Well, I had my first snide comment today in one of my local Greengrocers. Considering I’ve been buying my fruit and veg loose there for months now, I thought they were used to me with my cloth bag. I’m always super polite and try to help with packing it, even saying thank you after each type of item they put in the bag (to let them know I am grateful for that tiny bit of extra time). But apparently dealing with my 6 loose potatoes and 6 loose apples today was just TOO much for them. Cue the young assistant “we do have bags you know”… to which I replied that I preferred to use my own. “We have paper ones”. To which I replied- I prefer not to use them for environmental reasons. Assistant rolls eyes and states “It’s just easier”. I then had to bite my tongue, since I thought the customer was always right, they’re getting my business week in and week out. I’d inconvenience them for longer than 10 measly seconds if they had to re-set the scales if I used my own bags before I paid. There wasn’t even a queue! Next time I shall enlighten them on the waste and cost of single use packaging. It’s always easier for us to be lazy and it’s time we were all responsible for our waste.
Over to you, have you ever experienced snide comments like this? How did you deal with them? I’m sure I should have been more assertive, but I wasn’t in the mood and neither it is my strong point.