Free For All Friday: Trader Joe’s Etiquette

I present to you a question of etiquette at the grocery store, specifically Trader Joe’s.

Maybe I’m just socially retarded (a strong possibility), but I never know what to do when checkout at Trader Joe’s.  Unlike most grocery stores, there is only one person working the register, meaning that person must function as both the cashier and the bagger.  I’m all for streamlining and multi-tasking, but this tends to leave me in an awkward position.  You see, when I buy a whole bunch of groceries, the person at the register has to scan all the items and they just start piling up there on the counter while I sit idly by.

The helpful side of me says that the right thing to do is to help the cashier by starting to bag the groceries myself.  It is just the polite, considerate thing to do.  However, it presents a logistical problem.  Since not all of the items have been pulled out of my cart, I can’t really properly stack things in the bag without risking having to rearrange things later or wind up with a heavy item potentially smashing a smaller item, so that make me just want to wait until the cashier is done.  But if I wait until the cashier is done, then they’ll just bag the groceries themselves, right?  But if I just stand there with my thumb up my butt and let the cashier do everything, that makes me kind of a dick, I think.  I really don’t know what to do.

Well, I could just shop at Gelson’s instead.  Yeah, that sounds eaiser.

Trader Joe's

Here are a few other topics for you to discuss amongst yourselves:

  • So, what’s everyone doing for the Rapture tomorrow?  I hope I score some extra points on judgment day because I root for a team called the Angels.
  • At least one good thing came out the Governator impregnating his fugly maid: he is putting his return to acting on hold.  Hooray for fewer crappy movies!!!  I guess we’ll just have to wait a few years for the much anticipated sequel to Jingle All the Way.
  • Is anyone else disapppointed Donald Trump decided not to run for President?  I was so looking forward to seeing him debate Sarah Palin and that crazy-ass Ron Paul… sigh.

Or just feel free to bring up a non-Angels topic of your own.  I don’t really care (as long as you keep it clean) because it’s Friday.

Garrett Wilson

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Garrett Wilson is the founder and Supreme Overlord of and editor at The Outside Corner. He's an Ivy League graduate, but not from one of the impressive ones. You shouldn't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he is angry.