“One fish per family” or “family practices”

Last week coming from vacation at Hawaii, I have had an amazing experience!!!
Oh, Deja vu…

Being born and raised in Russia, I have experienced how during recession certain food items could be limited in access. Limited quantities per month for some products which might have shortage (I do not think it was really the case, but… there were times like that). You would get a special coupon for sugar, meat, butter, etc. Yes, it applies to a “favorite drink” too, but it was more of currency then a “dietary” product.

Well, I do not know was it me being Russian in Korean supermarket, very special and popular fish (who would imagine that about type of flatfish!!!), sale prices, or something else…

We wanted to buy a few for us and then end up trying to get few more for friends (it is a long drive for groceries from Milwaukee to Chicago, and we just happened to be in the area). I’ve got my fish, nicely cleaned and packaged.

And then there is an exciting part… After calling our friends and getting some groceries for them, they wanted this fish too… So I returned to the man and asked for more fish…

“We have limit of 1 (one) fish per family. And I already did make you a favor and gave two. I would not give you more.”

My fault, I did not look for fine print on the tag!!! “1 pc per family”…
Nice… Well… Ok… I almost walked away… Then I realized that the guy just cut nice 3 fishes for one Korean lady and then for another…
“Why?” – no reasonable answer provided. What can I do? Remembering how it was back in Russia, I went away… On my way out I have asked the cashier about limit for the fish… “No limit”, she said. I was surprised even more… “Why then I cannot get more fish?” “????” 8^0 … movements…

Well, after two managers talking between themselves, I was invited back to the fish section and given a piece I have asked for in the first place. (Russian stubbornness makes a difference? May be…)

Oh man, a guy was upset… and he even managed discussed it with some other “local” customer…
I like the store… I like the service… except this “special time”…

Who would ever imagine that the fish on sale with almost 50% off price could be limited in quantities. First signs of recession?

Or, if it is special price with quantity limits, then some customers would be more special then others… in US.

PS. Even though it is April 1st today, story is real. And fish was very nice.

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