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Patch Letter: 10 Cent Con

Patch reader and local Jess Brown sent us this letter to Ralphs grocery store. Brown thinks the paper bag charge is a scam and has a questions for the market chain.

Dear Ralphs, 

How come you force me to use a paper bag for my groceries and charge me for it?

You tell me that it's a law in Los Angeles now.

Maybe if I bought some of your trash bags or tall kitchen bags or monster Ziploc bags and bagged my own groceries, then would you fight me for it?

That wouldn't be green of me would it?

Jess Brown

Dale Frey June 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
It's going to be law all over Los Angeles in the end of the year and getting upset just does not make sense since you had all the time to fight this matter over the last 7 years.
Jesse Brown June 14, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I believe that what's good for one plastic bag is good for another. This "law" serves a purpose or it flounders. If a grocery bag goes to the landfill so will the "tall kitchen bags", Zip-lock bags, Disposable wipes boxes ad infinitum. I was not aware of this proposed "law" in L.A. seven years ago. I live in L.A. county (I think) but drive to two stores in Glendale ( they have bags - no charge) and sometimes hit Ralph's in La Crescenta which is L.A. - no bags there except paper for ten cents. So on that note I will fight to have all "disposable, one-time use" plastic items removed from grocery store shelves in Los Angeles. Maybe Glendale stores can get a break on the new glut.
Fergus McCool June 14, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Well, the law has been discussed for some time now. That said, plastic bags are actually more sustainable than paper bags. And it's kind of silly packing 30 things all wrapped in plastic, inside the mandatory paper bag LOL. Ha!
Jesse Brown June 14, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Yes! But it's the law.

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