Trader Joe’s employees share annoying things that happen in stores

From overloading on free samples to abandoned carts and customers asking staff if they worked there while they were clearly dressed in uniform: Trader Joe’s employees reveal what really drives them mad about shoppers

Trader Joe’s may infuriate its customers with its notorious long lines but its staff have plenty of thoughts on what shoppers could do to make the grocery chain a better place to be employed. 
Various Reddit threads from people claiming to be Trader Joe’s employees across the country have highlighted several problems they have with customers. 
One user explained in a 2017 post that there is a tendency for customers to ‘be a bit snooty’ since most Trader Joe’s are placed ‘in or near affluent neighborhoods’. 
‘The outrageously rude customers are thankfully far and few between and we even have had to ban a couple of them,’ the user added. ‘For the most part I think 99.9% of our customers are decent people and am even on first name basis with many of the regulars.’ 

Various Reddit threads from people claiming to be Trader Joe’s employees across the country have highlighted several problems they have with customers

A crew member shared their disdain with customers taking advantage of Trader Joe’s sample policy. The chain let’s customers open boxes for a majority of items, allowing them to gauge if they want it before leaving the store. File photo of shopper above 

Another crew member shared their disdain with customers taking advantage of Trader Joe’s sample policy. The chain let’s customers open boxes for a majority of items, allowing them to gauge if they want it before leaving the store.  
‘I’ve only experienced two or three occasions where a customer tried to take advantage of this and wanted us to open literally 10+ products,’ the employee stated in their comment. 
‘Management had to step in and kindly inform them that one or two products is fine but we have to draw the line somewhere.’ 

Staff being approached when they were clearly wearing uniform and being asked if they worked at the store was another bugbear

The sentiment was shared by another employee who commented on a February 2018 post about their experiences with sampling. 
‘It’s only annoying when I am the one running the sample station and a customer wants to try like 3 things and I’m swamped with people wanting samples,’ the Reddit user asserted. 
‘We sell these seasonal pumpkin dog treats and some woman wanted to know how they would taste before she gave them to her dog. 
‘We said she could try them if she really wanted to, but after 10 uncomfortable minutes of convincing her they probably just taste like pumpkin we didn’t end up opening them.

Customers abandoning carts in the store was one of the things that staff said annoyed them

Other employees voiced their frustrations with customers asking if they were worked at the store while they were dressed in uniform. 
Employees also highlighted Trader Joe’s return policy and how customers will try to take advantage of the fact that the grocery store doesn’t require a receipt.
‘For the most part people are very good about this but we do have few people who do regularly abuse it, the biggest offenders being mean little old ladies,’ an employee stated. 
A common issue was also employees finding various items in the wrong part of the store. This was accompanied by people leaving their carts in random places.
‘We once found a whole chicken in the watermelon bin,’ one user said. 

The original post which was shared two years ago has gained a lot of feedback since

Staff took to Reddit to vent their frustrations with customers

Employees also highlighted Trader Joe’s return policy and how customers will try to take advantage of the fact that the grocery store doesn’t require a receipt. File photo of customers at a checkout

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