Thursday, 6 June 2013

They Call It 'Melon Yellow'

Rather like that old ('sixties) Donovan song, Sainsbury's names its casaba melon as "Melon, yellow" on its products database, as I witnessed at the checkout this morning. The customer in front of me had one such, and it was causing problems.

You see, while the other melon varieties, such as cantaloupe, are identified by their proper names, the casaba is not. As they tend to have no bar code attached to them, unless one knows the PLU code for this item, it can be difficult to find quickly on their system, as the checkout operator discovered today. Only by going through all the melon types on the system.

The operator remembered the Donovan song when I offered the slightly modified line from it as an appropriate adjunct to what had just happened...

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