I was watching the morning news and learned that apparently there is a controversy over pre-peeled oranges for sale at Whole Foods. And I just don’t get the controversy. Seriously, why be bothered by that concept?
First off, we already ventured, as a society, down that “lazy” road. We have had pre-cut fruit and vegetables for a while now. There are also salad bags for sale everywhere that have been available for over a decade.
Second, we are a fast-paced society. Who has time to cut and peel? Sure, may be lazy. And I’m ok with that. I work hard in many aspects of my life. So much so, that my colleagues have started calendarizing breaks for me so that I don’t work myself to death. I will take pre-peeled oranges.
Third, I have no nails. I bite them and that’s on me. Nonetheless, I have no nails. When I have to eat an orange I need to “poke” it with a fork in order to peel it. And once I peel it, my fingers start to burn.
My fourth point is as follows. There is outrage over pre-peeled oranges but where is the outrage over the currently 100 major things wrong in our society? To be real, there are probably hundreds of thousands of people outraged over those majorly wrong societal items. The issue is that everyone is outraged over something. There is just too much ridiculous outrage these days. Maybe this is my biggest point in terms of not understanding the outrage. I am tired of silly outrage. So what if pre-peeled oranges appear to be bougie. I hate to tell most of you, but the majority of people have one or two things that they are bougie about.
We don’t need a bougie police force. My mom who was as poor as they come, would have welcomed pre-peeled oranges. She kept her nails cut short and she hated extra garbage around. Having no peels to peel and nothing to clean up after wards would have warmed her extremely non-bougie, super poor and tired self. Her fingers tired from years of sewing at a factory could have used the break.
While I am ok, in theory, with pre-peeled oranges, I must readily admit that I barely shop at Whole Foods anyway just for this very reason. It almost seems like the Whole Foods diehard shoppers are those that get outraged quiet often. Maybe I am wrong about this, but….
I find such stores to be overpriced and overall filled with many products for which I wonder do we really need that?” Too each his or her own.