Monday, February 1, 2010

Got Milk?

Got milk? That is a question that we had to answer no to over the weekend. By Saturday afternoon we did not have a single gallon of milk in the store. I have mentioned before that there is a run on milk every time snow is in the forecast.

Normally on Friday nights we get a milk delivery. You have to go down a corridor to get to our milk cooler. There are bread racks filled with bread that have to be moved. The amount of racks vary depending on the time of year, during holidays there are more. I had to move about 10 racks. I like moving them first thing so that when the driver gets there we can start unloading immediately. When it comes to milk deliveries my job is easy. I have to make sure that all the milk is there. The driver takes it to the cooler. Normally the truck arrives between midnight and one. When I went to lunch at 3:30 I was still waiting for it. It never arrived.

The dairy we get our milk from is located in Athens, Tennessee. They had a snowstorm and were not able to deliver. They weren't the only ones. Our meat and produce truck, which comes out of Shelbyville, Tennessee, was scheduled to be in at 5:00 A.M. It didn't arrive until Saturday afternoon. Deliveries are made seven days a week. Conditions were so bad that the truck for Saturday night was canceled. That is the first time in the five years that I have worked for Wal-Mart that has happened. The milk was finally delivered Sunday afternoon.

We were fortunate here in Calhoun and never even had a snowflake. I like it that way. I have seen enough snow in my lifetime.


Anonymous said...

I have heard that WalMart's milk doesn't have hormones in it, so I buy a half gallon when I go. I would have contributed to the problem. Except that I live in the Land of Canada and as you know, we're all about snow. As a matter of fact (I am not kidding you, Howard) it is snowing again right this moment.

Howard Bagby said...

Wal-Mart has gone hormone free with their milk.
I lost all enjoyment of snow when I was 13 and my hands were frostbit. Right now it is 43 degrees outside. Another one of the reasons that I like living here in Georgia.