Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The End of the Plastic Bag?
So I go to the local Food Lion to get some stuff for a party I was having tonight. As I was checking out, the checker was putting my items in a brown paper bag. You know, the type of bags we used to bring our groceries home in when we were kids. Only now, the paper is much thinner than the paper used for the bags of our childhood. The option to use the plastic bags doesn't even exist! How come when they used the plastic bags we still got the option for the paper ones?
Anyway, my brilliant check-out girl put four bottles of wine, yes FOUR bottles of wine into a paper sack. She put nothing in between the bottles to keep them from smashing together in the bag, and thus having me end up with wine all over my van when I got home. So I carefully wrapped some of the bottles in other bags for protection. The check- out girl was not pleased.
Then Ms. Ding-a-ling Check-out Girl puts three 2-liters of pop, yes THREE, a gallon of milk, AND a half gallon of chocolate milk into one paper sack!! You've gotta be kidding me!! Who trained this girl to pack groceries?!?! NO ONE - obviously.
I understand why stores are going back to paper sacks, and I have no problem with that. They want to save the landfills from all the plastic, and I do think that's the right thing to do. But it's going to take some getting used to, just like it took some getting used to when they first came out with the plastic bags. Although, if I had my pick, I'd keep my plastic bags. It now takes many trips to haul your groceries into the house. With the plastic bags you could grab a ton of them with their handles and bring them in on one trip, yes ONE. I want my plastic bags back!