I am a rule girl. I follow the rules. Yes, there are times when I like to push the boundaries of the rules (especially, these days, when it comes to understanding God, the Bible and Christianity) but I am a hard wired, follow the rules kinda girl.
One rule that I have been told all my life, and that has spawned many a fantastic sitcom episode, is that tasting food in the supermarket is forbidden. You cannot pick up a bag of grapes, open the bag and taste one and then not buy the bag of grapes. There is no taste testing in supermarkets...
Except yesterday, I was in the supermarket and I was looking at the grapes, and the lady working in the produce section looked at me and said, "taste one before you buy it." WHAT?!?! I know my face showed my complete lack of disbelief as I said "Are you serious?" "Absolutely," she replied, "we want you to. In fact, if you want to taste an orange, I'll go over and cut one open for you." I looked around for the candid camera. Not kidding. I thought maybe an alarm would go off and the produce police would come out and fine me but I reached into the bag of grapes, with the produce person watching and tasted a grape. No alarm bells, no produce police and no grapes. They were sour, even the red ones.
I'm not sure how I feel about this change in rules and I honestly don't know if it's all supermarkets or just this one in town that wants us to taste test the produce before purchasing but I'll tell you what, I certainly appreciated not spending $4 on sour grapes yesterday. As for the orange, well, I don't really like them anyway so I didn't take her up on the offer. It is nice to know, though, that some rules are made to be broken.