Behind the sunny veneer at Trader Joe’s, according to Nagle, was a pretty repressive environment. He told the Times that he and his fellow employees were often forbidden from speaking to each other during certain times of their shifts, and that certain managers were domineering. He told the Times he was chastised for returning a sweatshirt to his locker after finishing a job in the freezer.
“If anyone’s confused, there’s no product to work in the locker room,” his manager reportedly said.
Other Trader Joe’s employees across the Northeast and Middle Atlantic regions echoed Nagle's experiences. Just at Nagle's store, though, one coworker earned a reprimand for sipping water while working the cash register, while others occasionally got sick from fumes wafting through the store.