This is something that’s been bothering me about French Market stalls, specifically fruit and vegetables stalls.
We’re all used to being expected to place any produce we pick into the plastic baskets provided.
Both the basket and the produce are then weighed together. So, how do we know for sure that the stall holder is adjusting the scale to allow for the weight of the basket (the tare)? Have the French Weights and Measures people got this covered? Or are we being ripped off in this way by paying for the weight of the basket too?
I just watched one lady place some apricots into one of the plastic baskets then hand them to the stall holder who then took the apricots out of the basket, put them into a paper bag and then put them back into the basket before weighing the whole lot. I bought a piece of watermelon that was wrapped in cling film and thought the guy would just place it on the scale as it was clean and dry but, again, he placed it in the basket before weighing it. He didn’t appear to adjust the tare, just keyed it the per kilo price.
I have the same thoughts when we buy from butchers or cheese shops where they often wrap up items in quite heavy paper before weighing them which would obviously mount up to quite a bit extra price wise.
I remember all this being halted many years ago in the UK.