Drink It

August 13th, 2014
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It was bound to happen and everyone dat witnesses it can't help but shake their head or mutter something to themselves.

Da returns have begun.

For those of us who were unscathed by Hurricane Iselle and Julio, those survival necessities purchased in a chaotic mad rush have now become "inventory" in our cupboards, garage or weaevah you happen to keep overflowing supplies.

But for those who - to be politically correct - "over purchased" have now started to flood da customer service lines to return mainly bottled water.

Ok, who am I kidding to be PC....... those damn selfish hoarders who had no shame to take watevah they could load in their cart(s) without regards to how much they actually needed or carry a single thought dat there are oddah people on da island besides themselves looking to "survive" as well.

I've heard reports of CARTFULS and even those flatbed carts carrying a full load of watah to be returned - seriously? Returning water dat you hoarded leaving oddahs high and dry (pun intended)? Have you no shame? Especially via da flatbed???

Wassup Wit Dat!

Hea's a thought dat maybe wasn't considered............ DRINK IT!

You telling me you not going to out to da beach, or to a game, tailgating, picnic, pah-tay, BYOB, work WATEVAHS in da next year??? Are you a hermit? Do you live exposed wea da water might turn into algae or mold?

Hea's anoddah thought....... why don't you donate at least a case to da Red Cross or any oddah organization das helping communities hard hit especially Puna? They most definitely need da water dat you greedily hoarded and now want to return carefree. I'm so glad some stores put out "No return on water" signs.

Or why not even plan ahead dis time as hurricane season only just begun and we already have a couple more threats heading our way. So keep your water and no need bitch and moan about standing in line and getting stink eye as you talk on your cell claiming there's no water on da shelves.

Survival is in da eye of da beholder and will always trump all instincts of etiquette - social or personal.

Now, wea does M live...... he get all da survival gear already and I get da kim chee and beer.








Posted in WWD! | 18 Comments »

18 Responses to “Drink It”

  1. M:

    Howzit BL!
    No mo shame dem people. They should charge 30% stocking fee! All da tap watah I use to fill up my coolas, I wen use um to wash my clothes, no waste watah.
    I stay ovah here BL. U can come ovah anytime wen get one desastah, I always get survival gear all year long. Just bring da kim chee, I no drink but you can bring da beer.


  2. Lowtone123:

    No moa shame wen they buy em all, no moa shame returning em all. Dey stink ladat. Me I wen buy only wat we need (actually less if you believe the "one gallon per person, per day" dey recommend. I only bought what I figgah I needed afta filling my 5 gallon jug and other smaller jugs and pitchers.


  3. cojef:

    Water, and toilet paper are so personal items and should not be accepted for return by vendors.


  4. rayboyjr:

    Hey Braddah Lance ...

    ... one other troubling thing I've heard is that Costco doesn't resell the returned water ... haven't been able to confirm ...

    ... apparently there's too much risk and liability issues ... I can understand, though ... because who knows what happens to the water once it leaves the warehouse ... I'd even think donating it would also come with some liability risks ...

    ... can someone confirm this??? ...

    ... not sure about other stores ...

    ... I'd think they recycle the bottles and cardboard, but still a waste of water ...

    ... think about that if you plan to hoard more water than you really need ... and then return it ...


  5. Jeannette:

    Were it me I would just keep whatever I purchased and use it as necessary. Is there a 100% certainty that no more storms will head your way. And then?? The whole chaos repeats?


  6. Dorobo:

    Shame on those guys!!!
    That being said I bet next time they going do the same crap cause as what they do!!!
    We keep water on hand all year and drink um as we go on with our life and then buy new cases to replace the older ones that we drank.
    I don't think my skin thick enough for do that kine stuff. My ears would get all red as I try telling the store clerk my reason for returning the 40 cases I now don't want now.
    Well jus needed to vent a little. I am real glad get BL's blog fo do that.
    Aloha and take care everyone!!!


  7. kamaaina808:

    Glad you brought it up, BL. i was talking with one Costco employee the Monday before Iselle impacted the Big Island & we were talking about this very thing. Auwe on the hoarders! As to 'why' they do it - I suspect they'd be selling it out of their trucks if we had a real disaster on our hands. Auwe.


  8. jb33564:

    I personally think that once they purchase more than 3-5 cases of water, the stores shouldn't refund any water returned. I think that's reasonable...


