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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?

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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
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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! :
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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.......
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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.
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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 )

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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....

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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. :
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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!
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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?"
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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!
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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.

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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!
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I'm seriously considering painting over the store logos. I hate advertising a store.

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I love my cloth bags. I bought the first kind that came out around here, green ones from Save-on-foods. If there's even a logo on them, it's VERY small. I like that.

I wouldn't be caught dead with one of Walmart's new reusable bags :

My main grocery store, Superstore, has a "bin" program. You pay $4/bin if you want them, and they fit perfectly in the grocery cart (including two that attach down by your feet if you want). Then you take your groceries home in bins! I love it
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It can happen little by little: read this

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...p/22/recycling

I've been making tote bags for friends and they really like them.
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i had a checker at Target tell me that if i refused the bag, i would not be allowed to return or exchange the item should i so desire to later on. I politely asked how he would know when i was standing in the return line, if i had taken a bag at the original purchase time??? he stammereds, and said, well, if you get the idem dirty on the way to your car, then you can't return it. ok buddy...got it...won't get it dirty. lol

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i had a checker at Target tell me that if i refused the bag, i would not be allowed to return or exchange the item should i so desire to later on. I politely asked how he would know when i was standing in the return line, if i had taken a bag at the original purchase time??? he stammereds, and said, well, if you get the idem dirty on the way to your car, then you can't return it. ok buddy...got it...won't get it dirty. lol
That's a new one -- I thought I've heard them all!!
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I knew I wasn't the only one who gave the bagger a little lecture about bagging the groceries
If they bag them ( 3 small tins of beans in a bag say, ) I will always just shove a load of stuff on top. They will then more often than not tell me that it will be heavy, and I just keep on adding to their "full" bags, but tell them what a waste of resources etc they are. I do say it in a nice way, as they are helping to pack my groceries, which i fully appreciate, but it doesn't hurt to spread the word!!!

I shop at a very very discount supermarket chain, where you have to pay for your carriage ( you get the depsoit back at the end when you return it, and you also have to pay for shopping bags. Many people bring their own.
That is much the way that it is in the UK also.

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I'm just outside of Vancouver and most stores are okay with cloth bags. One grocery store in particular encourages it. They charge you for each plastic bag you use. They sell plastic bins and cloth bags there specifically for packing your groceries in. The bread outlet store down the street now gives you a slight discount as well for each cloth bag you bring in to pack your stuff in.

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I knew I wasn't the only one who gave the bagger a little lecture about bagging the groceries
If they bag them ( 3 small tins of beans in a bag say, ) I will always just shove a load of stuff on top. They will then more often than not tell me that it will be heavy, and I just keep on adding to their "full" bags, but tell them what a waste of resources etc they are. I do say it in a nice way, as they are helping to pack my groceries, which i fully appreciate, but it doesn't hurt to spread the word!!!

I shop at a very very discount supermarket chain, where you have to pay for your carriage ( you get the depsoit back at the end when you return it, and you also have to pay for shopping bags. Many people bring their own.
That is much the way that it is in the UK also.
I used to be a bagger like 11 years ago. These new baggers sure don't put very much in one bag. I always start stuffing more in my bags so they don't use any other bags besides the ones I brought. I just start doing it, I don't mind heavy bags either.

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At the grocery store where i go the bagger, an elderly gentleman, told me that my cloth bags were a bad idea because meat would get germs in them and get all over everything. : I didn't even buy meat that day.

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I'm seriously considering painting over the store logos. I hate advertising a store.
painting over them is a good idea! I don't like that either! I haven't gotten any with a store name on it..I just use chico bags or homemade..
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At the grocery store where i go the bagger, an elderly gentleman, told me that my cloth bags were a bad idea because meat would get germs in them and get all over everything. : I didn't even buy meat that day.
Hrm....heard of a washing machine, sir?

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