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No more balloons at Trader Joe's

Posted April 25, 2010

It had been a while since I'd been to the neighborhood Trader Joe's. And when we stopped in Sunday morning at the Raleigh store, my five-year-old, as usual, asked for a pink balloon.

She got what may be her last Trader Joe's balloon. According to signs on the register, the chain stopped giving out balloons on Earth Day. The signs mention something about helium and the environment. I was told that they would give out the balloons until their current supply is gone, which is why my daughter got one a few days after Earth Day.

I turned the change into a teachable moment for my daughter. When we came home and she told her dad about the balloon-less future Trader Joe's, she told him that it was to "save the animals."

Me? I'm quietly celebrating. Sure ... balloons are great.

But a balloon after nearly every visit to the grocery store? The disappointment when it flies away? The fear that it might pop and choke the baby? The collection of barely inflated balloons floating near the floor? In my book, that's not so great.

So Trader Joe's, this mom thanks you.


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  • nothankyou Apr 26, 2010

    I always felt that Trader Joes, being the type of store they are, were on the hypocrtical side when offering balloons. Secondly, the idea of "what will they take away" next is just silly. Retailers do not have any obligation to offer children balloons or cookies when they come into a place of business, likewise with a restuarant offering crayons, bring your own or buy your kid a mylar ballon. Say thank you for it while it lasted and move on.

  • shall6 Apr 26, 2010

    Hot topic! Thanks for the comments! This was actually the first time in months I'd said yes to a balloon (see my earlier concern re: baby choking). But she deserved something special that morning. And on kids and cussing, exposure102, check Amanda Lamb's post today. Sarah

  • tootie Apr 26, 2010

    I have said "no" to my son many times & ended up walking out with a screaming kid. He may as well learn now that he's not going to get everything he wants. self esteem or not!!

  • pmck Apr 26, 2010

    I have to support this one. It's probably more about saving some money but the balloons are an unnecessary annoyance. I try to shop from local farmers whenever I can. The things I can't get locally, I get at Trader Joe's. Great prices, great selections.

  • cczahnow Apr 26, 2010

    Hooray for Traders Joes! I'm also opposed to balloon releases at events. Why pollute the earth and pose dangers to animals? There are many other activities to celebrate besides with balloons. (I do love balloon sculptures though - just not released into the atmosphere!)

  • DangYankee Apr 26, 2010

    There *is* another way around the "no balloons" rule... How about a parent just saying "No" to their kid? Oh, sorry, that would ruin the little precious' self-esteem. (FWIW, YES, I have a kid!)

  • exposure102 Apr 25, 2010

    Ah yes, the continued liberal indoctrination of children. While we're on the subject of children, I'm guessing "Go Ask Mom" hasn't read the Twitter feed of "Just Crumb" that you were promoting back in February, or have you explained to your kid what all the F-bombs they drop in their posts mean yet?

  • leeandkaren24 Apr 25, 2010

    What will "they" take away next? This is sad. Yet another reason to not go to Trader Joe's.
    I hope you all are walking and not driving to Trader Joe's.