Although there isn't any official store data to support their contention, deli clerks and cashiers report a surprising number of customers are turning down the free family-sized side dish they're entitled to claim with the purchase of a rotisserie chicken.
"Maybe they're not into mayonnaise-based salads," a cashier speculated.
Shoppers are offered about $6 worth of potato salad, macaroni salad, or coleslaw to pair with their precooked chickens. Store manager Kerri Hunsley says the special is slated to run through October.
Staffers suspect allergies or pretensions could be preventing certain customers from accepting free food. The cashier who advanced the anti-mayo theory says many of the non-takers have offered to give him their salads, but he's not sure what he'd do with a tower of pasta salad at his register.
Hunsley says she wasn't aware of a pattern of customers rejecting picnic sides. "It's not something I've heard," she says. "I can't verify that."
According to Hunsley, all three sides are equally popular with shoppers. She stresses the deal is well-publicized. "There's a big sign right on the chicken coop," she says.