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(NJ.com)   Snookie and Paulie are stealing shopping baskets instead of paying $0.33 for a reusable bag   (nj.com) divider line
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2 days ago  
33 cents!  It's 99 cents where I live!  Thanks Obiden!
 
2 days ago  
Apparently nobody is stealing baskets from Wegman's, because the degenerates tend to go to ShopRite or Acme. Or CVS.

*shudder*

/gods I am spoiled by Wegman's, ya'll don't even know
 
2 days ago  
You know, thinking about it now....I've lived in multiple states in various regions of the country over the past 20 years.  I've shopped at a ton of different grocery stores of varying quality.  I cannot recall a single time I saw someone leave the store, or even the self-checkout after paying, with a basket in hand.  Like not one time, nor any evidence of it from something like empty baskets tossed in the parking lot where the carts stack up.  I also haven't seen any pop up in the various homeless camps or the piles of stuff left all over town.
 
2 days ago  
Cottons with what I was told at a local Grocery Outlet. The lady didn't explicitly say people were taking them instead of paying for bags or bringing their own, but they have suddenly had all their hand baskets disappear not long ago. Doubt it'd happen at Fred Meyers though, they've got a little security checkpoint set up at the exit with a guard.
 
2 days ago  
So I guess I missed the memo, why are *paper* bags bad now?

This seems like a UX issue. Social conventions aside, you're farking with people's routine. Yes people who filch baskets are jerks, but this is clearly a response to something that was convenient before, but it's been removed as an option now. there's no farking mysteries here.
 
2 days ago  
Doesn't seem to be a problem at my shop rite. However there is a simple solution that costco already figured out : leave empty boxes from packed out products at the front of the store for customers to take.
 
2 days ago  

corq: So I guess I missed the memo, why are *paper* bags bad now?

This seems like a UX issue. Social conventions aside, you're farking with people's routine. Yes people who filch baskets are jerks, but this is clearly a response to something that was convenient before, but it's been removed as an option now. there's no farking mysteries here.


It's... um... still an option. It states you can literally buy a reusable bag for 33 cents (reusable in the sense it's like the 8 cent reusable plastic bags my state uses now or "reusable" in the sense it's a fancy reusable bag I don't know) or bring your own bags and people are choosing option 3 of theft. Is it a massive pain to bring your own bags? It's a bit of a learning curve as you've got to get into the habit of it, but beyond that it's painless.
 
2 days ago  

baronbloodbath: Apparently nobody is stealing baskets from Wegman's, because the degenerates tend to go to ShopRite or Acme. Or CVS.

*shudder*

/gods I am spoiled by Wegman's, ya'll don't even know


Ino lie, saw a Wegmans basket (and a few others) in a dumpster a few weeks ago, so I'm getting a kick!

But how are people stealing baskets? Are employees not saying something as they're casually strolling out with a basket?
 
2 days ago  

New Rising Sun: You know, thinking about it now....I've lived in multiple states in various regions of the country over the past 20 years.  I've shopped at a ton of different grocery stores of varying quality.  I cannot recall a single time I saw someone leave the store, or even the self-checkout after paying, with a basket in hand.  Like not one time, nor any evidence of it from something like empty baskets tossed in the parking lot where the carts stack up.  I also haven't seen any pop up in the various homeless camps or the piles of stuff left all over town.


The requirement that grocery stores charge for plastic bags is a relatively recent thing where I live.  The stores have to charge you $0.10 for grocery bags.  You can bring your own bags, you can buy their fairly sturdy "fabric" bags for $1.00, or you can buy the plastic bags for $0.10.  The plastic bags are pretty sturdy, can be reused many times, and may even be a better deal than the $1.00 bags, I'm guessing.  I do 99% of my grocery shopping with those $8 plastic baskets, but I'm not sure why anyone would want to steal them.  For planting ornamental flowers, perhaps?
 
2 days ago  
I forgot they existed. fark you.
 
1 day ago  
Meh, I've seen people on Allegiant flights using a Dollar General basket as their carry-on luggage.
 
1 day ago  
I used to sell bread in a poor neighborhood and the supermarkets would steal wagons from other markets. They would give the homeless people about five dollars a wagon and you would see these derelicts pushing 5-10 wagons through  the backstreets of Hempstead usually on a Friday night for the weekend shopping spree's especially when the checks came out.
 
1 day ago  

foo monkey: 33 cents!  It's 99 cents where I live!  Thanks Obiden!


5 cents in Northern Virginia, but I still bought several reusable bags, which work well provided I remember to put them in my car.

Our local Giant stores have handheld scanners that you can pick up when you enter. You scan items as you go through the store and put them in your bags. Then at the self-checkout, it downloads everything from the scanner, and you're through the checkout in less than a minute. It's mostly on the honor system (I've only been flagged for spot-checks twice over the past few years since they started it), so it obviously wouldn't work in an area where people are stealing the baskets.
 
