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Save-A-Lot and paying for bags

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Save-A-Lot and paying for bags

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TuteTibiImperes | | Jun 19, 2011 12:32 PM

Recently the Publix in my neighborhood shopping center moved a couple miles down the road to a larger space, and a Save-A-Lot opened up in the previous Publix building.

I was excited to have a grocery store back so close, but after visiting a couple times I have some issues.

For anyone not famliar, Save-A-Lot is a discount no frills type of place, and, for what it is, isn't bad. There's no deli or bakery on site, and they have a lot of generic brands, but the prices overall are pretty good.

The biggest problem I have, and the thing that gets me in enough of a huff that I end up driving the couple miles down to Publix as often as not, is that they don't bag your purchases for you, and they charge for the grocery bags that you use yourself.

True, it's just 3 cents per bag, so it's more about the principle than the cost, but the food prices aren't _that_ cheap that they couldn't afford plastic bags for customers. It just seems like a big 'f-you' to me, as the customer, to bring up my purchases, and then be told I'm both expected to bag them up myself, and to pay for that privilege.

Are there other stores that have this policy? Am I being a nut for being bothered by this?

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