I’ve shared my cow sightings at Trader Joe’s in the past, including a close imitation of “Le Boeuf” poster and some funny-looking cows in irrelevant aisles. It’s been a challenge to take more pictures of cows, even though there are so many of them in the store, because the company has a no-photo policy. How inconvenient is this policy for someone like me, really?
Today I managed to take a few more photos of cows, this time in the dairy department. I used my son as a Trader Joe’s employee spotter. He did a great job as I was able to capture the two images below with my cell phone camera. The first one is a large wooden board right above the dairy department:
You’ll find the second cow image right above the milk shelves. What the cow says is true. Trader Joe’s does have great milk prices compared to some other grocery stores. $2.99 for a gallon of milk, what a deal!
Besides trying to capture illicit cow photos, what makes Trader Joe’s fun is the search for the green monkey. Every day Trader Joe’s employees hide a plush green monkey in the store for kids to find. The lucky explorers choose a prize from a gift box, from pieces of fruit to granola bars to lollipops.
Well, today was the most disappointing search for the green monkey ever. After a couple of unsuccessful trips all around the store, we asked an employee for a hint of the monkey location. Last time I saw him, he was by the registers and the exit door, the employee told us. Well, that’s where we went and there was no monkey to be found. So we proceeded through the register and asked the cashier if he had any idea of the monkey’s surroundings. Er, he was around here yesterday but I’m not sure about today, he told us. He even asked another employee who was just as clueless. We ended up leaving the store and never spotting the monkey so I asked my son to explain its disappearance. His story goes like this: last night the monkey got bored so it escaped and went to visit the real monkeys at the San Diego Zoo. It had so much fun playing there, it stayed with the zoo monkeys and decided not to come back to Trader Joe’s. My son concluded the story with this statement: next time we go to the zoo, we’ll have to look for the green monkey!
Yes, I bet we’ll be looking for the green monkey at the zoo for even longer than we did at Trader Joe’s today…