I used my paper ROSS DRESS FOR LESS bag today at the supermarket, so I did NOT have to reward the RICH supermarket chains with 10 cents more of, in my opinion, windfall profits from paper bag sales.
So far, I have NEVER paid for a bag fee at any store. :-)
Bag fees are a disguised tax, in my opinion. Fees are easy for elected officials to pass on to the consumer. After all, who is going to complain about a measly 10 cents? It’s ONLY 10 cents.
Aren’t you tired of the sales pitch that starts with “It’s ONLY…blah, blah, blah.”
If it’s only 10 cents, why isn’t San Jose picking up the tab? Why? Because it is a cost. Why should the city eat the cost when they can pass it on to the consumer, no mind that the poor are being punished, in my opinion, with the bag fee?
Doesn’t the state and the city get some of the bag fees from taxing the income of the stores?
Consumers, including the poor, pay the bag fee. RICH supermarket chains make money and the government makes money. Aren’t you tired of always being the person expected to pay for everything? Bags are a cost of business. The stores should eat the cost and not shaft the consumer with a government-dictated money grab, in my opinion.
The stores should be pushing back on the elected leaders. Let me know if this is the case or not the case. I, as well as many others, are extremely curious.
What is the cost of a paper bag for the store? A penny? Remember, volume for hundreds of stores dictates dirt-cheap price to the RICH supermarkets. Buy a bag for a penny; sell it for a dime (or 25 cents). Man, what a return. Can you imagine if the cities, like San Jose, changed the bag fee to $2.00 a bag?
The RICH supermarkets put the bag fee in the till as windfall profits, in my opinion, and then the government taxes the supermarket chains. So guess who is left holding the bag? Yep, the consumer, the senior on social security, the homeless, the unemployed, the poor, the working poor, and the rich who probably don’t care.
Think about it… The rich aren’t concerned about a bag fee. It’s ONLY 10 cents a bag.
What riles me is that our elected officials can fee you till your wallet is empty and you cannot fee anymore.
San Jose had the fee going to 25 cents after two years, but they changed the ordinance (law) to 10 cents feeling pressure from the public.
We all need to speak up. With the stroke of a pen, the cities are writing and passing the ordinance.
Did any one of you get to VOTE on authorizing the fee?
Isn’t it true, the cities could make the fee anything they want? 10 cents? 25 cents? $2.00 a bag?
When will you speak up?
Protect your granny who went shopping and left her reuseable bag in the car and was too embarrassed to hold up the line to go get her bag. I know a 90-year old granny that forked over the bag fees in just such a case. Ain’t right in my opinion!
By the way, start showing your resistance to paying the fee.
Take your Safeway bag into Lucky’s and take your Lucky’s bag into Safeway. The stores, again in my opinion, are not fighting the bag fee. They seem to have just rolled over to the elected politicians, in my opinion.
If you want to protect the environment and ban the single-use plastic bag, do so, but DON’T PUNISH THE POOR WITH BAG FEES! Actually, be fair; don’t fee anyone.
Also, I NEVER have and NEVER will pay a bag fee!
If you must buy a bag, save money by buying single-use plastic bags for a penny apiece at the big discount stores.
Single-use plastic bags make sense. They are new, i.e., sterile. Who knows what grows in reusable bags that folks bring into the supermarket?
I stocked up on single-use plastic bags and have over 3,000. It’s not a crime for we consumers to use the bag. It is only a crime if the store provides you with the single-use plastic bag.
Start stocking up on single-use plastic bags before the state of California bans them. Ask the managers at the stores if you can take some of the plastic bags in their recycle containers. Shop in cities that still have single-use plastic bags and double bag everything. When outside California, pick up every bag in adjoining states.
Another thing, the single-use plastic bags wind up in creeks and streams, again because of the irresponsibility of a few persons, so punishing EVERY person for the irresponsibility of the few REEKS in my opinion.
I see hundreds of cigarette butts to the occasional single-use plastic bag out there. Why hasn’t San Jose banned cigarette butts? Don’t these cigarette butts wind up in sewers, creeks, streams, the bay and the ocean?
Rushed bag ordinances. No creative thinking to solve the problem in my opinion. Just one city after another doing “Cut N Paste” of each other ordinances. At least with CA CRV on bottles and cans, the poor walk around and clean the cities with no tax dollars wasted. The CA CRV provides supplemental income for many. So, why hasn’t the great think tanks at the city offices considered the REWARD system instead of PUNISHING everyone, especially the poor with the bag fee?
How many single-use plastic bags would be in the sewers, creeks and streams if the cities, like San Jose, paid 5 cents for every single-use plastic bag picked up by the same individuals that recycle bottles and cans?
It’s hard to keep politics out of the bag fee issue when I see a Democrat-controlled San Jose, Democrat-controlled Santa Clara County and Democrat-controlled California punishing, everyone, especially the poor with the bag fee. Ain’t right San Jose leaders.