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Let's all eat trafe for Chanukah!

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Dec. 2nd, 2007 | 10:53 am

A holiday scene:

The Place: Balducci's, today.
Personae: Me, shopping for low-carb food.
Action: I'm sort of staring at the meat display, lots of salamis and sausages, and then various hams. And the hams' price signs have all been tagged with festive PERFECT FOR CHANUKAH banners. Which I blinked at for a couple of secs, trying to decide if this was an example of truly monumental cluelessness or ... nah. It's just the Department of Monumental Cluelessness, Well-Meaning Division.







Photos taken at the Balducci's on 8th Ave at 14th Street, on Sunday, 12/2.

Update: As of Tuesday morning 12/4, the hams are now tagged with green "Perfect for the Holidays!" signs.

By Popular Demand: If you're tickled by the Ham for Chanukah pic, visit my store at cafepress.com, where you can get it on a mug, or on greeting cards (stock up now for next year!).

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eac

from: eac
date: Dec. 2nd, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Um. Um. But you're in NEW YORK CITY, for god's sake.

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from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 7th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
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That would be, for G-d's sake.

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denny

from: denny_dc
date: Dec. 2nd, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
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cluelessness? it's beyond that...it's like they must be from outer space...just landed on the planet yesterday. i'm really stunned. that's like...gosh, i don't know what that's like.

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samifidler

from: samifidler
date: Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Balducci's - I'm rendered speechless - I mean it might be understandable in a neighborhood minimart, but Balducci's is an upscale, sophisticated, not to mention expensive, establishment. They certainly ought to know much ,much better.

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2loud_2proud aka Rae

from: 2loud_2proud
date: Dec. 2nd, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Um, wow. And there were three separate signs? How did no one notice this?

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NancyKay Shapiro

from: nancykayshapiro
date: Dec. 2nd, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
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It's a deep mystery indeed.

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Let's all eat trafe for Chanukah!

from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
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OY!

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Ham

from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Why do they hate the jews?

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Re: Ham

from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 4th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
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lighten up!

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from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
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I hope bacon was on sale too. . .

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balduccis

from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
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that would make me boycott balduccis -- how stupid can they be?

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NancyKay Shapiro

Re: balduccis

from: nancykayshapiro
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
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I really don't think this is malicious.

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Balducci

from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Apparently in Ridgefield Ct, they are not as clueless. Go figure? I raced over to our store and they have no such signs and were horrified when I told them what was on the Internet. This is not exactly a Jewish town,but they know better.

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NancyKay Shapiro

Re: Balducci

from: nancykayshapiro
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Ah, so now we know it's not a corporation-wide policy, but something that just happened in my local branch. Which was pretty much what I assumed -- it seems to be that most of the people who work there, while all friendly and service-oriented, are from backgrounds where they're not familiar with things Jewish.

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Balducci's

from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
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You hypocrite! Your blog has a photo of YOUR bacon and egg breakfast. Stop eating traife and people might take you seriously.

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NancyKay Shapiro

Re: Balducci's

from: nancykayshapiro
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
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I never said I don't eat pork -- I eat it daily.
I just think it's hilarious that a food shop in Manhattan would promote ham as a Chanukah product.

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Jette

from: wolfette
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
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oh my goodness - may I link to this?

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NancyKay Shapiro

from: nancykayshapiro
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Sure.

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Are you really surprised

from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
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This doesn't surprise me at all, given the number of times I have had to identify vegetables to checkout staff, not knowing the provenance of a cut of meat is wholly unexceptional.

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Captain Jack Harkness

Re: Are you really surprised

from: lots42
date: Jan. 17th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
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Not seeing how dumb it is to put ham and Jewish people together is far, far different then not knowing the lump of green is a BlippityBloo fruit from the Island Dumbdork. Give the employees some slack.

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Skye

from: pagawne
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Can we say "D*U*M*B?

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Chappy Cholidaze

from: Anonymous
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
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This is HILARIOUS!! On behalf my colleagues, many thanks NKS for some great work-avoidance! I really don't see how any Jew -- trafe-eating or not -- could be offended by this. Obviously some low level, probably minimum wage, English-is-not-their-primary-language, overworked employee made up the signs at the management's direction and only looked at the product -- not the message.

Balduccis should definitely be mortified. However, this is obviously an honest mistake. We don't exactly need to bring in the ACLU and the Anti-Defamation League here. The public embarrassment is punishment enough.

While I am a trafe-eating-Jew -- a connoisseur of ham I am not. That product looks awfully big to be called a "petite ham."

~ Ken

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NancyKay Shapiro

Re: Chappy Cholidaze

from: nancykayshapiro
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
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I too found it hilarious and not malicious. No need to call the Anti-defamation league -- I didn't even say anything to store mgmt because I didn't want to deprive others of the chuckle of coming across this little no-no.

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