The Nightmare Of Shopping At Trader Joe’s In Manhattan

The entire store is the line.

1. If you want to shop at a Manhattan Trader Joe’s, you have to really, really want it.

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2. It is the ultimate test of mind, body, and soul.

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3. As soon as you walk in the store you will be reminded that this is not a game.

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The end of the line sign looms the second you set foot in the store.

4. The line is so long they need a line sherpa to guide you to the end of the line as it weaves through the store like a winding maze.

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5. The line is so long someone has to hold a “Middle of Line” sign while constantly screaming “This is not the end of the line!”

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6. You know you’re gonna get run down by a bunch of these suckers.

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7. Cart jams as far as the eye can see.

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8. The phenomenon known as salad block.

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You want cheap lettuce? GOOD LUCK GETTING TO IT, SUCKER.

9. You want to walk down an aisle? LOL have fun.

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10. You want a free sample? You’ll have to get into a physical fight with these people first.

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11. You want to get yourself some meat? First, you must go through these people. And they’re tougher than they look.

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12. If you want to grab anything off any shelf, you must first disrespect the honor of the human line labyrinth.

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13. As you shop, dread creeps into your heart as you know you too will soon be a sad basket kicker.

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14. You slowly realize you can’t fight the line anymore, you must become one with the everlasting line.

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15. You cannot fight your destinyyyyyy as you seek the counsel of the line sherpa.

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16. “Join us” they all whisper.

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17. Now it’s your turn to block other shoppers from shopping as you settle into line… forever.

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18. As you stagger out of the store, you wonder if buying almond butter was worth all that. But you don’t even know who you are anymore.

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