Put Your Bags In The Euro Trash

, , | Right | November 17, 2018

(It’s October. I’ve just finished ringing up a customer’s order which comes to €60.)

Customer: “Do you have bags?”

Me: “Yes, we do. You can either get a small plastic bag for ten cents, a large plastic bag for twenty cents, or a canvas bag for €1.”

Customer: “No.”

Me: “Y-yes. We had to start charging a small fee for our plastic bags in April. It’s a negotiated environmental agreement with the trade association.”

Customer: “No.”

Me: “I am really sorry, but yes. All our stores now charge for plastic bags. We also sell pretty canvas bags for anything between €3.95 and €7.95, if you want something more fancy?”

Customer: “But it’s raining.”

Me: “Well, all your books are still shrink-wrapped. And as I said, I can sell you a plastic bag, and if you don’t like plastic bags I can offer you a canvas bag for €1.”

Customer: “But I just spent €60.”

Me: “Yes. But unfortunately, we still need to charge for our plastic bags. You can reuse them. If you put them in your coat pocket, you can just use them again next time, and then you won’t have to buy a bag every time you shop here.”

Customer: “Do you really think I will ever shop here again?”

(The customer left, without his books which he had just paid 60 for, and without his receipt.)

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