Reusable bags seem to create their own set of conundrums at the grocery store.
- You can't carry your empty bags around the store to do your shopping because, apparently, when you walk in with them empty, you're sure to fill them and then tell the cashier, "Oh, I had all of this stuff when I got here. I'm only here for this teeny-tiny single serving of cream cheese." So you have to check the empty bags when you walk in. (Don't explain this one to me any of you snotty little shits who feel the need to explain it to me. I get it; I just don't like it.)
-When you empty your handbasket at the register, you have to hand over the oversized hunk of broom-handle that signifies that you have checked stuff. If they gave you a little piece of cardboard with a number on it, I suppose you might steal the little piece of cardboard and just leave the stuff you checked. (Ha, fooled you again, I get a piece of crumpled cardboard and all you get is all the stuff I just bought down the street.)
-The people in line behind you get annoyed while they wait for someone to bring your empty bags and you tell the kid not to load up the plastic bags because you're waiting for the bags the store wouldn't let you walk around the store with. Just wait kid. Wait!
-Then, the kid walks away.
-Then the cashier slides all of your crap to the "paid for" section of the counter and ignores it. As you start loading your own bags (because staring at your groceries doesn't seem to be getting any of them closer to your house), the cashier just starts ringing up the next customer in line and throwing her "paid for" stuff with your "paid for" stuff.
I used to love grocery stores. I thought of them as food-amusement-parks.
I'm growing less amused.