Ok slaves, lets move on with my local stores story. Yes: slaves! Thats what you are, don’t deny, you love it and choose volunteer to be one. If you don’t like it, hang yourself! No rope? Jump of the cliff (ropes aint what they use to be anyway). Contribute to the overpopulation, especially slaves we have too many.
Anyway, across the, in previous post mentioned, Mercator is a store of the second biggest supermarket chain in this territory, called TUS (pronounce toeschj). TUS came fairly quick after the fall of Yugoslavia (I was tempted to write ‘independence’, but thats an over-statement, nobody -except me- is independent) and clearly profiles as competitive opponent. Mercator uses cursing political colours red and white and the store is bathed in an overflow of cold white neon light, while TUS uses soft green and more dimmed light to create a ‘comfortable’ atmosphere. Obvious the store management looked at their neighbour, the employees are very polite, greed every customer with a smile and make way if you want to pass. They also regularly remove the rotten parts from the fresh food department. The non-rotten food is still the same crap like everywhere else though. TUS jumped in the ‘new world’ feeling that people must have had in the days when borders changed and the EC was joined (all that turned out to be very disappointing). Especially here locals had the ‘now we belong to the west’ feeling, so TUS presented themselves how the ‘west’ was stereotyped; well in the money middle class two parents working happy family. On TUS commercials you saw modern career women, and sometimes even a happy family husband. The food they offer is pretty much the same like Mercator. In the beginning a bit more orientated on the modern health hype (tofu imitation meats), but those disappeared quick, to expensive for the locals and real vegans are not interested in a meat substitute. So the store ended up selling the same rubbish as Mercator, packed in a different atmosphere.
The other two supermarkets are located on the other side of town. Both markets are typical low budget stores, so you know you are going to get rubbish. Low priced mass produced and sold food. Unpacked moved by forklift from the truck directly into the store. Often customers have to tear open boxes and industrial plastic wrappings to be able obtaining the product. Typical for these times. You have to work for it yourself, and instead of getting paid, you have to pay. Slavery people, slavery! All modern slavery, and you are one. It crawled upon you without noticing. Now I told you its time to get out. free yourself from slavery. Refuse to join this mass control Adolf Hitler would be jealous about. Anyway, I’ll come back on that one day, first the stores. One of these is called ‘Eurospin’. This chain is limited to a small part of Europe. I think only Austria, Slovenia and Italy, where it has its origin. Here Eurospin is settled in an old abandoned factory. They mainly sell Italian products. Its very minimalistic in its choice, one kind of most typical stereotype Italian food products (one kind of olive oil, one kind of beans,…..). It is always there, on the same spot, and never sold out. Its cheap, but the quality of most products is from inferior towards bad. Noticeable are the enormous sections of useless food; potato chips, snacks, sweets, cookies,….. and all in huge packages extreme cheap. Noticeable is also the overweight of most customers in line at the cash registers, their shopping cars overloaded with most useless crap thinkable.
The fresh food at Eurospin is as rotten like everywhere else, maybe even a bit worse…. You can’t say much about the employees. There are non. There are no racks to be refilled. The women at the cash register are efficient friendly.
Not far from Eurospin, a bit closer to town, is the last Supermarket that enriched this area; Hofer. Hofer bought a huge piece of ground to build a parking with somewhere on the end also something that looks like a building, the store?
