If you want your free slice at Publix then request it.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Lakeland-based grocery chain has ended a long-standing practice of giving customers complimentary slices of deli meat.
Publix deli workers would often give the customer the initial slice to examine the thinness or thickness of the meat. Publix began to shift away from that practice at some of its stores about two weeks ago.
Now customers have to request the test slice.
Publix media relations manager Brian West says the company has made the change at a few dozen stores in central and southwest Florida.
Publix has more than 1,000 stores in the Southeastern United States.