Never fails every holiday eve I find a couple of things I didn’t get during my big shops that I absolutely needed or would run out before Friday and could not survive without. This holiday was no different. After waiting for traffic to die down a bit I ventured out at 8:30 only to find Pavillions packed and decided to venture down to Fresh & Easy in Arcadia as I knew 7-11 wouldn’t have what I needed.
All the odd bits I needed like Portobello mushrooms for my Winter Vegie Bake was in stock. Actually everything I needed was there. I was out fast too which is great as I am beat.
The real surprise, the pleasant kind is when I came around the corner and saw a few of the employees unloading a fresh food shelf and putting it into a shopping cart. The smarty in me blurbed out “stale dated and time to get rid of it? Not moving the sushi fast enough?”. Without a beat “No sir, this all has a few days shelf life left and we are donating it to a local group for distribution for the homeless and needy tomorrow”.
Wow. I like being stopped in my tracks like that. I don’t ever recall being in my local Ralph’s or Pavillions and having that happen.
Better, it was a lot more than just sushi, it was fresh fruits and all sorts of goodies. They were even offering up several containers to everyone in the store as “samples”.
All told I spent $20.19 on what I had allotted $30 for so I could use the coupon set to expire tomorrow. Add in the freebies that came to just under $15 I made out quite well. The ones who really made out well are those that are getting the shopping carts loaded with goodies tomorrow so they can have a feast and celebration in spirit with the rest of us. I like that. I like these guys, they are turning out to be good for the community.
I hadn’t intended to do another $20 piece but this was too good not to share with LA. For more on the $20 project you can check David Marklands original HERE.