So, it’s no secret that Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite markets to shop at for groceries. They have everything and because they do not have a ginormous selection to choose from, it’s pretty easy to get in and out. For those of you that think spending 2 hours in a grocery store is the norm, this is not the store for you. Or maybe it should be. You can thank me later.
However, my daughter does not share my love of the wonderfullness that is this market. Sure, she’s fine in the produce section and hey the frozen foods section has a wide aisle so carts aren’t crowding us, okay good to go. And ooooooh, are those free samples by the bread section? Okay, this is fun, this is fun…
And then we head to the check-out.
And this is where mommy wishes the samples they were handing out weren’t tiny cups of lemonade, but nice tall glasses of wine.
Because now we are in the check-out. And the you-know-what is going to hit the fan.
Let the screaming begin!
For those not in the know, Trader Joe’s does not have the regular check-outs with the conveyor belts that you load all your stuff on and then put the little divider so that your orange juice does not touch the orange juice of the person behind you.
No, this particular market has you bring your cart up and the checker unloads your cart for you and places all your items on the counter. But in order to do this, they take the shopping cart. As in, they take command, they unload the cart, and then bring the cart around behind them, and then start bagging your groceries.
Did you get the part where I say they take the cart away from you? Okay, all two-year olds raise your hands and tell me if this sounds fun? No? Didn’t think so.
The minute the checker grabs the cart, my daughter goes from zero to 100. No amount of stickers, sippy cups, cookies or anything else will stop the screams from erupting. It’s really fun, ya know, to have everyone staring at you because your kid is in hysterics because the makers of this supermarket thought that separating the cart from its owner was a good idea. Great for adults, not so much for small children.
So yes, that is me trying to calm my girl down, while trying to pay for my groceries at the same time. And I’m not the only one whose kid has “cart separation”. I’ve talked to other moms who’ve had the whole Jekyll and Hyde thing happen when checking out at Trader Joe’s. One minute the kid’s fine, the next minute they are trying to fling themselves out of the cart in order to be next to you.
So word of warning out there, new parents. Cart separation can happen to anyone at anytime. You’ve been comically warned.