A Mind Wanders: Paper or Plastic?




“And that comes to $105.46, ma’am. Paper or plastic?”

“Oh, I brought some paper bags back from last time.”

“I’m sorry, ma’am, but we can’t reuse paper bags.”

“What? Why?”

“I don’t know really. They just tell us that we can’t reuse paper bags.”

“But that doesn’t make sense. It’s a waste of trees!”

“Yes, ma’am. Would you like to speak with the manager?”

“Yes, I would.”

“Would what?”

“… Like to speak with your manager…”

“Yes, ma’am, of course. We’re not really supposed to suggest that you speak with the manager, that’s why I had you say it.”


“Manager to register 4 for customer service, please. Here he comes now.”

“Yes, ma’am, what can I help you with?”

“This nice lady wanted to know why she can’t use her paper bags from last time.”

“Yeah, it’s a waste of trees!”

“Oh, well, that’s store policy. Not just this store. All the stores. Some lady down in Florida, she brought in a bunch of used paper bags. When the bag boy opened ‘em, cockroaches came flying out by the dozens. Gave everybody tuberculosis. You know they had to quarantine the whole town?”

“Oh my goodness!”

“Yes, ma’am, that’s why we can’t reuse paper bags, but thank you for caring for our environment.”

“Y-Yes sir. I’ll go home and burn these bags right away!”

“You do that, ma’am, for the sake of the community.”

“Aaaaand she’s gone. That was a good one, sir.”

“Yep, I love my job!”

© Tyler M Deal 2016. All Rights Reserved.


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