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Hello Kroger members.  I am a vendor that recently started servicing a local Kroger store on a weekly basis.  I began noticing a pattern on what songs are played during the hours I am there.  Many are listed in your postings, and just like me, I am being driven CRAZY by some of the selections played.  One in particular, physically drives me out of the store while it is being played.  Guns n' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle".   I can't RUN OUT OF THE STORE FAST ENOUGH!!!  Ironically, it always plays at 10am.  When seasonal music was played in December, it got moved to 12noon.  I'm only in the store for a few hours, but I can't imagine what the employees must endure day in and day out.  I doubt the "home office" is subjected to this daily irritation.



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Hello Kroger members.  I am a vendor that recently started servicing a local Kroger store on a weekly basis.  I began noticing a pattern on what songs are played during the hours I am there.  Many are listed in your postings, and just like me, I am being driven CRAZY by some of the selections played.  One in particular, physically drives me out of the store while it is being played.  Guns n' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle".   I can't RUN OUT OF THE STORE FAST ENOUGH!!!  Ironically, it always plays at 10am.  When seasonal music was played in December, it got moved to 12noon.  I'm only in the store for a few hours, but I can't imagine what the employees must endure day in and day out.  I doubt the "home office" is subjected to this daily irritation.


 For a recent thread that discusses this song (Welcome to the Jungle) and other songs played at the top of the hour, check it out:  https://krogerforum.activeboard.com/t65218971/four-unpleasant-chimes-then-a-loud-obnoxious-rock-song-demon/ 

"Welcome to The jungle" (who's lead singer, when maniacally shrieking during part of the song, sounds a bit like ELMO on Sesame Street if he went completely out of his mind!) , is Kroger Management's Theme song:  "Welcome to the Jungle of Kroger Insanity". (You will be lucky if you can get out of this place ALIVE and well, and still with a sound mind! )  

Background info:   There are a small handful of songs (maybe about 6 or 8) that were "specially chosen" by some idiot hotshot in Kroger Corporate, that are REQUIRED to be played at the "Top of the hour" every day, at least at 10AM,  11 AM , 12 noon, (and I am not sure how late into the afternoon they are played, because i am gone by then!) .  They are supposed to be our CUE to go out on the floor and condition the dept we work in. Trouble is, we ALREADY do that as we have the time. We don't need a song to remind us, this is incredibly STUPID, and the Kroger hotshot(s) responsible for this outrage should  be herded into a small crowded room, and have that song played AT TOP VOLUME over and over for them, until they fall to the floor in a screaming, crying heap, and promise that they will not force us to listen to that Crap again!!!!!    



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Not a Kroger employee, but I work at Stop & Shop which also has the InStore Audio Network and I have a Spotify playlist going with over 800 songs that I've heard played at my store if anyone's interested.



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Hello fellow kroger employees. I was wondering if you could help me find a song. Someone on reddit was searching for the same song 4 years ago, but never found it. Here's their post:

"There's a woman singing chorus is something along the lines of:

Hey big bad world, You're not ready for this girl. Something on the up and up I dream of coming home.

There's another part about filling up with gasoline and pedal to the floor.

It's got an Alanis Morissette/ kind of vibe to it."

 

That's basically all I have to go on as well, but I think a poster above was also looking for the song.

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One i've been hearing for months, can never hear the verses good enough just the chorus....basically "Woah..oh oh...oh woah OH OH.

It's a mellow song with a female singer.


 I scrolled through that 800 song playlist recognizing so many songs I hear everyday at work. That song must be in there, but it's going to take forever skimming through all those.

 

EDIT: almost an hour later, and the song isn't on that playlist...



-- Edited by Zook on Wednesday 15th of May 2019 02:40:28 PM

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I've been hearing a lot of some cover of "New York State of Mind".

Except, I don't even know that means.  What is a "New York State of Mind"?  Sheer unadulterated hostility?

I mean, I can get behind that.  I fantasize all day about telling customers off.

One of my coworkers is a Puerto Rican Jewish-Italian grandmother from the Bronx.  She has a relatively complex identity, as she's a compulsive liar and I suspect she may never have been to New York. 

I've been meaning to ask her what she thinks a "New York State of Mind" is.  It should at least be entertaining.



