Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Would you eat this?

Shopping at Al Fair makes me want to cry. Honest to god, I have never seen such staggering incompetence in Supermarket management / staffing in my entire life. It would appear that not a single person in thier management chain has any concept of food saftey, product rotation, or inventory management. How they have managed not to be shut down by the authourities for health code violations is beyond me.

Today like every other time I shop there, I saw:
  • Frozen foods not frozen
  • Moldy, soggy vegitables
  • Spoiled meat
  • canned goods waaaaay beyond thier sell-by date
  • And the Deli Offerings.... Words Fail me.

Have a look at the picture below: What you are seeing is a bowl of Artichoke hearts, completley covered in mould, with the ones at the bottom beginning to decompose in a bubbling froth of bacteria. When I was in the store yesterday, the artichokes were the same, and the spoon was in exactly the same location, with exactly the same smear of artichoke shmutz on it. Unbeliveable, and Dangerous.

The Seafood salad wasn't fairing much better, and the olives were mouldy too.

Trying to buy anything from the deli makes me want to reach across the counter and strangle the idiotic, lazy, rude girls behind the counter. I stood for five minutes in front of the Deli cabinet, hoping to tell them about the Artichokes, while they gossiped, toaked on thier phones, and flirted, pausing twice to lecture the Indian Baker on something or other. Can someone tell me where they find girls like this? Under rocks? Beauty School Drop outs? I finally tracked down the manager, who was kind and receptive to my feedback on the mold matter.

So, Spinneys? Al Fair? Want to hire a consultant? I'll work for 10% of the money I can save you if you'll let me restructure your ordering, stock rotation, and train your absolutley usless staff. If you give me free reign, I'll also increase your sales, reduce employee turnover, and lessen the odds that you'll kill someone through gross neglence. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Otheroman@Gmail.com

33 comments:

boxster said...

you do realize that your proposed supply chain and inventory management improvements are only going to raise costs for them?

is there even such a thing as gross negligence in oman :) ?

such is the situation because they can simply get away with it.

so your best course of action, if you really care, would be to call the "authorities for health code violations". and then call them again. and again. and again. all the way until the cost of cleanups and/or being shutdown is much higher than hiring someone like you.

do that, and you wouldn't need to take the 10% salary reduction that you offered :)

Suburban said...

Hi Boxter!

Agreed, Except that if they managed thier inventory correctly, and had someone with half a brain doing the ordering, there would be almost no waste, AND everything would be fresh and sexy for the consumers.

I think in a year I could save / earn them an extra RO200K. I'd love to have a shot at it.

:)

Jamilla Camel said...

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW! We're sticking to Carrefour!!

Omanymous said...

Is this the Shatti one ?

I went there once .. and it was horrible .. check it here:
http://anonoman.wordpress.com/2008/11/28/the-rusty-icicle/

MMK080 said...

I would hire you if I were them...

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man in muscat said...

I once saw the guy who works at the fish counter unwrapping salmon that was past it's sell-by date, sniffing it, and then rewrapping it with a new sell-by date. I've regretted not complaining to the manager ever since.

sabihkhan said...

I was having a fruit yogurt and this pic made me wanna puke

MMK080 said...

@ Sabikhan

"I was having a fruit yogurt and this pic made me wanna puke"

Now you understand the true moral behind Suburban's post. Never ever... eat fruit yogurt. Ever.

It's okay suburban no need to thank me for elaborating. I can read your mind ;)

SilverJewelOman said...

This is a COMMON occurrence there. We have taken soo many things back to complain now, that I can't remember how many. My husband has complained to the manager on numerous accounts - particularly last summer when we were here the entire time, as I was pregnant. Not only that but during pregnancy you have to be careful what you eat - especially careful not to get food poisoning.

We of course use it because of convenience but since last summer have avoided anything that may be contaminated or expired etc and stick to bread and items such as this mainly...

Possibly the most disgusting and unsafe food practice we have seen there is (and this is nothing compared to what probably happens when we aren't looking) - an employee cutting up fish (at least he has gloves on) BUT here's the worst part - does not take his gloves off after touching the fish goes and gets apples and on the same chopping board starts to wrap up the apples - same board, same gloves... so wash your fruit well.

Lover Girl said...

someone really needs to talk to the Management.. This has got to STOP!

And i agree with you regarding the women behind the counter... they r failures

The MET office said...

This problem in the deli has been going on for a long time at CCC Al Fair -- since before Gonu struck. Because of bad / rotten stuff I got from deli there + bad / rotten meat there, I buy little from the CCC Al Fair deli and meat departments.
I figure that store has been losing money -- it must be a management decision to ignore sell by dates and keep seriously rotting food on the shelves to be sold to un wary buyers.

If Oman even has food-health authorities, I would not have any idea how to contact them. Even if one did contact them, what could they do: put a health police man at CCC Al Fair every day to check every perishable product???

the MET office said...

i wanted to post this on yr blog Int'l press freedom day but couldn't do it: Suburban: I have just this past week or so been having a lot of difficulty accessing Muscat Confidential's blog / comments to his blog. Is the Oman Gov't / Omantel creating problems for him / all bloggers? Perhaps they don't like the news you bloggers are reporting????

Jet Driver said...

Oh....saw the little butcher man and his "supervisor" unwrapping and rewrapping meat the other day, in full public view, while changing the Best Before dates on it.

Have had three "doses" of illness since I first moved to Oman - ALL can be attributed to Al Fair.

JD

Amber said...

DISSSSSSSSSSSSSSGUSTING!

I hate grocery shopping in this town.

Anonymous said...

Check the weight of prepackaged fruit and veg too. holding one pack of not cheap sugar snap peas (I just like them!) something told me that the weight as shown wasn't right so I weighed it on the scales when no-one was looking. The labelled weight was nearly twice as much as the real weight! I also regret not complainging to the manager but in my defence I was with the kids and they are just getting too used to seeing me moan at staff in supermarkets here......

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