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Tag Archives: CVS
It’s like a Monty Python skit.
You buy something at CVS — batteries, say, or mouthwash or whatever.
The helpful cash register person says, “Did you find everything okay?” (Has anyone ever said, “No!”?)
You hand over cash, or put your credit card in the chip machine (which may or may not work).
Your transaction may eventually be done, but the register isn’t. Coupons for everything — combs, Reese’s pieces, suppositories — come spitting out, in a receipt longer than a human being is tall.
It won’t fit in your pocket, purse or wallet. You can’t possibly wade through all of those coupons, to find one you’d actually use. You’d hand it to the cashier to toss, but he or she is already printing out another receipt, for the next discontented customer.
I learned a while ago how to avoid this agonizing practice. I signed up for “digital receipts,” which means they’re sent to my email. For some reason the cyberspace version includes only 3 or 4 coupons, which I click on to send directly to my “card” on the CVS app.
I’m not the only one who likes the idea. CVS itself pushes digital receipts. Here’s their display, right inside the Compo Shopping Center front door:
This collage clearly did not come from corporate headquarters. It was put together — hopefully on company time — by an employee who probably got tired of putting in a new roll of register tape after every third customer.
I like the men and women who work at CVS. They probably think it’s absurd to ask if I found everything okay, and I’m sure they dislike these skyscraper-long receipts as much as we do.
So do them — and yourselves — a favor. Sign up for digital receipts.
The earth’s forests thank you.
Westporters may not have noticed, because over a decade ago we were the first town east of the Mississippi River to ban plastic bags.
But a state law that went into effect August 1 mandates a charge of 10 cents for every single-use plastic bag.
In 2021, they’ll be outlawed completely.
There is no state-mandated charge for paper bags — which, by some estimates, cost up to 10 times more than plastic bags. Paper bags have their own environmental impacts too.
So although we haven’t noticed the plastic bag charge here, we’re seeing its ripple effects.
Many stores — including CVS and Fresh Market — have switched to paper bags without handles. They’re inconvenient, and perhaps a subliminal way to encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags.
An “06880” reader reports that Walgreens is charging 10 cents for each paper bag.
Meanwhile — reading between the lines of this sign — it looks like Stop & Shop will start charging for paper bags next month.
Yesterday was Veterans Day. We’re still a week and a half from Thanksgiving.
But CVS already rolled out its first Santa Claus of the season.
Many others — and Christmas music, holiday advertising and every other marketing tool known to man — can’t be far behind.
I want to get into the spirit.
Really, I do.
But I gotta say: That’s one of the saddest looking Santas I’ve ever seen.
Like the list of troubles afflicting the White House, CVS’ receipts seem to be growing longer every day.
Here’s mine from this morning:
The coupons include $2 off for … Listerine mouthwash.
Of course, it expires next week.
In many ways, CVS is just another chain store.
But the Compo Shopping Center keeps its staff longer than most similar places. They’re friendly, hard-working, and they develop strong relationships with their customers.
So when Mitchell Ferguson — a longtime photo processing center employee — died earlier this month of a heart attack, CVS did something most chain stores don’t do.
They honored him with flowers. And — appropriately enough — a photo:
(Hat tip: Seth Schachter)
In 2008, RTM members Jonathan Cunitz, Liz Milwe, Gene Seidman and Jeff Weiser sponsored the “retail bag ordinance” banning plastic bags in Westport. In response to today’s post about the new CVS bags, they sent this message to “06880”:
We remain proud of the enlightened action that the Westport RTM took 7 years ago to act responsibly with regard to plastic bags. Ever since Mel Sorcher and Don Wergeles first brought their concerns to our attention, and after nearly a year of organizing, engaging the community, and legislating, the RTM overwhelmingly passed the Plastic Bag Ordinance by a vote of 26-5 on September 2, 2008.
We have been gratified by the strong support that our Plastic Bag Ordinance has gained in the town. It also is gratifying to note that while the ordinance was inspired by a similar, earlier ordinance in San Francisco, ours has been a guide for a number of other towns that have adopted ordinances since 2009.
We conservatively estimate that the town of Westport has eliminated 15 million plastic bags from circulating in our environment, creating a problem in our rivers, Long Island Sound, the Atlantic and beyond. Many Westporters say they are very proud that our town has the distinction of being a leader in the environmental movement, by being the first town east of the Mississippi to ban plastic bags at retail.
The CVS bag shown and mentioned in your article this morning directly and intentionally circumvents the spirit of the Plastic Bag Ordinance. While the CVS bag may be technically “legal,” it is certainly contrary to the intention of the law. It’s a way for the plastics industry to stay in the business of providing unnecessary bags.
It is worth noting that the only way plastic shopping bags can be recycled is if the consumer returns them to a grocery store. The recycling rates at grocery stores are well below 10%. The CVS bags will jam Westport’s single-stream recycling machines and continue to be a nuisance, stymying Westport’s recycling efforts.
Westporters have gotten used to bringing reusable bags to the grocery store — and they’ll get used to bringing reusable bags to CVS and Walgreens, all the while being responsible and proud citizens of the environment.
We know that even little efforts make great impact, and show our children that we care about the environment. The plastic bag ban has proven to be successful and should continue to be enforced.. CVS will respond to public pressure. So, next time when you are in CVS, just say no to their plastic bags!
In 2008, when Kim Lake served on Westport’s Green Task Force, the group prodded the RTM to ban plastic bags. The 26-5 vote made this the 1st municipality east of the Mississippi to enact such legislation.
Despite fears ranging from deforestation to the cost of potential litigation, Westporters adapted easily. We now tote reusable bags without a second thought, and find it archaic that out-of-town merchants still use plastic bags.*
So the other day Kim did a double take. Instead of a paper bag, she got this at CVS:
I got a similar bag last week. I was surprised too.
Kim — who in addition to being an alert “06880” reader, is also an attorney — fished out the old ordinance.
The CVS bag meets — even exceeds — the legal standards, she says. Any retail reusable bag must have at least 40% post-consumer recycled material. This one has “at least 80%” — according to the bag, anyway.
But read the fine print. It’s “designed for at least 125 uses.” We’re advised to clean the bag by rinsing it, then hanging it upside down to dry.
Yes, and after doing that, you and I will read the 57,000-word terms of service before clicking “agree” the next time we download a new version of iTunes!
Kim wonders how “reusable” this plastic bag really is. “It looks a lot like a disposable plastic bag that the rule was written to eradicate,” she says.
What do you think? Is this the beginning of the end for Westport’s plastic bag ban? Does the ordinance need revision? Or should we just bag this whole environmental thing? Click “Comments” below to weigh in.
*Except at Stew’s.
… or something!
Lynn U. Miller caught these folks last night at CVS:
Unfortunately for them, the candy shelves were pretty bare too:
Interestingly, a few “Luv Boxers” remained:
As well as these even odder gifts:
Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you’re making it through unscathed!