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To wheat, or not to wheat - that is the question

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    To wheat, or not to wheat - that is the question

    A friend recently asked us to do some minor/quick grocery shopping for them. No big deal, it's one of those things friends do for each other.

    The list texted to us was relatively painless, but the message lacked appropriate punctuation and spacing (as text messages tend to do)

    One item confused us, requiring multiple text responses and phone calls (all unanswered at the time of the shopping). I was wondering how the Pit would respond/interpret this particular shopping request:

    The item in question:

    One loaf of bread, no wheat.

    Our thoughts, as we stood in the bread and bakery aisle:
    • do they mean they want white bread? multi-grain? sourdough? anything but "wheat bread"?
    • All breads pretty much are made with wheat. Are they trying to go wheat-free due to allergy or other health reasons?
    AUGH!

    After many minutes of pondering, we made a choice and hit the check-out line. In the car on the way to delivery the groceries, we got a call -- "oh, just buy [this brand]", which would have been much more helpful 30 minutes earlier. And while we didn't get the desired bread, at least the one we selected met the desired criteria

    What would YOU have put in your shopping basket with this particular request?

    #2
    I would have bout a multi-grain, thinking it was meaning no wheat bread, so anything but wheat bread? Hahah

    who knows… but what did you end up buying and what was the requested brand?

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    • WillTravelForFood
      WillTravelForFood commented
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      purchased generic store-brand white bread

      requested brand: sara lee (any variety other than "wheat" would have sufficed)

    #3
    I would have texted back asking for an explanation.

    If I heard nothing, I would have bought what I eat. If they said, "I can't eat that." I'd say, "Fine with me." and take it home.

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    • WillTravelForFood
      WillTravelForFood commented
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      what we eat: wheat bread

      what we WANT to eat: squishy white Wonder bread

      current store bought rotation: Dave's multigrain

    • ComfortablyNumb
      ComfortablyNumb commented
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      The conundrum is that white bread is made from wheat. My luck would be I'd get white and they would say, ""Oh no, we can't have gluten, we need bread made without wheat." Then I'm stuck with something I don't eat or have to return it. And I hate having to return things.

      Mrs. CN eats weird breads. So I text a picture of what the store has so she can make the selection.

    #4
    Anything but wheat. I would have thought “not wheat” as they forgot the “t”

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      #5
      "One loaf of bread, no wheat"? It's rare to find bread here in the Western World that contains no wheat. It exists ... e.g., as 100% rye, 100% oat, or (as far as I can remember without resorting to a bunch of research) 100% rice bread. So "bread, no wheat" can be had ... but it's not common around here. I'm guessing that your neighbors simply don't understand what they were asking so in the absence of a clarifying text or call, I'd have bought either a loaf of white bread or something professing to be 100% gluten free (that'd teach'em ).

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      • ComfortablyNumb
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        Wheatless bread and meatless meat, mmmmm good sandwich! ;-)

      #6
      No wheat would have confused me too! I would have thought that it would have meant either white bread (versus wheat bread), or some weird gluten-free bread.

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      • WillTravelForFood
        WillTravelForFood commented
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        We thought about that "WhiteWheat" brand, just to be funny.
        Decided it wouldn't be prudent.

      #7
      I too would have been confused by that instruction. If my prior messages had met with no response, I'd send this text message: "Heading into store. Don't understand, 'one loaf of bread, no wheat.' What kind of bread do you want? Will be in bread aisle in about ten minutes. If no response by then, will skip bread." Then it's on them to clarify.

      Of course, I'd then hang out in the bread aisle for about fifteen minutes waiting for a reply and trying to puzzle out the answer.

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        #8
        I would have texted them back

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        • WillTravelForFood
          WillTravelForFood commented
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          we did (both text and calls).
          took 45m for them to finally respond

        • rickgregory
          rickgregory commented
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          I would have skipped the bread (good for you that you didnt). If I'm doing a favor for people and they can't reply to a text... oh well.

        #9
        I would interpret that as white bread, no wheat bread.

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