What irks me the most is when I do a big shop, pull up to the check-out, unload my cart, and the clerks says; “How many bags do you need?” Normally I would like to reply; “None, thank you. I’ve brought my own.” But most of the time, I forget to bring my reusable bags. And when that happens, I usually reply, “I don’t know. I don’t bag groceries for a living and I’m not psychic.” After about a minute of awkward silence where the clerk and I stare at each other, I blurt out a guesstimate, which is wrong 90% of the time.
While I walk out to my car, hoping the over-stuffed bags won’t bust apart, I realize this is all penance for forgetting the reusable bags. And I now think twice before hitting the grocery store if I don’t have them. Nowadays you get shamed at some stores! Especially around Yaletown and in West Van. But I understand why. Which brings me to the point of this post. A short documentary about the “Majestic Plastic Bag”.