No! I don't need a bag with that

Taylor Little (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago

This really bothered me. Yesterday I went shopping. I got a book, the woman was like “do you want your receipt in the bag. I laughed and told her I didn’t need a bag. Then I bought a coat. Same thing happened, I was like no, then put the coat on.

Why is it so standard to give out plastic bags when it’s totally unnecessary? Just a reminder that you can say no to adding to the garbage dump that is the North Pacific.

February 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm
Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, So you can walk around with it and be a moving advertisement.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@motorik, Wow, I never even considered that. It just seemed second nature that these people hand out bags. I wonder if they train them that way

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Nikki F. (107) (@nikkif) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Although I myself try to be as sustainable as possible and try to carry around reusable bags, you have to remember that the ‘no-plastic bag’ initiative is generational… for example, my parents don’t really care about bringing reusable bags because they don’t even think twice about how wasteful plastic bags are. MANY older people aren’t accustomed to this yet, and could you imagine if stores just completely stopped giving out plastic bags? Even I myself forget to bring a bag sometimes… so as much as it sucks I don’t really think we can rule them out yet

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@nikkif, Agreed, sometimes you’ll need a bag and I’m guilty of that. While eventually an alternative would be nice, the point I’m getting at is that they even give you bags when it is clearly unnecessary. I had two free hands and was perfectly capable of carrying one book!

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Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, W8WUT? if you’ve bought a lot of items of course it makes sense to use a bag. It’s just become a habit to ask.(It’s a fucking job) They’re not mind readers.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@motorik, she didn’t ask if I needed a bag, she asked if I wanted my receipt in the bag. With my one book. I’d be happy if they asked, they rarely seem to

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Tay (3) (@notsocleverusername) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Having worked in retail in my high school days, I can assure you it’s purely company policy. The little peons at the register don’t care if you need a bag or not — they’re supposed to ask you if you’d like one and they carry on.

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Heed them, HEthen (91) (@heedthem) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Well having worked retail and food for 5+ years in a row, I can tell you that where it is NOT necessary to offer a bag (like in a gas station and fast food pizza place), that I usually would just automatically bag things because we’re pressured to constantly be in a hurry and every single tiny hiccup was a really big annoyance to me personally (I’m pretty impatient), so I just shoved stuff in a bag in case they asked for one and I already happened to be across the lobby doing something else.
Not that this is a good reason. I’m just saying, if you only have a couple items at a gas station and they just automatically bag it for you, it’s for that reason. To save them the annoyance.

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PeaceRiot (178) (@peaceriot) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@notsocleverusername, As a former pigeon of the Rite Aid corporation I can most definitely validate that.

Right Aid pigeons don’t give a shit about your groceries and would rather you put them all back into your stupid little baskets and just get out of my face so I can take care of the next angry impatient shopper thank you!

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I guess I just wanted to remind everyone to be aware and that you can turn down that silly bag. Coming from Canada I had quite the opposite experience actually. There they charge for bags, and once when I asked for a bag after paying the guy said no, “bags are expensive”

@heedthem, Makes sense

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Tay (3) (@notsocleverusername) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Sometimes, it’s good to publicly suggest more environmentally-sound options via social media. Companies spend billions on marketing and most have entire teams that take suggestions and feedback on social media and apply it to the company model.

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Alex (141)M (@alexishungry) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, So true! Unless I actually need a bag to carry several items, I always tell the cashier I don’t need a one. I usually get a weird look, but why be wasteful?

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DareBob (1) (@smaug) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Yep, I hear you. To share my perspective…. Those tedious, non-rewarding, thankless, low-paying jobs get boring! So the humanoid goes into auto-pilot, saying the same thing over and over, un-knowing of their broken-record and completely autonomous grind.

Anything free has a logo on it. Plastic bags, paper, the next big breakthrough in green tech-material-bag will have a logo on it. Ever get a free T-shirt? lol….

In some areas, (Portland, OR) is one, they have banned the use of those old style plastic bags in favor of recycled paper.

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Matthew (1,127) (@ojai) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Take the bag and go pick up some trash that litters the streets.

Bag now has use.

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Emma (193) (@emmaclaire) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m sorry I just have to leave this here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgqf0yX5r4A

But really though, plastic bags are shit. There was this one time I FORGOT MY BAG and just carried all my shit out without one… I was practically dropping my stuff everywhere, and I got a lot of weird looks. I hope it made people think though

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Mike (208) (@mikedvs15) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@emmaclaire, lol was thinking about this without even thinking what your link was about.

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