Temptation at Checkout

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Staples' slogan is "That Was Easy." But candy at checkout makes shopping harder for customers--particularly those shopping with kids. (Staples, Bethesda, MD, 8/15)

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Why exactly does Staples have a "snack center" at checkout? They should stick to pens and printer cartridges instead. (Staples, Bethesda, MD, 8/15)

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We love this mountain of nectarines at the Trader Joe’s checkout line, but wish they would get rid of the candy and baked goods on the other side of the aisle. (Trader Joe’s, Washington, DC, 8/15)

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We wish Harris Teeter would offer healthy options at checkout, like fresh fruit and nuts. (Harris Teeter, Wilmington, NC, 8/15)

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Shoppers at this Kangaroo Express must face a rack of candy at checkout. More toys, no candy, please! (Kangaroo Express, Wilson, NC, 8/15)

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CVS even pushes impulse buys on shoppers at the self-checkout (CVS, Washington, DC, 7/15)

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7-Eleven: More bananas, less junk food at checkout please! (7-Eleven, Washington, DC 7/15)

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What’s Office Depot doing selling candy at checkout? Stick to office supplies, please! (Office Depot, Washington, DC, 8/15)

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We're disappointed to see candy bars at Rite Aid’s pharmacy checkout counter. (Rite Aid, Washington, DC, 8/15)

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This Whole Foods checkout gets a mixed grade. More bananas and apples, and ditch the chips please! (Whole Foods, Washington, DC, 8/15)

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Shoppers head to Marshalls for clothing, shoes, and accessories, not Jelly Belly jelly beans. Nix the candy at checkout, Marshalls! (Marshalls, Washington, DC, 8/15)

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What is CVS doing pushing candy on customers at the pharmacy counter? (CVS, Washington, DC, 8/15)

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Customers at Trader Joe's must face a wall of candy and mints as they wait to pay for groceries (Trader Joe's, Washington, DC, 7/15)

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With so many exciting options in the world, why offer candy at checkout? (Dollar Tree, Chester, MD, 7/15)

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We're disappointed to see ice cream bars at checkout (Dollar Tree, Chester, MD, 7/15)

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Travelers beware: Airport checkout is loaded with junk food! (Say Si Bon!, Washington, DC, 7/15)

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A recent visit to Giant Foods served as a good reminder that family-friendly checkout aisles are not always healthy (Giant, Washington, DC, 6/15)

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Target: more batteries and less junk food at checkout, please! (Target, Falls Church, VA, 3/15)

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Old Navy pushes candy on its customers at checkout. (Old Navy, Hopkins, MN, 11/14) Photo courtesy of the Public Health Law Center.

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REI gets mixed grades on checkout. (REI, Tysons Corner, VA, 11/14)

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At Jewel Osco, customers need to run a gauntlet of Pop Chips, Kettle Chips, and sweets before they get to the register. (Jewel Osco, Highland Park, IL, 11/14)

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Printer paper and a ... Coca-Cola?! Office supply stores like this one ought to get out of the junk food business. (Staples, Washington, DC, 12/14)

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What is a store like Best Buy doing selling soda and other sugary drinks? (Best Buy, Washington, DC, 7/14)

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Craft supplies and ... junk food?! What's a fabric store doing selling candy at checkout? (Jo-Ann Fabric, Mountain View, CA, 11/14)

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This "family-friendly" aisle includes Slim Jims, sweetened coffee drinks, sugared cranberries, and baby junk food that contains more sugar than apples. A true family-friendly aisle would stick to fresh and unsweetened dried fruit, veggies, and water. (Giant, Washington, DC, 10/14)

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