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Town Loses Local Shop, Replaces it With a Giant Vending Machine

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Across the pond there’s a small community in Clifton, Derbyshire that has been without a local shop for nearly fourteen years. Without a grocery store, let alone a convenience shop, the residents have been forced to travel to the next nearest town for their essentials. Fortunately for the Clifton community electrical engineer Peter Fox found a solution for the town’s shopping needs.

After the closure of Clifton’s village shop Fox began toying with the idea of a vending machine to fill the void. Unfortunately Fox couldn’t generate enough interest to have a firm aid in the development in the machine so he did it himself. After three years of development Fox’s automatic shop made its Clifton debut this past week.

Adorned with a brick exterior and overhead awning the giant vending machine gives off that local shop feel. What makes this vending machine difference from any other is its ability to handle items of varying weight, delicacy, and wide range of products. The automatic shop contains chill compartments to accommodate cold items such as milk and eggs. Besides grocery items the machine also stocks pet food, toiletries, and even umbrellas. Residents can pay for their items using cash or credit cards.

Fox hopes to create more automatic shops for other small towns in the area.

H/T + PicThx Daily Mail

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Hit-Or-Miss

Walk-Around Beer Solves (Most Of) Our Grocery Store Shopping Woes

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As luxe as grocery stores have gotten as of late, what with their built-in Starbucks and trendy wooden signage, shopping in them can still be a huge pain in the ass. For when free samples or the promise of a deliciously home-microwaved meal just won’t cut it, though, now you can also pick up a can of “walkin’ around beer.”

Redditor Beeslo spotted this amenity last week at a Whole Foods in Austin. Of course, many Whole Foods locations come equipped with full liquor licenses, bars, and even wine and cheese pairing classes, so ready-to-drink beer cans aren’t incredibly mind-blowing. They are, however, possibly the easiest, most fill-free way to get you through those frigid frozen food aisles.

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Features

The 11 Worst Things About Every Grocery Store in Existence

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For all the magic contained in its automatic doors — the free samples, snacks, the Luna bars you definitely don’t eat, the super fun coin-operated horsey machine — going to the grocery store can be a huge headache… a non-stop barrage of cart traffic jams, blank-faced zombies trying to operate the self-checkout, and horrible temptations. These are the reasons you resent the grocery store, making it barely worth it to get on that horsey and have the gdam best time of your life.

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The Produce Section

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You’ve decided you want to try vegetables… good for you. Just get ready to get wet as the auto-waterers spray out of control and hit you in the eye. Some stores try to be cute and play thunder-noises as the rain falls, which is either annoying or terrifying. Worse still, the wetness makes it impossible to open the little plastic bags you’re supposed to throw your tomatoes in. Between that and shaking from thunder fears, you’re screwed.

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The Center-Aisle Dominator

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We can sympathize with the plight of choosing between so many pasta sauce options (Italian sausage w/ garlic? Just straight up SpaghettiOs?), but that doesn’t mean you need to park your cart perpendicular to the aisles smack-dab in the middle, blocking the flow, and forcing us to make a detour into the next aisle full of impulse buys like Luna bars.

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The Expiring Items Trap

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Hell yes you’re gonna buy 36 donuts for $1, especially when they’re right next to the checkout to remind you that you totally forgot to buy 36 regular-priced donuts. But you get in the car and discover they’re going to expire in an half-hour. Time for a donut-eating binge… waste not, want not.

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Aisle Gentrification

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Beans are beans. Except when they’re refried, in which case they’re not allowed to hang out with baked beans or limas, and instead are put way across the store in the “Latin” section. And lord forbid spaghetti share an aisle w/ yakisoba noodles. They’re in the “Asian” section. The grocery store is a textbook example of gentrification gone wild.

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Bag Shame

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Want a clerk at Whole Foods to look at you as though you spent your morning pouring gas on a burlap sack full of kittens? Ask for a paper bag to carry your stuff. You’ll be charged $.05, but the leering condescension is an even stiffer penalty. Next time, consider re-using that burlap sack.