1 day ago  
New Jersey state motto: because FARK YOU that's why!
 
1 day ago  
They're stealing Jersey furniture not baskets.

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1 day ago  

hlehmann: I do 99% of my grocery shopping with those $8 plastic baskets, but I'm not sure why anyone would want to steal them.  For planting ornamental flowers, perhaps?


They take their groceries out to the car with them, take the groceries from their car to inside their home with them, then throw them away. Duh. They aren't something to keep.
 
1 day ago  
NJ is going to heck in a handbasket.
 
1 day ago  

PC LOAD LETTER: I forgot they existed. fark you.


New Jersey? Yes, we all try our best to forget that shiarhole. Much like Macho Grande.
 
1 day ago  
Our stores still have free plastic bags but I think when they're finally gone the volume of plastic leaving the store every day is going to seem absurd in hindsight.  It's like when my office stopped supplying infinite styrofoam coffee cups it was like we snapped out of this hypnosis and were like why did we ever do that.
 
1 day ago  
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1 day ago  
not a bad idea.
 
1 day ago  
I dunno what this is about (probably just being lazy and cheap) but I just stopped using any kind of bag since most stores let you take the cart into the parking lot usually and it's easy to just transfer to your car and put the cart in the handy collection spots. But one thing I do find annoying is buying some tiny item, telling the cashier you don't need a bag and they ignore you and throw your single item in a bag anyway.
 
1 day ago  

baronbloodbath: Apparently nobody is stealing baskets from Wegman's, because the degenerates tend to go to ShopRite or Acme. Or CVS.

*shudder*

/gods I am spoiled by Wegman's, ya'll don't even know


We know. You Wegman's people are a cult. It's a fine store but get real. It's just a store. Maybe it's because Tops is so bad in comparison.
 
1 day ago  
We probably have 40 reusable bags, some in the car, some in the van, some in the garage, some in the hall, some in the laundry room waiting for the next load (cloth only).  The only place we don't drag some in is Costco. We just take the cart to the car and load the small stuff in bags there.  Our main grocery place, Winco, knocks six cents off for every bag you bring in and use.  Since one of their cost saving features is you bag your own groceries, no problem.  Lets the cashier ring up the next person and you can pack the bags however you wish.

We have bags that are 20+ years old. I know this for a fact, because they are from stores that don't operate in Oregon and I brought them along when I moved.
 
1 day ago  

Oreamnos: baronbloodbath: Apparently nobody is stealing baskets from Wegman's, because the degenerates tend to go to ShopRite or Acme. Or CVS.

*shudder*

/gods I am spoiled by Wegman's, ya'll don't even know

We know. You Wegman's people are a cult. It's a fine store but get real. It's just a store. Maybe it's because Tops is so bad in comparison.


Me?

Have you seen the Publix people?
 
1 day ago  
Really? That's even a thing anymore? We're in deep rednecky Maga country, the stores charge 5 or 10 cents for bags and baskets have anti-theft tags. I guess, even the MAGAts are decent treehugger types in Oregon.
 
1 day ago  

WelldeadLink: NJ is going to heck in a handbasket.


More like without handbaskets.
 
1 day ago  

baronbloodbath: Oreamnos: baronbloodbath: Apparently nobody is stealing baskets from Wegman's, because the degenerates tend to go to ShopRite or Acme. Or CVS.

*shudder*

/gods I am spoiled by Wegman's, ya'll don't even know

We know. You Wegman's people are a cult. It's a fine store but get real. It's just a store. Maybe it's because Tops is so bad in comparison.

Me?

Have you seen the Publix people?


I don't really know any people personally from where Publix is a thing, but I can believe it's the same. But one time I was on a plane bound for Rochester NY and somebody said something-something-Wegmans and there was a collective sigh from half the passengers.
 
1 day ago  

corq: So I guess I missed the memo, why are *paper* bags bad now?

This seems like a UX issue. Social conventions aside, you're farking with people's routine. Yes people who filch baskets are jerks, but this is clearly a response to something that was convenient before, but it's been removed as an option now. there's no farking mysteries here.


And the problem is that the new routine is hard to grove.  I'm about at the 50/50 point of remembering to grab the bags out of the back seat before heading into the stores these days.  That's ~3 months in.  I can only guess the basket stealers are raging assholes don't want to take the 33 cent "penalty" for having forgotten.  So far I think I've tossed about $3 into the "forgot yer bags" jar, as usually I catch myself as I'm entering the store (see everyone else with their bags) and go back out to the car and grab a few.  Only takes a few disappearing a day and the store is out of baskets - they usually only had 50 or so baskets on hand.
 
