Gimme a break. I'm trying to shop here.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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