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    can shops refuse to give a bag

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    Every store in my area, charges 5 cents per bag and has done so for years!  It's nothing new and certainly doesn't chase anyone away.  It is simply part of cleaning up the environment and getting rid of plastic bags.  If anyone finds that 5 cents is too costly, they can bring their own reuseable bags or buy one at the check out (usually available for 99 cents for a very large one).  We think that it is a small price to pay in order to avoid the eyesore of plastic bags floating around everywhere, as well as filling up the landfills.  There are many people who believe that the price charged for a bag, should be considerably higher!  (And rarely does anyone say 'yes'  to a bag for one small item except in the case of a personal product.)

    We have got used to having plastic bags in all shops for years , but back in the day 1950's or so we didn't have plastic bags everyone took their own bags shopping with them, and it wasn't a problem. We seem to have just got used to the convenience of having plastic, but we would be better off in the long run without them .

    I believe so, there is a large chain store here that refuse to give bags and request a small fee if you want a bag, I generally refuse to pay and either take my own bag or stuff whatever I've bought into my handbag,

    Ducky

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    That is the whole idea of charging for bags...re-use, re-cycle and do at least a little SOMETHING towards cleaning up the environment. It works!

    you would think that they would at least ask you if you needed or wanted one (or more)

    Ducky

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    The stores that participate (almost all) do, in fact, ask..."Need bags today"?
    wonderer

    There is a store in my area called "Save a Lot" where the bags are 10 cents, or you get to use their empty boxes that they get their stuff in, but they don't put the stuff you purchase in the bags or boxes, you have to bag your own stuff....there is less employees to pay (no bagboys/girls)so they can pass on the savings to the customer...bit of a hassle, but the stuff there is mostly off brand and fairly cheap,hence the name "Save a Lot"
    Ducky

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    Do you remember when "carry out boys" used to pack your groceries, put them in the cart, wheel them out to your car, and put the groceries in your car for you? Now those were "the good ol' days"!
    wonderer

    aaahhh the good ol'days

    Some countries charge for bags, for example Ireland. The Irish became fed up with their country being defaced with stray bags, known as 'witches knickers' when caught in trees. In my opinion, bags should always be paid for, both to avoid litter and to cut the use of plastics.

    Dollybird

    Never heard of, Witches Knickers, before. Re useable bags are best, instead of paying 20c, each time, for a bag.
    doolittle

    any an area looks trashy and denotes that non-classy people live there- which is utrue! And they are very bad for. the birds
    doolittle

    nomdeplume- I thought you lived in France. Am I correct?
    witchway

    We should all follow the great example that Ireland has set! "Witches knickers" should be outlawed, paper only!
    nomdeplume

    Yes doo, I live in France but unlike Americans am aware of the existence of other countries. I have worked in Ireland and have friends there. Ireland was the first country in Europe to introduce the ban on smoking in pubs, now universal in EC.
    Supermarkets in France no longer give bags free, you have to bring your own or pay.

    if they do, i would consider it bad salesmanship.  i even get a bag for one small item.

    I haven't encountered that YET, but when I take my own bags to the store with me, I am SUPPOSED to get a 5-cent "refund" for each bag.  I have purchased several cloth/burlap type bags and use them for all kinds of stuff......seldom remember to take them to the store with me.

    Ducky

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    That is still the biggest problem here (even after years of stores charging for bags)...we forget to take them into the store. Then again, 5 cents for a bag? Even if you need 10 bags, it's still only 50 cents, right?
    Bob/PKB

    Better than CRV, though!
    doolittle

    yah, I have a bunch of bags and remember them while Im being rung up. I will pay for some...they are good to use for a days worth of kiity litter.
    Ducky

    Moderator
    CRV?
    Bob/PKB

    Californication Redemption Value. We are charged a CRV for aluminum and plastic (soda, beer, for example). It's usually 5 cents per, and you save the empties and return them to a recycling center for not nearly as much as you paid for the privilege of drinking a bottle of water or can of soda. Colored and clear glass, too. Other states do this, too. My friends are required to have a recycling can and pay for the service. The city then recycles the stuff. The city "wins" twice.
    Bob/PKB

    P.S. I have a "bag of bags" and use the plastic ones to line small trash cans...just like everyone else. I also use them instead of tissue paper when I'm "wrapping" breakables after a holiday for storage.
    Ducky

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    In my area, recycling/return of bottles, cans, recycling of office paper, newspapers etc. long preceded the charge for bags in the stores and we are decades behind many countries in Europe. Europeans are appalled at North Americans and our lack of recycling. They have been paying "fees" for forever.
    Bob/PKB

    But...but...but.. isn't America the world leader in all things good and right??? (bah,humbug)
    sniff sniff....I smell a bbq...
    Ducky

    Moderator
    That's the rumor :)

    Here in Australia Target charges 10 cents a bag, I don't believe that we should have to purchase bags from a store that we have just spent a considerable amount of money in.I am mindful of what plastic bags do to the environment, therfore i keep a folded calico bag in my hand bag at all times.

    abby grant

    do you know gerant
    pythonlover

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    No...What is gerant?

    They could, but it really wouldn't be a good business decision, in light of the fact that it would probably drive some customers away.

    If I was a shop owner you can have my wife "FREE .( "BAG )

    Ducky

    Moderator
    That's not nice dowsa. Your wife should give you a thumbs DOWN for that and make you cook your own meals for a week! :(
    dowsa

    Ducka .In all honesty I do most of the house work and make the meals carry four heavy shopping bags .She does not lift one."Why because I wont let her.I do ironing bedding curtains .Hang curtains up wash "Windows ."Reason All for "LOVE" .she is my Life until "Death do us part."Oh she has a great sense of "Humour like me I suppose.I poke fun at her the way I do to you and Colleen.My wife pokes fun at me .
    Ducky

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    Good to hear...I hope she keeps "poking at you" because I can hardly keep up with you and I need all the help I can get to keep you under control! LOL!!
    dowsa

    Thank you Ducka ."Sorry but you cant control a "Crazy !! nut like me.My Mum Dad Wife Son ,and need I say Mother-in-law!!"Now that is saying something !! have all given up .Then I "Sing a Hank Williams Song."You Win Again".


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