Today, like so many of you, I had an errand to run. It was a 5 minute trip into the drugstore for a couple items and (perish the thought!) I DIDN’T take my reusable bags in with me.
As the cashier started scanning my items, I got distracted by my ringing cell phone and didn’t get to tell her “no bag, please.” When I came back to earth, I realized that she had put everything in a plastic bag that she placed on the counter top. When I said “oh, I’m sorry. A bag isn’t necessary. I can carry them out” she took them out of the bag, handed them to me and (deep breath)…threw the bag in the trash. I…was…amazed.
I quickly told her that she didn’t need to throw it away and her rebuttal was that it was already “used” and too hard to put back on the rack. In an instant my whole purpose was defeated. The bag I chose NOT to take was sitting in the trash can.
So, I asked her for the bag. She looked at me blankly, handed me the bag and, I’m fairly certain, she thought I was insane.
At least I knew I could take the bag to be recycled. But what a waste. It all goes back to my frustration with lack of store policy and training that teaches cashiers to be responsible. And for the love of Mother Earth, I nearly pass out when I see someone double- or tripled-bagging with plastic!
No matter how many glares and stares I get from cashiers, I won’t be responsible for helping to create plastic bag trash. Just look at what it creates. These are sad visuals I hope no one forgets the next time they have that choice.