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by Adam Zack — July 31, 2019

Adam Zack

It’s hard to feed people.

My brother Moose reads this blog and used to opine regularly that he wanted to write a guest blog on the subject of grocery store bagging, and how the quantity, quality and training of baggers has decreased over the last decade. He had some ideas that sounded relevant. He’s a pretty smart guy and a decent writer, so I welcomed the idea. Over the following year and a half I asked him a few times how the guest blog was coming. Or if it was coming. Finally he gave up and said something along the lines of translating his idea into meaningful prose was harder than he expected, and with his more than full time job didn’t have the time (or patience – it’s a Zack family flaw for sure) to complete the job.

So that got me thinking that the food business of feeding people will never be as easy as people think. There are thousands and thousands, who after going to a restaurant (or a market), got the idea that if they owned a restaurant, they’d do things differently. And they invest lots of money in opening their restaurant or market with all their brilliant ideas and soon after, the shine is off the penny and man, it’s a lot more work than I thought! And ooh, all the staffing headaches! And the chef quit! And we’re not nearly as busy as I thought we’d be and we are losing a shitpile of money every month! And there are thousands of these restaurants and stores that close sooner than later because the millionaire guy with the great ideas won’t be a millionaire for long, finally listens to his accountant and pulls the plug. It’s hard to feed people. It’s especially hard now with all the online competition. So great job, attaboy, keep up the good work. I know it’s not as easy as it looks.

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