On the whole, I don't like supermarket checkouts. Not the queueing - as a Brit this is second nature - but they seem to pile on extras designed specifically to make me snarl.
First there is this ludicrous greenwash of no longer giving out free carrier bags to 'help the environment'. Sorry, it's to help the supermarket. Not only do they lose the cost of providing all those freebies, they also gain profits from selling us the bags we now need to replace the carriers. Not just the 'bag for life' - everyone I know reuses carrier bags as rubbish bags, dog poo bags and more.
Only the other day I was watching a TV show where we were encouraged to put chicken carcases in double bags to minimize risk of nasty things happening in the wheelie bin. Now we have to buy all those binliners and dog poo bags - which means more cash for the supermarkets. What's most irritating is the way they label this action as green. It forces us to move from using bags twice to single use. Hmm, very green. When Ireland enforced this a few years ago, the country consumed more of the film used to make plastic bags, not less.
Still, I grin and bear it and wheel out the Leclerc/Waitrose bags for life (that'll show them in Sainsbury's), and then I see it. That most dreaded of sights at the end of the checkout. Girl Guides doing a bag pack. Someone ban it, please - it has to be bad for the evironment. I do not want youngsters pawing through my shopping and putting all the wrong things together. If only they would ask for payment not to help.
And then the final delight. Because I have used my bags for life, Sainsbury's will reward me by giving extra points (or something) for each bag I've used. 'How many bags?' asks the checkout person. Sadly, I am too slow in thinking to look her in the eye and say 'Five hundred and thirty-seven' with a perfectly straight face. I just mumble 'Four.' But remind me to bring at least one bag per item in next time.
Arggghhh! Rant over. Normal service will be resumed with the next post.