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to not be expected to bring my own bags?

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mrsout Sat 18-Oct-08 15:50:11

Snotty cow behind the till in Sainsburys today gave me a lecture because I hadn't bought my own bags! I use the carrier bags as bin bags, is that so wrong? I DO have a couple of "Bags for Life" but they have ended up as swimming bags. Just leave tham at the end of the till like before!

Boyswillbeboys Sat 18-Oct-08 15:53:22

I use the carrier bags as bin bags too, but there are loads of people out there who just throw them away or use way more than they need to. So, yes and no! It's annoying when you are being made to feel guilty even though you are actually reusing them

ranting Sat 18-Oct-08 15:56:01

I sort of know what you mean, although I mostly bring my own, I did have a Shop Assistant at Asda who said 'Well done' to me when I got my bag out one day though, that made me snort with laughter. It was the way she said it.

bigscaryorangespiderami Sat 18-Oct-08 15:57:52

The thing is, even though you are re-using them as bin-liners, they still end up on landfill, which is what anti-bag-campaigns are trying to avoid.
Perhaps use re-usuable bags for shopping and paper or degradable bags in your bin?

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Sat 18-Oct-08 15:59:16

Yes, you are being unreasonable.
It's not difficult.

Kbear Sat 18-Oct-08 16:00:15

millions of people are trying not to use bags - why are you surprised? Agree she shouldn't have been rude to you though.

BecauseImAWitch Sat 18-Oct-08 16:01:50

How hard is it to take your own bags anyway? They have been very open about not giving as many carrier bags away in most supermarkets. M&S charge you 5p for their basic ones these days.

beanieb Sat 18-Oct-08 16:02:01

I keep my bags in the car, that wayI rarely forget them. I think Sainsbury are right to not offer bags but they shouldn't give people a lecture. As it is our sainsbury has all this advertising up about how they have removed bags from the checkouts but really they still have them and they put them out for people who don't have them.

vjg13 Sat 18-Oct-08 16:02:36

YANBU and I don't understand why in M&S you can still have free plastic bags for clothes etc but have to pay for food bags. Isn't it just a way of making more money?

Why can't shops do tough brown paper bags?

2shoesdrippingwithblood Sat 18-Oct-08 16:02:44


AuraofDora Sat 18-Oct-08 16:03:29

yes yabu, its not that much to ask..
its not really recycling them to line bins as bigscaryorangespiderami has pointed out..

your shopping will have to stink of chlorine grin or invest in some re-useables, they stuff down quite small..

have you not been to woolies lately? they charge thruppence a throw now..
the world has woken up a bit, suggest you do too..

electra Sat 18-Oct-08 16:03:43

YANBU - she sounds very rude. It is not her place to lecture you if you haven't brought your own bags - that is your choice. She obviously needs to brush up on her customer service skills.

MorticiaAnnSpookington Sat 18-Oct-08 16:04:17

YABU totally, how hard is it to stock pile carrier bags ready for shopping ?

McDreamy Sat 18-Oct-08 16:04:29

I agree we should all make the effort to reduce the amount of carrier bags we use but if I pop into Sainsburys on a Saturday (or any day for that matter) to do a bit of shopping I would not expect to be lectured by a member of staff about it. YANBU

ilovemydog Sat 18-Oct-08 16:06:56

I always bring my own (love Cath Kidson ones!)

But, the issue as far as landfill is concerned, really winds me up. Yes, bags going to landfill is a problem, but miniscule when compared to the massive amount of packaging generated by the supermarkets.

electra Sat 18-Oct-08 16:07:02

The issue surely is not a general one of whether we should be expected to recycle, but rather that it is not on for a cashier to treat a customer so rudely.

unknownrebelbang Sat 18-Oct-08 16:07:16

Wait til they start charging for them.

MorticiaAnnSpookington Sat 18-Oct-08 16:08:28

the cashier shouldn't have lectured,I agree

suzywong Sat 18-Oct-08 16:09:12


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BetteNoire Sat 18-Oct-08 16:11:11

irrespective of the recycling issue, the cashier was rude.
i'd have left my shopping and gone elsewhere.

McDreamy Sat 18-Oct-08 16:13:13

I was thinking my reaction might have been similar Bette, sorry but not her place. i

nooOOOoonki Sat 18-Oct-08 16:14:58

YABU - you should be expected to bring own bags, can't wait for them to start charging.

YANBU to expect her not to be rude to you.

Nagapie Sat 18-Oct-08 16:18:37

If it is the rudeness you object to surely a well placed word in the ear of the person manning the tills would be appropriate.. dumping your shopping does nothing but show you up as being childish...

There are still free bags available at our Sainsbury's store with facilities to recycle bags and most other packaging.. nothing wrong with a company making a small step towards getting a few bags off the dumpster..

In honour of Cod,buy one of the turtle friendly ones from M&S - not cheap, but they fold up to nothing and hold a good deal of shopping...

TheBlonde Sat 18-Oct-08 16:23:31


BetteNoire Sat 18-Oct-08 16:29:05

"dumping your shopping does nothing but show you up as being childish..."

I disagree; it does more than that.

It shows a representative of a vast corporation that pays lip-service to recycling, that they are wrong to believe they can treat their customers like crap, and expect them to simply put up with it.

I find it baffling that English consumers appear to merrily accept bad customer service on a regular basis.

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