Why Didn't I Just Take My Own Shopping Bag!!!

@maddysmommy (16243)
United States
July 28, 2007 2:56pm CST
My son and I just went for a quick walk and bike ride to the 7/11 30 minutes ago and when we were half way home, the plastic bag ripped and my 2 ltr milk and few goodies all spilled out. I did ask the shop keeper if he could bag it twice and he said that he didn't need to because the bags were strong. Boy was he wrong! Since we were not far away from our home, and we were both sweaty and icky from the heat, I couldn't be bothered going back and complaining about it. I was happy that the milk did not spill out or else I would not have been able to have my coffee fix this afternoon:P
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@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
28 Jul 07
awwwwwww. You guys..I am so sorry you had this happen..I don't know of any store that has "strong" bags...Next time tell them you are walking and you want everything triple bagged..or you may just have to take a wagon...hey, whatever works..Just think if your milk had broken, now that would have been icky..*smiles*
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Jul 07
hahahaha yes it would of been. I think I would of walked back to the 7/11 if the milk did burst. I can't go without having my coffee LOL thanks Feona for the laugh!
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@dfollin (12107)
• United States
29 Jul 07
I used to use our wagon to go to the store and get alot or heavy things like a gallon of milk or soda.
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@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
29 Jul 07
dfollin, a wagon is a very good idea..
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• Canada
29 Jul 07
Hi maddysmommy, hope all is well. I am so sorry to hear about your bad shopping bag experience. I can understand just wanting to get home with the stuff you had just bought. It is a good thing that the milk didn't spill out so just try to think of the bright side that it could have been worse. Hope your day has gotten better and take care!
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
29 Jul 07
Thanks purpleteddybear. I was just happy that the milk didn't burst. It was embarassing though having to pick up the groceries and try to carry them home. Just as well i did not buy that many as it was just a quick run to the store.
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• Canada
30 Jul 07
I can understand how it would have been embarassing hun! It would have been more embarassing though had the milk burst or had you bought more things.
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• Philippines
29 Jul 07
hey! maddysmommy! it happen to me also, but i still dont bring my own bag.lol! but i am always careful now, i always insist that the bags be doubled, even if i have to pay for extra. i say i live afar, and if the plastic bag broke its their fault.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
29 Jul 07
Hi sharonercastillo! next time I go there I will make sure I insist they double the bag. I only shop at 7/11 when I have to get a few things like milk and or coffee and thats about it.
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• Philippines
29 Jul 07
do that my friend. milk is heavy they should have doubled your bag, or at least put them in a separate bags. good day!
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@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Good thing the milk didn't bust! At least you weren't too far from home. It makes me mad when the bags rip. They always say at the grocery store that it will hold too. Apparently not, like you said.:P
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I was so happy the milk didn't bust or else I think I would of walked all the way back and demanded a free one LOL and then asked for them to double/tripple it this time round.
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@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
28 Jul 07
LOL, definitely! I would have done the same thing if it had busted.:P
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
31 Jul 07
Oh no! I'm surprised that he wouldn't double bag it for you! I'm sorry that happened! It would be a very, very sad day without a morning coffee fix. It would be one of those, "don't mess with me or else days" haha!
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
31 Jul 07
hahaha your right on about that one Amstardam!
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
30 Jul 07
I am very sorry to hear that this happened to you. I know how frustrating it can be when people think that they know what you need better than you do. I would have told him that I would feel much more comfortable with a double bags. I am on the bus most of the time and I tell them to double my bags. I dare one of them to ever tell me something like that. I remember when I first moved to Santa Monica and I was signing up for my internet service and the customer service representative was trying to get me to sign up for cable to. I tried to tell her that I could not afford it and that idiot had the nerve to say to me, why don't you get a second job. I started to curse her out, but my internet bill is combined with my phone service and verizon is the only phone service that you can have in Santa Monica, so I had to bite my tongue and simply tell her that I was disabled and on a fixed income and that is why I could not afford it. Then, she had the nerve to try and apologize. But it was too late and the damage was done.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
30 Jul 07
Sorry to hear that Rosie, the nerve of some people. I don't understand why they need to insist on trying to force you to buy more than what you wanted in the first place. We get that here all the time and even after I say no and that I can't afford it, they still insist. It's really annoying at times.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
30 Jul 07
With all the emphasis on recycling now, maddysmommy, many people are opting to use bags of their own when they shop. I won one of these heavy tote bags from Yahoo Answers and I'm going to try it out when I go shopping later in the week. It is made of a sturdy material that can be used over and over again. I think the Europeans have used these types of bags forever.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
30 Jul 07
I think so too. I have a few tote bags here also and I usually take one with me when I go downtown. I didn't think I would buy much from the 7/11 as all I really wanted was some milk and a few goodies. Next time I will though.
