Mention recently of Puregold Supermarkets and their caged SPAM in Lock up your SPAM came to mind when we were shopping in Robinson’s supermarket. There, in aisle 3 (or 11 depending on the end you count from) was their canned meat section, which includes SPAM, which is not locked up. Free-range SPAM! Customers are free to rope and catch a can of their choice and persuade it into the shopping trolley or basket.
Robinson’s free-range SPAM, rather than Puregold’s caged SPAM, must make for happy SPAM, free to roam the supermarket at night and that must mean it is more healthy for you than the caged SPAM!
Mind you, Robinson’s don’t totally trust their customers completely, as similar to Puregold and every other supermarket in Angeles City, if you have a large bag big enough to hold a herd of SPAM hidden from sight, then you need to check that bag in before shopping. In Makati City, we could enter with bags and shop with them in the trolley! Draw your own conclusions from that.
I think a SPAM and egg sandwich is in order now! 😉
One of the adjustments to living in the Philippines is with Puregold supermarkets. It’s not that Puregold are so vastly different from other Supermarkets here, or indeed, elsewhere in the world. What is different is their lack of respect for their customers and their fear of loss.
That is so high that the canned meats are locked up.
Yes mothers, lock up your SPAM*, the circus is coming to town … better lock you daughters up too, just in case. I could understand if it was expensive electronics gear or wines or whiskeys but SPAM? Go figure
Even worse is when you ask for assistance, the young pimply staff member comes over and asks what you want. Conversation goes along the lines of:
“A can of SPAM thanks mate”
“Just a moment sir — how many cans?”
“One minute sir”
The aforementioned pimply young staff member then proceeds to write out a docket for it. You go to the cashier with all your other provisions, hand her the docket, she rings up the price of the SPAM, you pay for the groceries and the SPAM. She sends a minion to collect your $3 can of SPAM and return it to your loving care so you can insert it in your bags of groceries!
There are some strange customs here.
* To be fair, apparently the meat in the white cans is Delimondo corned beef which is allegedly awesome stuff.