Trader Joe’s employees share 3 annoying things they wish shoppers would stop doing

Don't hide frozen products around the store.

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Don’t hide frozen products around the store.
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Trader Joe’s earns pretty high marks in terms of employee satisfaction.

This year, Glassdoor named the grocery chain with a cult-like following as one of the best places to work in the US. Trader Joe’s also earned that distinction in 2018, 2017, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

But any consumer-facing gig is sure to cause some stress. Sometimes, shoppers just do or say things that have a way of grating on workers’ nerves.

With that in mind, here’s a look at some of behaviors that are sure to aggravate Trader Joe’s workers:


Leaving carts around

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“Holy cow,” one employee told Business Insider. “If it’s busy, some people will literally give up on shopping and leave their cart in the middle of the aisle, filled to the brim with stuff that can expire.”

The employee added, “If you’re going to do that, let one of us know so we can at least put refrigerated stuff back on the shelf.”


Making incorrect assumptions about the chain

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One employee told Business Insider that a handful of shoppers incorrectly assume that Trader Joe’s is “like other grocery stores,” rather than a chain known for its quirky assortment of products.

“If we don’t have a product, the Trader Joe’s ten minutes away doesn’t have it either,” one employee told Business Insider. “We all work from the same warehouse.”


Hitting on employees

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Unwanted attention and harassment from shoppers is a sadly common occurrence in the world of retail.

“There were some problems when it came to me being hit on while at work, but that was from coworkers as well,” one employee told Business Insider.

“Generally speaking, our customers were easy to deal with,” the employee added.

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