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Do you feel guilt buying individual bananas instead of buying a bunch?

Asked by sferik (6086points) January 15th, 2011

Just because bananas grow in bunches, are you somehow ethically required to take the whole bunch? Nobody feels guilt about picking the best apples.

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chyna's avatar

No, because I won’t eat the whole bunch, so I just get two or three at a time.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I will split a bunch but take the more rotten ones. I’m not fussy.

john65pennington's avatar

No. i feel like i have been robbed. an individual banana at Mapco costs .89 cents. robbery!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

No.I doubt I will ever buy them again after finding one of these in them. :O

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janbb's avatar

I have no guilt about bananas. None, I tell you – none! I don’t like bananas when they get overripe and yucky so I will buy only for a few days and make sure they are at different levels of ripeness. And I do not feel guilty – AT ALL!

chyna's avatar

Really @janbb? You sound a little guilty to me.

cockswain's avatar

None whatsoever. It’s totally my right to do so, and the clerk doesn’t care.

lillycoyote's avatar

No guilt whatsoever. Bananas aren’t sentient. It’s not like I’m breaking up a family or anything. If they were kids, siblings I was adopting, I might feel bad if I couldn’t take the whole bunch, but we’re talking about bananas, right?

jaytkay's avatar

If I only want 2 or 3, there’s bound to be some else like me to follow.

P.S.
If you buy too many, peel, bag and freeze them for smoothies.

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Arbornaut's avatar

I do, i hate to see those sad bananas crying on the shelf when i split them up.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Arbornaut

the silence of the bananas

cockswain's avatar

You think if you buy the whole bunch, you won’t wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the bananas.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Grocery stores know that it’s part of doing business. When selling produce, people only take what they want. As people break up bunches, individual bananas get shifted over to the side. But even those get purchased by people who don’t need top-quality bananas, often at a special price by those who buy in bulk.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

What? This question makes no sense… Why would I feel guilty?

cockswain's avatar

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT PAIN IS!

lillycoyote's avatar

And I suppose your heart doesn’t break for the papayas either, does it? They may not come in bunches but they are ripped from the arms, I mean branches, of their mother’s like any other fruit. Oh, @papayalily your heart is so hard, a sad thing in one so young.

cockswain's avatar

@papayalily‘s pulse never got above 85, even when she ate the banana.

Arbornaut's avatar

Are we talking about just breaking up one bunch of bananas and taking the half we need?
Or are we talking about taking ten bananas from ten different bunches? I do that, is that wrong? Am i a bad person?

cockswain's avatar

Why would someone ever take one banana from ten bunches instead of buying one bunch of ten bananas?

Arbornaut's avatar

I dont know, its crazy. And whats even worse is when i remember i don’t even eat banana and i go and put them back on the shelf.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, I only take the ones I want, and leave out the bruised ones. Why buy the bad along with the good?

lillycoyote's avatar

@Arbornaut and @cockswain this is getting so complicated; who knew we were treading into such a moral and ethical quagmire. I always look for a bunch that contains the approximate number of bananas I want to buy. It’s rare that I can’t find one but I am not troubled by breaking up a larger bunch if I have to. But if a person wants 10 bananas I think it is wrong, if not kind of insane or at least OCD to take them from 10 different bunches. That’s just nuts. I will stand in front of a bin of string beans and, at least for a while, pick out individual, perfect beans, but one it becomes tedious, and that happens fairly quickly, I just throw handfuls into the bag to be done with it. I sniff my cantelope’s butts though, to find the freshest one. Is that wrong? I feel like I’m violating them sometimes. OMG! Grocery store confessions.

lillycoyote's avatar

@YARNLADY Because the bad, bruised, ripe ones are perfect for banana bread, if you can’t wait for your own to go bad, that is.

Arbornaut's avatar

Rockmelon? Whats that got to do with banananananas?

lillycoyote's avatar

@Arbornaut Just adding smelling my store’s melons to the list of indignities that fruit suffer around the world. And I looked it up. :-) Rockmelon is Aussie for cantaloupe. But maybe only if you are from Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales. Apparently in other areas, like Victoria, it’s called cantaloupe, like here in the U.S.

Arbornaut's avatar

@lillycoyote What? thats ridiculous, iv never heard the term in my life. I can assure you that victorians refer to them as rockmelons.
And of course this brutality towards fruit and vegetables is intolerable and must be stopped at once. Bananas and rockmelopes deserve better.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Arbornaut

This is my reference on the rockmelon/cantaloupe thing. Maybe they have it wrong.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@lillycoyote @cockswain I’ll shove a banana up your *** if you don’t shut up now… :P

lillycoyote's avatar

@papayalily LOL. Shove a fork in me; I, at least, am done with this whole, crazy bananadramarama.

Arbornaut's avatar

@lillycoyote very good, that must be about 5% of the population then.

Arbornaut's avatar

Hey does anyone remember that banana man cartoon? I think the kinds name was eric..

lillycoyote's avatar

@Arbornaut

This guy?

I don’t remember it at all. It sounds like it was British. I don’t recall ever seeing it on U.S. t.v.

Arbornaut's avatar

@lillycoyote YES! Awesome! I love that guy so much!

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Arbornaut, @lillycoyote
Jeez! What a disappointment. I figured with a name like “Banana Man,” he was a porn star.
Funny.

(I take the soft bananas @YARNLADY leaves behind because they are sweeter and ready to eat.)

janbb's avatar

Just as wit hreligious belief, I feel that everyone should have the right to choose their own bananas. I support the right to choose.

Arbornaut's avatar

@lillycoyote Haha! Bananas!, i forgot this thread. What a great little tune!
And yes we should all be grateful for bananas:)

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