Two Trader Joe’s stores near me, one on Lakeshore Ave., in Oakland and one in Alameda, California, have impressed me by the care they take. Last ime I was in the Alameda store, the checker was disinfecting the checkout area bertween customers. Maybe these two stores are fortunate to have insightful leadership or outstanding teamwork among employees. I’m sorry to hear that other stores have had a very different experience.

Aikya Param is a licensed minister, a visual artist, and writer.