Do You Do The Green Thing?

November 25, 2013 at 11:21 am 16 comments

Charlie Bear here with a question for you. Lately, Mom Peep has to put her memory skills into overtime. No more rushing into the grocery store with just her purse, car keys, and list in hand. No, she has to stop and think and act.

You see, something happened at the grocery stores here in Southern California, or at least at the stores where she shops all the time. They now require you to BYOB!

That’s right. You have to bring your own bags!

grocery bag

canvas grocery bag

The first time she had a clue about this was in the checkout line when the clerk asked if she wanted a bag for 15 cents. She said, “What?”

“You have to pay for bags now,” the clerk said, “unless you bring your own.”

So Mom Peep bought a bag. The next time she went into the store, she forgot the bag and they asked her the same thing again. “Drat,” Mom Peep said, “I have a bag but left it in my car!” So they packed the groceries right into the cart and not even into a plastic or paper bag. Geesh.

You know what happened the next time?

forgetfulness

She forgot again!

Guess what happened the time after that? She remembered! Hooray for Mom Peep.

woman with shopping bags

This BYOB is driving Mom Peep’s memory into overdrive. But she’ll get with the program soon enough.

Is there anything like this where YOU live?

Wiggles and woofs,
Charlie Bear

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  • 1. Alice W.  |  December 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    No it has not happened in my town in GA. yet but wont be surprised when it does. Mom Peeps should not have to pay for a bag for she puts most of hers in the re-cycle barrel when she get a lot; but what you bet? they’ll charge her for one anyway. whata you think?

    Woofs & Wags,
    Beaugie

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    • 2. B.j. Taylor  |  December 4, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Beaugie,
      I love that my Mom Peep recycles. She does her best to do her part. Your Mom Peep too!
      Wiggles and woofs,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 3. Marisa Shadrick  |  November 28, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I leave mine in the car 80% of the time. Fortunately, they’re not charging me–yet. I think they should bag faster if we have to pay. šŸ™‚

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    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  November 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Marisa,
      I know! Mom Peep went grocery shopping yesterday and completely forgot to BYOB! She got all the way to the checkout line before she remembered and then it was too late! Geesh.
      Wiggles and Woofies to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 5. Jennie Ivey  |  November 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I’ve been using my own canvas bags for years, in a state that (sadly) is not known for environmentalism. I used to have to explain what they were to the person checking me out! Now, taking shopping bags into a store is a habit, like anything else. If you can remember your cell phone, you can remember your shopping bags. Just sayin.’ Hooray for California and every other state that makes people pay when they don’t have a bag. Plastic is going to be the ruination of the planet.

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    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  November 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Jennie,
      Good for you for using your own bags and helping the environment. Mom Peep doesn’t carry her cell phone everywhere, but she might start real soon ’cause her great-grandbaby Aubree is due any day now! Thanks for the tip!
      Wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 7. bjtaylorblog  |  November 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Marsha,
    A great idea — a bag of bags!
    Wiggles to you,
    Charlie Bear

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  • 8. Jean Stewart  |  November 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Funny. We ran into that in San Luis Obispo at Thanksgiving last year and were shocked. Bought the bag, too. Shouldn’t have but did. Hasn’t gotten here yet but is coming and we have a trunk full of bags from everywhere, so can pick and choose, even color coordinate if we get ridiculous about it. Good luck remembering.

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    • 9. bjtaylorblog  |  November 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Jean,
      SLO? Way up there? Maybe it’s going global? Oh, horrors!
      So you can be color coordinated? I have to tell Mom Peep about that.
      Wiggles to you and Happy Thanksgiving early,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 10. heididrukortman  |  November 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Charlie, I live in Michigan, and I bring all my old book tote bags when I do my grocery shopping. I’ll bet your mom peep has lots of those she can use, too.

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    • 11. bjtaylorblog  |  November 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Heidi,
      That’s a wonderful idea! Book tote bags. I’ll tell Mom Peep right away.
      Woofs and wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 12. Julie Garmon  |  November 25, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Never heard of such! Interesting, Charlie Bear. I know me. If this rule changes were I live (in Georgia) Ill probably forget every time I leave the house.

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    • 13. bjtaylorblog  |  November 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Julie,
      We figured it was a California thing, but Ontario is doing it, and Michigan (so far that we’ve heard of). Mom Peep is getting the hang of it.
      Woofs to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 14. Leah Braemel  |  November 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

    We’ve had to bring our own bags for years up here in my part of Ontario. Though we only have to pay 5 cents per plastic bag if we forget them. It’s just part of our consciousness now. The other draw back I find in the reusable bags is they can carry a lot more, so they end up weighing ten times more.

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    • 15. bjtaylorblog  |  November 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Leah,
      I can’t believe it! Guess California was behind the times. Mom Peep is already remembering her bags (it helps that she keeps them behind the driver’s seat in the car), but she agrees with you…they are heavy!
      Woofs to you,
      Charlie Bear

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      • 16. Marsha Hubler  |  November 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

        Oh, C.B., our Mom Peep said this nasty trend hasn’t hit PA yet, but she’s sure she’ll forget at least a half dozen times when the “bagless” stores come to town. But we know what she’ll do. She’ll probably put a BAG of BAGS in the back of the car like your mom peep has done and have them with her at all times. Skip and Bailey here.

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