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Don't You Want a Real Bag?

post #1 of 78
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I was at Children's Place yesterday and I bought TWO l/s shirts for my little guy and after the transaction, I placed the two tiny shirts in my mesh bag. The sales associate gave me the dirtiest look and asked, "Don't you want a real bag?" I said, "This is a real bag. We try not to use plastic bags so we bring our own."

Uh, did I not just PAY for the shirts? What's it to ya?
post #2 of 78
I was FORCED to take a plastic bag at the Carters outlet store last year. The cashier said she could get fired for not putting my things in their plastic bag. I explained that I had a bag and didn't want plastic, but it didn't matter. She was saying the bags were proof that customers paid for the items. Umm, I thought that's what the receipts were for!!!

So, I took the bag, walked out of the store, put the items into my own bag, then brought her the plastic bag back to reuse for the next customer! Can't bully me into keeping a plastic bag
post #3 of 78
God! I hate it when they look at you like you have three heads for bringing your own bags. Like it's some novel new idea! The grocery store is the worst! They even sell the reusable bags there, right next to the bagger, but it makes little difference. Whenever dh is complaining about how it takes longer, using the U-Scan, we take a little trip through the regular lane to remind him how confused our cloth bags make them. And they NEVER fill them full enough! It's not your crappy plastic bag, dude! It won't break if you put 4 jugs of oj in there! :
post #4 of 78
Well that was snooty. I haven't encountered that. Usually the clerks don't care. But I can see why it would be a policy at some places that they have to give you a bag. It's advertising for them as soon as you walk out with that bag.
post #5 of 78
Thread Starter 
Either they get it or they don't, not that there's much to get. On the flip side, a sales associate at Barnes and Noble thanked me for "saving the Earth."

I don't know about all that. I said, "I'm just doing my part."
post #6 of 78
That would be so annoyingly frustrating.
Perhaps it's where I live (Vancouver) but I've never encountered that attitude. It seems relatively common here for people to use cloth bags. I have had small shop owners thank me for bringing cloth bags.
post #7 of 78
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Originally Posted by hklinefelter22 View Post
And they NEVER fill them full enough! It's not your crappy plastic bag, dude! It won't break if you put 4 jugs of oj in there! :
LOL - I help them! That makes them happy too......

Do you take your Albertson's bags to Trader Joes? I'm debating whether I should buy new TJ bags or not.......
post #8 of 78
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Originally Posted by gradmama View Post
LOL - I help them! That makes them happy too......

Do you take your Albertson's bags to Trader Joes? I'm debating whether I should buy new TJ bags or not.......
I take my TJ and other chain bags to whatever store I happen to be going to. No reason I need to advertise for the store I happen to be shopping in.
post #9 of 78
when i was preggo i got into a similar situation and me and the sales associate were YELLING back and forth and dh had to drag me out of the store (w/ no bag, might i add )
post #10 of 78
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Originally Posted by gradmama View Post
LOL - I help them! That makes them happy too......

Do you take your Albertson's bags to Trader Joes? I'm debating whether I should buy new TJ bags or not.......
I just brought my hannaford's bags to market basket - absolutely no guilt.

I haven't had any problems with the cashier's using the cloth bags, hannafords now even offers 5 cents off for each cloth bag you bring, and I've found that the cashier just counts the bags you have (or asks) and gives you the discount, doesn't actually pay attention to how many you end up using....
post #11 of 78
I've had people try to bag things in plastic, then put them in my cloth bags! For some reason, our farmer's market is really bad about this. :
post #12 of 78
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Originally Posted by hklinefelter22 View Post
God! I hate it when they look at you like you have three heads for bringing your own bags. Like it's some novel new idea! The grocery store is the worst! They even sell the reusable bags there, right next to the bagger, but it makes little difference. Whenever dh is complaining about how it takes longer, using the U-Scan, we take a little trip through the regular lane to remind him how confused our cloth bags make them. And they NEVER fill them full enough! It's not your crappy plastic bag, dude! It won't break if you put 4 jugs of oj in there! :
I had someone try to double bag with cloth once

But I usually have the opposite problem. One of my bags is really huge and they ALWAYS try to stuff it full. One guy put a dozen cans and three things of milk in there.
post #13 of 78
That used to happen to me. Now we have whole foods, they give you a nickel or every bag you bring as does trader joes. I think more stores are catching on. In fact dh read that a lot of store are going to start charging for bags.
post #14 of 78
I know when I worked at wal-mart, they would have freaked if somone wanted to use either a cloth bag or a plastic bag from another store. Maybe that's why they're the only place in my city with those bins to bring plastic bags for recycling. Anyhow, they said that's how the greeters know the items were paid for and not shoplifted. I always thought that was what the receipt was for, myself.
post #15 of 78
I have actually gotten into an altercation w/ a walmart employee because they tried to make me take a bag.

It was a giant cardboard piece w/ a collection of like 25 water guns. Definitely NOT bag compatible! It ended with me crumpling the bag, throwing it on the floor and storming out of the store.

One of the last times I went in their store!
post #16 of 78

Real my butt

I live in a very uppity non-green area. Every single time I bring in my awesome totes, the gal checking my groceries goes "what is this? Do I put vegetables in it?"
post #17 of 78
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Originally Posted by reducereuserecycle View Post
when i was preggo i got into a similar situation and me and the sales associate were YELLING back and forth and dh had to drag me out of the store (w/ no bag, might i add )
They should've known better than to mess with the preggo lady!

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I know when I worked at wal-mart, they would have freaked if somone wanted to use either a cloth bag or a plastic bag from another store. Maybe that's why they're the only place in my city with those bins to bring plastic bags for recycling. Anyhow, they said that's how the greeters know the items were paid for and not shoplifted. I always thought that was what the receipt was for, myself.
Well my new bags should be in soon. I can't wait to see the reaction at Walmart when I bring them in. I'm bringing them back all their awful plastic bags that are piled up here too. I hope their recycling bin is empty when I get there! I got these bags too... http://www.reusablebags.com/store/ac...ng-p-809.html#

This should be interesting!
post #18 of 78
Oh if you want to get a good look from a cashier, use a home made cloth bag. Before the stores started selling cloth bags, I'd sometimes bring in my denim bags. I made them from my old jeans. The cashier looked at me as if I had grown 3 more eyes.
post #19 of 78
the stores want you to use their bags b/c of the advertising - y/k, if you are walking through the parking lot with "walmart" hanging off your arm, then everyone will want to shop at walmart :. I actually had a clerk in radio shack explain this to my son the other day.

I got an earful when I brought a trader joe's bag into whole foods - hey, I'm in your store now, giving you money, get off my back about shopping at another store!
post #20 of 78
I'm seriously considering painting over the store logos. I hate advertising a store.
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