Monday, February 19, 2007

NOT My Harris Teeter

I hate Harris Teeter.

Specifically the Teets on Glebe Rd and N Randolph in Arlington.

I usually shop at Giant and find that Giant prices are more reasonable and they carry good brands.

But today I ventured out to the Teets for a change of pace. And I was thoroughly appalled by my experience.

Here is my countdown of the Top 5 reasons to hate Harris Teeter:

5. Small aisles - how the FUCK can 2 people coming down the aisle in opposite ways squeeze by each other in these shrunken down lanes?

4. Two stories - grocery stores should not have elevators. That is all.

3. Store layout - grocery stores should not have angular aisles and thorough ways where you cannot see ahead of you. STICK TO THE SCRIPT TEETER!!

2. Limited cheese selection - I knew that I had a bottle of white and a bottle of red at home, so I figured finding a tasty cheese selection would be no problem. Oh but it was. The cheese display had 20 selections of brie and feta, but no good Swiss or Italian cheeses. I like my Comte and Gruyere god damnit!!

1. The clientele/customers - You snobby-sense of entitlement having-boring-North Face wearing fucktards. I swear it is a prerequisite to be annoying, obnoxious, and inconsiderate to shop here on a regular basis. I was "cut-off" by haphazardly directed carts the whole time. While pulling into the parking lot I was cut-off by an Audi A4. Figures.

I'm sticking to Giant from now on, where at least I am guaranteed some friendly faces and reasonable prices.


Blogger I-66 said...

Ahhh, Giant. Between it and Costco I need no other grocery purchasing venues.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Sharkbait said...

Girl, tell me how you really feel!

I hear you loud and clear. No Thanks!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Law-Rah said...

I am going to have to disagree about the cheese. After trips to three other stores, Harris Teeter was the only local place I could find a Stilton. (The guy from Whole Foods actually sent me to the Teets!)

9:47 AM  
Blogger Twoste said...

HA! Try grocery shopping in England. Sounds a lot like the Teeter experience.
We in Maryland too Po to have anything but Trader Joes.
I like that you were shopping for cheese to go with your wine though. There is hope for the world.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried the Harris Teeter in Pentagon Row? None of those problems in the store at all. Huge aisles(not angular), good cheese selection in my opinion(but I don't always shop for gruyere), 1 story and nice people!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

It's a Sunday and I've just come home from 6 days of being on the left coast and I'm sitting here contemplating the Teets in Pentagon Row -- I HATE that store! I appreciate your story, b/c I have one of my own that involves me getting a basket of a few things and then just walking out from frustration -- nothing in hand. I'm a Giant girl myself. So, I appreciate your thoughts on that completely! Viva La Giant!

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing I can say about teeter is..I have never gotten sick from their food. Can't say that about many places.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a employee Harris Teeter here in NC and let me tell you something. Why dont you keep your comments to yourself. Plus if you want to shop Giant shop GIANT. No one is forcing you to shop at Harris Teeter.

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you! I couldn't have said it better myself. I live in NC, where one of the Raleigh locations of Harris Teeter was voted one of the "best places to be seen" and also voted "best place to find a date." Please. The only good that comes out of the latter is that all like-minded, brainwashed, materialistic morons will congregate there and get the hell out of my way. I am so sick and tired of manuevering my way through throngs of snotty, Gucci sporting bitches who are buying overpriced wheat crackers to take to their Pampered Chef parties. I am NOT willing to spend an extra 2 bucks on crackers just because they came from a store that boasts having hardwood floors in its wine aisle.

Does the HT you mentioned have one of those RedBox movie machines at the entrace too? The few times I've had to run into the Teeter, I've practically had to use a battering ram to push my way through those idiots who congragate in entrance of the store. They get so irritated because -- God forbid -- I'm trying to ENTER the store and I'm getting in the way of their purchase of the Stepford Wives fitting.

By the way...your encounter with the Audi... I too have encountered an a-hole in an Audi in the parking lot. The bitch parked so close to my car that I couldn't get in my car on the driver's side; rather, I had to climb in through the passenger side. (I witnessed this happening as I was walking out of the store.) Her dumbass passenger managed to get out of the Audi though...and put a lovely dent in my 2-month old car. For that, I emptied a bottle of orange Gatorade that I had in my cupholder INTO the Audi, which happened to have its windows open. Sure, it was an immature thing to do, but (1) she damaged my own car and (2) she deserved it for being a self-centered, Audi driving, Harris Teeter-loving bitch.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the Audi A4.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Samuel D. said...

A real problem that I have noticed with Harris Teeter is that they have cut many jobs/hours. A good friend of mine works there in a Managment position, and he has told me that all they have is part time and lazy guys working there now. I do shop there as well and have noticed the overall conditions of the store going down hill. He said their sales are down some, but not enough to warrent loseing the good help. I thought that customer service was their top priority. If they keep this up, I feel they may lose that edge.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hear you! spent 5 years being abused by the Teet. i was fired for telling a lady we didn't have something, they called that rude. overpriced items & a greedy manager only interested in his bonus. he's got more complaints on him in five days than i had in five years. oh well, karma is a bitch.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shouldn't hate all Harris Teeter's because the one in your ridiculous town is a little off. HT is a great place to shop. It's clean, it's spacious, the customer service is exceptional, and you can get some great deals. Where else can you find double coupons EVERY DAY? Where else can you find buy two get three free deals constantly? How about the meal deals? You must be a bad shopper. People save large amount of money with their Vic and eVic specials. Know your stuff before you go hating. Also, HT has a great selection. Just because you can't find you're gourmet cheese for your cheap $6 wine doesn't mean you have to complain. Go shop at Walmart, I'm sure you can find the "cleanliness, and smiling faces" you're looking for.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's some reasons from me.

1. Deceptive pricing. They like to show the savings on two itmes to trick you into thinging you will save that one one. This is just one example.

2. Excessive marketing. When I buy deli items the always suggestive sell two more. Just leave me alone and give me what I asked for.

3. Cashiers that beat up my groceries. Do not go throught with anyting breakable or bruisable period. Use self check.

4. Self check that is out of change. I am directed to get my change from the cashier. Well, if I wanted to deal with the cashier I wouldn't be in self check would I??!!

5. Self checks that are unattended. For reasons shown above, and others, a person needs to be there all the time. Not splitting their time between the customer service counter and bagging for another cashier. I may have coupons!

Harris Teeter sucks!!!

So why do I go there? I'm buying less and less there. Instead stocking up at other stores and saving alot of cash. It is much harder to go to another store so I use Harris Teeter like a quickie mart.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate HT, also. Worked there for 6 years and was fired for forgetting to purchase before consuming...a 50cent bag of chips...on my way to pay (being honest) and caught by the mod...

6:25 PM  

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