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Trader Joe's Pet Peeves

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

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Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

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K2000 | | Dec 2, 2007 12:32 PM

There's a new Trader Joes by my house (Queens) and I've been there 3 times now. I like their food just fine, but at the checkout, the clerks always want to give me commentary about my groceries

"Say, you really like cheese, huh?"

or

"I like these too! Have you tried the almond ones yet?"

About half my items get a review or a comment, and the clerk never stops talking (about my food). I'm just there to buy groceries, not to make new friends. I don't mind a little small talk but it's a little embarrassing to think that they are inspecting your food (and then want to comment on it).

I live in NYC where the clerks are often sullen and won't say thank you (even after the customer says it) so believe me, it's not that I don't appreciate friendly service. I just don't like the "play by play" Howard Cosell "What, ANOTHER bag of frozen blueberries, WOW" kind of commentary, by someone who is ringing up my groceries.

Are ALL the Trader Joes like this? (I commented about this in another TJ thread but I decided to give it it's own topic.)

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