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Why Greggs customers aren’t ‘scum’

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.

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14 Comments

  1. Well said! Plus, who doesn’t secretly love a sausage, bean and cheese melt? πŸ˜‰

  2. Adam Adam

    Well said! Mind, am always intrigued by how the stores are pitched in the North and South. In my birthplace in the North it really is all stodge and loaves of bread, whereas in SW London where I live it seems to be awash with nuts (!?) and office worker food. And lots and lots of yummy mummies… πŸ™‚

    • Cheers Adam! I am also a Northerner, and so old that I remember Spinks as well as Greggs, and I agree with you, there is a lot of difference in what the shops sell. Thanks for reading.

  3. I agree! Calling customers of Greggs “scum” says something really unsavoury (pun intended) about the way money and people are valued.

  4. I totally agree, my mum works in greggs and what you said about the elderly is totally true!

  5. Everything in moderation and I’m quite a fan of a veggie pasty every now and then!

  6. I missed this! I hate things like this though, I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything in Gregg’s but I do have a loyalty card for my local bakery and spend far too much money in there! x

  7. Ros Ros

    Could not agree more! Where you spend you hard earned cash should not be judged, whether it is by choice or necessity. Greggs is a good honest British business, unlike Starbucks & the like who many think take more from the economy than they give.

    • 100% with you there Ros – thanks for commenting it means a lot!

  8. Brilliantly said! I for one bloody love Greggs’ pasties, Tesco’s sausage rolls and Waitrose doughnuts! I am clearly class confused πŸ˜‰

  9. I missed this but I totally agree, I hate food snobby or snobbery in general tbh AND their coffee is really really good! x

  10. I do agree and at the same time I also see the other side – Bristol is an amazing city with great options and everyone shops with and open mind and simply go were they can afford and when they are hungry – I have been to a greggs in Bristol city centre – no problems, nice staff, didn’t even think about it. But we used to live in a very deprived Valleys town in Wales – a world away from city life and I used to avoid the Greggs especially with my son as the majority of the time people were always swearing, fights would happen outside, people clearly on drugs and seeing the same children relying on sausage rolls day in and day out – I mean really awful and I am not stereotyping at all – some of the parents in that town relied too much on greggs as lunch options for their children leaving a health issue which was visual apparent – I in no way think I am better than anyone else – I like there pancakes as much as anyone else but it does differ from shop to shop – it’s really hard to explain if you have never lived in a town like that and you don’t see that in a city so much due to diversity but in some places I can see were they are coming from. We don’t live in that town anymore and once again if I am hungry in Cardiff city centre with one 2 pounds in my pocket I will pop in for some coffee – no probs

    • I have lived in two places where I could easily say the same about the local Greggs Laura, so I totally understand. I think it would have been the same whatever the brand and whatever economical option food they sold though, be it chips or sandwiches. Tough debate, isn’t it?

  11. I agree, you can’t judge someone for where they shop and feel like you can sum up and generalise that person just for choosing to step foot in the place! I have a soft spot for their cheese and onion slices if I’m ever in the centre, but these days I hardly go into town! We’re lucky to have local bakers such as Joe’s on gloucester road, who to be honest sell very similar products, and I’m sure the bishopston clientele would be called scum for buying sausage rolls and yum yums there!

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