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Food Samples at Costco
The vast array of samples available at Costco are practically a staple to consumers venturing those cavernous aisles in that gargantuan warehouse. Everyone enjoys a quick nibble of a newfangled or comforting item expertly displayed in a pleated paper cup. When contemplating a bite here and nibble there, a certain amount of consideration for your fellow shoppers truly needs to displayed...read on for more:
Blocking the aisle or knocking over unsuspecting fellow customers is a no-no. Costco carts are huge and while you appetite may be comparable, once you grab your sample (note the singularity there) move along. Your indulgence in the amino acid sip or a tortilla chip slathered in spicy queso need not hinder the equally starved (and clearly one who has also never tasted a decent plate of nachos) consumer who absolutely NEEDS to sample what you are taking oh-so-much-time enjoying in the middle of the cold food aisle. Rather than cause a bottleneck, be polite to the other sample- swilling Costco members surrounding (and descending upon) you.
It's best to keep your cool rather than knocking over two retired people just so you can have a quarter of a dinosaur-shaped chicken nugget. Though you may love those heavily breaded, mouth watering prehistorical shaped animals, you and I both know that you aren't really considering buying them. Best to be a little more patient and considerate of those around you. Look a little less desperate. The slower-moving customers will appreciate it.
You also really don't want your cart and your derrier to block the entire aisle while you wait for a few veggie straws to be placed in a paper cup and slathered in blue cheese dressing...for the very reason that those sampling the straw and dressing will only recall that you and your over sized cart were blocking them from receiving a sample as well. These crunchy yet rice cake tasting pieces are really just a novelty item after all. They are hardly substantial. It's not like your hunger is going to be alleviated by this particular sample. So why are you stopping the flow of traffic with both your cart and your girth just so you can get a taste of something which you already know pretty much tastes like the air you are breathing?
It is not necessary to berate a 70 year old woman while she is cutting up a Hot Pocket into bite-sized pieces. Sure, we know you want the entire Hot Pocket to yourself but that's not the way it works. These are samples, after all. So while sweet Martha is cutting her samples into five equal pieces, don't complain about the petite size. Be patient. Be a grown-up. Wait (or perhaps keep moving - refer to the above paragraph if you are feeling confused). Once the item is cut up and placed in that sterile (not) pleated paper cup, take just one and move along. Rather than continuing to stand there and devour the miniscule Hot Pocket all at once, please hold on to your cart and walk away. You can nibble the sample and stroll down a neighboring aisle at the same time.
You should NEVER take more than one sample. Sure the employee is nice and often times nearing retirement age. That is not, however, reason to take advantage of them. Only take one sample. Just one. And if your little 5 year old Johnny wants one, and you aren't taking the last sample, grab a paper vessel for your tot as well. Showing up at the little table, with the little microwave, and swiping four, five or six samples for you and your entire brood, thereby nicking all the available sampling inventory, is just rude.
Again, as stated in an above paragraph, it's not like you are going to actually purchase the item, nor are you really that hungry or curious about what this sample tastes like. We know it's there. But that doesn't mean you are legally obligated to taste it. If you truly are that hungry, utilize the food court. Besides, we all know there's another cart of food to sample just one aisle down.
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