Most everyone carries a reusable bag with them nowadays. Besides the wonderful Better Farm tote bag seen above, I own a plethora of bags that can even be tucked into my purse – ready for action at any moment. Just such a circumstance came up at Duane Reade the other day as I stopped for some supplies, with unpleasant results:
Dbag employee: Ringing up items…
Me: Take my bag out and set it on the counter in front of Dbag employee as I pay the bill.
Then, nothing. We both just stare at each other over the pile of items on the counter. He is obviously not planning on doing anything else.
Me: What? If I bring my own bag that means you don’t bag it for me?
Dbag: I thought you were gonna do it.
Me: I don’t work here.
A little harsh, maybe, but I had a point to make. And the more I think about it, it’s a recurring theme. Usually when I’ve slapped those canvas totes on the conveyor belt at the supermarket they’ve already moved on to the next customer. I don’t mind helping if there’s a lot to bag, but I’m not being paid by their company as a bagger. Is there some unwritten (or even written) employee conduct code that states if a customer isn’t interested in using their wasteful plastic bags that all of a sudden service is suspended? Does anyone else notice this or am I becoming the Gloria Steinem of shopping receptacles?