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10 March 2005 @ 11:34 am
Stuck in my craw...  
So I just finish my ride back from Pacific Palisades, 2 hours of my life spent on traffic, when I decide to swing into Trader Joe's for some edamame beans. I deserve another few days of snacking on edamame beans. (For those not in the know, Trader Joe's is a yuppie chain of small grocery stores...)

I'm going through the checkout when I see they've continued the cute little tropical theme they've been sporting with some Wanted Pirate paintings on the wall. They've got about 6 different "classic" pirates listed and painted on the wall with name and nickname and "dangerous" and all that.

And I notice something wrong.

Surely if they're a large chain and yuppified and this is permanently on the wall, they'd want to know.

So I stop at the manager booth on the way out.

Me: "Who checked the new paintings?"

Her: "I don't know, I wasn't here then."

Me: "Well, you've misspelled Teech." (as Teach)

Her: "Oh?"

Me: "And I'm pretty sure you've misspelled Anne Bonney's name as well." (as Ann Bonny)

Her: "Well it probably doesn't matter. They're only names."

Me: "I'd think it would matter to Teech."

Her: "It's not like he's REAL or anything."

Me: "umm.... Yes, he was. Blackbeard, Edward Teech WAS real. And he even spent time in North Carolina."

Her: "Oh, okay...."

And she pretty much dismissed me. And you know she won't tell anyone else, because it doesn't matter to HER and because I pointed out her ignorance. Not on purpose, granted, I was just appalled.

Is it too much to ask that actual large businesses check their spelling? Going shopping shouldn't piss me off.
Current Mood: irritatedirked
Current Music: "Standing Still" by Jewel
Lonewulflonewulf on March 10th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
you could always point it out to the local newspaper. They love local interest pieces.... :)
Frittersfritters on March 10th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: well....
This is L.A. Most of the local newspapers are HUUUUUUUUGE and not interested in stuff like that. I actually went to the TJ web page to send them the address of this page, but apparently they don't want to hear from the little people.
Re: well.... - lonewulf on March 11th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Agent 27witherwings7 on March 10th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
Awww I thought TJ's was for the person wanting quality products :P

Fritters: Cheeeese! by Frittersfritters on March 11th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Actually I have a big problem with cheeses I buy there going moldy in 24 hours. Before I was careful, I would take home cheese and find it had ALREADY started molding. Now when I get quality cheese, I go to Whole Foods. Even if it's turning, they'll recut the piece and reweigh it.

And Martin said it was probably just her, it wasn't my MAIN TJ's who from past experience seems to care a bit more what customers say.
Phoenix Anewphoenix_anew on March 10th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
That's really sad. Because you know since it is permanent, they probably won't repaint them unless they change the whole design of the store.

My guess is, if they've noticed it, they're betting on the fact that most people don't know better.
Fritters: Ed Confused by Frittersfritters on March 11th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
The main thing is, it's a yuppie haunt. Yuppies generally have money and are well-educated. You'd think they'd care enough about the money to cater to the well-educated part.
Nikki Fayre: Zen - c/o Frittersnfayre on March 10th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Poster on the wall I saw this week:

Explosive Disperal Training...
Robyn Goodfellow: bookrobyngoodfellow on March 11th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
That's better than the sign on the health building in Cranbrook that said "Mental Health Prevention Week"
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postrophe on March 11th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
Actually, I seem to remember him as Teach...

And thys was after alle douring the hard-and-faste era of englysh speling accurasy in the 17th & 18th centeuries (the first ever english dictionary dates to around then, and took a while to standardize even conformist england...)


Frittersfritters on March 11th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
I looked it up on the web and found it as Teech and Bonney before I posted this, but later saw it differently when looking up "blackbeard". So you may be right. I left the story up, though, because the part about names not being important and pirates not being real was still funny.

"Pirates are just makebelieve, like leprechauns and eskimos!"

---Paraphrasing Homer Simpson
Robyn Goodfellow: bonsairobyngoodfellow on March 11th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
Well, at least you tried to point out their mistake. Some people just don't have the brains god gave little green apples.
Frittersfritters on March 11th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
Well, you'd think at the very least, being paid to keep customers happy she would've cared about keeping customers happy.

This is one thing Japan has ALL over us... customer service.
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Ætolus Endymionsonaetolus on March 11th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
Blackbeard Teech not real? wow that's a first.....
Frittersfritters on March 11th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
"Pirates are just makebelieve, like leprechauns and eskimos!"

----Paraphrasing Homer Simpson

It would be amusing to plunk her down in N. Carolina a few hundred years back and let her see how very real he COULD be!
lironesslironess on March 11th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)

Tell me more about these beans........should I get some?
Fritters: Ed Nodding by Frittersfritters on March 11th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
I suggest it. They keep a while. They're highly snackable, especially with a little salt. They've got good mouthfeel because they're soybeans, so they've got natural oils in them. And 2 dollars worth of the shelled ones lasts me two days. So I have a smallish lunch, a snack of them, and a nice dinner and there's my day. They keep me from snacking on things way way worse. And I know you like them. That was what was on the table at the Japanese restaurant we went to with Amber. These are shelled, though.
Lady Pixelladypixel on March 11th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
Actually, Blackbeard's name was Teach - but "Teech" is an also-acceptable spelling, as nobody knows exactly how he spelled it (or if he really spelled it at all).

But Bonney... that's something that's specific. You'd think they might care, eh?

Wish I had a suggestion, but other than to go to the management behind the desk at the TJ's, I really don't.
Frittersfritters on March 11th, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
I'm over it now, but probably not going back there. It's not my main TJ's anywho....
Phizzlephizzledout on March 11th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
That sucks. People just don't care. I was at a restaraunt about a month ago and noticed their nice, leather, wood engraved menus had chipotle spelled wrong. So I tried to tell a manager and she just blew me off.
Frittersfritters on March 12th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
Wow, that's even more permanent than paint! I can't believe a manager blew you off, too. Mine was more like a management trainee I think. How had they spelled chipotle?

Is it me or are spelling sticklers the new "uncool" nerds, now that being a computer nerd is a relatively positive thing now?
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