By Mindy Baer Puller

Every time I go into the grocery store, I see it: people weighing themselves. I don’t exactly understand the rationale behind a huge public scale, but since every grocery store seems to have one, and people seem to use them, I have accepted the reality. I’m not happy about it, but I’ve accepted it!

So, in public service to you, dear friends and neighbors, I wonder: Just how accurate are these scales? Can we trust them? (Disclaimer: At home, I remove every article of clothing and piece of jewelry before I weigh myself; I do not advise following this strategy at Publix.)

Country Isles Publix served as the baseline. In stealth mode, I approached, scaring away anyone within six grocery carts of the scale. I jumped on and got my number. Once the tears dried, I continued on my quest.

I didn’t eat or drink anything as I made the rounds of our Publix stores in Weston—Town Center, Weston Commons, Glades Crossing and Weston Lakes. Yup. I did them all.

Guess what? No two scales read the same number! Is there nothing I can believe in?

I asked one of the friendly customer service reps how often are the scales serviced. She promised to find the answer to this important question.

I expanded my search. Regency Square. Surely that scale has to be accurate. It was the first “super” Publix us old-time Weston-ites ever had access to. Off I went. Sadly, an entirely new number appeared.

I am no scientist, but in light of these discrepancies I can only come up with one conclusion: Scales are evil.

Let’s all stay happy, people—and stay off the scales.