Since I was in secondary school, some of my friends and I already started to “reject” the use of plastic bags when we go shopping. Usually if it is a small item, we will just chuck it into our bags, instead of getting another plastic bags. And when we order drinks from the canteen, we will drink it from the cup instead of a straw.
But back then, I was a bit shy to bring my own shopping bag when I go shopping.
And up till this year, I don’t do that. Instead, I will ask the cashier to put as many items as possible into as little bags, or if it is a small item, I will chuck it into my existing bags or handbag.
But thanks to the increasing awareness on environment conservation, more and more supermarket are promoting the use of “shopping bags.” And thus, I have started to bring my own shopping bag when I go shopping as well.
I feel a sense of pride to tell the cashier, “no plastic bags pls. Use this instead.”
I like shopping at Jusco because the cashiers are really well trained. When they see that I have a rolled up shopping bag in my hand, they would politely ask me if I wanted to use that instead. And they would pack the goods neatly in my bag.
At T*sco, I have met cashiers that when I said “no bags,” they leave it to me to pack everything instead of helping me. It is very frustrating as sometimes, before I had even finished packing my goods, they had started to scan the next customer’s items.
But my worst supermarket experience was at G*ant.
I had bought a lot of stuff (unplanned) and only have 1 shopping bag with me.
When the guy wanted to start packing the items, I told him to use my shopping bag instead. And he gave me a STARE and LOOK like I am some weirdo.
Cashier: Huh? Tak mau plastic ah?
Me: No. Guna bag ini.
Cashier: Masuk SEMUA dalam bag. Mana boleh masuk.
Me: Tak cukup baru guna plastic.
Cashier: I letak plastic semua la. U sendiri masuk dalam bag
Me: *lost temper* I said I don’t want to use plastic bag. Use THIS BAG and only if not enough you use plastic!
Then only he reluctantly packed things into my shopping bag. And did I use any plastic bag in that purchase? Yes – One.
We already have enough garbage on this planet. We don’t need additional help to promote creating more garbage opportunity.
So, are you a shopping bag user?