Publix will no longer hand out unprompted courtesy slices of meat at their delis.

The grocer would traditionally give deli customers a slice of whatever they were asked to cut, to check on thickness and quality, but no longer. The decision is part of a new strategy to streamline the deli process, or as Publix told the Tampa Bay Times“… create a more natural exchange between our deli clerks and our customers.”

Yet even though the slices will not be offered outright, shoppers can still request a free sample, they just won’t be waving it in your face.



  1. So it takes twenty seconds for the nice deli person to slice and hand you the slice. I’m wondering what prompted this and betting I can guess.

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