This made me laugh. I saw in Martha Stewart living (from my Free subscription I found about on here!) a great idea using an airtight mason-like jar - they have a rubber gasket and "clamp" shut. You layered salad items in there and let them 'marinate' in there all morning and then have a great salad by lunch time. You can use any container, but the mason-clamp jar looked really cute and it was spillproof and glass (which I love).
So I went to the obvious stores first and when they didn't have any, I went to a (surprisingly large) cooking equipment store. There was No One in the store, I had gotten there right when they opened up. There were 5 or 6 clerks working there. Since it was such a large store, I just walked up to a clerk and nicely asked if they had any 'canning jars' since I didn't know how to describe the mason-clamp like jars. I figured I would be pointed in the general vicinity and I could find if they had what I wanted or not.
The clerk looked at me and said, "No. We don't have any 'canning' jars. We don't have them - because they are the type of thing you can get at 'grocery' stores". Seriously. Really? Gee I didn't know that. It wasn't so much what she said, but she said 'grocery' like only vermin would go to a 'grocery' store. I *so* wanted to say to her, "Honestly, you can take anything in this store and find it at a grocery store. This is just all in once place".
Now I have nothing against clerks. I worked as a merchandiser, for crying out loud. But here they are the one working in a store, talking down to me the customer? I've had this happen as spas, and other places as well. I never want to seem as rude as they are, but I'm some time dying to say something to put snooty people in their place.
Edited by Stormy - 5/16/12 at 10:50am