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Re: weather

I realize that was quite a fiasco and not much fun, but it could have
been worse. Years ago when I worked in a grocery store, we lost power a
few times, and it did not come back on for quite some time. We had to
lock the doors so no new customers came in and then start writing down
and adding up each customer's order. It took a long time to process
people. A few employees collected frozen items that customers decided
they didn't want because of the long wait. But we all got through it.

A&P might be big, but with so many stores, and for the few times this
could occur, it isn't worth the cost of having their own generators like
a hospital would. I don't know whether it would be feasible to have
backups on the computerized cash registers as you suggested. They aren't
independent units.


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> We are having strange weather - 40s and pouring rain and blowing, after two 
> days of 
> very cold weather - low single digits - earlier this week. 
> We went to the grocery store this afternoon to do our weekly shopping - and 
> a bit of 
> extras for the holiday. Just as we were finishing our check-out - really a 
> large bunch 
> of stuff - the lights blinked and all the computer-cash registers were dead. 
> The lights 
> came back on, but it took the computers about 10 minutes to reboot. And then 
> we 
> had to start our checkout all over again. We had already bagged about seven 
> bags 
> of groceries - not too much left - but it all had to be done over again. 
> Since I am suffering 
> from a full-blown head cold - the sort you know you will be over in a few 
> days but 
> don't really think you want to live that long - this was not the happiest of 
> events. 
> We finally got checked out - took us about half an hour - and into the car 
> in the 
> downpour. Wouldn't you think an organization as big as A&P would have a 
> better 
> back-up system so we wouldn't have to go through all this delay? 
> Auralie 
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