Paper or Plastic
Remember when customers were given a choice at the grocery store?
The first time I heard a cashier chant ‘paper or plastic’, I thought he was asking how I was going to pay for my purchases. Paper would indicate real money – cash and plastic was a credit card. The question, though, was not about preferred payment method but how I wanted my groceries bagged.
Some considered paper the natural green choice. Others felt it increased the slaying of trees. Plastic was shunned due to its harmful properties – it wasn’t natural. I could never figure out all the arguments to consciously act – So I gave each choice equal opportunity.
Imagine my surprise last week when I was not offered a choice of bags or even the use of a bagger. My purchases lay sprawled on the counter waiting for me to claim them.
The cashier had already diverted his attention to the next customer when I asked if the store was out of bags. The look on his face was condemning as he informed me I was required to pay 5 cents for each bag. It was the law.
How did I miss this change? I couldn’t recall paying for bags before. The simple encounter felt like an earthquake exploding my carefully constructed world into fragments.
What else has disappeared from reality?