1 day ago  

darinwil: I dunno what this is about (probably just being lazy and cheap) but I just stopped using any kind of bag since most stores let you take the cart into the parking lot usually and it's easy to just transfer to your car and put the cart in the handy collection spots. But one thing I do find annoying is buying some tiny item, telling the cashier you don't need a bag and they ignore you and throw your single item in a bag anyway.


Depends a little on the store.  That's exactly what I do at Aldi. I have some Rubbermaid totes in the trunk of the car and just transfer everything there.  (My local) Kroger, though, doesn't understand leaving the store with stuff unbagged and will accuse you of stealing.
 
1 day ago  

TheSubjunctive: darinwil: I dunno what this is about (probably just being lazy and cheap) but I just stopped using any kind of bag since most stores let you take the cart into the parking lot usually and it's easy to just transfer to your car and put the cart in the handy collection spots. But one thing I do find annoying is buying some tiny item, telling the cashier you don't need a bag and they ignore you and throw your single item in a bag anyway.

Depends a little on the store.  That's exactly what I do at Aldi. I have some Rubbermaid totes in the trunk of the car and just transfer everything there.  (My local) Kroger, though, doesn't understand leaving the store with stuff unbagged and will accuse you of stealing.


Yeah I get the same at Walmart (when I have to, I seriously hate that place) the "greeters" will watch you go from the checkout with receipt in hand and then demand to see the receipt when you can just put whatever you bought in a bag and they won't bat an eye.
 
1 day ago  

TheSubjunctive: darinwil: I dunno what this is about (probably just being lazy and cheap) but I just stopped using any kind of bag since most stores let you take the cart into the parking lot usually and it's easy to just transfer to your car and put the cart in the handy collection spots. But one thing I do find annoying is buying some tiny item, telling the cashier you don't need a bag and they ignore you and throw your single item in a bag anyway.

Depends a little on the store.  That's exactly what I do at Aldi. I have some Rubbermaid totes in the trunk of the car and just transfer everything there.  (My local) Kroger, though, doesn't understand leaving the store with stuff unbagged and will accuse you of stealing.


I should say I also have been lucky with my Kroger, they are one of the only ones that you can untick the receipt option in the self checkout lane and have not harassed me when I walk out with a couple items and no receipt. But the thought has crossed my mind how to respond if they did, I guess I would just tell them to review the security cam cause they have one on each self checkout
 
1 day ago  

baronbloodbath: Oreamnos: baronbloodbath: Apparently nobody is stealing baskets from Wegman's, because the degenerates tend to go to ShopRite or Acme. Or CVS.

*shudder*

/gods I am spoiled by Wegman's, ya'll don't even know

We know. You Wegman's people are a cult. It's a fine store but get real. It's just a store. Maybe it's because Tops is so bad in comparison.

Me?

Have you seen the Publix people?


Floridian here, home of Publix. I'm not a member of that cult, though. Yes, I shop there. But some things are hit or miss. It's not the be-all and end-all. And other places have better subs....
 
1 day ago  
Stupid laws cause stupid behavior.

My state passed this and now I have to buy trash bags instead of using my old shopping bags for trash.
 
1 day ago  
Charming. Try living in a college town - "We were just borrowing the shopping cart to run some errand."  The homeless just pick up what the kids leave behind

Obscene_CNN: Stupid laws cause stupid behavior.

My state passed this and now I have to buy trash bags instead of using my old shopping bags for trash.


Still running through my drawerful of bags from at least a decade ago
 
1 day ago  

Shryke: PC LOAD LETTER: I forgot they existed. fark you.

New Jersey? Yes, we all try our best to forget that shiarhole. Much like Macho Grande.


You live in Florida.  Sit the f*ck down.
 
1 day ago  
I'm a NJ native and have several of these baskets.  I took one from the craft store right before I went out of business.  No idea when the others took up residence in my home.  They *might* have been there when we moved in.

So like, let's say you steal one of these baskets.  Do... do you bring it with you the next time you go shopping?
 
1 day ago  

ViolentEastCoastCity: I'm a NJ native and have several of these baskets.  I took one from the craft store right before I went out of business.  No idea when the others took up residence in my home.  They *might* have been there when we moved in.

So like, let's say you steal one of these baskets.  Do... do you bring it with you the next time you go shopping?


Yes.
Not necessarily in the spirit of the game but not necessarily against the rules.
 
1 day ago  

Alien Robot: hlehmann: I do 99% of my grocery shopping with those $8 plastic baskets, but I'm not sure why anyone would want to steal them.  For planting ornamental flowers, perhaps?

They take their groceries out to the car with them, take the groceries from their car to inside their home with them, then throw them away. Duh. They aren't something to keep.


Where I shop you take your items out of the basket and put them on the conveyer.  From there they go into whatever type of grocery bag you choose.  Maybe it's different in your neck of the woods, or maybe it's just the people doing self-checkout that are doing this.
 
