I’m really annoyed by Hy-Vee, Hefty bags, and mostly, myself. A couple of days ago I was in the express checkout line (12 items or less) at Hy-Vee, buying cherries, grapes, lemons, and blueberries. The checker said “You have $20 worth of produce, and so you are entitled to 20 free boxes of these bags.” She waved her hand at a grocery cart beside her, filled with boxes of Hefty plastic bags.
You know I hate plastic and never take my groceries in plastic bags. But it’s garden season, and I freeze lots of tomatoes, green beans, etc. So I thought, well, okay, I can use those.
She rang up all my purchases, and then she had to ring up each of the 20 boxes. Then she had to ring up a coupon for each of the boxes. Therefore, instead of 12 items, I had 52. I apologized to the man behind me in line, who was waiting patiently with his quart of milk,
As the checker toiled away at the cash register, I noticed a) that there was a pallet of cartons of plastic bag boxes behind her, and b) that these weren’t plastic bags I could use to freeze vegetables. They’re that kind of bag you’re supposed to keep produce in, to keep it fresh longer.
I recently read an article that said that these bags don’t keep produce any fresher than washing it and wrapping it in a dishtowel.
I didn’t have the presence of mind to stop the checker partway through her endeavors (or maybe I was just chicken, yeah, that’s it) to tell her to forget it. I have absolutely no use for 240 plastic bags (12 per box) that can’t be used in the freezer.
Any ideas what I can do with them? I thought about giving them to Just Food, the people who coordinate the food pantries in town, as well as the distribution of Plant a Row for the Hungry vegetables. I might do that, but really, they’re useless! Just more non-biodegradable detritus for the landfill. Why, oh why, did I take them?