Larry says that he opened a can of chef boyardee recently only to find a horrible giant mold world growing inside. When he contacted the store he bought it from, Walmart, a low-level employee was openly hostile to them and said the manager “wouldn’t believe them.” Yes, that’s the new scam: steal a can of food, open it up, grow a massive mold culture inside it for several weeks, then try to return it for a buck oh nine.
Larry writes: “Long time reader and love your site…….thought youde get a Kick out of this one…..Me and my family wife and 6 y/o son and 2 y/o daughter are avid chef boyardee fans…..great food in a pinch….we shop irregularlly at our Portsmouth, Va Walmart December 23,2009……we picked up our usual grocery list items as well as 6 cans of beefaroni for the kids to eat for lunchs and thought nothing of it….my wife called me in a panic today saying when she went to serve the kids lunch she found the attached surprise……now were careful not to buy dented or damaged cans when we shop and at no point did we drop or damage the can in transit home.
The can stayed sealed until today….we can only imagine that there was a pinhole leak during manufacturing………we contacted the local wal mart store when I got home to tell them about this……an extremely rude employee told my wife there was no way it came from their store and they WOULD NOT refund it……we luckily still have the receipt from the store…..weve made a few purchases at this store and have had problems before…..unfortunately its the closest grocery store to us and is the only store that carriers many of the items we need……..we asked who the manager was and told it was a Mr. Wade Riddick………but was told he wouldnt want to hear this and that they wouldnt believe us anyway…….now Im a firefighter and my wifes a nurse so were far from somer kind of criminal trying to scam for a can of beefaroni …….in fact were not interested in “suing” or replacing the 1.09 can…….just really upset at the treatment and before you say it I know I know its wal-mart……anyway…..suffice it to say we will take our grocery money else where.”
Larry should also contact ConAgra, makers of Chef Boyardee, with the lot # of the can at 800-544-5680. If he wants a refund or a replacement, he should go back to Walmart and ask to see the manager in person. He may also want to contact his local health department to keep them informed.