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The Cell Phone Wanderer

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Because there’s no better time to answer a random call than right this minute, this species of jackass will immediately abandon his cart in the middle of an aisle, then spend 15 minutes wandering around the store, picking up random crap, looking at it, and putting it back as he talks about everything from socks to weekend plans. It’s best to relocate his cart for him, then track him as he gets even more confused and frustrated.

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Cart Clog

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Even the most miniscule amount of debris can turn a normal cart into a squeaky-wheeled nightmare that simulates pushing a car through wet sand.

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The Temptation of Off-Brand Chips

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They’re $1 less than the real deal, and there are 499 different variations on them, so why not try the Fauxritos to see if they match up? Ugh. Nope. But you’re still gonna try 498 more times.

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The Self-Checkout Clusterfu*k

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The idea of self-checkout is an amazing way to make the experience of shopping quick, independent, and efficient. Sadly, its designers forgot to factor in the fact that people use them. Some ignore the 12-item limit and empty an entire cart. Others are buying 30 kinds of produce, and can’t figure out how to key in the bar code. Others just stand there, staring at the screen. Nobody notices the three express checkout lanes to the left manned by bored clerks.

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It’s So Cold!

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You expect to get chilly in the beer section, or while you’re scouring for the biggest bag of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. But even the blanket aisle is cold. How are blankets cold, unless they’re the delicious ones with pigs inside… like in the frozen section?

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Kids Carts

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Seriously, why can’t I fit into these?! Stupid kids have all the fun.

Brought to you by the folks at Thrillist

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Humor

Grocery Store Turns Burglary Footage Into a Hilarious Commercial [Video]

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What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonade. Add vodka. Make a crude electrical battery. Free sh*t is awesome. You make a TV ad. At least, that’s what Kent Pfrimmer, owner of  Kent’s Meats and Groceries in Redding, California, decided to do. The initial video of the attempted burglary became an internet sensation thanks to Reddit and brought the grocery store a wave of publicity.

Naturally, Pfrimmer decided to turn the footage of the unsuccessful break-in into a hilarious commercial. Watch below as a man dressed in pajamas, loafers and stockings (so chic!) attempts to hurl a rock through a window and as pastrami sandwiches get face time. It gets no better.

H/T Neatorama

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Hit-Or-Miss

Gluten-Free Grocery Store Enforces $5 Cover Charge For People Who Are ‘Just Looking’

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In an effort to stop “showrooming,” a grocery store in Brisbane, Australia began charging people a fee of $5 AUD ($5.25 US) just for looking. Note, showrooming is a term used for shoppers who visit a store with no intention of actually buying anything, instead using the opportunity to view products in person, then leaving and purchasing the items online at a cheaper price.

Upon making a purchase,  Celiac Supplies (the gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free joint) states that patrons will be refunded the $5 fee.

The owner of the Brisbane store, Georgina, lamented that after spending hours each week giving advice to people, just to see them leave empty-handed, she put up the sign announcing the new policy.

“I can tell straight away who are the rat bags who are going to come in here and pick my brain and disappear,” she told the Australian Associated Press. “I’m not here to dispense a charity service for [large supermarkets] to make more money.”

After Reddit user BarrettFox posted a photo (below) of Celiac Supplies’ new policy, some commentators scoffed at Georgina’s actions. One Redditor stating, “This store seems desperate to go out of business.”

It’s a bold move for a store wary of losing customers to the big dogs online. However, we’re not too sure how stoked people will be when finding out they have to deal with a cover charge every time they grab some gluten-free swag.

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H/T The Verge + PicThx Reddit

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Hit-Or-Miss

Fresh & Easy Could Leave The United States – Can This Enterprise Be Saved?

It’s a tough world for everyone right now — and grocery store chains, no matter how much they may seem like a staple, are no exception.

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News

Dinosaur Meat

If you could go to the store and get a hold on some dinosaur meat, do you even think you would want to try it? That would be pretty baller to call over some of your female counterparts and bbq up some dinosaur leg, which can be seen after the jump.