  9. Masako:

    My co worker who works at Walmart said that the return lines are crazy! She had a couple people return 300 bucks worth of water. Thats a heck of a lot of water. The water they return gets donated to the Foodbank. Thats better than throwing it away but then again I bet the cost gets passed onto the customers in the end. Same with Costco. The Star Advertiser should do an article about that, than maybe a few people will think twice about hoarding and returning. Yet sadly, most people won't give a rip.

    She also caught a couple of people trying to return open cases as singles! Even when she explains that singles are barcoded differently, people still insist that they bought them as singles. So she asks for reciept and they tell her ohhhh it got lost. Auwe!


  10. wafan:

    BL you suggested 20% a couple blogs back. I like M's 30% better. Maybe not even accept the hoarded water, TP, and whatever else back for a return.


  11. zzzzzz:

    Some people no shame.


  12. Ynaku:

    Plenty people in Puna don't have water. Stores were all sold out. Even now, they struggle to get even the basic necessity. People with extra water are sharing it. Physically driving down there to distribute what they have. Ice, food and non-perishables (TP) too.

    Worst crime yet. Some lolos vandalized the only Ice House in Hilo that produces potable ice. Broke the delivery trucks, stole a transmission, busted the ice machine trying to make ice but didn't know how to run it. Owner so upset, he shut it down and laid off the workers.

    On a positive note, People in Kona where the hurricane didn't hit, bought bags of ice from COSTCO and put it on a truck that delivered it to Puna. Organized by some people in Hilo.

    The Aloha is really seen right now. It's just those selfish people that makes it not Pono


  13. titagirl:

    LOVE this commentary! You said it!! :)


  14. Dorobo:

    You right!!!
    So much betta to applaud the best of us than waste energy and time on the worst of us.
    Big aloha to all the kind brothers and sisters out there!!!!!


  15. N:

    Glad you said it cuz the news peeps are too nice to say it. I finally did find a case of water and bought just one and I always drink bottled water daily so I'm making good use of it. Plus it was on sale! I just do not understand such hoarding and the nerve of people who do return it afterwards. It DOES take all kinds of people and this is the proof....emergencies bring out the ugly in some people...but do they see it? Or do they enjoy beating the sytem....care only for themselves...no shame..


  16. 808 Dad:

    Donate the unused water to Red Cross.


  17. Mary:

    How we know dose guys nevah leave da wada someplace hot before returning em? Den da
    bpa in da plastic bottle going get into da wada and give somebody breast cancer. It's STUPID to buy bottled wada anyway - jus fill your stuffs from da tap, lolo. Buy camping bladders you can use ova and ova. They hold 3,5, or 10 gallons each. Use your head!


  18. Braddah Lance:

    Jeannette:
    Were it me I would just keep whatever I purchased and use it as necessary.

    Like most sane people. :grin: E Komo Mai back Jeannette!
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    jb33564:
    I personally think that once they purchase more than 3-5 cases of water, the stores shouldn't refund any water returned. I think that's reasonable...

    Rogah, sounds very reasonable. E Komo Mai to WWD! jb33564!
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    titagirl:
    LOVE this commentary! You said it!! :)

    I tink you have officially become a Kwonic! :lol:
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    N:
    Glad you said it cuz the news peeps are too nice to say it.

    Wen it comes to just being pono, I try. I not perfect and I'm certainly rough around da edges but sometimes I get in trouble for being "honest".

    E Komo Mai to WWD! N!

    It DOES take all kinds of people and this is the proof....emergencies bring out the ugly in some people...but do they see it? Or do they enjoy beating the sytem....care only for themselves...no shame..

    You said it pretty good too. :wink:
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    Mary:
    How we know dose guys nevah leave da wada someplace hot before returning em?

    Mahalos to Masako for following up with her friend at Wal-Mart to find out wat stores do wen they accept perishables.

    E Komo Mai to WWD! Mary!

    jus fill your stuffs from da tap, lolo. Buy camping bladders you can use ova and ova. They hold 3,5, or 10 gallons each.

    Rogah dat. We grew up drinking from da hose and I'm surah had all kines of nasty stuff dat they regulate now and we good. :mrgreen: Yeah, those bladders are cool - just ordered some not too long ago.
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    Sorry I couldn't get back to everybody else especially da Kwonics who post all da time but you know I read 'em all and really appreciate dat you guys take da time to share your mana'o! Maaaaaaahaloooooooos!