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I've been trying to find this one song that plays in my store every once in a while. For the life of me, I can't get my Shazam to pick it up, even when using a long ladder to try and get close to the speaker (yes, I've done this and I even told my manager and she laughed.) It's a female singer and the song is low key and kind of quiet. All I can hear instrument-wise are drums and a guitar or sorts. The lyrics are tough to make out but it's either "Time rolls on" or "Life goes on" or maybe even "I'm so gone/done." The only other lyrics I can make out are "when you thing you're falling/going down" and "goes on and on and on" near the end. I don't even like the song but I gotta know what it is.

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Anonymous wrote:

I've been hearing a lot of some cover of "New York State of Mind".

Except, I don't even know that means.  What is a "New York State of Mind"?  Sheer unadulterated hostility?

I mean, I can get behind that.  I fantasize all day about telling customers off.

One of my coworkers is a Puerto Rican Jewish-Italian grandmother from the Bronx.  She has a relatively complex identity, as she's a compulsive liar and I suspect she may never have been to New York. 

I've been meaning to ask her what she thinks a "New York State of Mind" is.  It should at least be entertaining.


 It's Lea Michele's version from "Glee"...



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Here's that mystery song no one has been able to find for 4 years:

soundcloud.com/zook85/mystery-song/s-B2Xvn

... Still a mystery, but there's audio!

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Zook wrote:

Here's that mystery song no one has been able to find for 4 years:

soundcloud.com/zook85/mystery-song/s-B2Xvn

... Still a mystery, but there's audio!


 Thank you for posting. That is a PERFECT example of the dumb stupid modern music that "In Store Audio Network" likes to force-feed Kroger, Meijer, (and many other store) employees and our customers.  The girl's voice (whoever she is.........who cares?) has NOTHING particularly unique, unusual, interesting, catchy, noteworthy or talent-laden about it. Sounds  like a hundred other 20-something girl singers who sing with that same cookie-cutter boring sameness.

Medium to fairly high voice, maybe considered a Mezzo? Not quite true soprano.   Her voice has obviously been "fed" through the Autotune computer program which is why so much of this crap all ends up sounding alike now, especially since the late 1990s / early 2000s. 

BUT....... The lyrics are UNFORGETTABLE and SO  MEMORABLE!!!! Be prepared to swoon:   Oh, oh, oh, wooah, oh!! OH Oh OH OH OH OH, oh OH OH OH oh o oh! Wooah OH OH, OH, oh, oh OH!!!!!   



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Zook wrote:

Here's that mystery song no one has been able to find for 4 years:

soundcloud.com/zook85/mystery-song/s-B2Xvn

... Still a mystery, but there's audio!


 Thank you for posting. That is a PERFECT example of the dumb stupid modern music that "In Store Audio Network" likes to force-feed Kroger, Meijer, (and many other store) employees and our customers.  The girl's voice (whoever she is.........who cares?) has NOTHING particularly unique, unusual, interesting, catchy, noteworthy or talent-laden about it. Sounds  like a hundred other 20-something girl singers who sing with that same cookie-cutter boring sameness.

Medium to fairly high voice, maybe considered a Mezzo? Not quite true soprano.   Her voice has obviously been "fed" through the Autotune computer program which is why so much of this crap all ends up sounding alike now, especially since the late 1990s / early 2000s. 

BUT....... The lyrics are UNFORGETTABLE and SO  MEMORABLE!!!! Be prepared to swoon:   Oh, oh, oh, wooah, oh!! OH Oh OH OH OH OH, oh OH OH OH oh o oh! Wooah OH OH, OH, oh, oh OH!!!!!   


 

I don't think the song is amazing or anything, but it's not bad either. I've heard much worse. I don't consider the Ohs as lyrics either. James LaBrie's F# in Learning to Live isn't listed in the lyrics book.



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Our music system went down for a few days.

It was absolutely wonderful.  It was just so quiet and peaceful in the evenings.

They'll fix that in a few days, sure, but everything else gets to stay broken for years.



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Ever since I promoted from Parcel and could actually hear the music that plays in the three stores I've worked at, I've started looking up the songs that get stuck in my head and making a playlist of them. I add to it whenever I can.

I am welcome to suggestions. smile

Also, I can confirm that the music is the exact same at all of the stores I've worked at. I thought maybe a store 35 miles north would have even a slightly different playlist, but NOPE!hmm

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9S8CDu9Ayd50Woa8yyiY_asKzL-kjA0v



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Heard a new one the other day that was jammin but can't find anything on it.