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@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
30 Jul 07
What did you do after the plastic bag ripped? You carry them using your hands? I would have called for help or send someone back to 7-11 to collect another bag :p And no, I would not bring my own shopping bag! I hate the idea of bringing a bag out and back with an empty bag if I cannot get the things I wanted.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
30 Jul 07
Luckily it was just the 2 ltr milk, two packets of noodle soup and 2 pkts of lunchables for my son. We were almost home and I couldn't be bothered going all the way back. I had my son as well and he was on his bike. BUT if the milk had burst, then I would of made the effort to go back and demand a replacement with 3x bag support LOL I have a few tote bags that i use now and then when I go downtown to Vienna so i should of used oen of those, especially since I was carrying a 2 ltr milk, and boy they are heavy!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
29 Jul 07
We have the same problem at Safeways. Some of the clerks bag it twice, some once, and some put the meat products *although wrapped:" along with the salad produce. I decided to take my shopping bags. We need some more, but it seems with this eco-craze they are hard to get nowadays. Our plastic bags are sent back to be recycled, but after a while, they get rather holey if you know what I mean.
@dfollin (12107)
• United States
31 Jul 07
In our grocery store's (ie: Giant,Safeway,Best Buy etc.)bags the meats and fruit's in a small plastic bag and then put them into a regular shopping plastic bag.There are recycle things to put the bags in,out front of some stores. And when I moved to this house the reycle bin was not here and I called the trash service and they said that I would have to buy one.Iam doing them a favor by sorting my trash and they expect me to pay for it.
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@mummymo (23709)
29 Jul 07
That must have been so irritating! Here the larger stores are selling fabric reusable bags very cheaply in an effort to help the environment but the biggest problem is remembering to take them with you! xxx
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
29 Jul 07
Yes I have a few from Giant Foods and i forget to use them everytime we do go to the store.
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@Madona1 (2097)
• Gibraltar
29 Jul 07
Well, you cannot blame yourself without bring your own shopping bag as you did not plan you were going to buy so much staff and did not know the shopkeeper would not give you an extra bag though you asked for it. I think at the beginning you went out just for a walk and bike ride. Fortunately the milk did not spill; otherwise you have to return to the shop again. But it is still worth telling the shop keeper what you have experienced on your next visit.
@dfollin (12107)
• United States
29 Jul 07
I just thought of something.Yes,this was the store's fault.But maybe you should keep a grocery bag folded up in your purse in case of emergencies.
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
28 Jul 07
LOL! oh this has so happen to me many many times. i just hate it. it is worst when it happens when you have food that you are trying to get home. the store where i buy all of my meats for the months have the worst bags. even if you double bag it, they still break. I so feel your pain
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Jul 07
haha thanks 34momma. I'm happy you feel my pain - I don't know what I would of done if the milk burst LOL I think I would of had a go at the guy behind the register though LOL
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• United States
28 Jul 07
The clerk should have given you double bags, despite his erroneous assertion that the bags were strong enough. Perhaps you SHOULD take your own bags!
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Yup I will next time, especially if I am buying a 2 ltr milk!
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@disvachic (10125)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Oh Lordy poor you maddysmommy.ALL I can say is im glad you were half way home and your milk didn't spill!!:)Maybe add a basket to your bike.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Jul 07
That's a good idea. I have to get the right size for my sons bike, he biked and I had to walk AND carry the groceries LOL Just as well the 7/11 is not too far away or else I would of flagged it altogether.
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Oh no!thats terrible. LoL Maybe you should have taken your own bag is right. Sorry that happened to you. And Im glad you had your coffee fix.LOL
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I am glad too. The last thing I wanted was the milk to burst and you should of seen me when it ripped, nevermind the other groceries, it was the milk I was concerned about LOL
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28 Jul 07
I always use my own bag. Not only because it is strong enough to hold all the things, but also keep the environment clean. Plastic bags pollute our environment!!!
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Yup I have a lot here I have to return to the grocery store. I normally use my tote bags when I go grocery shopping but did not take one this time round.
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@naadia (830)
• India
31 Jul 07
honestly speaking i never went to market for shopping!i always went for some shopping but not this stuffs...usuually some clothes or like that. so i never experienced this before!my brother sometime went to market and whenever he bought coconut oil quarter of that got spill out!
@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
30 Jul 07
in singapore, there has been a huge drive to do away with plastic shopping bags. every first wednesday of the month (which is coming up) our large supermarkets do not give out plastic bags. people are made to bring their own reusable bags. however, if you forget, plastic bags can be made available to you at about US 7 cents a piece. the money from these 'donations' are channeled to this Save Environment committee. At my work place, we have also started this bring your own cup day thing. to eliminate styrafoam cup use. But personally i would still like plastic bags since i use them to line my small bins.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
29 Jul 07
Hey. What a bummah for you, especially after you told the keeper to bag it twice... Now you for next time take a reliable bag and dont let the store keeper tell you any different... Have a great day...
• United Arab Emirates
29 Jul 07
Oh. Its really bad. I often carry extra bags with me. I do not need it but just in case there is a requirement, then its worth carrying. The same incident happened with me long back. So, i can understand how u feel. Next time, be careful to keep 1 or 2 extra bags with you. Keep it now itself or else u will forget. Take care
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