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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Would you?

I blurbed about it but I think it needs a longer comment so I'm blogging about it now.

I'm over at the house with the electrician figuring out the work to replace the circuit box (doing that Saturday at 7 AM!) and this guy wanders up from the street. "Neighbor?" "Solicitor?"

He started in talking and I knew it was some sales talk--he had the body language and the pitch.

Him, "I was down the street delivering an order to Mrs. So-N-So and ended up with a surplus of frozen steaks and chicken and seafood. If you have a big freezer, I can make you a great deal"

My reply, "Thanks, I'm a vegetarian".

Him, "What?"

My reply "I'm a vegetarian".

Him, "What?"

My reply "I DON'T EAT MEAT - I'm a VEGETARIAN"

He finally got it. Really gave me confidence in what he was selling that he couldn't understand the word vegetarian. Maybe it was WHAT he was selling that made that impossible to imagine.

I do eat seafood but it was disturbing on so many levels that someone in a very obscurely marked truck (something like Midwest Distribution Company--Midwest??) was driving around the neighborhood, going door to door selling excess frozen meat.

Why an excess? Did he get a smaller order after he got to her house? Did she run out of room in the freezer and have to take less? Does he usually overload the truck and do door-to-door meat peddling?

In this day and age of meat handling horror stories and meat recalls in stores (I heard even Trader Joe's had a meat recall--amazing) and people contracting e.coli and other diseases from meat consumption, why would I buy unknown meat from an unknown person with mysterious credentials?

It was funny. Sean, the electrician, said "I would have told him I'm a vegetarian too if he asked". He isn't. He said his wife made the mistake once of buying meat in a similar fashion and it wasn't very good meat. I'd say they were lucky it just didn't taste good and there weren't bigger issues.

My first interaction at the house turns into a meat encounter of the close kind.


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9 Comments
nheinzel
LOL!!!!!!!!!!! I think you were right when you asked if he usually overloads the truck and then peddles the "excess" door-to-door. This is probably what he does every day. What I want to know is would anyone really buy meat from this guy??? This is just too scary!!
!   Wednesday, November 11, 2009
RickMonday
I always say, "No thanks, I am trying to quit".....works for everything.
RickMonday   Wednesday, November 11, 2009
lgrant
I am going to keep using my line for solicitors of home repairs, roofs, tree surgery, etc and tell them I rent. They nearly run back to their car--only want to talk to owners. :)
LGrant   Wednesday, November 11, 2009
stevenheinzel
If I want it or need it I will go to the store to purchase it - if they come to my house wanting to sell me something I tell them I'm not interested, I don't care how cheap or how much excess they have. Exceptions are the "dear little children" who come by trying to sell something for their fundraiser.
stheinz   Wednesday, November 11, 2009
igna83
They do this meat peddling in our 'hood, too - I'm so using that vegetarian line.
Angi   Wednesday, November 11, 2009
kelseyandben
ha ha, meat encounter!

that is weird. vegiterian was a great answer. i would never buy meat from some random guy on the street, ick.

i honestly don't understand how door to door sales works anyways. i would hope that no one would trust that!
Moore Crazies   Thursday, November 12, 2009
ChinaCalling
I am always turned off by the sales people that "name drop" and claim to have sold to Mrs. so and so down the street. Like peer pressure is going to make me buy something from them. LOL!

How crazy that he didn't understand Vegetarian!!!! I wouldn't trust that guy with my meat! Or anything!
ChinaCalling   Thursday, November 12, 2009
lgrant
I'm not sure, China, if it was peer pressure or a tool to convince me that his product is safe and good...or Mrs. So-N-So wouldn't be buying it, right? Like word of mouth except he is a ventriloquist and you hear his voice with her mouth moving. :)
LGrant   Thursday, November 12, 2009
thecoalyard
cold call selling meat at 7am is weird enough, but yeah, don't buy anything like that off of anyone just walking around selling it. meat has to be handled certain ways to not make people sick and if the guy didn't understand the word vegetarian he more than likely doesn't understand safe holding temps for food, not that either one are that difficult! around here, people sell ribeyes under white tents and advertise it at a ridiculous price. i haven't ever bought any because it just seems too sketchy. you get what you pay for with meat (and most everything else).
The Coal Yard   Thursday, November 19, 2009
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