Bag Prices Are Getting ‘High’

, , , , | Right | September 6, 2018

(I’m the dumb customer here. I stopped into a discount store for a few items. Two things about my town: First, we have a LOT of legal marijuana shops because the state has recently legalized it. Second, under a local environmental law, shops in town are not allowed to give out plastic shopping bags, but can give a paper bag if you pay five cents.)

Clerk: “Do you have a reusable bag?”

Me: “Oh, no. I got more stuff than I thought. I guess I’ll have to take a nickel bag, too!”

Clerk: *deadpan* “Sorry, ma’am, we don’t sell that yet. Try a few doors down.”

(The clerk and I burst out laughing. The elderly lady behind me is not happy; she doesn’t realize that a “nickel bag” is slang for $5 worth of weed.)

Lady: “What’s the problem? She asked for a bag. You have to give her a bag! I can see you have them right there!”

(This of course makes us laugh harder.)

Me: “It’s okay. ”

Lady: “These laws are ridiculous. You are even willing to pay for your paper bag; you should not have to put up with poor service as well. Just give her the nickel bag!”

(We were both laughing so much that the lady stomped off into another checkout aisle, muttering about “poor service.”)

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