Posts Tagged ‘albertsons’

Jannah, Serving Middle Eastern California Cuisine on Fulton, Opens Wednesday, July 8th

Monday, July 6th, 2009

At the site (if not the exact same address) of the former Korean-themed brothel Gabin comes Jannah. It’s at 1775 Fulton in the NOPA, just down the street from the candyBar at 1335.

And guess what, they’re hiring! Servers, apparently, atleast that’s what the signs said.

And guess what, they’re already five-star rated at the Yelp!

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See you there on Wednesday, the updated forecast for opening day.

Former NOPA Brothel Gabin to Become Jannah, with Middle Eastern California Cuisine

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Man oh man, the oddly-named “scary,” “sketchy” nightclub Gabin (nee Daebul) at 1775 Fulton Street (or 17xx, if you prefer) near Masonic was almost famous in the North of Panhandle Area / Western Addition area back in the day. It was one of San Francisco’s San Mateo County-style private karaoke joints, oddly located right across the street from a big old Lucky / Albertsons supermarket. 

Read for yourself some hilarious encounters on the Yelp. And don’t miss the contretemps of the white male “nosey parkers” of the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association attacking “diversity and sex-positiveness” here, from way back in 2006. (And let’s not mention 2006 again, no sir.)

But now, the signs say “Jannah”, so it looks like “Middle Eastern California Cuisine” is headed our way.

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And they’ll have plenty of delicious beverages to boot.

See you there!

“Unexpected Item in Bagging Area” – the Refrain of Self Checkout at Lucky

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Remember how it was, back in the day, back when Lucky Supermarket (nee Albertsons) introduced the Self-Checkout Machines and they actually worked as designed? Those days are long gone. See for yourself here on the YouTube, where you can espy otherwise-competent Kurenai the Red Ninja getting pwned by an SCO machine. 

In the video an electronic voice goes,”Unexpected Item in Bagging Area.” But then when the cosplay kids remove said item, they are then told, “Item Removed from Bagging Area.” Of course the “bagging area” has a sensitive scale so it can tell what’s going on, but the system doesn’t seem to work the way it should.

The horror, the horror of Self Check-Out at the Lucky Supermarket:

Before, a shopper could bypass all this fooferall by merely pressing the “Skip Bagging” button.  But nowadays that just ensures you get into, “Please Wait for Assistance” mode, where you have to wait for help.

Of course, technology can help us generally, but It’s In The Way You Use It that makes all the difference. When this SCO system is poorly managed or fighting shoplifting to the nth degree, then it can be frustrating to almost all customers. One supposes that earlier on, the system was tuned towards speedy checkout and now is tuned for shoplifting suppression.

What’s the solution?

Going to the regular, old fashioned queue with actual people to ring you up?

Pressing the “I Brought My Own Bag” button?

Placing the scanned item down on the bagging area ASAP with a quickness?

Only buying one thing and then jamming a banknote (you know, folding money, with a value that exceeds the price of your item) into the machine? (This one works for sure, by not giving the system the chance to think.)

The ball’s in your court, Lucky.