Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reasonable Bribes 'A Big Reason' for Trader Joes Locating in Arlington

Hello, Ms. Yupette,

I spoke with a super-friendly Trader Joes employee about TJ opening a new store in Clarendon. He told me that the amount of bribes TJ would have to pay to open a new store in DC was "impossible" and the amount of bribes TJ had to pay to Arlington's elected and unelected officials was "quite reasonable, less than a half million." He was also surprised that Arlington agreed to so little on-site parking, given that 25 - 35 TJ employees will be working in the store and only a few will be able to afford to live within Metro corridors. So I guess a half million dollars still goes a long way in Arlington.

Janet - 22201

19 Comments:

At 17 November, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that too, from another TJ employee. We are in pretty bad shape if the damn grocery store employees know how much in bribes the gang at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. are taking.

 
At 17 November, 2010 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Time for a BIG Tea Party in Arlington.

 
At 17 November, 2010 , Anonymous 2100 said...

Yawn, what else is new at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.?

 
At 17 November, 2010 , Anonymous N Highland St. said...

How many more Yuppie condos, apartments, stores, boutiques, restaurants, night clubs, etc., can be packed into the Ballston-Rosslyn corridor? There's something like 20,000 people for every acre of public open space.

 
At 17 November, 2010 , Anonymous Pikester said...

Ask Mary "Party's Over Here" Hynes.

 
At 17 November, 2010 , Anonymous Yuppieeee said...

If Trader Joes had to pay the 2100 Gang $500,000 in bribes, so what?

 
At 17 November, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

$500,000 in bribes is worth it for a new Trader Joes near my home (North Barton Street).

 
At 17 November, 2010 , Anonymous L O L said...

Hi, Yupette, I no longer wonder why you wear that Trader Joes reusable shopping bag.

 
At 17 November, 2010 , Anonymous Muffy Buffington said...

A Trader Joes in Arlington? Oh My God..It's Awesome

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This stuff has been going on a looong time. Remember the Shirlington Library - Signature Theater fiasco?

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous Barcrofter said...

"Reasonable Bribes". Sounds just like the County Board and County Manager.

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've became dishonest in so many ways - big ticket items going on the consent agenda, for example.

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous W.K. said...

Agree with anon., this kind of behavior from the County Board started years ago.

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous 22201 said...

I would like to se a thread about how much more density is going to be packed into the Ballston-Rosslyn corridor.

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see a thread about Mary Hynes - who has gone from making Arlington schools party zones to making Arlington's residential neighborhoods party zones.

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous xyz123 said...

County Board went easy on TJ. Needs TJ's sales tax revenue to bribe voters with live theaters and all-weather soccer fields.

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

People, we are in a national social environment where Bristol Palin appears week after week on "Dancing With The Stars". So, what can you expect?

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is 1/2 million dollars to TJ? That's their profit in 1 week from 1 store.

 
At 18 November, 2010 , Anonymous Mark said...

I thought the Signature Theater - Shirlington Library taxpayer rip off set the record for fiscal irresponsibliity. Until I saw the Artisphere deal and the give-away to the Crystal City REITs.

 

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