Slow Adventures in Slothville

June 22, 2006

Thursday Confessional

Filed under: Boston, Slothyness — shhville @ 2:31 pm

The Trader Joe's where I shop (every day) has a bell near the door that customers are invited to ring on their way out for whatever reason they feel like. Hardly anyone ever rings it. I don't think most people even notice it's there.

Now that I'm 30, I've taken to ringing it every time I get carded. It's my way of saying thanks.



  1. I’d ring it so an angel could get their wings.

    Or just to see how many people I could annoy.

    Comment by Vince — June 22, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

  2. The Trader Joe’s here in LA also have bells, but every single store I’ve been in also has a board that explains it, and customers are NOT to invited to ring. I’m not quite sure of it, but one bell summons new cashiers up front, two to get a manager up front and three for a customer needing help out to the car. The bell lives at the front desk, which is usually right by the front door.

    Comment by Robyn — June 24, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

  3. That’s funny – ours has a sign that explicitly invites customers to ring the bell and then lists a million reasons why one might want to. Getting married, birthday, solstice, no particular reason at all….

    Comment by shhville — June 26, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

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