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So what was going on?

Posted on 2006.03.22 at 18:25
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Howlin' Wolf - Trying to Forget You
Today I was in a Walgreens, and as I walked up to the checkout, there was this kind of sketchy looking guy who was asking if he could have a bag, like one of the plastic bags you get when you buy something. He seemed like he REALLY wanted it. The woman at the checkout told him no. "Please?' he asked, 'I'll even pay for it!" The woman refused again, and another worker came over and said it was their policy to not give out bags.
Question number one was why, if he could have paid for it, he didn't just buy something and ask them to put it in a bag, but the more important question is:
Why did he want a bag so badly, and why were they so adamant in refusing?
Like I said, this guy didn't look like the most upstanding of citizens, so what kind of weird drug thing involves a plastic bag? Do you specifically need a plastic bag to huff glue or something? Is there some weird plastic bag fetish of which I am not aware that Walgreens is determined to stamp out?
Help me out, peoples!


suzermagoozer at 2006-03-23 00:33 (UTC) (Link)
1. maybe he is a loony who comes by asking every day, ten times a day for a bag. they once were nice to him, but now he is just a little bit too much apeshit crazy for them.
2. he wants the bag to keep the aliens from finding his stash of moon rocks over on 3rd avenue.
3. if the dude really had money, he woulda paid for gum and gotten a bag.
theservant at 2006-03-23 01:11 (UTC) (Link)
lol @ moon rocks
Jen Taylor Friedman
hatam_soferet at 2006-03-23 01:09 (UTC) (Link)
I think people use bags to huff stuff. Stops it dissipating too fast. I vaguely remember horror stories about people who got so high they forgot about the bag, passed out, and suffocated.
theservant at 2006-03-23 01:18 (UTC) (Link)
I guess it was probably something like that, but I preferred to think that there was some exotic thing that I didn't know about. And is it enough of a problem that they will NOT give out bags?
Jen Taylor Friedman
hatam_soferet at 2006-03-23 02:00 (UTC) (Link)
I guess if you know that someone's going to go off and do something illegal, you don't want to help them along. The state of the law these days, probably holding the door open for them could land you in prison.
theservant at 2006-03-23 02:02 (UTC) (Link)
I suppose you are right. I doubt he was going to have too much trouble finding one, though. Maybe they should have a bag exchange program.
(Anonymous) at 2006-03-23 02:11 (UTC) (Link)

Not due to personal experience...

...but I know that both plastic and paper bags can be used for huffing. It's called "bagging". You soak a cloth in your inhalant of choice and happy days are here again.

As far as the store not giving away bags, I've seen that before. I think it's to ensure you don't try to return an item that you didn't actually purchase...cuz you know coming across empty bags is near to impossible. Duh.

theservant at 2006-03-23 02:13 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not due to personal experience...

ahhhhh that makes some sort of sense.
the voice of wisdom.
metalclarinet at 2006-03-23 05:04 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe this guy simply wanted to pack away a shirt to keep dry. There could be any number of reasonable uses for a bag. The bag costs the store less than a nickel. Probably he was hoping that if he politely offered to buy the bag, they would give him one for free. A dime still would be cheaper than buying a 50 cent pack of gum.

Now on the other side, why turn him down? Maybe they turned him down simply because they had the power to do so. Clerks in general get dumped on whenever customers are upset about any old thing and they are powerless to respond. Here was someones chance to dump on someone else, to do a mean thing just because they could.

did you ask the clerk if they could double bag your stuff and then ask the fellow if he could meet you outside the store?

It fascinates me that he looks sketchy, asks for a trivial favor, the clerk turns him down and now everyone assumes that it must be him.
theservant at 2006-03-23 05:30 (UTC) (Link)
I'll admit that it didn't occur to me to procure a bag for him. He kind of took off out of the store, and I didn't see him on my way out a few minutes later. If I had, I might have offered him my bag, but I don't know.
metalclarinet at 2006-03-24 04:18 (UTC) (Link)
Probably I would have reacted exactly as you did. And probably I wouldn't have thought about it.

Everything about society teaches us to assess people and situations quickly, and perhaps harshly. Charity of all types takes ddiscipline.
theservant at 2006-03-24 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
Well said.
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