To thinks wandering from one shop to another using your own shopping bag will be problematic.

(110 Posts)
Sunnymeg Wed 04-Jun-14 14:19:04

I was thinking about when the new carrier bag tax come in in England. We have so many shops who actively discourage you from taking bags with you as they are concerned about people slipping things into them.What are these shops going to do when people start using their own bags for shopping. No one worried about it back in the 1960's, but times have changed. I hope this doesn't mean shops are going to start checking people's bags as they leave the shop.

TheDoctorSandshoesAndGrandad Wed 04-Jun-14 14:20:00

I do this now and never have a problem.

grocklebox Wed 04-Jun-14 14:20:47

yabu. Its not a problem in the other countries that have already done it, some many years ago. Handing out free carrier bags is crazy.

SantanaLopez Wed 04-Jun-14 14:21:15

I know what you mean, but people still have the opportunity to slip things into bags just now and we aren't searched constantly.

LadySybilVimes Wed 04-Jun-14 14:21:35

YABU, I already do this and have never had an issue.

ChunkyPickle Wed 04-Jun-14 14:21:55

Never been a problem for me... I'm pretty sure I've seen lockers at the front of stores somewhere, but I can't remember where (although that brings its own security concerns)

Personally I just hate having to carry the damn things around with me all the time just in case I nip into a shop.. oh, and that it now means I'll have to buy liners for the bathroom bin.

Naoko Wed 04-Jun-14 14:23:11

I'm in Wales. We've had a charge on carrier bags for a few years now and this just isn't a problem.

Never had a problem.

In shops that don't like you carrying bags around, they'll probabl bring in more wire baskets. Lidl near me don't like you to go around filling up a jute bag, they'd rather you put it in a trolley and put it in the bag at the end. They've not provided free bags for donkey's years (ever?). It's not a problem.

magpiegin Wed 04-Jun-14 14:24:34

I do this already as it's an arse having a load of carrier bags. Don't see it as being a problem.

softlysoftly Wed 04-Jun-14 14:25:14

But people do that now confused

If you buy something in one shop then go to the next shop that's exactly what happens unless you do a trip to your car between shops.

moot point really.

BeCool Wed 04-Jun-14 14:25:45

Another one who already does this and has never had a problem
What about if you have been shopping already and have 5 bags with you?

It's a non-issue.

HesterShaw Wed 04-Jun-14 14:26:00

Does it cause problems in other countries? Did it used to cause problems before shops started routinely doling out single use carrier bags? Do you throw away receipts as soon as you are given them?

I think there's your answer.

When I was in France ten years or so ago, I bought a nylon, very strong carrier bag for 10 cents which folds up very small into a small pouch and goes very easily into my handbag. I'm still using it, even for when I buy clothes.

ThaneOfScunthorpe Wed 04-Jun-14 14:26:34

Where I live if you take a carrier bag into another shop you get a security tape put onto it to kind of 'seal' it. Other countries I've lived in have a system where you have to leave your bag in a locker, although actually I can't see that happening in the UK because of the bomb threat.

ouryve Wed 04-Jun-14 14:27:22

I've never been turned away from a shop for already having a bag.

If they did, I would not be returning without a bag to spend my money there.

WisemansBridge Wed 04-Jun-14 14:28:20

I'm in Wales too and as previous poster said, we've had it a few years now. Never been a problem for me.

wigglesrock Wed 04-Jun-14 14:28:31

Hasn't caused that many problems with me anyone I know - am in NI & as far as I'm aware its been quite successful.

SisterMoonshine Wed 04-Jun-14 14:28:42

I can see that it might be easier for shoplifters in clothes shops etc.

Clayhead Wed 04-Jun-14 14:30:50

I always do this!

eurochick Wed 04-Jun-14 14:32:19

I do this already.

I do recall that when I lived in France, many supermarkets had signs up about leaving large bags at the entrance. I always ignored them and it was never a problem.

TheReluctantCountess Wed 04-Jun-14 14:32:36

Didn't supermarkets start charging a few years ago or did I imagine it?

CorusKate Wed 04-Jun-14 14:33:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Rhine Wed 04-Jun-14 14:35:52

I'm in Wales and no one has ever checked my bag when I've left a shop. We've had the charges for a few years and there have been no problems that I know of. I doubt they'd have brought it in a England if it hadn't been successful in other parts of the UK.

PolterGoose Wed 04-Jun-14 14:40:27

I do this already too.

TheIronGnome Wed 04-Jun-14 14:40:49

I don't think this has ever been a problem... My dm always takes a big shopping bag when she's shopping. I don't bother taking bags for small things when they offer and they don't mind when you refuse a bag- it's part of the reason they usually offer!

HesterShaw Wed 04-Jun-14 14:41:54

CorusKate that sounds like a particularly irritating example of French bureaucracy!

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