Thursday, January 28, 2010

Oh, Charleston: An Actual Conversation

I stopped by my local supermarket today after work to pick up a couple of things, and brought one of my 10,000 cloth grocery bags along. I purchased the following: apples, oranges, cereal, lettuce, cottage cheese, pistachios and a bottle of wine.

After standing on line for at least 10 minutes, I unload my purchases on the conveyor belt thing and place the cloth bag on top. This is the universal sign for "put my stuff in this bag, please."

K: Hello!
Cantankerous Cashier: Hi.
K: How are you?
CC: I've been a lot better.
K: *awkward silence*
CC: Is this your bag?
K: Yes, it is.
CC: Are you planning on putting your stuff in it?
K: Uh -- yeah, I can put everything in there when you're finished.

So I run my debit card through and walk to the end of the still-running belt thingy, where she had tossed my bag along with my groceries. She stands there and watches me bag my purchases before she starts checking anyone else out, and then she hands my receipt to the next woman in line.


  1. I'm not sure where you shopped but there are some stores where the employees are not only okay with the cloth bags, but do a great job loading them and will even ask you what you want IN the bag (if you have lots of stuff and not enough bags).

  2. I took my bags to a store yesterday and the cashier acted like he didn't know what to do with them. I could tell it really threw him off his usual way of doing things and he didn't know how to pack them, so my bananas got the bad end of the deal.
    BTW, I stumbled across your blog when I was looking for WV bloggers. We will be moving there this summer and I want to get feel for how things are there.