I don't know how the people at TJ's do it, but every time I leave their store, I feel like I'm in a better mood because I had a great five-minute conversation with someone cool.
Same with Central Market. I always leave there smiling.
I would likely be as well - with an awesome recipe in hand - if it weren't for the bank balance implications! I just cannot not spend $200 (when my usual grocery trip is $80/week)!
I was at the superWallyWorld last weekend; as I walked in I noticed an entire cart of grocery items by the front registers closest to my entrance/exit doors. I sometimes leave my cart and venture to the restroom that is nearby, so I thought that must be the case with this cart.
I shopped for a LONG time - first personal items, then crafts, three phone calls to DH about the specific car-battery he needed, and then onto grocery items (didn't want them to get warm as I shopped for other things). Based on the phone calls' times I was in the store more than an hour.
As I was choosing a roast, an employee came up to the meat section, pushing THAT cart that had been upfront (it had milk and eggs sitting in the seat-portion). He proceeded to re-stock the roast from that cart into the section from which I was choosing my meat. I picked it up and said, "this is not even cool anymore - it's been sitting up front since I entered the store at 10AM. I don't think this is safe." He returned that it was fine, they do it all the time and walked by to the bacon/hot dogs/etc to reshelve some stuff there.
I went to customer service and asked if they didn't have a policy about reshelving items that were to be refrigerated and was talked to like I was loonytunes.
"Why would it matter - it's cold in the store?" said the customer service person.
Me: "But how long does something sitting out at room temperature keep? Bacteria could grow."
Clerk: "it wasn't there that long"
Me: "Huh, really? I saw it at 10, it's now 1130."
Clerk: "Food doesn't spoil sitting out in just an hour. and it wasn't the same cart."
Me: "There were two such carts today? Please feel free to restock my basket, because I really don't want to buy milk, eggs, meat or any other spoilable item here"