Thursday, April 24, 2008

Green in Hell?

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.

3 comments:

Julie said...

I get the same thing at Target. I have enough to do between buying it all then shlepping it to my car and then inside and putting it all away, I have to BAG IT too? Are you crazy. Nothing annoys me more than that.

Andrea said...

That's WalMart for you!

Debbie said...

I had the same thing at Target yesterday...You know why they are doing it this way...even though stores are encouraging going "green" using these bags, the cashiers are not required to take the extra step to put them on the holders and bag them...They are not responsible for putting something in, an item spilling or any damage done to the bag due to bagging...

I am on the fence with this..The only reason I am on the fence with this is that these are the same cashiers that I assume, have to keep the lines moving...I think this is a management problem and management needs to be more sympathic and give the cashier's a little slack...I have never worked in a department store, but have worked retail that the managers think about the sales more...Walmart has and keeps going downhill but if they were to place the green bags on the holders, lets face it, you would have some selfish person next in line complaining about it taking too long...I think they need to iron out the situation...Maybe make some checkouts for people that have their own bags...That would work for me...