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Old 01-12-2010, 08:15 PM
 
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This never happens in Durham.

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Old 01-12-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I had some coworkers mention this happening to them in Raleigh. They didn't buy anything, but I don't think the man was necessarily scary or sketchy per their description.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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this isn't just a local thing. we used to have these guys show up at my work when i was living in San Luis Obispo, CA. we were constantly kicking them out. when it wasn't them, it was the people selling 'overstock' office furniture and artwork.

Mike
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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A long time ago when I worked at a grocery store in the DC suburbs, it was apparently rather common for shoplifters to steal expensive cuts of meat - and then later sell the meat out of their car/van. I've no idea who would buy meat that way, but I guess enough did to make it worth doing!
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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I know what it is. There are leftover meats that the butcher factory can't or doesn't sell. They package the meat and freeze it. Companies can buy this meat at a bargain of a price. They then have people set up to sell it themselves. If you don't care about quality then okay this could be for you.

I would never buy from the truck for these two reasons:

1. I really enjoy hand selecting my steaks for the grill. Why else spend a few hundred on a grill just to put low quality steaks on it that won't taste good no matter how you cook it.

2. The most important one. I don't think these guys can afford to lose money on this meat. Having the freezer in the back of the truck just seems like a recipe for disaster. What happens over night or during the ride and the freezer fails. I doubt that they would be able to afford to throw it away. I don't want to take that chance.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We had one of those meat guys in our Cary neighborhood last year. He looked ok, and was polite, but I didn buy any. Said something about the steaks being filet mignon and fraction of the cost because of buying in bulk. There was no way I was going to buy meat off some stranger going door to door! It's not worth the health risk. I told him we don't buy much meat anyway, which is true, so having a lot of it wouldn't make sense for us. I thought maybe door to door meat selling was some old Southern thing or something, a carryover from old days when it was more rural around here and people knew each other better. Someone must buy his steaks, otherwise why would he bother?
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:27 AM
 
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This is one of the bigger companies.It's just a sales job guys,independent contractors,their not ax murderers.Horizon Foods
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:29 AM
 
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This never happens in Durham.

Shall I tell you why?
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Bought a box of beef from them 6+ years ago. Caught me with cash in my pocket, I negotiated him to ~$2/lb & that's about what it was worth, but half of where he started. Steaks had to be slow cooked, burgers -who cares, just pile on pickles, onions, mustard tomatoes.
Steaks similar to mocksteak I've tried once from BJs.
fwiw: DW doesn't allow me to buy steaks from grocer - I manage the grill'n: Propane grill for steaks, Holland (nat.gas) for everything else.
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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This never happens in Durham.
Doesn't happen in Chapel Hill either. However, there are roving vans of shady vegetable sellers, and if you try to get rid of them by claiming you only eat meat, they throw a bag over your head, stuff you in the van, and drive you off to their secret encampment in Carrboro for some "re-programming."
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