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I called into the local fish monger and bought some fish, just a fraction over a kilo, so I get home and weigh it on my kitchen scales and low and behold it's 100 grams under a kilo. So to check my scales are correct I weigh some butter and it's accurate.
I'm really irate because I go to this guy every week to buy fish and it's always fresh. What do I do as he's ripping people off !

seanpenn, Aug 15, 6:40 am

Which fishmonger mate? Name and shame! I sense something fishy is afoot. has he no "sole?" . i hope his business "flounders". he deserves to go for a "skate". are you sure he understood your order properly? He may have been hard of "herring". i have more.

dannyboy24, Aug 15, 7:30 am

Take your block of butter into him and test his then go from there

lee289, Aug 15, 7:31 am

Without naming him as such, he's located in Sydenham on a major street that's quite long! It's the principle of the matter which bugs me!

seanpenn, Aug 15, 8:49 am

did you include the weight of the container?

stojo, Aug 15, 9:03 am

Did you include the dehydration factor between the time he took it off his ice till the time you got home?

digga7, Aug 15, 9:43 am

I don't know what you mean by the dehydration factor. A bag of fish doesn't change in weight from the time he weighs it till I weigh it 5 mins later.

seanpenn, Aug 15, 9:06 pm

I had thought that any scales used to sell goods had to be calibrated & have a metal tag on them saying when they were last. isn't it Ministry of Primary Industries you contact?

urbanrefugee54, Aug 15, 9:09 pm

100g less to every customer. nice little earner for him by the end of the day. what a scam. wouldn't do anything this time. could be a mistake but if it happens again I would say or do something

treecave, Aug 15, 9:15 pm

His scales are right, yours are wrong.

captaingraham, Aug 15, 9:47 pm

My wife and I often shop at the fishmonger opposite the funky pumpkin on Colombo street. I hope he gets his scales calibrated soon!

tygertung, Aug 16, 12:36 am

Yep-we only ever buy fish from What a Catch in Wordsworth. Fresh off the boats, and an amazing selection.I avoid the shop you speak of.

schnauzer11, Aug 16, 1:07 am

"What you do" is take that same block of butter in to him and see what his scales read. And whether they have or have not been calibrated recently, but are reading incorrectly 10%ish high still, I would simply say that he needs to give you a reasonable quantity of fish at no charge to "cover" for the previous times that you have also probably been short-sold.
Asking for this (in a pleasant enough way) & telling him that you will be checking next time also to check things are now correct should get things sorted.

gman35, Aug 16, 1:21 am


jcmp21, Aug 16, 1:26 am

So if I only want some fish weighing 100g or less I assume it would be free from this vendor?

mss2006, Aug 16, 3:14 am

fineo, Aug 16, 5:23 am

There's no "Plaice" for this sort of ratbaggery in the fishmongering industry .

dannyboy24, Aug 16, 10:25 pm

This could be occurring on a larger "scale" than we know

jcmp21, Aug 16, 10:27 pm

Then again, he may not have done it on "porpoise"

jcmp21, Aug 16, 10:30 pm

OH MY COD!. well at least he's not accused of being a grouper

coffeeone, Aug 16, 11:54 pm

I can see how someone could be a little green around the "gills" after finding out they have been ripped off.

jcmp21, Aug 16, 11:57 pm

Shoulda been more vigilant. as they say "caviar emptor".

dannyboy24, Aug 17, 12:14 am

I'm sure if you confront him all that will happen is he will get "crabby" and the case against him will "flounder" as the scales could be fixed as soon as he is aware they're attempting to "reel him in"

jcmp21, Aug 17, 12:43 am

sounds like the guy is a real shark.

jonners2013, Aug 17, 4:05 am

If word gets out about this, this guys shop would be "fin"ished

jcmp21, Aug 17, 4:24 am

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