by Nancy Stiles
Whether or not the accusations are true, Schnucks (6920 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-726-2373) got itself into a bit of a PR mess this week when a member of the University City human-relations commission came upon dry asparagus at his local Schnucks. David Olander alerted a manager to the offending perennial and contacted the company's CEO, implying that Schnucks was discriminating against its lower-income customers. (Asparagus at the Ladue location were nice and moist in cups of water.)
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The story sparked a debate not only about racial discrimination, but also about the Post-Dispatch's motives for running the story. Of course, nasty comments abounded, and the P-D's metro editor felt compelled to personally respond to the accusations of race-baiting on the daily's Facebook page.
The story really is about food, though, so Gut Check decided to take a field trip over to the aforementioned Schnucks in University City. We weren't surprised to find that Schnucks now has that asparagus in more water than it could ever need. The rest of the vegetables are also covered in a lovely mist of water, keeping them ever-so-fresh. Don't worry -- asparagus will still make your pee smell weird no matter how dry it is.
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