Lately, I've been seeing a lot of ads from Walmart (AKA Hell) about going green. I think the recycled plastic bottle t-shirts they sell are really cute and I plan to buy a few of them for Sarah and Emily.
Yesterday, I had to take my mother there to get a few things that she needed. For some reason, I only had one of my Green Bags in my car, so that was all I took in with me. However, when we got to the check out line, there was a display of Walmart's own version of the Green Bag (it was black). So, I grabbed three of them, and put them on the conveyor belt in front of our items.
First, the cashier rang them up. Then, she asked me if I wanted to use them right then. Um, hello? Why would I buy them if I planned on getting plastic bags? Next, she set them up on top of the rotating triangular plastic bag dispenser thing and waited for me to start bagging my own items.
Now, I don't have a problem with bagging my own stuff, although the cashier was handing me things faster than I could bag them and seemed annoyed that she had to wait for me. But, it seems to me that if you want to encourage people to "go green," you could make it a little easier for them to do so by teaching your cashiers how to bag stuff using the reusable bags that you sell.
Just a thought.
Edited to Add: The Walmart reusable bags aren't as nice as the Green Bags. While they are the same size, they do not have the nice little piece of card board in the bottom to stabilize them like the Green Bags do.