I despise Supermarkets that demand you use “frequent shopper” loyalty cards to get their bogus “discounts” – effectively a surcharge if you refuse to allow your purchases to be recorded into “big data” for whatever future purpose. I have started shopping regularly at a supermarket catering to Mexicans as I start to “hide in the shadows”
Bi-Lo was an iconic Southern supermarket chain. They also now own the even more iconic Winn Dixie chain (that no longer operates in North Carolina). About a year ago, Bi-Lo sold most of their Charlotte area stores to Publix, a Florida based chain that is definitely not a “Southern” chain, catering instead to the tastes of New Jersey snowbirds. Carvel Ice Cream and Nathan’s hot dogs have no history in Dixie.
I thought about visiting Bi-Lo again – the remaining stores are in the heart of Charlotte’s “black” neighborhoods. I noticed they are big on the “save with your card” ploy and the even more deceptive “buy one free, get one free” approach. Bacon at regular price is really $6.99 a pound?
So how much permission am I giving them to pass along my personally identified buying behavior to third parties.
Hello Mr Stone. This is Vanessa, your good health counselor from the National Health Service. We just noticed you picked up a half gallon of whole milk about 30 seconds ago. Your doctor has already told you not to drink that. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll go back and get the skim milk. Just consider this a friendly warning. We’re only trying to help you. It’s for your own good. You don’t want us to have to get more forceful do you? I’m watching you on camera 37 right now. Are you going to comply?
This is Vanessa. I heard that. What we seem to have here is a failure to communicate.
Yes Boss. whatever you say Boss
Could never happen here?