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To want to buy 3 chicken thighs?

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grrrranny Fri 04-Sep-15 19:56:37

In a butcher's shop today - I was told I could buy 2 or 4 chicken thighs (4 only on display) but not 3 as he couldn't sell just the one remaining. I was also told I could have the 4 for £5.00 as if this was a great deal but as they cost £1.25 each errrr? When I said I didn't want 2 or 4 the butcher seemed to go in a kind of huff which didn't make me feel like a valued customer. I ended up with no chicken thighs today and will get them from Sainsburys even if I have to have 4 from them! I have always been a bit afraid of 'proper' butchers' shops and now I feel a bit silly but I was a wee bit upset - dismissed as if I were of no account because I wasn't spending enough. So am I being unreasonable in being annoyed? Not a big issue I know but I would just like to get opinions.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 04-Sep-15 20:02:54

That's just silly (of the butcher). He could very likely have sold the last one. Or had it for his own tea. And it wouldn't have bankrupted him to bin it.

Were the chicken thighs on their last legs (no pun intended) or something, that he couldn't have put it out again tomorrow?

Stick to Sainsburys.

merlotgran Fri 04-Sep-15 20:03:30

I would hot foot it to Aldi and get a pack of four chicken thighs for £1.99 and freeze the extra one.

Silly man!

grrrranny Fri 04-Sep-15 20:07:35

Thanks for reassurance - he claimed they were 'fresh today'. Supermarket - pick them up in a pack and not be patronised I think is the answer.

thatbags Fri 04-Sep-15 20:10:59

What you wanted was not unreasonable at all.

downtoearth Fri 04-Sep-15 20:17:58

Thought the idea of an independant local butcher was that you could buy exactly the amount you needed .ie two sausages,slice of ham...maybe butchery department in Sainsbury would sell what you want.

Ana Fri 04-Sep-15 20:20:25

I've never heard of anything so ridiculous! How that butcher stays in business in beyond me...

cornergran Fri 04-Sep-15 20:26:00

Of course not unreasonable. Sadly probably common which is one reason the anonymity of a supermarket can be preferable.

Alea Fri 04-Sep-15 20:28:26

I suppose the justification for selling thighs or drumsticks in pairs is that they come in pairs on the chook! But still, a bit silly and the butcher has lost a customer which was shortsighted of him.

MamaCaz Fri 04-Sep-15 20:59:19

If I've understood correctly, they were priced at £1.25 each. If he wanted to sell them in pairs only, then he should at least have priced them as a pair.
I would have been rather angry / upset too, grrrrany.

MamaCaz Fri 04-Sep-15 21:00:41

Sorry - I mean 'Grrrranny'. My spelling has gone to pot.

Luckygirl Fri 04-Sep-15 21:02:12

What a pain. As someone has said, you could probably buy 3 at a supermarket meat counter.

grrrranny Fri 04-Sep-15 21:12:25

It's a shame really as the meat is quite good but customer service bad. I shall 'rise above it' but it is just as well they don't have a Facebook page or I might have sunk below it. I found one review on Yell from someone who had had a similar experience but I doubt they will have read that. Thanks for comments though.