Would you like a bag with that???

@whywiki (6070)
Canada
May 7, 2008 12:01pm CST
I was in the drug store the other day. I bought a box of tampons. I paid for the tampons and the woman says would you like a bag with that? I was a little stunned to say the least. I felt like saying "Oh no I will just hang them around my neck so the whole world will know it is my time of the month!" Do I want a bag.... I can understand if it is a pack of gum or a bottle of water but Tampons? I guess it saves stores thousands of dollars worth of bags but I wonder if the cashiers are told to try and not give out bags or do they use their own judgment?
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@katsmeow1213 (28817)
• United States
7 May 08
I think it was a bit foolish on the cashier's part. Unless you were buying one of those 8 packs or something that is small enough to fit in a purse, but I'm assuming you bought the multi pack which is too large to fit into most purses. Regardless what the item was, that size item should require a bag. Perhaps this particular cashier had her own views of what needed a bag and what didn't, but at least she asked instead of just assuming you did not want one!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
7 May 08
That's true at least she asked. You are right it was a big box!
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@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
8 May 08
OMG did I get a good laugh with this. I even had to read this to my husband. You're a riot. hehehe There just isn't any common sense left in this old world.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
8 May 08
I'm a cashier and more times than not, if i go to put the tampons in a bag, the girl will look at me as if i'm nuts and just take it. I always ask. It isn't about lack of common sense at all...it is just that most girls really could care less about a bag so rather than waste time putting it in a bag only to take it out and hold up the line....we simply ask!!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I thought it was a case of common sense too but I guess that once again I am wrong. I suppose in the future you will line up and say yes maam a bag before the transaction even starts. Like the soup nazi on Seinfeld but we will have bag nazis.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
8 May 08
I think it is one those situations where you would have to be there. I ask the question as I'm ringing in the purchase and and handing back change and so there is no guess work involved. If I forget to ask, i do automatically reach for a bag. It is more of a timesaving tactic than anything...i work alone in a very busy place.I can't be guessing everyone's preference. You would be surprised at how very many do not want bags for those things.
• United States
8 May 08
They aren't told to ask, they use their own judgement. I would have reacted the same way. Of course you want a bag for those. I seriously think that they don't use their brains sometimes.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
8 May 08
Um...I'm a cashier and 9 out 10 of the girls that buy tampons just grab them and go. If I try to put them in a bag, they laugh at me and say they are saving a tree. Young people really don't care about those things. Plus, it is habit to ask if they'd like a bag. We see hundreds of customers on a shift and say the same thing over and over and over and over. don't be so harsh on the clerk . She was just asking.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
7 May 08
Was it a guy or a girl who asked you? Was the cashier distracted or repeating a question she asks all day, every day? It does seem a bit insensitive. What about toilet paper? There's never a bag for that. I get so embarassed walking out to my car with ten rolls of tp riding on the bottom of my cart. Isn't that silly?
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I know what you mean. We all use it yet there is something demeaning about walking through the parking lot with a big package of TP riding in the cart!
@anawar (2406)
• United States
8 May 08
You understand exactly what I meant. Thanks for replying!
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
8 May 08
Cashiers are typically trained to always ask whether or not you want a bag. Let them do their job. I personally don't care if someone sees me carrying a box of tampons to the car (and I usually bring my own bag anyway). Regardless of what you are buying, the cashier is supposed to ask you for a bag because people are different - you could have a cloth bag stuffed into your purse, you might be running outside to a car parked two feet from the front door, you may want a preference for plastic or paper. Whatever. It has nothing to do with the store saving money, it's customary service in any store to ask. Be nice to service workers, they have to deal with a lot of mean people.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I work in customer service and am nice to them. I am always amazed at how rude people can be.
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@mbs730 (2155)
• Canada
8 May 08
Hehe yeah, that is funny but she may be so used to asking customers that, it probably became automatic to her, even though she wasn't paying attention to what you had just purchased :) But yeah that is funny!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I know all about that. Sometimes in my job where I answer phones all day I become detatched from what I am doing and say really stupid things then feel like an idiot for not paying attention!
@wooitsmolly (3613)
• United States
7 May 08
I think it's just a reaction that cashiers have when someone is only buying one or two things. I doubt they were even paying much attention to what it is you were actually buying or maybe it didn't occur to them. I personally would not have taken a bag, but I try to avoid using plastic bags when I can just carry something or stick it in my purse. Menstruation is a natural thing, go with the flow and let the world know! (I just wrote you that nice poem, whywiki.)
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I like the poem. Maybe you should have T-shirts made and we can start a new revolution. I can see a sea of red shirts on national menstruation day!
7 May 08
I work in a supermarket and we have to offer bags before scanning the customers groceries. I dont always if I see them with bags or depending what they are buying. Some women just shove it in their handbags (they have those big massive handbags!!) The company could be cutting down on bags but should still offer them. I wouldnt have wanted to walk around carrying tampons or a packet of pads!!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I am guilty of a massive handbag but on this occasion I had just stuffed money in my pocket to buy one thing. I can see cutting back on bags that is good for the enviroment and all but there has to be some leeway don't you think?
