One bad ap­ple spoils the bar­rel

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

This past week­end (Aug. 28-29) I was trav­el­ling west from St. John’s along the Trans Canada High­way, hav­ing picked up relatives from the air­port.

En route, east of Whit­bourne, we saw a man sell­ing berries at the side of the road.

My sis­ter-in-law had been told to be sure to try bakeap­ples while in New­found­land. So she picked up a bot­tle l ab el l ed “ Bakeap­ples” and the man took $10 from her for it.

I chat­ted with the man while my sis­ter-in­law took her pur­chase back to the car.

He said he came from Vic­to­ria, near Car­bon­ear, and I told him I was fa­mil­iar with that part of the prov­ince, hav­ing vis­ited there many times as a child.

When we got back to where we were stay­ing on New World Is­land, I took a look at the bot­tle and said I thought she prob­a­bly shouldn’t eat that bakeap­ple jam. It looked kind of funny to me — very pale in colour, sloppy with only a few orange spots and a sprin­kling of seeds. You could al­most count them.

I took the bot­tle to our neigh­bours and asked their opin­ion. We opened it gin­gerly, and smelled the con­tents. The gen­eral con­sen­sus was that the bot­tle was filled with baked ap­ples with a few bakeap­ple berries thrown in.

The ac­com­pa­ny­ing pic­ture shows what the con­tents look like.

Need­less to say, we are fu­ri­ous that an in­no­cent vis­i­tor to our prov­ince was the vic­tim of such a bla­tant scam. The neigh­bours here in Hill­grade were in­censed and im­me­di­ately made it up to my sis­ter-in-law by of­fer­ing her berries from their own freez­ers.

This man is the low­est kind of hu­man be­ing and I am ashamed that he is a New­found­lan­der.

I am com­forted by the fact that at least my sis­ter-in-law was not a vic­tim for long. But how many tourists have left this prov­ince with this man’s fake bakeap­ple jam in their suit­cases? How many found out that they were taken for fools?

I wish I had got­ten his li­cence plate num­ber. I hope he or some­one who knows him rec­og­nizes him from the de­scrip­tion and puts the word around about him.

This de­spi­ca­ble be­hav­iour must not be tol­er­ated by any New­found­lan­der.

It shames us all. Norma El­liott,

Ot­tawa

The bot­tle of bakeap­ple jam at left pales in com­par­i­son to a real bot­tle of bakeap­ple jam at right.

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