See, I was trying to do the right thing by grazing on fruit instead of sweeties in work this afternoon.
With this in mind, a stash of fruit had been procured at lunchtime, among them a couple of apples of the Pink Lady variety.
As it rolled around to apple o’clock, I proceeded to munch, but very quickly stopped in my tooth-tracks. Something was off. The apple to be exact. It tasted, well, not sour, not particularly sweet, but kindof bitter. The flesh (now that I could see it) looked a shade darker than seemed quite right for an apple.
As my brain was having a bit of difficulty reconciling the expected taste with the actual experience, I did take a second bite, just to be sure, but, after that, it was all over for the Pink Lady. Meanwhile KD was kindly offering her emergency bar of crunchie as a kind of antidote (but I was trying to avoid sweeties, wasn’t I?)
I started to take a look at the facts surrounding the food-crime:
Fact #1: The apple had looked ok from the outside, otherwise I wouldn’t have bought it.
Some A lot of the other fruit on display in the shop had, however, looked a little tired (and this in a shop whose very name implies that things would be otherwise).
Fact #3: I was still alive, not poisoned, I could move on, but…
Fact #4: I didn’t know if my apple had been an unlucky choice or if the rest of the pink ladies on display were equally as unpleasant (and either way, we all know the power of one bad apple)
All of which was leading me to the conclusion that the retailer should be told. Yes, after I had tossed the apple, it occured to me that I could actually have brought it back to the shop. In fact, I could still go back with my other, as yet, uneaten specimen and make them aware of the quality issue. Nothing might come of it but maybe there was a small chance that someone would listen and take note.
I then wondered how often people bring back substandard fruit and veg? I somehow suspect that, in Ireland, people don’t return with their half-eaten apples half often enough. Oh we’ll give out about it alright, but we usually don’t do so directly to the offending supplier. Whereas if we gave someone the opportunity to explain or at least be made aware of the problem, then maybe standards would improve as a result.
So will I do this thing. I will go back to the shop and tell them about my pink lady. Can I do this? Yes I can!