An ArmchairMayor.ca editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
IF ONE RANTS about something that one is bugged about, it’s only proper to acknowledge when corrective measures are taken.
A few years ago I complained about being asked at the checkout counter to contribute a dollar or two to one charity or another. It happens mostly in grocery stores but sometimes in book stores and other places, too.
I don’t like it. At our house, we donate to favourite charities every year, in our own time and place. If I’m buying something from you, please take my money and leave it at that. A loonie or two isn’t much but still, you feel trapped there at the cash register.
Most people, it turns out, just say no. Anyway, here’s the good news. I was in a store the other day and my eye fell on a sign in the checkout line that said the store was collecting for a particular charity and if I wanted to contribute, please let the cashier know.
Now that’s a civilized, non-threatening way to ask for donations and I like it. Tell the cashier to add on a dollar or two or three, or not, and say no more.
Here’s another good thing. On another day, as a cashier was filling up my plastic bags with milk, bread, etc., she informed me that when the last of the current supply of plastic bags runs out, the store would begin charging customers for the bags.
I don’t know what kind of feedback the store is getting on that, but I’m all in favour. We don’t need to use plastic bags. I thanked the cashier and said maybe now I’ll remember to use some of those re-usable bags I carry around in my vehicle but never think to bring into the store with me.
If you must know, the store is Save On Foods, which started charging for plastic bags March 5. Walmart started charging for plastic bags in February, and Superstore before that.
One of my favourite building supply stores charged for bags for a while but then stopped, and that’s unfortunate. If charging five cents a bag helps cut down on the amount of plastic going to the dumpsters or finding its way into our environment, it’s a good thing.
Stray plastic is killing our oceans and our wildlife, and polluting our towns and our forests. Time to do something about it.