It was my second trip to Coles, and I was gleefully smitten.
During the first trip, the manager assisted me in manually entering codes into the self-scanner checkout, to avoid placing huge plastic stickers on my BYO cotton bulk bin bags full of nuts, fruit, and plastic free chocolate goodies. But alas, this time, an anti-eco-warrior troll stopped me in my steps: also known as a grumpy Coles employee. As I innocently filled up my bags with dried apricots and almonds, the troll approached me, leaving her niceties and social skills behind.
“Weigh those, and put a sticker on them.”
I’m sorry, but I have been here once before angry troll. Just yesterday I spoke with a checkout operator, and had a successful plastic free shopping experience.
“Put them on the scales over there and print the sticker.”
I admire your persistence, plastic lover, but I’ve already been through this with someone only 24 hours ago. I know that I can manually add items at checkout; you can’t fool me.
At this point, the troll rolled her eyes more dramatically than even my younger sister, let out a “pffft”, and looked at me like she was going to strangle me with her apron chord. I walked on, head held high, adrenaline rushing through my veins.
Five points to Kate, zero points to the Coles sticker enthusiast.