Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shoprite! Like Seriously?

Almost feel like adding "duh!" to that.
The shop I've been going on and on about for the last couple of weeks is Shoprite (for those who haven't already guessed). In Mightier Than The Sword II I go on about the Accra Mall branch of Shoprite being infested wit cockroaches and in Mightier Than The Sword III (this post comes with pictures too), it is about the Oxford Street Mall branch of Shoprite being invaded by flies. I have never been to the Weija branch of Shoprite (don't want to imagine what I'd find there).

Sometime last week, I visited Shoprite at the Oxford Street Mall and guess what? I had my very own personal shopper that stuck (literally) with me throughout my shopping experience at Shoprite. There were times my personal shopper hovered above me, other times my personal shopper led the way, but most of the time my personal shopper stuck to my shopping cart. Sad thing is my personal shopper was kind of camera shy and disappeared anytime I took my camera out. Interesting thing is there were other personal shoppers around (looking for clients I guess) and I managed to get one on camera before it disappeared.
Totally exhausted. Lemme catch 40 winks before getting back to work (if I'm able to catch some yoghurt too, all the better)
Seriously? Shoprite? You want your customers to shop while swotting flies too? Really? Maybe you should just relocate your shops to some stalls in any of our local markets (seems that will be more appropriate looking at the setting you want for your Ghana shops). Reminds me of this time when I was a kid. I wanted a box of cornflakes and my mum got some for me from a shop somewhere in Makola Market. She got back home and carefully opened the box because she kept hearing these curious sounds coming out of the box. Inside the box were two tiny mice that had drilled holes into the plastic bag containing the cornflakes. My mom carefully resealed the box with tape and returned it to the storekeeper the next morning. The storekeeper apologised and refunded my mum's money. Bottom line, one should not be surprised with such an encounter when shopping at Makola Market, but one should be very annoyed when having to encounter flies while shopping in a mall.

I just don't get it. Is it that flies don't exist in the originating country of Shoprite? In that case shouldn't Shoprite have conducted some market research before setting up shop in Ghana? Aren't their Ghana shops managed by Ghanaians who know the problems we have in Ghana?

There are so many food establishments on this same Oxford Street and you don't exactly see these being invaded by flies (unless the problem exits there too and it is very well hidden. in that case, bravo). How are these food outlets able to deal with this fly problem and why won't Shoprite manage theirs?

I have seen kenkey being sold by the roadside (by a gutter of course) where the fried fish is in a glass display case and in serving a customer, the kenkey seller inevitably lets a fly into the display case and closes it. Now, the fly is trapped in the display case with all that yummy fish.
Shoprite, don't be fooled by your many display cases where you keep your cooked food.

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but let there never be a time when we fail to protest".


  1. It's just lack of respect for the Ghanaian consumer

    1. Thank you! Glad you see what's going on for what it is (no excusing Shoprite for this gross disrespect).


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