There might be something equally iconic and common stance to Floridians as the mouse ears - the Publix scale, or people weigher as they call it. These lollipop-looking scales have been around since the late 1930s when the first Publix stores opened. George Jenkins, the founder of Publix, thought having free scales in the store would be a great addition for customers. Apparently most scales during that time required a fee and they weren’t common household items just yet.
If you grew up in Florida, then you’ve likely hopped on one of these scales during your routine trip to the grocery store. The large green weight scales are hard to miss. In 2015 the manufacturer of these iconic scales, Mettler Toledo, stopped producing them. Despite this, Publix decided to use the originals.
To do so Publix bought up as many of the model number 2831 scales as they could and store them in a Lakeland warehouse. Technicians maintain roughly a couple dozen backup scales there. Whenever a scale breaks or needs repair, they replace it with another from their stock.
But if you travel to a Publix outside of the state and find yourself with the need to determine your weight you won’t be able to find a people weigher. Stores in other southern states don't install the scales. This is partly because there are only so many scales left and partly because the thought is that while Floridians would find it odd to have a Publix without a scale, but residents in other states won't miss what they never had. I like to think of the Publix people weighers as a statewide inside joke that tourists and visitors just aren’t privy to.