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Sep. 5th, 2008 @ 04:40 pm Education, so that people can stop being jackasses
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So, I work at a grocery store, in both the grocery and dairy departments.  Today, I was working dairy, and I had a complaint from a customer.  "All of this milk is dated the 15th," she said, "And today is the 5th.  That's not a very long time.  Am I supposed to drink all of that in a week?"

Do you, reader, sympathize or agree with this woman in any fashion?  If so, then odds are that you are a jackass.  Let me explain why, in a point by point fashion.

1.  From the 5th to the 15th is ten days, not a week.  There are seven days in a week.

2.  The date printed on the jug is not the day that it goes bad.  There's no way of telling exactly when it will go bad, but, if unopened, it will be on average two days after the date printed on the jug.

3.  Once you open a jug of milk, it will last for ten days at most before going bad, NO MATTER WHAT IS PRINTED ON THE JUG.  The printed date could be three months from now, but if you open it today, it will be bad ten days from now.

4.  If you can't use a gallon of milk in a week, you should be buying by the half-gallon.  Jackass.

Please spread this information so that people everywhere can stop being jackasses.  Thank you.

-Marshall
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From:dariuswolfe
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
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While I agree with you in principle, your general point is not matching up with my experience..

In my experience, a jug of milk can last up to a week after the sell-by date. More than that and you're pushing it. I've frequently finished off a gallon of milk a week or so past the sell-by date.

That's why it says "Sell by", not "Expiration"

But, again, your general point is taken.

Also, Hi Marshall! This is Lance (Wolfe/n) from the Forge/Story Games, since this is my first response since friending you.
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From:americanwizard
Date:September 8th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
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It's possible that I just really don't like milk :)
I'll take soymilk. Which lasts 14 days after you open it.