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Every Little Helps!
Member Name: Roxie_228
Date: 15/03/03, updated on 15/03/03 (889 review reads)
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Tescos is open on a 24 hour basis, (upon leaving the cinema at around midnight when watching LOTR my parents and I decided to do our monthly shopping. At this time of night/morning it is extremely peaceful, you need not worry about the next fool who will come careering round the corner to ram you in the backside!) This is extremely useful, but boring for those on shift I am sure! Additionally on the opposite side of the road to Tescos they have their own little garage, apologies but I have no thoughts on this because I havent been to this garage for around 4/5 years…!
Upon entering my local Tesco there will always be two security guards on watch and a television on which you can watch yourself entering the supermarket, (If you really are that much of a muppet).
I do remember once upon a time the revolving doors which greeted you at Tescos, what a stumble that was! My mum, a large trolley, me and my younger brother all squishing in to one section, well thankfully that has now been replaced and instead we have a good two or three automatic barriers to pass.
Along the left (behind you now) but before the checkouts there are the customer toilets and a café area. I have never used this café, it is the type that strikes me as overpriced cakes, burnt toast, scummy fried eggs etc, getting my vision?
* Have to interrupt this… have just been called in to my lounge by my mother who is in stitches over Ruby Waxes appearance trying in vain to sing ‘Skater Boi’ by Avril!! Arrrrgh! *
The first few aisles stock all the albums in the top charts and a few old ones, (this being a supermarket you obviously won’t find as wide a selection as in say
230;Virgin megastores, but it is still a sufficient amount). The same comment can be made on the aisles behind which include magazines, books, specifically autobiographys and novels, videos and DvDs. They are all incased in a rather large plastic container to deter shoplifters, (as if the rather obese bouncers at the door don’t already do that job!)
Behind these aisles is an area which sells childrens toys, clothes – these are for the young, elderly, middle-aged and generally anyone except teenagers and those with expensive taste!- television sets and kitchen utensils. I don’t often scan this area of the shop so…not much to say here!
To the right a little we find a customer services area and a refunds counter, both of which work very efficiently. A pharmacy can also be found in the midst of this, they take perscriptions (durh) and sell every kind of medicine you can think of! They close at 12pm on a Sunday and I think its about 4pm every other day, at this point they also sell make-up (a very selective range however) and perfumes.
Now we get to the food areas!! First on offer veg and fruit, the parents of my friend once said to me “Never order loose fruit and veg online from Tescos” – well ok! My parents do the shopping im just there to annoy and complain…and swindle their money! Anyway, apparently if you order online then the workers pick the worst, bruised apples, furry toms etc. That does kinda figure though doesn’t it! I mean, obviously nobody in their right mind is going to purchase these slightly damaged products! So they load them onto some poor unsuspecting onliner.
One thing I must warn you about, the seedless grapes sold in Tescos are grown in California, to keep pests away they cover these vines in Black Widow Spiders, AHH! Anyway, as I read in my papers, on more than one occasion innocent customers have purchased grapes and shortly after found themselves groping a h
orrifying spider!! Couldn’t think of anything worse personally.
So I read the compensation, well, what tesco thinks of it anyway! Black widow spiders are poisonous, meaning some of these victims could have been severely injured by this cock-up. Tescos felt so badly for their traumatising ordeal that they actually paid up with…. Tescos vouchers! Oh yeah, that’s just great!?!?
By now we’ve reached the back of the store along here is the bakery (a good friend of mine works back here) we don’t often buy bread from here anymore but they bake it freshly on the hour. When we used to I never found any faults, until last week. We bought one loaf and I can honestly say it was the worst bread I’ve ever had! Apart from this they make the usual muffins and cakes and doughnuts. Every flavour doughnuts, apple, vanilla, custard, chocolate, toffee and jam!
A bit further alongside this is the Deli counter, queuing for this is only bad on a Saturday and is handled by ticket, as usual selling an exremely large range of cold meats, cheeses and coleslaw.
A separate part to this counter sells fresh fish, yes stinking this area out but valuble to the people who actually eat fish.
Unlike Asda the Tescos value range of products really are a good value. I can’t give you examples of prices but they don’t taste too bad, having said this I wouldn’t go around the whole shop purchasing value items! Do yourself a favour though, never buy value washing-up liquid, it never even produces bubbles, let alone cleans your dishes!
Through the checkout.. there is an under 10 items check out (another two mates fo mine work here) and about 80% of the time you are greeted by friendly faces and conversation. However you will always find the odd grumpy ole so+so who only has this job because they’ve got nowhere else. Tescos seems to have many employees aged under 20!
On the way back out of the shop there i
s a section to get your films developed, I don’t know how long the wait is because we send ours off. A small kiosk nearby the entrance/exit sells cigarettes, lottery tickets and chocolate bars. Also included in this area are two pay-phones, one specifically for taxi’s and a post box!
As with any other general supermarket you obviously get the enormous amount of buy one get one free deals, and two for the price of one. So no difference there really! The customer toilets are at the front of the shop and are always in working order if I use them, (unlike the diabolical state I recall at Safeways last year).
Tescos also provide their own interenet, loan, tax and holiday services.
What I find with Tescos is that it is not quite as expensive as Safeways, but at the same time not as cheap as Asda, making this store a preferable alternative.
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