I wonder if the Hardy Boys liked bruised bananas?

fruitEver wonder what happens to the fruit at the bottom of the pile? Yes, this is going to be another post about one of my recent trips to the grocery store. So, you know those nicely stacked pyramids of apples, oranges, lemons and limes that line the produce section of the Piggly Wiggly …

What I’m wondering is what happens to the pieces that make up the bottom tier? Do they ever get purchased? Do they ever have the chance to end up in a nice bowl on someone’s kitchen countertop or are they destined to be left behind, knocked off their stand and rolled under the edge of their respective shelf only to split and mold? Did that sound like a take on Langston Hughes to anyone else? Sidney Poitier, are you reading this?

So … can someone tell me, is there someone out there (maybe you?) who actually digs under the top layer and takes a chance on the lonely, possibly bruised apples from the bottom of the stack? 

I mean we’ve all seen the apron-clad “restockers” take the newbies from their cardboard boxes and reshape those shiny produce pyramids. And as I ponder this a little more, I realize I’ve never seen anyone EVER pick an avocado or a tomato or any piece of produce from the base of the collection. So today, and yes this might be one of those instances where you can legitimately call me strange, today, I placed a little yellow sticker on one of the apples at the bottom of the stack … and you know what I’m going to do tomorrow? Yep, I am going to go back and see if that apple’s become one of the chosen few — if it’s been removed, rearranged or if it’s fallen from its shelf and been left to rot on the floor.

And tomorrow, maybe I’ll let you know the outcome because I know, like me, the “What happens to the fruit on the bottom of the pile caper” has you perplexed as much as I ;)  It really could be a Hardy Boys episode, don’t you think?? Today’s post inspired by the fruit at the Piggly Wiggly, and of course, the Daily Prompt: Perplexed

11 comments

  1. I hate that most of the fruit in that neat pile are always unripe.I recently bought some peaches hoping to bite into a juicy sweet peach but alas I threw them out because they tasted like crap and were awfully dry. How can anybody eat them like that?

  2. Hello, just returning the follow! This post has me cracking up. I don't pick the ones on the bottom because I'm deathly afraid of that fruit avalanche. I always wonder why they don't display them in a safer way for us non-graceful folks! haha

  3. This post cracked me up. :)

    Thanks for stopping by Gumdrop Pass — I'm here to return the follow!

    I love the way your write — I'm excited to keep up with your posts!

    I hope you're feeling better soon! <3

  4. Well welcome back Lady! Funny as it is i have picked up the apples from under the shelves, around the corner and under the cooler. You see, I took my charming always up for a good time at the grocery store, son shopping last week. I was picking up some lettuce while i sent him to get 4 Fuji Apples, as i was bagging the lettuce i heard him say, woo…uh oh, dad.. a little help here. I knew what had happened, the little guy really want that bottom near the bottom and when he pulled the apple out the avalanche started.
    That is why i have picked up the apples from the floor of the Grocery. By the way, where is there a piggly wiggly?

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