It's been a sad day for Tri-State Grippo's lovers (like me). Because of a voluntary recall of the company's chips, thousands of bags of delicious goodness had to be thrown in the trash. :( I was a witness to some of the chip killing this morning. More than 14,000 units… gone, and there is more to come. (And keep in mind, that's just through the Evansville-based distributor.)
The chips have to be logged before they're thrown out. They'll then head to the landfill where they will be destroyed. Everything at this point is just a precaution, there's not been anything found yet to indicate the chips would harm anyone. But, because of metal shavings found in a salt applicator machine, Grippo's isn't taking any chances. So, that ends up being A LOT of chips down the the drain, so to speak. And it makes for a sad-looking space on store shelves where they should be sitting. Now I just better hope I don't get a terrible craving for BBQ Grippo's before the next batch is restocked!!!
Turns out, I have a good friend who works for A & D Distributors of Evansville, the company that supplies Grippo's to many, many stores around the Tri-State. I showed up to film the disposal of the chips today, which went fine. Then, I got my camera ready for the interview with my friend's stepfather, the bossman. Go figure, the microphone's batteries are dead. No big deal, I think. I have a back-up microphone in the car. So, I go get that. Turn it on. The batteries work, but the mic is still acting up. Ok, I think. Let me get a microphone that physically plugs directly into the camera and doesn't use batteries. Usually there is no trouble with that. Oh, except when I try it and have my friend's family member waiting on me! At that point, I didn't know what else to try, so I called back to the station to talk to our jack-of-all-trades, overall awesome Assignment Manager, Randy. (If you read this blog regularly, you know how I feel about Randy.) Well, Randy wasn't even sure what was going on for a while there. He ended up suggesting that I try a different cable (the cord that connects the mic to the camera). Wouldn't you know, that did the trick (after about 15 minutes of stalling!! Grr!).
I guess if that had to happen today, having it happen among friends is better than strangers, or the worse, politicians or people who are in a hurry, etc. I swear, most days, I really do know how to operate the equipment I work with! :)
Thanks for checking in with me. Hope your week is off to a good start!
Until next time,