Dealing With Her Lack-Of-Baggage Baggage

, , , , , | Right | May 26, 2019

(I am in a large second-hand shop that sells clothes, bric-a-brac, and furniture. All the proceeds go to a charity, and they do not use plastic bags. I am waiting in line with my trolley full of items, and the canvas bags I brought from home. In the line ahead of me is a woman with a basket full of items.)

Cashier: “Okay, that’s everything.”

Woman: “Where’s my bag?”

Cashier: “We have canvas bags right here; would you like to purchase one? They’re 50 cents each.”

Woman: “Um, no, I don’t have that much. I’ll take a plastic bag.”

Cashier: “I’m sorry, but we don’t have plastic bags. You could take a free packing box to carry your items in, though.”

Woman: *turns to me, maybe to get sympathy* “Can you believe— Hey, wait. You have bags!”

Me: “Yes, I bought them here actually, last time. I find they come in useful.”

Woman: “Give me one!”

Me: “No, these are mine. You can buy your own.”

Woman: “I don’t want to buy one! You have heaps!”

(I have three.)

Me: “Well, that’s unfortunate. You’ll have to pick either carrying your items, using a box, or buying a bag.”

(I work as a primary school teacher, so I’m used to explaining options calmly to whingers.)

Woman: “I won’t! I’m having this one! You don’t need it!”

(She grabs one of my bags and starts stuffing her items inside. The cashier and I look at each other, and she radios for a manager.)

Woman: “Okay! Here’s my card.”

Manager: “Hello, how can I help?”

(I explain what has happened.)

Manager: “Well, it looks like you have a few options. You can buy a bag, take a box, or go without. But you must give this woman’s bag back immediately. It’s not yours.”

Woman: “This is ridiculous! You should have plastic!”

Me: *thinking this works with children, so might work now* “That’s okay; that was my worst bag and I hate it. I don’t want it anymore. You can have it.”

Woman: “Ugh, no, I don’t want it, then! Just give me a new one.”

Cashier & Manager & Me: “Sounds good!”

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