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Horror’s First Male Scream Queen, What the ‘Stonks’ Meme Tells Us About Investing and Getting Grocery-Ghosted at Trader Joe’s

You know, if it wasn’t for this Joe Longo piece on getting grocery-ghosted by those product-discontinuing bastards at Trader Joe’s, I wouldn’t have known this kind of, let’s be honest, criminal activity even occurs. Why, Joe? Don’t tell me it has anything to do with fragile product pipelines, or oversupply, or even the seasonality of certain ingredients — we all know you’re just a heartless bastard who wants to watch the world burn. Now that I think about it, I do remember I really liked your uncured bacon jam, and haven’t seen that in stores in a while. WHERE’S THE JAM, JOE?

This must be what real loss feels like.

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