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In almost all the Jewish-owned supermarkets that I have seen, the store owner completely seals the chametz aisles by placing a huge cardboard "wall" at both ends of the aisle and taping it so that no customers can enter it.

I somewhat understand that they don't want their customers to accidentally buy chametz by entering the aisle. However, I can see one problem with this.

If the non-Jewish chametz owner, Favolio, comes into the supermarket on Hol hamo'ed and says that he wants to take a case of linguini (he's making pasta for Pesach ;-), the owner would have to take down the wall for him, no? A bit bothersome, perhaps.

Also, if I understand correctly, the chametz may be visible, anyway, no? Doesn't it suffice to place a sign at the ends of the aisle saying, "Do not enter except for Favolio?"

  • I thought Alfredo would be making Fettuccine :) – Double AA Apr 2 '15 at 17:19
  • @DoubleAA - I said linguini, not fettuccini. Alas, there's a machlokes on how to spell it - fettuccini or fettuccine. I think that the word with the "e" is plural ;-) – DanF Apr 2 '15 at 17:56
  • So what about this is a real question? Yes, they could do it that way (although Bal Yira'eh gets a bit... dicey) but they don't... The concern re: sealing aisles seems more geared toward the non-religious jews or the aides of religious ones who might accidentally grab chametz (possibly from the exposed end shelves) if the aisle is left open – Isaac Kotlicky Apr 2 '15 at 18:01
  • @IsaacKotlicky OK, place as an answer if you can explain "although Bal Yira'eh gets a bit... dicey". Which part and / or why? – DanF Apr 2 '15 at 18:32
  • @DanF Potentially, they would need to sell the aisles in which the chametz is placed (mekomo muschar) to avoid violating lo yimatzei bivateichem. I haven't had a chance to look inside today, though. – Isaac Kotlicky Apr 2 '15 at 18:34

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