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Businesses neglect customers by not offering legal bags

Monday, May 20, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Environmentalists lauded the decision of this Administration to ban plastic bags. Though some think that this is a wise move, it has severely hampered the shopping experience.

Many business establishments automatically complied with the regulation; however, many operators have not taken adequate steps to find a suitable replacement for plastic.

It is inconvenient for consumers to purchase products and be provided with a box to carry the goods. Boxes only serve to make this activity even more strenuous.

One woman, for example, noted that carrying her goods in a box prevented her from getting a taxi. She reports that, according to the taxi man, assisting her to lift the box would be arduous for him.

Then there are establishments refusing to provide anything to put in one's purchases. This is highly impractical and insensitive. Do businesses really think that women want to showcase to the world that they are menstruating? Likewise, not concealing edible products may expose one to health risks. If a man receives a paper bag after purchasing a patty he does not worry about exposing his meal to germs. But when he enters a crowded bus with sweaty people and has no covering for his patty, he wonders about the impact of the environment on his meal.

We expect business establishments to comply with the law, but they must take into account the demands of consumers. By not properly preparing for the banning of plastic bags business operators have undermined the shopping experience.

Lipton Matthews


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