(Closed) Do you bag your own groceries at TJ\'s?

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  • Post # 2
    1565 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I usually bag at any store if it’s going to speed up the process, and that includes TJ. I rarely go so always remember my reusable bags since it’s such a special occasion for me! So it makes sense for me to dig them out of my purse and start bagging as soon as the cashier starts ringing everything up.

    Post # 3
    42 posts

    Uh oh… I didn’t even know that was a thing! My TJs has the bags behind the register too, so except for when I remember reusable bags (embarrassingly infrequent), I would have to ask them for a bag and then do it myself?? That seems awkward. I will definitely be watching other people more carefully next time I’m there, to see what they do!


    ETA: I was a grocery bagger when I was 15, and always always bag my own groceries if theres no bagger at another store where bags are more accessible 

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    Post # 4
    892 posts
    Busy bee

    most people here bring their own bags (we have a plastic bag ban). I try to do my own bagging, but sometimes they’re really fast and take care of it while I’m doing the credit card stuff. 

    Post # 5
    1644 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    where are you located? I’m in NYC and all the associates do the bagging for us, there is barely any space to bag ourselves

    Post # 6
    204 posts
    Helper bee

    I don’t bag,Ii just try to make conversation to make it less akwaard, lol. But same here, all the TJ’s have the bags behind the register, so they start bagging while I finish paying with a card. Never thought twice about it.

    Post # 7
    2013 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    CherryA:  If there isn’t an associate there to bag my groceries, I will do it myself, in the interest of time. But I don’t think it’s expected and I don’t think you’re an a-hole for not doing it.

    Post # 8
    152 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’m not sure if it’s just my TJs, but unlike a regular grocery store, not all lanes at mine have a bagger and a cashier. The baggers move around depending on the needs, but usually if there’s no bagger at the checkstand I’m at, I just bag my groceries myself. I don’t do it anywhere else, but it’s totally normal at my TJs, and they always thank you for helping 

    Post # 9
    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    We usually help our TJ cashier bag but the bags are accessible to us and they always appreciate it! I say if you don’t really have access to the bags then it’s not really your responsibility to bag.

    Post # 10
    1650 posts
    Bumble bee

    I have issues with this subject, trader joes, shoprite, a & p and other grocery stores. This is what the cashier gets paid for correct? I dont care what store it is, its part of their job, they just dont get paid to scan and run the product down the belt for you to bag. 

    I refuse to bag at any store unless im on self check out for under 10 items, so hey.. look at me Im an asshole too wooohoooo. 


    Post # 11
    2195 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    There’s only one store around here where we bag ourselves(everyone has to) All the others the cashiers do it. I don’t even know how that would work. It would just slow everything down.

    Post # 12
    2180 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I do it at locations where the bagging is done on the counter right in front of me and I’m otherwise twiddling my thumbs, but location I usually shop at with my SO has a lower surface behind the counter for bagging that only the cashier can reach. As a kid I was expected to try to help bag when I could, it gets you out thst much faster and it comes with a thank you.

    Post # 13
    93 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    Our Trader Joe’s has the bags out next to the registers, so we usually help bag. If the bags were behind the register, I don’t think we would help because it would feel awkward! 

    Post # 15
    4697 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’m so salty that we don’t have Trader Joe’s in Canada..

    But, I bag my own groceries. I actually get annoyed when someone tries to do it for me, I’m insistent on doing it myself because, I feel like I’m better at it than anyone whose ever tried to help me..

    I also never forget my own bags because I hate that you can’t organize things properly in a plastic bag. I need the structure of my reusable bags.

    I’m a verrrrry particular grocery shopper. Its one of the few things I take very, very seriously.

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