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To be annoyed at mandatory 5p carrier bag charge when there's no carrier bAg?

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PossumInAPearTree Mon 27-Mar-17 16:14:55

I know it's only 5p and I need to put <lighthearted> here but I am slightly annoyed by the principle of it.

Ordering pizza from a well known national chain via their app, a mandatory 5p charge for a carrier bag was put on. I pick the pizzas up in store, no carrier bag. I jokingly say "where's my carrier bag". They say they don't have carrier bags.

I'm now puzzling over whether they'd just run out or never have them. But even if they did have them in, who on earth wants 4 big boxed pizzas in a carrier bag? I'm hardly going to carry them home vertically in a bag as they'd all slide into a mush.

If this store do t his to everyone they're making a fortune nationwide.

BorpBorpBorp Mon 27-Mar-17 16:19:12

Weird that they would put the charge on when you didn't get a bag.

Last time I ordered pizza from a well know national chain, I ordered a deal which included a bottle of pop, and the pop came in a branded carrier bag. They didn't charge me for the bag. Maybe I should send you 5p to even out the universe grin

KoalaDownUnder Mon 27-Mar-17 16:19:15

Yes, that is rather ridiculous! I'd call them on it.

PossumInAPearTree Mon 27-Mar-17 16:20:58

Well I've just done an oñline order with Tesco where you pay 40p per order for carrier bags. If I get more than 8 (which I usually do) I guess I'm winning.

PossumInAPearTree Mon 27-Mar-17 16:21:36

They were big pizzas, like 14" across. I don't think they would fit in a carrier bag.

PrivetDrive24 Mon 27-Mar-17 16:21:52

Some pizza places have bags where the corners are cut out so enables you to carry stacked up pizza boxes flat...but shouldnt be charged if you don't actually get one hmm

Doyouthinktheysaurus Mon 27-Mar-17 16:40:11

Hmm, that's daft, charging you for a bag and not giving you one! That would irrationally bug me and I'd probably opt to order my pizza elsewhere, in protest.

We order from dominos and always get a drink in a bag that I've not paid for. I don't need the bag so wouldn't pay if I had a choice, I'd just remove the bottle and return the bag. The bags not paid for, the drink is part of the deal.

TheSnorkMaidenReturns Mon 27-Mar-17 16:40:37

It's fraud if they are charging an not giving you one. On every transaction those 5ps add up.

Sillymummy81 Mon 27-Mar-17 16:42:52

It annoys me in supermarkets when they make you say how many bags you want before you've packed! How about I pack, use however many bags I need, then you ring through the charge for the bags at the end instead of making me guess!! angry

MongerTruffle Mon 27-Mar-17 16:57:38

Pizza Express?

If you order online there's a cross next to the carrier bag charge.

TheProblemOfSusan Mon 27-Mar-17 16:59:05

Yeah that's really really annoying. YANBU. If I could be arsed I'd complain about it, would depend on my mood at the time!

BTW, Ocado charge you as they ought to, but also give you 5p back for every bag you return, and they can be any old carrier bag, don't have to be Ocado ones. So if you go to e.g. the corner shop where they don't need to charge you, you can sell them back to Ocado. Best I ever managed in one return was £1.80 back.

Dulcibella Mon 27-Mar-17 17:01:10

My online Asda shop keeps arriving bagless even though I've requested and paid for bags.
It's annoying me that much that I think I'll have to start shopping elsewhere

Janey50 Mon 27-Mar-17 17:11:07

How daft! Who puts boxes of pizza in a carrier bag? And what a cheek to charge you for a non existent bag. Something that annoys me is when I buy stuff from a certain well-known bakers shop. They always ask 'Would you like a carrier bag?' and never mention that it costs 5 pence. OK I know that people should know by now that there is nearly always a 5 pence charge for a carrier bag,but the number of times I have seen customers handing over the exact money for their purchases then being told it's 5 pence short! And the carrier bags are pathetically small.

PossumInAPearTree Mon 27-Mar-17 17:12:33

Yes, pizza express. Could I have uncrossed the box then?

Must admit I was multitasking, ordering pizza whole shopping in Ikea hell.

But it ought to be opt in, not opt out. Tesco don't put a charge for 10x carrier bags on every transaction and expect me to uncheck it.

PossumInAPearTree Mon 27-Mar-17 17:15:00

Small carrier bags give me the rage Janey

H&M gave me a 6" high carrier bag on Saturday for the eye mask I was buying. I asked them to swap it for a full size one which they did! I was going shopping elsewhere afterwards and didn't want to have to buy a bag in River Island if I could fit my stuff in the first bag!

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 27-Mar-17 17:18:12

All the money from sales of carrier bags is meant to go to charity.

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 27-Mar-17 17:20:00

www.gov.uk/government/publications/single-use-plastic-carrier-bags-why-were-introducing-the-charge/carrier-bags-why-theres-a-5p-charge#how-the-proceeds-will-be-used

WicksEnd Mon 27-Mar-17 17:33:55

It should go to charity but it doesn't always. Even Sainsbury's got in trouble for it so I imagine it's rife amongst other retailers too.

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 27-Mar-17 17:37:04

I just can't see the point of getting het up about 5p that is supposed to go to good causes. It might be more productive to contact the firm and ask them for information on where the money goes?

Isitjustmeorisiteveryoneelse Mon 27-Mar-17 17:37:34

Four fourteen inch pizzas? Blimey. I'm missing the point aren't I?

zzzzz Mon 27-Mar-17 17:40:51

I bought dd some clips and bangles at accessorise and they sold us a 5p bag about the size of a postcard.shockangry

There are other places I can shop.

PlayOnWurtz Mon 27-Mar-17 17:42:50

I feel put out when I need a bag and they say "We only have the small ones today" and they're 5p too! Fuck off.

c0lette Mon 27-Mar-17 17:43:55

Sounds like a scam to me...

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 27-Mar-17 17:44:12

I just don't get the moaning to be honest. Either take your own bag or suck it up, the money isn't going in the retailers pocket but if you think they are scamming then report them.

zzzzz Mon 27-Mar-17 17:45:53

It's fine to buy a bag, but you'd hope the idea was to reuse it NOT punish you for having the audacity to buy something on the spur of the moment.

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