In terms of vegetables, corn is a pretty good one. It's not particularly rare, or expensive, or even especially adventurous or nutritious. But it's fine. However, you'd think an ear of corn were worth as much as a brick of gold the way a crowd of shoppers recently reacted to a sale on the stuff at a Canadian grocery store, trampling and elbowing each other to get in on the deal.
This past weekend, Michael's No Frills supermarket outside Toronto, Canada was running a pretty great sale on fresh corn, selling a dozen ears for $1.68, or roughly 14 cents apiece. And while there's no arguing that that is a spectacular bargain for a whole bunch of fresh vegetables, some shoppers were less than gracious or polite about making sure they cashed in on it. In fact, a few of them got so excited that they literally knocked over boxes and climbed over one another in order to get to the bin full of husks.
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One shopper witnessed the brouhaha from a safe distance, and managed to film a bit of it. In the clip, you can see the melee already in progress, with a gaggle of people surrounding the bin and dismembered husks strewn about the floor. If you look closely, you can even see one guy essentially body-check an old man, who eventually falls over.
Apparently, this sort of thing isn't totally out of the ordinary at this particular store, according a story in blogTO, which points to a handful of posts on Reddit describing that it's a fairly frequent occurance to see shoppers freak out over sales there.
Weird, who knew that Canadian corn and super-cheap French Nutella had anything in common?
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