@Pitgull (1523)
• United States
7 May 08
I think she went by her own judgement, a man would have shoved them into a bag immediately.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I think you are right, most men try to hide these things as soon as possible.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
7 May 08
Look at it like this. The box is small and if you have a big purse then you could have slipped it right in your bag and walked out of the store. If you did't have a big bag they you would have needed a bag to carry it in. But don't get upset. That's a minor thing and then again saving money on those plastic bags. Soon they will be going back to paper bags that can be recycled with not problem unlike plastic.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I'm really not too upset I just thought it was a silly question considering I had no purse or anyway to carry them and I am in a mall. If I happened to go into another store that sold tampons they would have picked me up for shoplifting I'm sure! It would be just my luck.
@Fidget (291)
7 May 08
Did you have any other bags on you or a handbag that they could have fitted in? If you did, I can see why she asked but otherwise I would have thought it natural to assume the customer would want a bag.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
7 May 08
I had nothing but cash in hand and I had to go to other stores. I could see it if I had other bags but alas I didn't.
@Jemina (5784)
7 May 08
LOL! Sorry it's not funny to be in that situation but I just want to laugh at what the lady told you. I think she didn't really mean that you might want to carry it like that. But as a teller or cashier she automatically asks each customer this same question and you know it's not easy to turn this off once it has been activated in the long-term memory. I went to Lidl one morning to buy the same thing but alas I forgot to carry a bag. And you know Lidl they charge for plastic bags so I went to the post office instead and bought the item there.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
7 May 08
It probably was just habit that made her say it as I know in my job I say really stupid things sometimes when I am in automatic mode.
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@Jemina (5784)
8 May 08
Yes, I had one of those like I always answer my boyfriend with Si signor or Yes Sa lady was interviewing me and automatically I was saying Yes, sir to her but cut it before the whole word comes out of my mouth.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I use Roger instead of yes with some customers and they think I am nuts. That's what you get for working too much I guess.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
8 May 08
Hi whywiki, I am a cashier and I'd have done the same thing. So many come in and buy tampons and look at me as if I'm nuts when I go to put their tampons in a bag. They just grab them and go. I'd say it is a rare that someone really cares about the bag for those sort of things anymore. I agree with you...I would want a bag. It is just a common thing we have to ask so many times during a shift that sometimes it just comes out whether necessary or not. I once asked a customer if he needed a bag when all he got is gas. I'm quite sure it was not the stores suggestion that the clerks try to save on bags.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I like my gas in a bag. Just kidding. I know what you mean though someone will call me for a taxi and give there name straight off the bat and at the end of the conversation I will say and your name? I then feel like a complete idiot. I think we all need more time off from our jobs! I am all for a 4 day week at double the pay!
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
8 May 08
That'd be nice. Maybe i'll run it by my boss this afternoon. Sometimes I answer my home phone as if i'm at work because i am so used to answering that way. IN my house, we are all blonde...my daughter called me at work one day and then began picking on me for answering my phone like that. Thing is..i WAS at work and she was thinking that she dialed my home number...close but no. how do we exist, i have to wonder.
@sacmom (14338)
• United States
12 May 08
It's probably a little of both. They are probably told to not give out bags when they can avoid doing so, but I also think that they use their own judgement as well. For example, when my oldest son and I went to the hardware store a few weeks ago, we only got one or 2 small items that my son or I could have easily held. The cashier asked if I wanted these to be bagged and I told him no thank you. The next thing I knew, he said that he was going to put them in a bag anyway. I was a little shocked as I already told him no, but as he is senior citizen I didn't argue the point.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 May 08
If only a happy medium could be found.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
9 May 08
I would just like to hope that she was on automatic pilot and wasn't thinking. Or she may have thought you just wanted to tuck it away in your purse. I do wonder if the stores are trying to cut costs by asking if we want bags
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 May 08
I hope it was auto pilot but it seems more and more stores aren't just giving bags anymore. I have noticed it at future shop too.
@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
8 May 08
I thought those kind of things only happened to me. I've noticed that they are asking more often if I want a bag. It must be a way of trying to save money for the stores. It should be understood that most people would expect a bag. Especially with personal items.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I have noticed it more lately too. I guess it saves lots of bags and I wouldn't mind if I didn't have other things to do.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
8 May 08
I guess you are right. Stores should have bags come handy even if you just buy a gum. But then, maybe you are right too that the stores want to save on bags too. Once I went to the store and the lady put the stuff I bought in the bag and then I say never mind, I will just put them in my own bag. So maybe that lady have encountered me or some people who refuse to use the store's bag for the goods they bought. Right now, since the earth day, a lot of people are bringing their own re-usable grocery bags to the store when they do the grocery. I do that too because I got a discount on my groceries if I bring my own bag.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I think a discount for bringing your own bags is a bonus and great idea. I have re-usable bags but am notorious for forgetting them.
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
8 May 08
LOL I like your thought better then the standard response I give them of "No thanks, you can just keep them behind the counter as long as you do not forget to drop them off on your way home tonight." The look on the cashiers face from me saying that is worse then mind when they ask such a question.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I like your response I may have to try that one next time.
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
8 May 08
I'm betting it was a slipup, more of a pre-programmed response that she's using to saying with everything small. I can't imagine she would think you really wouldn't want a bag, but who knows!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I think you are probably right. It is sad but in this day and age people really don't care how you are but ask anyways out of habit.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
8 May 08
haha this has happened to me already. i have bought 1 iced tea in a bottle and the lady cashier asked me if she should give me a plastic bag for that. i just said of course i need a bag with this.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 May 08
I think it should be the customer that says I don't need a bag not the cashier asking if we want one, it should be implied.