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I've been following these guys since back in the day, learned about them from Curtis Stone and some other market farmer folks. Seems
everyones been red pilled or black pilled after the bat sniffles.
But, this I believe everyone here knows about or should.
Another good source of information is "the Ice age Farmer" look him up too if you're not familiar
Happy preppin ya'll

 
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Again people need to be careful what they ask for. Many stores are now locking up a LOT of things. This makes it a hassle to buy, and of course cost goes up. Even better is each chain store has bean counters. When a location becomes not worth having they just shut it down. We are seeing a lot of this now. The same people who wanted to allow rampant theft then scream when they no longer have a store anywhere near where they live. Decades back the last grocery store in a "bad" part of the city here threw in the towel and shut down. The screaming began. Soon some local law makers were calling for the state to "do something". I had a good laugh over that one. Like what do they think they will do? Pass a law forcing a store to open there? :s0140:
 
In the Everett, WA Walmart, they keep men's underwear under lock and key. Really. The large vagrant community centered on Airport Road and Highway 99 find it easier to steal clean underwear than to wash their existing shorts. In Fred Meyer, they lock up some shaving supplies and other taxable merch. Jugs of Tide laundry detergent have anti-theft magnetic strips on them. Which doesn't really deter theft, because even when they are challenged going out the door, store policy is not to physically stop them. I've seen some of these encounters as they were playing out. When caught walking out unpaid, a favorite phrase from the thief is, "You're harassing me." Which with it's implied message of lawsuit may be enough to cause employees to back off even following them.

There is a Home Depot in this same area. HD has been hiring off duty police officers to hang around and show a presence of enforcement. They do nab a few thieves. This is okay with the store, because the officer is using his professional training and official powers of detention / arrest. HOWEVER, it was recently reported in the local newspaper that ONE OF THE-OFF DUTY OFFICERS HAS BEEN CAUGHT STEALING WHILE WORKING HIS TOUR AT HOME DEPOT. Very discouraging.

Some of the goods that are being lifted from stores are not for personal use. They find their way onto internet sales sites, being sold at reduced prices. There are some organized structures set up to do this. In other cases, thieves fence off stolen items to small businesses like bodegas.
 
I was in Best Buy a few months ago and the store had hired an armed security gaurd in full tactical gear including some sort of plate carrier and a battle belt. I was like WTF?

The Fred Meyer had two security gaurds: one plain clothes and the other fully decked out. They escorted a crazy out of the parking lot while I was there. I'm always amazed that even the most severe cases of crazy know to get the hell out of Dodge when law enforcement show up. I've seen this happen more than once in downtown PDX.
 
I was in Best Buy a few months ago and the store had hired an armed security gaurd in full tactical gear including some sort of plate carrier and a battle belt. I was like WTF?

The Fred Meyer had two security gaurds: one plain clothes and the other fully decked out. They escorted a crazy out of the parking lot while I was there. I'm always amazed that even the most severe cases of crazy know to get the hell out of Dodge when law enforcement show up. I've seen this happen more than once in downtown PDX.
Dealing with the "kooks" for a LONG time has proved one thing to me. About 90% of them have self survival instinct. Harm them, or make them think you will and they will back off. FEW will attack someone who they think will hurt them. Now many of them will attack Cops now as they have learned that many Cops are not allowed to hurt them. Private security many of them are not so sure of. There are a few, very few, who do not have any fear but, they are the exception. Several times I have "hurt" one of these kooks who suddenly start to scream for the Police because they got hurt.
 
Making things harder to buy in person only means they really want you ordering everything online and then they don't even need a retail store. There are grocery stores in big cities that don't have a store you can go into. Giant facilities that go through billions of tons of food, yet not a single shopper enters any of them. All of it is strictly online ordering and delivery.
 
Making things harder to buy in person only means they really want you ordering everything online and then they don't even need a retail store. There are grocery stores in big cities that don't have a store you can go into. Giant facilities that go through billions of tons of food, yet not a single shopper enters any of them. All of it is strictly online ordering and delivery.
They get to select the produce and cut of meat, so you have no choice. That is the future - no choice.
 
They get to select the produce and cut of meat, so you have no choice. That is the future - no choice.
This is what people said they wanted, so hope they enjoy it. For those willing to pay more there will of course always be markets where you can walk in and pick out what you want. They will have the kind of security that does not let scum walk out with anything they want.
 
They get to select the produce and cut of meat, so you have no choice. That is the future - no choice.
I watch the kids that Fred Meyers his pick stuff for their version of it at the store all the time. I laugh when they just launch the produce into the thing with zero care.
 
I watch the kids that Fred Meyers his pick stuff for their version of it at the store all the time. I laugh when they just launch the produce into the thing with zero care.
I have noticed that too at both Fred's and Wally but, I have to "guess" anyone using that service must expect that? If not I guess they will figure it out after the first couple times using it. This kind of stuff will be good for one small part of the economy. The little markets that used to be common when I was a kid should be back. People who want to pick fresh food will flock to the small places that can still offer this. Price of course will not be and low but, a lot of people will be willing to pay the extra and it will make a good opportunity.
 
I have noticed that too at both Fred's and Wally but, I have to "guess" anyone using that service must expect that? If not I guess they will figure it out after the first couple times using it. This kind of stuff will be good for one small part of the economy. The little markets that used to be common when I was a kid should be back. People who want to pick fresh food will flock to the small places that can still offer this. Price of course will not be and low but, a lot of people will be willing to pay the extra and it will make a good opportunity.
Just like everything in life, there's levels. The one person in my immediate circle of friends and family that has a very high income routinely throws away hundreds of dollars in food. I can see him using instacart type services and never really caring about waste.
Other customers who complain about damaged product are just going to get future credit toward more of the same. Volume will be the biggest factor in these services success. A $600 per visit customer who never complains will wash out a couple $50 per visit whiners.
 
I watch the kids that Fred Meyers his pick stuff for their version of it at the store all the time. I laugh when they just launch the produce into the thing with zero care.
No, it's okay. Fred Meyer is "Your Store". They have better, fresher produce that every other supermarket. Haven't you seen their commercials? Their produce people are better and smarter that ANY other produce people too. Says so in the commercials. But they all have those extra long skinny legs, short round bodies and perfectly round heads.

Some of the goods that are being lifted from stores are not for personal use. They find their way onto internet sales sites, being sold at reduced prices. There are some organized structures set up to do this. In other cases, thieves fence off stolen items to small businesses like bodegas.
We like to do garage sales from time to time. Just drive around when the garage sales are in full bloom and go to the ones that look interesting. Nothing takes the wind out of your sails like when you find one that has nothing all HABA merchandise. HABA= "Health and Beauty Aids", shampoo, conditioner, hair dye, razors. Well of course, too, TIDE and other spendy name brand laundry soaps.
Wifey is in the retail grocery store biz for many years. It's F'ing brutal what these miscreant are allowed to get away with. Gone are the days that you catch someone shoving halibut down their pants and they end-up cuffed and laying on the floor of the "Pink Room". Waiting for PPD to haul them to the station.:(
 

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