Yesterday I was very thirsty and it had been long time since I drank “Mirinda” a soda based soft drink product by PepsiCo India Ltd. So I thought of buying a half liter bottle.
I have to go to 3 different shops to buy a single half liter bottle.
While I was checking the expiry date for the bottle at the first shop, the shopkeeper gave me a weird look. To my surprise the bottle was well over its expiry date.
I told him so, he took out another bottle and it was also over the expiry date, I checked all the Soft drink bottles he was having were well over their expiry date.
I refused to take any. I told him send the bottles back to the company do not sell them, or throw them away. I was sure he was going to do nothing.
He told me to get on my job, and he will take care of his job. He said no one bothers to check expiry date on soft drink bottles and anyways they are kept in the refrigerator. I was sad, but what else would I have done other than telling him.
Sadly I went to the second shop, there I had another problem on hand, the guy asked me 22 Rs/- for a half liter bottle, MRP of which is 20 Rs/- . I argued with him, and he said, if you want to buy, buy else leave the shop. Again, what else could I do?
I got the bottle well within the expiry date and that too at 20 RS/- .I quenched my thirst, but what about quenching the thirst of answers for questions at came along with the experience with the previous 2 shop owners?
How many people seriously check expiry date for each item they buy?
How many shop keepers feel responsible enough not to keep products over the expiry date?
And if they are found selling such products, what kind of action is taken against them?
Is it easy to go and file a case in a consumer court against such shopkeepers? Or is it the whole responsibility of the consumer to check the expiry?
Please make it a habit to check for expiry date of any item you purchase, or at the least for food items.
The above mentioned pic is from http://www.expirydate.co.uk/ .