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In getting irritated with people who indirectly mock poor people?

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dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 00:00:57

I have an acquaintance who constantly comments on how much she hates Iceland frozen food and how cheap it is and how disgusting it must be. It seems to be a running joke with her and all her friends. Acquaintance is well off and I can't help thinking her jokes are not funny and actually some people might need to buy the cheap food Iceland offers. AIBU?

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 11:19:07

I didn't say that Ihavenot. But I think if you were able to afford healthy food and educated about the benefits of good nutrition then you might well choose to shop elsewhere. I don't know. Whatever someone's reasons for shopping in a particular supermarket it is their choice. It is ridiculous to suggest that I am mocking anyone, as clearly that is not my intention.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 11:20:10

grin at posh prawn rings.

Nancy66 Wed 14-Nov-12 11:22:10

Their party food is shit though. By the time it's thawed out it's just tasteless mush....

Moominsarescary Wed 14-Nov-12 11:23:15

I don't care, we have one 5 mins up the road from us and they sell boxes of wispa ice cream bars for a £1 (pg craving)

I buy their frozen veg and the occasional frozen pizza. They usually have good deals on their cheese too.

CalmingMiranda Wed 14-Nov-12 11:27:18

She is stupid and a snob.

Some Iceland stuff is excellent. I used to buy a particular ice cream that was much better (in a 'sophisticated' sense) than the M&S equivalent. meanwhile, look how often Waitrose and M&S products come out last or with few stars in those blind tastings in the Observer food supplement.

Iceland also treat their staff very well.

Shop there or not as you choose, but how insecure and desparate must you be to want to be snide about which checkout people queue at?

CalmingMiranda Wed 14-Nov-12 11:28:48

Weren't Iceland the first food chain shop to go gm free on own brand food and used to only stock organic baby food jars?


dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 11:42:59

I wouldn't say I was 'going into battle' OldMumsy. Just having a rant on Mumsnet. That's what Mumsnet is for wink.

SoleSource Wed 14-Nov-12 12:16:38

You and your friend are an excellent match.

OldMumsy Wed 14-Nov-12 12:19:04


*But still, I hate that some people can't make ethical and healthy choices and might feel mocked for it.*

Do you not think this is mocking them? They shop at Iceland so must be uneducated?

PMSL, recursive mocking!!!

OldMumsy Wed 14-Nov-12 12:20:34

dontcallmehon I was mocking the mocking of the mocking.

OldMumsy Wed 14-Nov-12 12:20:41

I think.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 12:23:01

Ok SoleSource - not sure what you mean. I'm not trying to be offensive but nevermind.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 12:24:00

Maybe I'm coming across badly in text.

ihavenofuckingclue Wed 14-Nov-12 12:54:10

I am really confused now mumsy. grin

ihavenofuckingclue Wed 14-Nov-12 12:57:00

so do you feel they are being mocked because they are poor or uneducated?

laughtergoodmedicine Wed 14-Nov-12 13:01:15

Some people do feel uncomfortable with poor people. And will mock them.
I think the poor need a better deal. And the rich have got too good a deal.

shesariver Wed 14-Nov-12 13:08:03

mothermorrisman I love foreign supermarkets to, a highlight is going into all thedifferent French ones to bring different reusuable bags home, yep well sad!
I wonder what the hierarchy there is, because yes there is definately one in this country. Thought Casino would be up near the top, Intermarche not so much grin

boomting Wed 14-Nov-12 13:11:37

On the flip side, I've been on the receiving end of jokes about being "posh".

The irony is that I know for a fact the people making those jokes have families who are in a much better position than mine.

Ragwort Wed 14-Nov-12 13:17:44

There is huge snobbish at wherever we shop, and even on Mumsnet there are lots of smug PA comments about all sorts of brands.

Your friend just doesn't sound very nice at all.

Personally I like to go to both Waitrose and Iceland, both have good products on sale grin and are near to each other locally !

Fakebook Wed 14-Nov-12 13:21:33

What the hell is wrong with Iceland? I don't buy frozen meaty food from there but their frozen vegetables and chips are great. I also buy kingsmill bread from there because its cheapest. Hmm...they have excellent deals on fruit, and I once bought a 48 pack of weetabix for £1.50. That's flipping cheap. Infact a lot of branded goods are much cheaper in iceland than some other shops.

EuroShagmore Wed 14-Nov-12 13:22:46

I have been known to make disparaging comments about cr@p processed food. It's not snobbery against poor people. It's dislike of nasty processed cr@p, wherever it is bought. I have been extremely hard up and managed to feed myself with cheap, fresh, ingredients.

Fakebook Wed 14-Nov-12 13:28:40

Oh I just remembered how snobby people can get about supermarkets.

We used to a have a Friday cake day at my last job and the rich big shots who worked in sales used to bring in about 2 packets of biscuits and a cake from waitrose for £10 for 20 people in the company. When someone used to go to tesco or sainsburys, we'd have cakes and biscuits that lasted until the following Friday

The company accountant used to pay us back the £10. Once I went to asda instead of waitrose or m&s and she actually said to me "oh ASDA, that's a cheap shop isn't it"

I felt so humiliated!

Furoshika Wed 14-Nov-12 13:31:16

Food is always up for mockery. It's a very emotional subject.
But objectively, Iceland prawn rings do look kind of crap (have never eaten a posh prawn ring either).

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 14-Nov-12 13:34:36

sounds like an appaling snob to me

LucilleBluth Wed 14-Nov-12 13:40:58

I haven't stepped foot in an Iceland store for years, only because I'm lazy and get pretty much everything from Sainsbury's......that's also because I'm lazy and can't be arsed to fight the traffic across town to get to Asda.

I did laugh last year though when DH and DS's 1 & 2 returned from a trip to the cinema ladened with Iceland bags full of those Shrimp and Chip party cones......the advertising had obviously worked on them big time.

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