About six months ago, Nathan and I accepted a delivery from FreshDirect that contained, in addition to our normal groceries, four boxes of Aunt Jemima frozen waffle products. At first I thought the two of us needed to have a talk, because I know Nathan has a secret craving for sweet breakfast treats. Maybe he was tired of my salty bagels. Then I realized it was a packing error, and we hadn’t been charged for it.
As FreshDirect has gotten more popular around the city, and as competition has increased from places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, they’ve starting sending the most bizarre things our way. Sometimes it’s on purpose, sometimes not. Last week, we got a big box of tall kitchen bags (not on the packing slip). This morning, in addition a promotional packaged, prepared meal (you know how much I love those), we got a half gallon of 1% milk. This is especially weird because they did it on purpose—it’s listed as a “Free Sample” on the packing slip—and because we order whole milk almost every week. Lastly, and this is sort of annoying because my freezer is full, we got a 25-ounce tub of frozen cookie dough:
I’m starting a category here of the weird free stuff we get from FD. I’m not complaining; I love freebies. But how did they decide to give us milk? Maybe they have a big bin of surplus products, and if you’re a regular customer they just starting throwing extra stuff in your boxes. I say keep it coming.