Shoobie is a term used in South Jersey to describe a tourist who visits the seashore for a day (a daytripper), primarily to use the beach during the summer months. Shoobie is used in resort towns along the southern Jersey Shore, between the areas of Long Beach Island and Cape May. The term "shoobie" originated in the late 1800s, and it derives from daytrippers taking the train to the beach, with their ticket price including a boxed lunch packed in a shoe box. Later it was used to refer to anyone who brought a picnic lunch to the beach resorts. Either way, these daytrippers deprived local businesses of the revenue the tourists would have spent on food. The term "shoobie" may sometimes now be applied to tourists who are more likely to feed the seagulls, or wear sock with flip-flops, or wear shoes on the beach, or set up umbrellas on windy days, or act like they have never been to the beach, although this is not the original meaning. Homeowners (whether year-round or seasonal) often walk to the beach barefoot or remove their shoes immediately upon reaching the sand. Similar terms are "Benny," which is mostly used in the resort towns of the northern Jersey Shore.
Shoobies are essentially a mixed blessing for local beach residents. They bring in enormous revenue during the summer months (less so if they bring their own food), but at the same time they add numerous obstacles and annoyances to day-to-day life. In that sense, shoobies are not unlike the tourists that descend on any resort area.
The term has also been mentioned frequently on the Nickelodeon show Rocket Power. The reference in the show is either to folks that wear their "shoes" on the "beach", as in SHOE-BEAch, or people who wear socks in their sandals. The term is also used to describe "day-trippers" on Nantucket Island. Slightly Stoopid & Toko Tasi recorded a song "Shoobie" which appears on Slightly Stoopid's Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid EP
- Ravo, Nick. " THE TALK OF LONG BEACH ISLAND; FOR EARLY TOURISTS, A TEPID WELCOME AT JERSEY RESORT", The New York Times, February 16, 1987. Accessed April 4, 2008. "Shoobie is a name Long Beach Island residents attach to tourists, usually those from Philadelphia and the New York metropolitan region. The name is derived, local residents said, from day-trippers of decades ago who visited the island and brought their lunch in shoe boxes."
- Shoobie.org - Visitor Information Resource - Calendar of Events, Shoobie Guide, Much More
- Matthew in the Morning's Shoobie Guide
- Surfline.com - "What is a Shoobie?"
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