CAUTION: Rant Ahead

Ok, I have an issue and maybe you, my wise readers, can help me out with this one. Please, please, please help me to understand this.

When you bring your own canvas/reusable bags to a store, why does it automatically mean you also must bag your own items???

I've been using my own canvas bags to grocery shop for atleast a year now and for the past 6 months or so, I've trying to mostly use my own bags for other shopping as well. I keep a small canvas bag in my purse at all times and the rest stay in my car's trunk, so they're always with me.

Anyway, just about every single time I'm using my own bags, I am also the one who has to put my purchases into my bags. It's like the cashiers think they can take a nice break just because I'm not using their wasteful plastic bags.

All I want to know is where's my paycheck for doing their job?

This especially happens at Target. I get all my canvas bags out, stand them up and open at the end of the checkout lane so that they are all ready and easy to place the items directly into them.

But you know what always happens??? The moron cashier stands there and hands each and every item to me. Or they place the items down NEXT TO THE BAG. Then I have to pick each thing up and put them into the bags.

Does anyone see the logic there????

I am at a loss as to why they feel they can't bag my items just because I'm using my own bags. Do they realize that by me bringing my own bags, I'm not only helping the environment, but I'm also cutting the costs of their employer? And in turn, making it just a little less likely the store will need to make cutbacks. And maybe it's just a little less likely that they will be part of those cutbacks???

Of course, this may be a bit of a pain, but I'll continue using my own bags. A little bit of inconvenience is worth it to avoid the waste of plastic bags.

Has anyone else experienced this bagging issue when you bring your own bags?


Mommy Kennedy said...

Yup, I've experienced that myself. The way that I handle the situation is that I put all of my bags on the conveyor belt prior to my order. Then it puts the bags in the cashier's hands.

Let me know if this helps!

Anonymous said...

At our grocery store, they will bag them for us. The problem is they make them so heavy we can barely lift the darn bag. They have made them so full that one of my sturdy canvas bags actually tore. Ugh.

Corrie at "Cents"able Momma said...

At Meijer, the cashier will still load the items. They have a round carousel with plastic bags, so I'll add my bags in front of theirs and then they load them.1

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

At Fred Meyer's they will bag them for us. But I try to use the self checkout when I am out shopping if possible (so I can make sure I am not being overcharged), so I don't have that problem that much.

I put mine first on the conveyor belt too though.

Kookaburra said...

Thanks for the suggestion... looks like maybe I will try putting the bags up on the conveyor belt.

Funny too, because I always looked at it as being helpful to get the bags all ready for them.

Becca said...

I have never had that problem, but like some others I stick my bags on top before my first item. Most of the store bags even have the little hooks so they hang on the bag carousels. Not that it will always keep them from bagging yard chemicals with produce, but that's another story.

Kristen said...

I bring my own bags and I have never had to bag them myself. Interesting though.

Tiff said...

I do the same thing as Mommy Kennedy! I have never had to bag my own stuff! I wonder what the cashiers are thinking?

Laane said...

Well, maybe they won't go into your bags, because they're considered private property and something gets lost that you left in one of them. Like keys.

Maybe it's good to put the issue under the attention of the shopowner.

Here we just pack our own bags and we don't have a problem with it.
I can't imagine having other people to do so. I can do it myself and will do it myself, so I never have bags that tear or whatever.

Stayatworkdad said...

I am reading through some of these comments and they seem like they are all for groocery stores. Most times you bag your own stuff in a grocery store. I think is more about stores like Target, where you never bag your own.

Kookaburra said...


I don't think the issue is with the fact that they are afraid of losing something of mine. the bags are completely empty, I'm not handing over my purse or something like that.

Also, I wanted to clarify that when we grocery shop, we pretty much always bag our own groceries. We shop at Acme and it's normal to bag your own groceries there.

The issue is more when we are at other stores, shopping for clothing or household items... this especially happens at Target. Every single time.

And Laane, I'm not sure where you're from, but here it's customary for the cashiers to bag your items at stores like that. That's why the plastic bags and bag holders are on their side of the counter and not the customer's side.

They are paid to do this and it's part of their job description to package the customer's purchases.

Tammigirl said...

I've never shopped a grocer where I bagged my own stuff, unless I expressly requested to do it.

So, for me, it would be highly unusual. Maybe it's regional? Although I've lived many places and never been subject to this practice.

I, too, present my bags to the cashier before my groceries. I'm so busy unloading stuff I haven't got the time to jump ahead of the cart and position the bags. Maybe they don't bag your things because you do this.

In any event, if they start handing things to you just stand there and look at them. If that isn't enough you can say "Oh, just put that in the bag."