The Pound Shop

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  1. Big bus man

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    I thought it would be nice to have a new computer, so I went to the Pound shop but could not find one, they had a ruler with a calculator but it would not pick up the internet! ;)
    Anyway I found some pointless items and went to the till knowing the items are a pound each, makes sense it's the Pound shop, "do you want a carrier bag sir they are 5p each", now surely if it's the Pound shop they should be a Pound :confused:.



    So let's get you all going, what do you think of this pathetic carrier bag ruling?
     
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  2. Munchie

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    If you walk a lot as we do then you will agree with it!
    Less witches knickers hanging in trees and hedges,
    What is wrong with buying re usable bags?
     
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    it worked well in wales when it was introduced a few years back. now less discarded bags blowing about littering the place
     
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    Since finishing work due to ill health I've started walking to the village every day with my 'Roy Cropper' shopping bag, must say I se a lot more people using them now. (y)
     
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    Was looking at Google earth for something, then noticed the amount of nasty looking sludge coming out of the local sewage works outfall pipe. Most works are often said to overloaded particularly during winter and just vent directly into local watercourses. This seems to be a far higher priority than to sort out plastic bags to me!!
     
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    agree 100% about plastic carrier bags.. we use stout carrier bags from a couple of French supermarkets ..

    but ..

    I bought a birthday card in WH Smiths and they wanted 5p for a tiny little plastic bag.. I think that is taking it too far
     
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    Yep, that is profiteering,
     
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    Morrisons "bag for life" are the dogs do da's, 40p to buy, once its gets tatty simply hand it back and get a new one.

    Better quality bags and you're "in profit" after 8 weeks.
     
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    They don't have any choice do they?
    Having said that, I agree 100% with the new rule. We have been using our own bags for years.
     
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    I don't know if they have or haven't a choice.. .. but probably they don't.. can't imagine WHS breaking the law..

    it just feels like you are being ripped off being charge 5p for a small plastic envelope to carry a card home ..
     
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    They were doing that well before the new ruling, my answer to them is a polite 'no thanks'
     
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    To me taking my own shopping bags is normal, seems old hat to expect plastic bags now. It's amazing the difference it has made in Wales over the last few years, you used to see old plastic bags stuck in trees in hedge rows etc, now in all honesty it is unusual to see plastic bag litter anywhere.

    One of the better laws I think.
     
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    That's the point though isn't it? To wean people off using plastic bags as much as possible. If people feel ripped off then they might be deterred more quickly :)
     
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    No. The money goes to charity :)
     
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    How on earth did we ever get the shopping home before plastic bags?

    Not many had cars then either!
     
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    No problem with supermarkets, that's where the majority of cheap plastic bags emanate but when we go in M&S and spend £100 or more and then get asked if we want a bag it gets a bit rich. Yeah I know, we spend a fortune on a new motorhome and shouldn't flinch at 5p for a bag but there's a limit to how many plastic bags the wife can get in her handbag for that impulse buy.
     
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  17. Big bus man

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    So what it wrong with good old fashioned paper bags, at least they are recyclable (y)
     
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    Why can't we go back to the days when they supplied brown paper (sack like) bags before the introduction of wafer thin plastic bags that you can't put more than three items in before ripping a huge hole in the side
     
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    already said I agree and happy to comply with the plastic bag laws.. not an issue..

    but to charge 5p for a bag to put a card or 4oz of sweets in.. ?

    .. as I read it , it's also breaking the law.. the bag in question (for the card ) doesn't have handles..

    read here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carrier-bag-charges-retailers-responsibilities
    Bags you charge for
    You must charge at least 5p a bag (including VAT) for carrier bags that are all of the following:

    • unused - it’s new and hasn’t already been used for sold goods to be taken away or delivered
    • plastic and 70 microns thick or less
    • it has handles, an opening and isn’t sealed
     
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    Oh and another thing. I bought a new laptop in John Lewis on Friday, lot of shuffling about at the pay desk printing stuff off and the like and the boxed laptop was pushed across to me. "Don't you have a bag?" I said. "Erm we have to charge for them Sir" Remembering they used to supply large sturdy paper bags I said "what even the paper ones, I don't fancy carrying that back to the car under my arm?". "Oh, I'll see if I can find one large enough". Sure enough a bag with sturdy string handles was produced and off I went showing little interest in the rest of the shopping that day. Damn bag suddenly tumbles to one side and nearly hits the floor, the string/cord handle had parted company with the bag, I carried it under my arm back to the car. :rolleyes:

    Oh and the laptop is Win 8 and sits forlornly awaiting time for me to upgrade to Win 10 before I can begin to fill it with junk.
     
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