Trader Joe's Informative - Trader Joe's Employees Seem Paranoid!
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- Ok so after two nice comments about stores I unfortunately have to write a complaint. In my area of Richmond, Va. they have opened a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe's less than a mile from each other. My two friends and I visited Whole Foods and I taped my friends interacting with each other and cutting up on camera as well as myself showing some of the stuff Whole Foods had to offer. No problem there.
I came across one of those boards where Whole Foods compared their prices to Trader Joe's buying exact items both stores had and seeing the receipt and pointing out Whole Foods was cheaper. I was impressed and all the more reason to check out Trader Joe's since I had never been to one. So off we went and we entered the store with my camera phone once again rolling and my friends doing the same thing. I cut it off and left my phone open and pointing toward the ground. A very nice lady came toward us and was talking about the store and what it had to offer. I felt we were very comfortable being there.
After the lady had walked off we continued to look at their products and still my phone was open and pointing to the floor. a lady came up and asked me not to film their products. I said I wasn't doing anything wrong and that I wasn't from Whole Foods. She walked off. Another lady came up to us a few minutes later again I had not filmed anything and she said the same thing. this time one of my friends got in her face and said we weren't doing anything wrong. We immediately paid for our purchases with some of the employees looking at us and then we left.
Don't get me wrong I think Trader Joe's is a welcome addition to Richmond as well as Whole Foods but I am wanting people's opinions on this. Why is it ok for a company like Whole Foods or anyone who is wanting to attract business to buying items from their competitor and post both receipts for anyone to see? And why am I in the wrong for filming the store if I am only focusing mostly on my friends.It is not like I am taking picturesd or filming certain products or better yet having pen and paper in hand?
I went on You Tube and some guy filmed his experience at Trader Joe's. He even interacted with the cashier and she said something to the camera. So If I am doing something along the lines of what he did why is that wrong?