Letter to the Editor: Free groceries a bust for some
On March 9 I heard of a promotion at a local grocery store.
The promotion started at 9 a.m. and was to go on until 11 a.m. The promotion was for free groceries. I thought gee this is great, so I high tailed it over there with my cousin.
We shared a cart and filled it up in 15 minutes and then we got in line abour 10:40 a.m. and was waiting to be checked out.
Then came the news. They were no longer accepting carts for the free grocery promotion. There were at least 15 or 20 customers standing in line with full carts. We were all confused because it was not yet 11, but I believe the promoter had gone over his budget so he turned all of us away.
I was upset, not because I did not get my free groceries but because I think the promoters could have planned this out a little better.They should have limited the free grocery spending to $50-$100 dollars a household. I don't know who was promoting the free grocery promotion but here is some advice for them.
Before you have another promotion you need to have some sort of limitation, control, and rules to enforce before announcing a promotion like this one. The promoters have to know that we are a small community and good news like this will travel fast and they need to be prepared for just about anything.
I feel bad for the employees at the store because they were left holding the bag; all those carts full of groceries that now had to be put back.
I guess this is a lesson learned. If it sounds too good to be true then most likely it is. I would like to say to the promoters, I hope you plan your next promotion in a more organized way.
Otherwise instead of it being good for business, it will be bad.