Late last night on my way home from a meeting, I stopped at the local Safeway store to pick up a bag of Halloween candy. There were displays of Halloween candy right by the front door, and I grabbed a bag of assorted Reese’s candies, putting
them in my shopping basket. While there I decided to look for a package of chicken thighs that were not boneless and skinless. I had a recipe in mind that called for chicken thighs with the bones and skins, and for some reason the other grocery stores in the area didn’t seem to have any the past few weeks.
Well, I was in luck, Safeway had the chicken thighs! I looked around for a plastic bag dispenser, or a paper towel dispenser to use to pick up the chicken thighs. My experience with raw chicken in grocery stores has been that they leak chicken “juice” and I did not want to get any on my hands. Well, there were no plastic bags or paper towels in sight, which was very aggravating! With thoughts of salmonella racing through my mind, I gingerly picked up the package of chicken thighs and placed them in my shopping basket, as far from the candy as I could get it.
When the cashier rang up the sale, he first rang up the candy, and put it in a plastic bag. Then he rang up the chicken thighs and put them in the exact same plastic bag, right on top of the candy! I immediately informed him that he should NOT put raw chicken products in the same bag as Halloween candy! He started to argue with me! I explained that chicken often leaks and I do not want chicken “juice” all over my candy! So he removed the chicken from the bag and put it in a separate bag. I thanked him, paid, and left.
But now I am thinking I should have insisted on a different bag of candy! I don’t even want to touch that bag I brought home!