I remember well when Hofer came. first they installed the sign. I thought they where going to built an Aldi (German supermarket chain). The blue A is from the Aldi design. I found it strange to see the words Hofer written underneath. Going into the store its obvious an Aldi. The set up and products (brands) are the same like Aldi in Germany. for those who are familiar with Aldi I don’t need to say much more. This store was no contribution whatsoever. The Aldi has the reputation selling the cheapest crap for the most poor in Germany. Their products are from doubtful quality. There is a lot to find on the internet. Aldi is more often accused of re-packing over-dated products or giving failed productions new brand names. I did a little research myself after purchasing a suspicious cheap paint. I could not figure out what the ‘move’ was they made, but the company mentioned on package was clearly ‘mailbox’ only, although there was a relation with a doubtful paint factory somewhere. Too many detours, there must be something fishy. Obvious this Aldi-Hofer is the same company, just named differently in this territory. Why? Business or reputation reasons? funny is that Hofer tries to establish a reputation of being the better, higher class, upgraded store (like TUS). Their presentation is very ‘yuppie’ and talking with some locals who think they are something like that, this indoctrination seem to be a success. Ask the average middle-class what the best store is in town; most will answer ‘Hofer’. Hofer offers products the same way as Eurospin (and Aldi), in bulk. They have a lot of ‘bio’ products, soya drinks and such, but from inferior quality. There vegetables look good, but are pre-packed like in ‘west’ supermarkets. You never know what is really underneath that foggy transparent plastic. Only difference with other stores, when the veggies start to look rotten, they give a discount (25 to 50% of the price) labelled with big red stickers. Hurray! More rotten food for lesser money! They also offer bio-veggies that way. It is always the same, limited choice and variation. The pre-packed veggies are not so good, even not the bio. How can they grow so massively bio food anyway? Sometimes, when in a good mood, I can get amused by the communistic attitude of Mercator, bare the fake friendliness of TUS, deal with nobody at Eurospin, but Hofer has a few things I get always upset about. To start with the products they offer. Besides a steady, but limited and boring stock of not very good food products, Hofer regularly presents temporarily available food ‘themes’, like bio, or Asian, or traditional German,…. A section of the store is filled with choice of that….. uhh …. period (don’t know how long it last, 3 weeks, one month….) Than suddenly that section is gone. These products are nowhere else to be found in the store, but return after 6 or 8 months again, ridiculously high priced. I find this extreme annoying, especially because I regularly use some of these products, lucky also available somewhere else, so I started to ignore this endless rotating section. Instead of winning customers, Hofer lost at least one. Another annoying factor in this Hofer is the military attitude. Don’t know about other Hofers, but here the customer is not only a slave, but also ordered around as if in a military training camp. These Hofer-Aldi’s are fuckin fascists. And many voluntary join…. The super sado masochists among us. The employees push you when they are sorting out products, they drill you; the empty shopping basket have to be placed on a special marked spot on the floor, and they yell at you when you don’t do so. At the cash register the employee pushes the scanned articles quick and rough in your direction. You are pushed to pack up and fuck of as soon as possible. Hofer, the modern Nazi concentration camp store! My leas favourite store in town, in the country, in europe, on the planet, in this fucking rotten universe. Hofer makes you think: Why did this fucking Big Bang had to happen!
More parking than cars in town. On the end the little neo-nazi building they call store…
So now you might wonder where I shop to stay alive. Well, I think like almost everybody in this town, in all stores….Yes even the hofer…. I choose what product is the best in quality and price per store. In Hofer I buy yeast (always bake my own bread), baking powder, …. In Eurospin the olive oil, flower (white), sugar, salt, coffee (surprising good for that price) and lots for the cats. They like their wet-food and its cheap. Mercator, uhhhh, mineral water, dry cat food, wine, plain tofu, wheat-flower,…. TUS ; mustard, they have good plain basic mustard I like a lot and…. uhh, I think thats it. Veggies and fruit I buy everywhere, depending on where/what looks good. I also sometimes get into the smaller stores for a few things. Lucky I am a vegan, so I don’t need to worry about diary, meat or other animal products. I make a lot at home myself (love to cook, look at many previous years posts, published loads of vegan recipes) Mostly I only need basic ingredients.
I know I am not the only one complaining about the bad quality of food, its probably world-wide. Point is that everybody keeps struggling on. Its about time we do something about it, or are you someone who follows the masses saying ‘it will not change anything’. Maybe you are right, but I translate these words into ‘we live in a fascist society, and I agree to be a slave’! GUN