Who Won The Week? 04/26/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am selecting Instacart shoppers as my Who Won the Week recipients.C82A1370-A424-4802-A506-B60D6BCAE0ECThe stay-at-home mandate has been in place in my area since mid-March and we have been relying on grocery delivery services to keep our pantry and refrigerator fully stocked. Most of the time we use Instacart to pick up and deliver our online orders from our local Safeway. Apparently a lot of others do as well.8764A371-51EC-4D85-BAFF-2523C6133076For the most part, the shoppers at Instacart do a good job. But when the store is out-of-stock of something I ordered, I’ve pre-authorized the Instacart shopper to find the closest substitute product that is available. For example, if I ordered organic bananas, and none were available, the shopper could substitute conventional bananas.

But there have been times when the substitutions The shoppers have selected stretched the definition of the word “closest.” For example, instead of two boxes of Wheaties breakfast cereal, two boxes of Cocoa Puffs were delivered. Let me tell you, I am not cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

I asked for organic raisins figuring that I would at least get non-organic raisins. Instead, they gave me Craisins, which are not raisins at all. They’re dried, shriveled up cranberries.82BB804E-3769-40B2-B248-5388D463A05DAnd instead of getting the organic zucchini I asked for, they gave me organic cucumbers. Well, at least they were organic.

So even though the Instacart shoppers are not perfect, they have enabled me to keep my cupboards stocked without having to trek to the grocery store and risk infection. Thank you Instacart shoppers.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

12 thoughts on “Who Won The Week? 04/26/2020

  1. Melanie B Cee April 26, 2020 / 10:58 am

    I’ll go with your choice. Up here in “Wee-ville” U.S.A. (tiny, not pee just in case :lol:) they don’t offer that option. I guess we’re too small and too lightly affected. The old folks who are cautioned strongly not to go out nor around other humans, have grandchildren or church folk who will gladly pick up the groceries for them. At least the stores here (well two of three..the third I’m not sure about) have over-the-phone ordering and curbside pickup at least. Sounds like, despite the cocoa-puffs, you’re weathering the storm really well! Take care!

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  2. Marleen April 26, 2020 / 11:40 am

    It’s interesting to read of the substitutions. A replacement I got was all natural peanut butter spread (which can sit on the shelf after opening) instead of natural peanut butter (the kind you stir and then likely put in the fridge so it doesn’t separate and you don’t have to stir again). This substitute has sugar and added palm oil, but I was okay with it since I only wanted to use it as sort of a condiment.

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  3. Stroke Survivor UK April 26, 2020 / 12:20 pm

    They used to be known for that here too, that and short-dated fresh produce. I *believe* they are better on both counts (because nobody used online ordering) but we still prefer to walk the store, even now.

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    • Stroke Survivor UK April 26, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      Usually, here, though, the shopper has the power to reject a bad substitution. But I heard from one person that at moment it was a case of “tough”, because you might have handled it in the meantime.

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  4. Marleen April 26, 2020 / 2:10 pm



    The Guardian reports that Mark Grenon, leader of Florida’s Genesis II Church of Health & Healing, which appears to be more of a moneymaking operation than a place of worship, wrote a letter to Trump earlier this week saying that chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleach, is a “wonderful detox” … [but missed] …. that Grenon is already the subject of a federal probe. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami last week announced an investigation into Grenon and several others affiliated with Genesis II for selling ’Miracle’ or ‘Master’ Mineral Solution or other sodium chlorite products, also known as MMS. The group claims the bleach product will cure, treat, or prevent COVID-19 and other conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, autism, brain cancer, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis.

    An April 16 complaint from prosecutors, which names Grenon and three codefendants, says Genesis operates out of Bradenton and does business in South Florida. The codefendants — Joseph Grenon, Jordan Grenon, and Jonathan Grenon — are “bishops” of the church and are involved in MMS production operations, according to court documents.

    The complaint claims the group is illegally distributing unapproved new drugs with misleading and false labeling … (… or “sacramental dosing” for COVID-19 … instructions for adults and children.)

    Additionally, prosecutors say, the men shipped MMS from Florida to Virginia in late March, conducting interstate commerce.


    On April 8, the FDA sent … a letter [of] warning … [demanding a] reply by email within 48 hours [… involving] what steps they were taking to fix the violations.

    Mark Grenon responded with anger.

    “We can say cure, heal and treat as a Free church,” a Genesis letter to the FDA says. “Don’t need your approval or authorization for a Church Sacrament… There will be NO corrective actions on our part… You have no authority over us!… Never going to happen.”

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    • Marleen April 27, 2020 / 11:08 am

      While — in the Miami Times article above — the first m in mms can stand for miracle or for master, this article (below from Friday) shows it can stand for “Medical” too [unless that’s a typo].

      A recent Homeland Security study found that the coronavirus on surfaces may be killed by humidity and high exposure to UV rays through sunlight…. study was featured during Thursday’s [ Trump administration perspective on coronavirus ] briefing.

      But the use of UV rays or disinfectants for human treatment has been roundly rejected by the health and science communities — and embraced by conspiracy theorists and extreme alternative medicine communities. Bleach and most household disinfectants are highly toxic…


      QAnon adherents falsely believe Donald Trump is secretly running a military operation to rid the government of satanic, child-eating cannibals, and many QAnon followers believe those same people are responsible for the virus. Prominent QAnon accounts celebrated Trump’s apparent nod to bleach consumption or injection, with one prominent QAnon YouTuber and MMS reseller calling it “a good ‘lung cleaner’” on Thursday night.

      Last week, the Department of Justice announced a crackdown on the online sale of MMS, which it said “is a chemical product which, when combined with the included activator, creates a powerful bleach product that the defendants market for oral ingestion.”

      Viral misinformation claiming isopropyl alcohol cures coronavirus led to the deaths of hundreds and sickened thousands of Iranians in March alone. Text messages, forwarded on messaging services like WhatsApp, pushed an urban legend that some people had cured themselves of the virus with whiskey or industrial-strength alcohol.

      In the U.S., some pro-Trump media sources began noting a section about isopropyl alcohol in a Department of Homeland Security memo that was leaked to Yahoo News last week. One day after the memo was leaked, The Epoch Times, a pro-Trump media outlet, highlighted a section of the PDF about isopropyl alcohol and bleach’s effect on the virus in saliva.

      The leaked document does not recommend ingesting or injecting bleach at any point.

      Five days later, Trump referred to disinfectants and ultraviolet light in his news briefing, citing “the way it kills it in one minute.”

      Dr. Vin Gupta, a pulmonologist and global health policy expert who is an NBC News and MSNBC contributor, told NBC News on Thursday that “injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible, and it’s dangerous.”

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  5. rugby843 April 26, 2020 / 2:27 pm

    I agree with you, Instacart has made three deliveries, all good, while a battery for a clock I ordered six weeks ago from amazon still has not arrived.

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  6. leigha66 April 27, 2020 / 3:40 pm

    I had to take my niece to the grocery store in town and the line for grocery pick-up at about 4:30 in the afternoon was at least 15 cars long. And last I heard the delivery dates were at least a week away.

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