It's a few days before Thanksgiving, and so many shoppers have queued up that their carts are backed into the aisles at a Glendale Trader Joe's.
Part of the checkout crush comes from the sheer number of people, several with baskets laden with fixings for Turkey Day feasts. But in a few lines, shoppers have had to insert their credit cards over and over again.
One man pulls his card out of the terminal too quickly, prompting the cashier to reset the transaction while covering the card slot to prevent any premature movements. Another woman smiles apologetically at the next customer in line as she repeats her transaction.
The holiday shopping season means waiting in line....
Wal-Mart Supercenter shelves sit stocked in Chicago.