Female singer pop song... included lyrics "So like you, locked in my youth"



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Ryanion wrote:

I've been trying to find this one song that plays in my store every once in a while. For the life of me, I can't get my Shazam to pick it up, even when using a long ladder to try and get close to the speaker (yes, I've done this and I even told my manager and she laughed.) It's a female singer and the song is low key and kind of quiet. All I can hear instrument-wise are drums and a guitar or sorts. The lyrics are tough to make out but it's either "Time rolls on" or "Life goes on" or maybe even "I'm so gone/done." The only other lyrics I can make out are "when you thing you're falling/going down" and "goes on and on and on" near the end. I don't even like the song but I gotta know what it is.


 

Several years ago I heard this song a few times at my Kroger. I recorded a clip with my cellphone and put it on YouTube. A singer came forward and claimed to be the singer in the song, but apparently the song has never been released.

 

Here is the clip I recorded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmSqx3sk19o

Here is the first thirty seconds of the song that someone else provided somehow: https://www.watzatsong.com/en/name-that-tune/527536.html

 

 If you find out any more about the song, or are able to get a recording a post a longer clip, please reply.



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Hello!

Im a production assistant at Reply All, a narrative tech podcast (more info on the show at the bottom of this message).

I'm reaching out to you because were currently working on a fun, music story, and I'm wondering if any of you or people you work with have ever heard these songs at Kroger:

  1. Rebekah's Song by Cassie Boettcher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rhhiE1AGfU

  2. Hide It Away by Cusacks Well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr7iFdQDvSw&list=PLPu88bS-HzO_n7zyDTGSE0xsAfJ4jROdV&index=47

  3. It's Time Somebody Pays by The Conniption Fits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q34Ttg_x344&list=PLPu88bS-HzO_n7zyDTGSE0xsAfJ4jROdV&index=39

  4. Incandescent World by Birds of New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYNnXatvn24

If so, I'd love to hear from you! Please email me directly at raproducer@spotify.com. Thank you!

Some background on our show: Reply All is a narrative audio show hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman about people and how our lives are shaped by technology. The podcast gets about five million listens every month, and our work has been featured on This American Life and Radiolab. The show is produced by Gimlet Media.



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Reply All Producer wrote:

Hello!

Im a production assistant at Reply All, a narrative tech podcast (more info on the show at the bottom of this message).

I'm reaching out to you because were currently working on a fun, music story, and I'm wondering if any of you or people you work with have ever heard these songs at Kroger:

  1. Rebekah's Song by Cassie Boettcher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rhhiE1AGfU

  2. Hide It Away by Cusacks Well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr7iFdQDvSw&list=PLPu88bS-HzO_n7zyDTGSE0xsAfJ4jROdV&index=47

  3. It's Time Somebody Pays by The Conniption Fits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q34Ttg_x344&list=PLPu88bS-HzO_n7zyDTGSE0xsAfJ4jROdV&index=39

  4. Incandescent World by Birds of New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYNnXatvn24

If so, I'd love to hear from you! Please email me directly at raproducer@spotify.com. Thank you!

Some background on our show: Reply All is a narrative audio show hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman about people and how our lives are shaped by technology. The podcast gets about five million listens every month, and our work has been featured on This American Life and Radiolab. The show is produced by Gimlet Media.


 Good luck on your project.  You might be interested to know that the majority of Kroger employees loathe the music service that force-feeds us their noise pollution (er...music selection) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (unless we get really lucky and there is some kind of malfunction with the In Store Audio Network feed, or an intercom outage! )     High Repetition  +  Limited selection = Chronic Audio Torture.  

Our "favorite" songs include Manic Monday,  Man in the Mirror (I hate that song.....it sounds like "Man in the Middle"), Afternoon Delight, and the very "best" crapsong of all: The Best of Intentions (read the comments from Kroger and other employees there) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10tBCd8jqc4



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awwconfuseconfuseconfuse

Theres a song Ive hear a lot, but when I google the part I know the Right song never comes up! Its like really upbeat and go Ill climb the Highest mountain, Ill swim (or sail) (i cant tell) across the sea waiting for you I would do anyyything someone please help!!!



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I've heard this song come on at your story every time i'm there like whenever I'm there its like it plays just for me but I cant seem to find the song at all.  The lyrics I know are and I quote," Would you tell me a bedtime story". And every time i search it it comes up as an old 90s song or early 2000s but i know for a fact it has to be at least from 2017-2020 so if you could please help me



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My store has been playing the same music for months on end.

