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Tiaras and Trucks

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

When Sampling Goes Too Far

Years ago, Ryan and I stopped going to Costco after an unfortunate incident involving the purchase of a fifty-gallon tub of mustard.  That could be an exaggeration, but somewhere, that mustard is still only half empty.


This year, we decided we could try a membership again, since we now have extra little people to throw food on the floor feed.


I am a little obsessed; squeezable applesauce, giant bags of sweet potato fries, a wide variety of cheese snacks (we're paying for our membership in cheese savings alone, for real), I could go on and on.


If you aren't a Costco member, you might not be aware that on the weekends they offer free meals.  Those meals masquerade as sample stations scattered throughout the stores, but I've come to learn that they are most definitely meals for many, many of the people that frequent Costco each Saturday and Sunday.


In one visit, I overheard someone complaining about being in line for over ten minutes.  That was for a sample of Costco's chicken salad.  Another woman was berating the poor sample server because the shopper had been back to the sample station three times and hadn't gotten a sample yet (cream puffs).


Finally, I had the audacity to need some flour.  A man was sitting on the flour, eating something out of a little white sample cup.  I politely (I thought) asked him man if I could grab some flour.  I smiled, expecting him to smile back.


"I'm SITTING here!" he retorted, huffing and puffing and shooting eye daggers with me as he stood up.  He continued to mumble under his breath, "People can SIT around here."


I'm still enamored with Costco.  Now, though, I try to schedule our rendezvous for weekdays, preferably early afternoon, when I don't have to play cart bumper cars around the ends of each aisle.


Then you have the gas lines...

Dylan eating his Costco apple
at home

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10 Comments:

  • At May 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Anonymous Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

    So funny and true! We go to Sam's club. My kid's love the "free meals", but I always feel guilty getting samples for ALL of them, so instead, we end up sharing one or two samples. This usually causes at least one melt down. :)

    I love the picture of your son with the apple--so cute!

     
  • At May 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM , Anonymous Amy said...

    I wish we had a Costco around here. I go to Sam's but I have heard wonderful things about Costco... aside from the weekends :)

     
  • At May 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I can't say enough good things about Costco. That's why I don't feel too, too bad talking about the crazy samplers!

     
  • At May 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    We do that, too. I will get one little sample for both of the kids, even though there are people eating their weight in free tortilla chips LOL

     
  • At May 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bruno said...

    This drive me CRAY-ZAY. I've seen these very vultures lurking around for an effing pizza roll. Come on. It's a PIZZA ROLL! I wanna cradle the sample servers and tell them it'll all be over soon.

     
  • At May 4, 2011 at 9:33 AM , Anonymous Kir said...

    I laughed so hard reading this that John had to turn the radio down in the car while I tried to tell him this story. We don't go to Costco or BJs but I may rethink that. :)

    I just love ya!

     
  • At May 4, 2011 at 3:15 PM , Anonymous Cheryl said...

    Giggle. You should've told him there's plenty of seating in the patio furniture section!

     
  • At May 5, 2011 at 9:01 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    It's an experience, that's for sure. You can buy the most random fun things. Fancy coffee machines. Diamond rings. Giant jars of sun dried tomatoes.

     
  • At May 5, 2011 at 9:02 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I know. Poor sample servers. I bet they count the minutes until they're done.

     
  • At May 5, 2011 at 9:02 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I wish I would have thought of that! So true. He could have hung out by the fire pit.

     

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