08/19/2010 06:27 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

LA's Worst Trader Joe's Parking Lots

Trader Joe's is a beloved mainstay of Southern California life for many, yet the dream of inexplicably cheap wine and delicious frozen burritos can quickly turn into a nightmare when it comes to parking. Years ago, I made peace with the notion that I will likely meet my demise in a Trader Joe's parking lot, and it is reassuring to see that I am not alone in this sentiment. Blogging LA has taken a scientific (enough) look at the phenomenon of nightmare TJ's parking scenarios, and compiled a list of LA's 5 worst. Topping the list: the original Arroyo Parkway location:

This is the OG TJ's, circa 1967. The template of its future stores, including, apparently, its horrible parking. The lot is a labyrinth and the parking slots are tiny beyond tiny (as my friend pointed out, "only a clown car" could squeeze in the spots). Overall, the lot is ill-equipped to handle the density of traffic and the vanity of Los Angeles (gigantormous Lexus SUVs hogging 2+ spaces, I am looking at you).

Be sure to see the rest of the list here.

(H/T Curbed LA)