I got all excited when I thought I heard a new song one day.  Turned out it was an ad.

At one time, the Cultural Council accepted requests for stations.

Now they claim the store has no control over what plays.  Hmm.


 Its funny how the Cultural Council believed they could have really changed this.  While the Cultural Council is a good idea, in reality they have no control over anything and are not given any budget to do anything.  It really is just a group of associates that the company uses to allow the appearance of associates controlling something.  

Hell, I'm really surprised some songs are allowed to be played.  If you actually listen to some of the songs words, they have violence or negative undertones in a "upbeat" song.  



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Don't forget "Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic, "Jump" by Kris Kross, "Let's Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas, "Centerfield" by John Fogerty and the ubiquitous "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by the C+C Music Factory...


 the only song out of that played in my store in Centerfield. The only Hip Hop Songs they play at my job now are "Where is the Love" by Black Eyed Peas, "Ghetto Superstar" by Pras Mya & Big Baby Jesus aka ODB & not much anymore but they played Will Smith "Just the Two of Us"



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Reply All Producer wrote:

Hello!

Im a production assistant at Reply All, a narrative tech podcast (more info on the show at the bottom of this message).

I'm reaching out to you because were currently working on a fun, music story, and I'm wondering if any of you or people you work with have ever heard these songs at Kroger:

  1. Rebekah's Song by Cassie Boettcher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rhhiE1AGfU

  2. Hide It Away by Cusacks Well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr7iFdQDvSw&list=PLPu88bS-HzO_n7zyDTGSE0xsAfJ4jROdV&index=47

  3. It's Time Somebody Pays by The Conniption Fits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q34Ttg_x344&list=PLPu88bS-HzO_n7zyDTGSE0xsAfJ4jROdV&index=39

  4. Incandescent World by Birds of New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYNnXatvn24

If so, I'd love to hear from you! Please email me directly at raproducer@spotify.com. Thank you!

Some background on our show: Reply All is a narrative audio show hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman about people and how our lives are shaped by technology. The podcast gets about five million listens every month, and our work has been featured on This American Life and Radiolab. The show is produced by Gimlet Media.


 Good luck on your project.  You might be interested to know that the majority of Kroger employees loathe the music service that force-feeds us their noise pollution (er...music selection) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (unless we get really lucky and there is some kind of malfunction with the In Store Audio Network feed, or an intercom outage! )     High Repetition  +  Limited selection = Chronic Audio Torture.  

Our "favorite" songs include Manic Monday,  Man in the Mirror (I hate that song.....it sounds like "Man in the Middle"), Afternoon Delight, and the very "best" crapsong of all: The Best of Intentions (read the comments from Kroger and other employees there) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10tBCd8jqc4

My Acme has not played Best of Intentions in a couple years after playing it constantly. Man In the Mirror they play the Cover, not the Michael Jackson Original. Too Many cover versions are being played, like Uptown Girl that sounds like from a country group & not Billy Joel, Crush on You (it doesn't sound like the Jets to me, it's sounds more like ISAN favorite band Haim even though it's not) & Don't Dream It's Over that musically tries to sound like Crowded house but the way the guys sing it, is closer to Sixpence None The Richer's cover.

 

The only pluses recently is playing "Can You Stand the Rain" by New Edition once in a while, Footloose by Kenny Loggins, Everybody Wants to Rule The World by Tears For Fears, Night & Day by Al B Sure & Land of Confusion by Genesis. But they play "Brand New Lover" by Dead or Alive way too much, good song but should not be played TWICE in a 5 hour span & I even tweeted about how I wished they'd play "You spin me round" as well & Acme actually responded so hopefully that could find it's way into the rotation, hasn't happened yet though.

 



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I heard Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity" today...Kinda describes EVERYTHING these days, doesn't it???



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I heard Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity" today...Kinda describes EVERYTHING these days, doesn't it???


 I remember when i was working for A&P they used to play the full version of that song & not the radio edit. Same with "Love Shack" 



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Sometimes they play a remix of something by "The Marias" that I enjoy.

But there's a shocking amount of repeats from the previous music provider.

Thankfully, it doesn't appear to include any Mutemouth.

Yet.



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I've worked at a couple different stores and found that they had totally different music playing at the store. I know there are different "stations" that they can play but the 2nd store I worked at had only a small array of music meaning that you heard the same handful of songs everyday.  It was weird, they played a lot of pop music from 2 or 3 years before.  Ashlee Simpson, Bo Bice, Clay Aiken, Rob Thomas, etc.  After about 2-3 days of working that store you knew every song word for word.

