Yes, the title of this blog is a serious charge. I realize that. But it's one that I'm able to back up.
Last week, I went to the ampm (that's the "official" way to spell the name of the place, I know it looks weird all lower-case, but take it up with them) on the corner of Bristol and Red Hill on Costa Mesa to get a bag of Hot 'n Spicy Chex Mix--a surprisingly hard to find thing these days, especially since the introduction of the greatly inferior "Jalapeno Cheddar" Chex Mix (seriously, it might sound tempting, but so gross).
Once there, I texted our receptionist, Becky, to ask her if she wanted anything from "ampm." She said sure, a Kit-Kat or a 100 Grand. Not finding any of the latter, I grabbed a Kit-Kat, despite one big reservation: the Dark Knight contest promoted on the wrapper. The date of this purchase was Monday, August 10, 2009. The Dark Knight premiered in theaters on July 18, 2008.
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Still, I wasn't 100% convinced this was cause for alarm. I don't exactly keep up with Kit-Kat developments, maybe last year's sponsorship developed into a long-lasting interpromotional relationship, like Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble on Fruity Pebbles boxes or Donald Duck Orange Juice. But by the time I paid and got in my car, I was still curious, so I checked: yeah, it expired on June 29 of this year. (I gave it to Becky anyway--with a warning! She tried but did not finish it.)
A week later, feeling a similar desire for Hot 'n Spicy Chex Mix, I returned to the scene of the crime. This time, I was determined to take a picture of their bountiful supply of expired, Batman-adorned Kit-Kats, if they were still around at least. (Which was probably a dumb thing to worry about. After keeping the Kit-Kats for what figures to be around a year, what were the chances that they dumped them in the last week?)
Sure enough, they were still there, and I snapped the photo above. I realize I should have included, like, today's newspaper in the frame to prove that this was, in fact, a current picture, but it's hard enough to sneakily take camera phone pictures in convenience stores as it is.
There are a couple of deep, probing questions raised by this story: a) why does the ampm on Bristol and Red Hill stock expired Kit-Kats, b) why are Kit-Kats so unpopular that they didn't simply sell through their existing supply of Batman Kit-Kats some time ago, and c) how many more expired food products are people buying that don't have such clear indicators as an ad for a year-old movie on the wrapper? Ponder away, friends.