Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Alternative bag usage

I've been working on the same post for about a week now.... until I finish the behomoth, here's a story from last weekend:

My huband, son and I made our weekly trip to the grocery store. I had been saving bread and tortilla bags to use as produce bags, and now I've got my chance to use them for the first time.

As we approach the checkout line, my husband warns me, "Don't let them scan the tortilla bag".

The checkout lady gets the bag, and I tell her, "Those are sweet potatoes".

"Oh." (pause) "What happened to the tortillas?"

"We ate them." (pause) "Last week."

My husband dies of embarrasment as I giggle to myself during the rest of the checkout process, and all the way home, and the rest of the day. He says I can't use the tortilla bags again. I say that I can (but I'm marking through the code). What's your vote?

17 comments:

MeadowLark said...

I say that you're a troublemaker, through and through.

Good on ya! :)

Kaat said...

Sounds like a great idea! I'm going to do that too. DH of course never comes along for grocery shopping, and my three-year-old (who does) couldn't care less.

anajz said...

I think that is a great idea!

thetinfoilhatsociety said...

That is so weird! I also had a similar incident at the store! I was using my reusable produce bags (I bought them several months ago, they're just plastic netting) and although I told the clerk I had my own produce bags, when it came time to weigh the squash and pumpkins she wanted to know where the price tags went. At first I didn't know what she was talking about then I realized she thought I had ripped the top off the two bags.

I say use the tortilla bag again! It's a little obvious they're not tortillas I'm thinkin :)

Matriarchy said...

I don't bag most of my produce. I do save and reuse those mesh onion bags - they can be reused for produce without being as confusing for cashiers, and I find them easier to wash. If you use the self-checkout, no one sees your bags at all.

I forgot to take my bags in from the car once, and asked the bag boy to just put my stuff unbagged in the cart, so I could bag it at my car. He had to go ask at Customer Service if he could do that. They told him he had to put a "sold" sticker on each item. Then they saw me staring at them like they were crazy, and said "Oh, just go ahead and put it in the cart."

We get much less food at traditional grocery stores now, and more at warehouse clubs, Aldi, and grocery liquidators, who let you use boxes, bags, whatever you want - or nothing.

earth heart said...

I love it! I say use 'em again!

Verde said...

I'd be with your hubby. I 'ought' to reuse the vegie bags at the store... you know maybe I will.

The tortilla bags make nice lunch bags and no one is scanning them.

d.a. said...

I agree with you: mark out the scan code, and re-use.

Hausfrau said...

Thanks for all the suggestions! I am going to try it again a few times. We usually go to the same place, where the checkers know us, so they should get used to our bizarre new twist on produce-buying. I'll just develop a better explanation for next time :).

Chile said...

On the other topic, I hear you on the behemoth posts sucking up a lot of time! ;-)

MeadowLark said...

Speaking of re-use, I realized last night that I had three of the Fred Meyer wine carriers... they're a fabric with panels and a hard bottom. I cut out the panels that separate the thing into 6 sections and am using it for lunches. I wonder what they'll say when I go there and use them for small groceries? I mean, they're free, but I bet they're not thinking we're going to repurpose them, and instead would want us to buy the bags they sell. No thanks.

Alison said...

LOL! Sounds like you did that check out lady a favor - maybe you woke her up on the job! I don't know that I'd personally re-use a bread or tortilla bag for produce, but I'd certainly condone the reuse of store veggie bags, or the use of some other kind of cloth bag or something. I recently came across a company selling cloth bags for this purpose and I liked that idea :-)

Wendy said...

I'm laughing so hard, I'm actually crying. I wish I'd been there to see the look on the cashier's face, "What happened to the tortillas?" "We ate them ... last week."

Too funny!

I say use them, but mark out the code.

eatclosetohome said...

I generally figure the water, time, and drying space of reusing something like a tortilla chip bag isn't worth it. We still occasionally get plastic grocery bags, though, and when those are clean I definitely reuse them for produce (I'd rather not have my damp greens pick up dirt and fluff from my canvas bags).

Hausfrau said...

Hi ECTH - not a tortilla CHIP bag, just a tortilla bag. It's basically clean already, so I don't rinse it out or anything, just put it in my cloth bags for when we go to the store.

Tara said...

I think it's brilliant! I haven't yet figured out how to get around using those awful plastic produce bags. I just put larger things straight into my cart (like onions, peppers, and such) but I've never had a solution for little things that you 'd buy in quantity, like beans or mushrooms. I love it.

Pearlie Mcilvaine said...

LOL! The conversation is somehow hilarious, eh! Anyway, I think reusing the tortilla bag is a really good idea. Aside from practicality, you’re actually helping the environment since throwing or burning it will just contribute to pollution.