1 day ago  
I don't remember this being an issue when California did its plastic bag ban, but we're cringing, obedient sheep here compared to New Jersey.
 
1 day ago  

jjorsett: I don't remember this being an issue when California did its plastic bag ban, but we're cringing, obedient sheep here compared to New Jersey.


Yeah but also, you can pay $0.10 in CA and WA for a paper or reusable plastic bag. NJ went a step further and doesn't allow paper bags to be sold either, plus tripled the bag fee to about $0.33 according to the article.

I can't blame the NJ people. After WA made the ban statewide (some cities had previously passed it at the local level), I have taken baskets and carts to the car to load my groceries into the reusable bags that I always forget in my trunk. At least once I was tempted to just toss the basket in the back and drive home. I stopped myself, but it would have been way more convenient and that was just to save $0.10, not $0.33. When milk and eggs are up a buck, people don't necessarily have that bag money, so they partake in some civil disobedience.
 
1 day ago  
How difficult would it be to attach a security tag to it
 
1 day ago  

darinwil: TheSubjunctive: darinwil: I dunno what this is about (probably just being lazy and cheap) but I just stopped using any kind of bag since most stores let you take the cart into the parking lot usually and it's easy to just transfer to your car and put the cart in the handy collection spots. But one thing I do find annoying is buying some tiny item, telling the cashier you don't need a bag and they ignore you and throw your single item in a bag anyway.

Depends a little on the store.  That's exactly what I do at Aldi. I have some Rubbermaid totes in the trunk of the car and just transfer everything there.  (My local) Kroger, though, doesn't understand leaving the store with stuff unbagged and will accuse you of stealing.

Yeah I get the same at Walmart (when I have to, I seriously hate that place) the "greeters" will watch you go from the checkout with receipt in hand and then demand to see the receipt when you can just put whatever you bought in a bag and they won't bat an eye.


I love when they do that, Makes walking past them with no acknowledgement that much more fun. One really enthusiastic dude followed me to my car, asking for the receipt I just pushed my cart to him said thank you in Albanian and drove off.
 
1 day ago  
I have to say that 'in theory' the red target baskets are very nice for working in the garden.

Sturdy, doesn't hold water. Can be used for tools or as a weed bucket. Hoses out nicely.

Holds a couple of pots on the mostly flat bottom.

/ almost like it was designed for it
 
1 day ago  
I didn't use my own bag for like 2 decades of knowing that was the responsible thing to do. In my defense, I re-used all of my grocery bags for trash can liners.

But yeah. Buy a cheap reusable bag from the checkout. Even the poorly made ones last a few months. Or get some hippy tote bag from the New Yorker or NPR. I don't care. At the very least don't steal the hand baskets, you entitled jerk.
 
1 day ago  
There is an Aldi opening here in a month or so. They had planned to have it open before the students returned but the usual things happened and getting construction supplies put things behind schedule. I am happy to see it show up because there are only two groceries in a university town that had at least eight when I was a student some four decades back. A new option will be nice.

It will be fun to see how long it takes people to adapt to bringing their own bag or paying a quarter to get one of theirs. I have had to buy one of theirs when I would stop at one on an impulse and had no way of getting the items to my car. The majority of people here are used to grabbing a pile of flimsy plastic bags and leaving. Entering unprepared will be a standard for a while.

We all know the shopping carts are handed off like batons at a relay race but nobody has spare bags to give a fellow customer as they are leaving the store.

After they open I will be avoiding going there for at least a month to let the new wear off but it will be interesting seeing how people unfamiliar with their model respond that first time.
 
1 day ago  

baronbloodbath: Apparently nobody is stealing baskets from Wegman's, because the degenerates tend to go to ShopRite or Acme. Or CVS.

*shudder*

/gods I am spoiled by Wegman's, ya'll don't even know


Especially CVS. I mean geez. They buy their convenience goods at retail price and mark them up from there. Anyone who would grocery shop at CVS is asking to be ripped off and probably doesn't have it all together to begin with.
 
1 day ago  
I have been to a thousand garage/rummage/estate sales and never seen a shopping basket in the wild. Store managers don't like them because it limits a customer.
 
1 day ago  

wildcardjack: I have been to a thousand garage/rummage/estate sales and never seen a shopping basket in the wild. Store managers don't like them because it limits a customer.


This. My local Walmart has used the "theft" excuse for years. Funny how none of the other stores have the same issue. Yet our local Walmart has the baskets for a week and suddenly they're gone again. The manager at this local Walmart has issues stocking all of the cheaper stuff. The smaller carts are also rarely available. I've long suspected that the reason for this is that the manager wants to push up their sales numbers and they think that by forcing customers to use large carts and buy the more expensive brands that that will somehow work
 
1 day ago  

Senseless_drivel: They're stealing Jersey furniture not baskets.

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None of those will stand up to a Jersey ass...
 
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