This afternoon I’ve been seeing a really decent social media story being told over the Greggs and Google faux pas involving a fake logo which decried Greggs as a bakers that sells ‘shit to scum’.
Greggs has been around a long time. There are a lot of them. They provide a lot of us with culinary memories, good and bad, from treats with your Grandma to a steak slice and an ice cold coke when you’ve had too much the night before. They sell meal deal lunches to office workers, and they sell baked goods to children in exchange for dinner money. You can get quite good, cheap coffee, and the loyalty card is a bonus.
It’s not the shit bit I object to, that’s opinion and I bet my jam-doughnut loving hide that even those of you who can’t wait for an artisan bakers to gentrify your high street have crossed the Greggs threshold more than once. It’s the scum bit. Market dynamics, economics, personal tastes and purse contents aside, if you’re shopping at Greggs, you’re probably hungry, not definitely scum.
Ask the teachers who have kids turn up to class having had no breakfast with only a quid in their pockets – Greggs might just be the only place they can get full for their money nearby. Think of the elderly folk for whom Greggs is a daily trip and maybe just someone to chat to over the counter.
It’s time to stop this food snobbery bullshit. I’m not speaking in healthy eating/quantity or quality terms. I’m thinking of how I’d feel if anyone judged me as scum for buying food in a shop. For example, is it fine to pillage Aldi and Lidl for their bargains if you’re walking round there secretly happy that you shop there by choice, not by economic necessity?
Bristol is blessed with many Greggs, many artisan bakers, many one man local bakers, and many supermarkets of all shapes and sizes. Shop proudly, don’t judge.