So, I’m in the grocery store today. I just have to make a quick trip to pick up a few necessities, and I had only one bag with me in the car, but it was one of those string bags that can hold quite a lot. I figured it would probably hold almost the whole load. I get up to the register and hand the bag to the bagger, and I say, “See how much you can fit in there.” I think it’s clear that I want her to put as much in the string bag as possible to minimize the number of plastic bags I have to use.
What does she do? She puts about 4 things in the string bag and then packs everything else in plastic bags! It was clear to me that she hadn’t filled up the string bag I had brought nearly to capacity. I didn’t know what to do. I am usually a very anti-confrontational type, and I just didn’t have the nerve or the gumption or the whatever to make her re-bag everything. But it really steamed me. When I got out to the car, I stuffed as much as I could into the string bag so I could minimize what I would have to carry, and I got everything in there but one plastic bag!
The worst part is when I got home and unpacked the groceries. Not only had I carried home 5 unnecessary plastic bags, but the bagger had only put 1 item in each bag! (I know the store policy is to pack at least 6 things in a bag.) It was as if she had deliberately used way more bags than I needed or wanted, just because I brought my own bag and asked her to fill it.
Or am I just being paranoid?