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Watch out for pickpockets

Verenaisi Raicola
Friday, December 15, 2017

If you are a regular shopper in Suva you will find Kenneth Simpson influencing customers to buy PIA products and he boasts he could convince people into spending up to $2000 on clothes after just five minutes of talking!

That's how good he is! Meet the ever-friendly Kenneth who only started work at PIA three years ago, and describes himself as a flexible shopper ever on the lookout for weekend specials wherever there's a bargain.

He usually strolls around first after entering a supermarket, using his "hunting skills" to scope out specials and discounts.

He likes to shop at Tara's Supermarket, Nausori, because aside from a long standing relationship with the owners and his family he finds the staff there all from Tailevu helpful and friendly.

He also shops at Rajendras Supermarket because they have amazing discounts and the aisles are always clean and tidy.

Nausori Municipal Market though is his most favourite place on Saturdays because everything there is delicious and comes from the three beautiful provinces of Tailevu, Naitasiri and Rewa as he puts it.

His advice would be get there early, for that parrot fish, string of mana or crabs.

Value City is a must for Kenneth if he wants something on a budget or to snag designer clothing for a fraction of their original price.

He spends less than $100 per week.

He describes himself at a frugal guy that's why he always takes a shopping list.

"I am not rich and I don't pretend to be. I am not poor either just to be clear."

He splashes out on himself occassionally. Shopping is usually a solo affair unless he has his diva friend Andy Blake with him.

He shops for himself and his dad whom he is named after.

For peace of mind, he would rather shop alone and shudders at the sight of overflowing shopping trolleys, just imagining the stress folks go through for it.

He normally cooks and makes sure on Sundays he serves his yaca his favourite local dishes like fish in lolo or a good lamb curry.

When it comes to changes he would like to see in supermarkets Kenneth jokes he hopes robots could one day be available to shop while he sits and talanoa with friends such as Leli Darling, Jon Apted and Jejemon over coffee or wine, but quickly quips the danger would be that robots too could learn to run away with the shopping especially in Nausori!

On a serious note, he says supermarkets need to hit all the right notes to keep customers happy, help shoppers save money, and enjoy their shopping experience.

His advice to shoppers is:

1.Only spend $100 or less on each shopping trip,

2.Always take a list so you stay within a budget; and

3. Look out for specials while not compromising the quality of products that go into your trolleys or baskets.

On lessons learnt over the years Kenneth shares an important one: "Watch your purse — from the many pickpockets roaming around this time of the year. I tell you, with a less than $100 budget, getting my paisa stolen can be the difference between life and death," he said.

Kenneth says healthy eating is wise. "Weilei, of course everyone believes in it, but does everyone follow it?

"I love my bele and rourou but I love a burger from McDonald's every now and then. It's about flexibility not fanaticism.

"I love to smile holding a Happy Meal not munching on a carrot looking like I want to stab someone with it."

Kenneth shares an important tip with us — watch out for pick pockets and it is surely something we all need to be careful about this time of the year!

Happy shopping folks and don't let your hard earned money be stolen by pickpockets. It would be a painful experience whether you are on a budget or not.








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