When a got there I noticed that all the car park lights were on.
On entering the shop there was a young lad telling all customers that “as there’s a powercut we are unable to sell chilled or frozen goods”.
Surely there must be something wrong with their system if, during a powercut, their generators are set to run the car park lights in broad daylight and not to run the compressors for the fridges and freezers.
It may be that the power had just come back on. Would explain why the car park lights were on in daylight (like what happens with a security light when you plug it in).
If I were to guess, I think emergency lighting, cold storage rooms, and some point of sale would be highest priority for the generator. I’ve heard of fridge/freezer stock being thrown out in powercuts before.
The display units are open fronted so it’s impossible to keep the correct temperature when the power is cut. At home it’s easier as domestic fridges have doors. If the power is lost at home and the door is kept shut the food can be saved but there isn’t a towel big enough to wrap around a supermarket chiller.
I was shopping in Tesco early this morning, well about 8am. The place went into darkness yet again. One of the shelf stacker’s said it was the third time it had happened today.
There must be a short somewhere but up to now they still haven’t found the source.
When I left there was a lady at the door telling people there was an electric fault and certain things weren’t working.
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