Monday, October 5, 2009

Trader Joe's

We've got a Trader Joe's grocery store nearby, and I love it there. It's small, not a huge selection, but they've got really good prices and stuff I can't find anywhere else. Plus it's just a really groovy environment to hang out in.

And one of the most remarkable things is a question I've heard several times at the checkout line. The cashier asks "So, did you stick to your list today?"

Really? Not the usual "Did you find everything you were looking for?" but "Did you stick to your list?"

It seems to me it's in their financial interest for me to NOT stick to my list. They make money if I buy extra stuff that I didn't plan to buy. But instead, they're expressing an interest in actually helping me, and wondering if I bought more than I'd planned to (and this question comes up even on a small trip).

Anyway, I just thought that was a cool question to ask.


Phil said...

Boy do we miss Trader Joe's! Who can't love Three Buck Chuck?!

I think they take pleasure in knowing it's almost impossible to stick to your list!

Passante said...

Two other great things about Trader Joe's:

(1) They have a good selection of fair trade items like coffee and chocolate.
(2) All their household products and toiletries are environmentally safe and cruelty free.

Makes it feel even better to shop there.