I was in a deli and saw three sizes of plastic containers on the counter, labeled: 1 pound, 1/2 pound, and 1/4 pound. It was to let you know when you order take-out of potato salad, or cold slaw, or other items, about how much you were getting in that container, and for the purpose of pricing, the weights. I tried to “Do the Math” and asked the owner. He confirmed that was how the items would be priced. I said, if I fill the largest container with a lightweight item such as cotton balls, there is no way that container would weigh one pound. I was trying to explain to him that I wouldn’t expect to pay for a full “pound” size of say cold slaw which would weigh less than a full “pound” size of potato salad. It seems to me that once the “pound” size container was filled, it should then be weighed, if in fact he is charging “by the pound.”
What I think he was meaning to show is that 16 oz of something would fill a “pound” container that large. But, I don’t know if he realizes that each 16 oz filled container will weigh a different amount based on which food item is in it. The owner really needs to “Do the Math!”
Since I wasn’t buying anything by the pound, I didn’t pursue this, but really, I do not think I would purchase food from him by the pound!