Bellingham is one of the latest cities to ban plastic bags for businesses to wrap our purchases in. A lot of people find this highly annoying. One sign in nearby Ferndale says, “Buy local. We still have plastic bags.”
The ban is relevant because I was shopping today with some friends at a store in Bellingham’s Fairhaven district. When we went to check out, the lady behind the counter was having a devil of a time packaging some of my purchases. She said the best way to do it would be to use plastic bags.
“So break the law,” I said.
This gave the lady a moment’s pause, so I assured her, “Nobody here is going to turn you in for it.”
She got a wonderfully defiant look in her eyes and I walked out of the store clutching not one but two contraband plastic bags.
En route to the car, we ran into a Greenpeace volunteer trying to sign up new members. He tried to rope me into a conversation, so I told him, “Sorry, but I’m not really the Greenpeace type.”
“Well have a nice day,” he said.
“Oh I will,” I replied, hefting my plastic bags in the air.