So now that I have some takers on the "Guess what my boss here at the market just asked me to do?"
poll, I'll reveal the answer:
She DID ask me to start a "chitlin' list."
It's not as funny as it sounds, as what she meant by that is for me to start a spreadsheet with the names and contact information of the people who come to the office ranting and raving about The Great Chitlins War. Which is... *sigh* a story involved the health department, meat vendors at the market, chitlins lovin' customers, and management trying to do good and getting nothing but flak. Basically, the health department says it's pretty unsafe for the meat people to be cleaning chitlins there in the market, considering a) they're not following all the recommended safety precautions for cleaning (but are then selling the chitlins as "cleaned") and b) they're doing the cleaning in proximity to numerous restaurants and eateries. They're not saying they can't sell chitlins, but are recommending they switch to buying pre-cleaned chitlins, so the cleaning isn't done at the market and the customers get the same end result. Management went and looked into suppliers and found out the precleaned aren't much more expensive than the "raw" kind, and suggested the vendors look into those, because it would make for a safer market, increased health safety to the meat workers, etc.
But oh noooooo, the meat vendors have to have a fit about it, are now selling only uncleaned (yes, poopy) chitlins and telling customers that management is not letting them sell the old kind anymore. They just don't want to change what they sell. So we get these people coming to us accusing us of getting rid of chitlins, complaining they've driven across multiple counties to get started on their Thanksgiving day shopping only to find they can only get uncleaned, blah, blah, blah. So we have to explain that no, we support chitlins and are trying to work on a solution for better food safety. And we put the people's names on the "chitlin' list."
I swear, I think I heard the word "chitlin" like 100 times today. And I have I ever eaten one? No. And will I? Probably not.
P.S. And for those of you who are going, "WTF is chitlins?" See Wikipedia
or this History of Chitlins
. And as to why they are a food safety issue, read this thing on a web site I used to work on