At my regular store there are many many more songs.  They play a few good 90's songs (from goo goo dolls,  fastball, greenday, etc) but it's mostly crappy versions of songs that I would really like if it had been the original artist....they'll play a lot of pop or rock versions whereas the country versions are better but hey that's just my opinion.  The only 3 country songs they do play are songs that you'd hear on light rock stations (songs by Jessica Andrews, Shania Twain, etc). 

There are also a lot of songs that they used to play that were awesome that they just don't play anymoreblehBon Jovi's "Livin On a Prayer" for instance. 

Recently however our store began playing a bunch of tv theme songs as well as decent newer songs from Plain White Tees,  Jordin Sparks,  Leona Lewis, etc.  It was awesome for about a week then BAM gone forever.  feels bad man.

Now we're back to the same old crappy pop from the likes of
Eiffel 65
Backstreet Boys
BB Mak
N'Sync
Michael McDonald
Brittney Spears



what's your stores music like?


 In your store's communications room one of the servers/receiver boxes controls the music in store.  Volume can be raised or lowered and channel can be changed.  I don't know how many channels can be accessed but I assume they have different music formats similar to Sirius.  They keep it on a station dedicated to store muzak type (songs without offensive lyrics, songs not too metal, hip/hop, hardcore, twangy country, etc).  Some songs I guess they cant get the rights to play it so they play a remade horrible new version of a classic song.  It ends up being a repetition of the same 40 or so songs day to day hour after hour week to week, month to month and for an 8 hour employee it gets really old.  From what I understand nobody, not even the store manager, is supposed to change the station they have it preset to.  They can adjust the volume.  Store manager acts like it is a firing offense if you mess with it.  Only salaried managers had access to the com room at the store I worked at. 



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I've worked at a couple different stores and found that they had totally different music playing at the store. I know there are different "stations" that they can play but the 2nd store I worked at had only a small array of music meaning that you heard the same handful of songs everyday.  It was weird, they played a lot of pop music from 2 or 3 years before.  Ashlee Simpson, Bo Bice, Clay Aiken, Rob Thomas, etc.  After about 2-3 days of working that store you knew every song word for word.

At my regular store there are many many more songs.  They play a few good 90's songs (from goo goo dolls,  fastball, greenday, etc) but it's mostly crappy versions of songs that I would really like if it had been the original artist....they'll play a lot of pop or rock versions whereas the country versions are better but hey that's just my opinion.  The only 3 country songs they do play are songs that you'd hear on light rock stations (songs by Jessica Andrews, Shania Twain, etc). 

There are also a lot of songs that they used to play that were awesome that they just don't play anymoreblehBon Jovi's "Livin On a Prayer" for instance. 

Recently however our store began playing a bunch of tv theme songs as well as decent newer songs from Plain White Tees,  Jordin Sparks,  Leona Lewis, etc.  It was awesome for about a week then BAM gone forever.  feels bad man.

Now we're back to the same old crappy pop from the likes of
Eiffel 65
Backstreet Boys
BB Mak
N'Sync
Michael McDonald
Brittney Spears



what's your stores music like?


 In your store's communications room one of the servers/receiver boxes controls the music in store.  Volume can be raised or lowered and channel can be changed.  I don't know how many channels can be accessed but I assume they have different music formats similar to Sirius.  They keep it on a station dedicated to store muzak type (songs without offensive lyrics, songs not too metal, hip/hop, hardcore, twangy country, etc).  Some songs I guess they cant get the rights to play it so they play a remade horrible new version of a classic song.  It ends up being a repetition of the same 40 or so songs day to day hour after hour week to week, month to month and for an 8 hour employee it gets really old.  From what I understand nobody, not even the store manager, is supposed to change the station they have it preset to.  They can adjust the volume.  Store manager acts like it is a firing offense if you mess with it.  Only salaried managers had access to the com room at the store I worked at. 


 None of the information in the post above, as far as I can tell, is accurate anymore.  Since Vibenomics took over on July 20, 2020, all Kroger stores play their specific playlist of songs.  No (or very little) variations from store to store, and nothing can be done by any managers. Worst of all, most songs will be suddenly interrupted, sometimes twice within the same song, for a commercial announcement, or a reminder to wear masks, clean your work station, or do some conditioning.    If this is NOT true at your store, please let us know.  And tell us the state you are located. 



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