Not to toot our horn myself, but we *know* Costco. We know when to go for the highest amount of samples. We know exactly how and when to swoop in and out of each sample stand with the least amount of uncomfortable standing-around time. Everything was worked out so fine and innate, that it was the subject for the Blogumentary – Costco Dining: Tricks of the Trade. As far as we (Me being the spokesperson for “we”) are concerned, we are Costco*. At least, we were Costco.
We’ve been going to Costco so long now, not only do we know the employees (mostly the sample host & hostesses), but now they know us! Even know our last names to boot! I mean, not that there is anything wrong with that, but no more can we just pull off a sample and fly away (without flapping our sample-laden arms mind you). Now, we need to at least have a minute of something to talk about. And we’ve got a lot of sample stands to go through! It’s not easy.
This is just like what happens when you date somebody in the workplace. Before, you could just walk by their cubicle. But after you’ve gone out on one date. . . Oy, you can forget about that. You then need to come up with material!
*To put it humbly.