January 24th, 2009

Stare

Wait, you want what?

So I had some... weird service from WaWa tonight... (WaWa = 7-11 type convience store in NJ/PA)

I needed gas and the place I usually go to was closed for the night, so I pull into an all-night WaWa gas station. I've never gotten gas from WaWa before, but I figured it wouldn't be a problem.

After waiting for a bit (I'm in New Jersey, you can't pump your own gas here), a guy comes over and I hand him my debit card, telling him to put ten dollars regular in my car. He goes off to stick my card in the gas machine, then comes back over.

"What's your PIN number?" he asked. I blinked at him.

"Uh, what?"

"Your PIN number. The machine wants it."

"Why? I've never been asked to give my PIN number before when I've bought gas with my debit at other places."

"Just give me your PIN number or else it won't pump gas." he said. I thought this was... shady. I didn't want to just TELL someone my debt card PIN!

"Can't I just go to the machine and type it in myself?"

"Customers aren't allowed to get out of their cars while we're pumping gas." he said. "Just give me your PIN."

I instead gave him a ten dollar bill (I had been saving it for my lunch tomorrow, but whatever) and he humphs and gave me my debit card back. But I've never had someone nearly demand my PIN number before. No other gas station I've used my debit card at has demanded a PIN number from me. I wonder if this is policy or not, but I find it incredibly fucking shady and I'm going to watch my bank account now because it was just SO odd...
Gromit on the roof

Sainsburys suck

I normally have good service from Sainsburys, and I think their food is of better quality than any of the other local supermarkets, but lately I'm starting to wonder.

The first indication that their food wasn't all it was cracked up to be was when I took one of their 'Taste the Difference' (that's their premier brand) carbonara ready meals into work. I tasted the difference all right, a soil-coated mushroom slice in the very first mouthful. :( Leaving aside the fact that the description on the box didn't even mention mushrooms as a major ingredient, crunchy dirt filled pasta is not okay.

Second hit was in today's grocery shop, which was for a dinner party this evening. I bought a pack of three onions, needing two for a recipe, and two out of the three were rotten to the core.

I also bought Taste the Difference Anya potatoes. They're a bit dear, but worth it for being nicewly sized and well flavoured. Only this pack had extra flavour in the form of a renegade potato that was 3 times the size of the others, and so rotten that it broke open as I tried to remove it from the bag.

Three strikes and out.

I'm in the middle of composing a ratty email to the company asking for my money back for all three items, and peeling replacment baking potatoes for my dinner party :(